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    How do you make a coffee?

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    Ok .... so it might sound like a stupid question but as I dont have an espresso machine yet I would like to get a run down on what you need to do to make a coffee.

    I have been doing my research and I have a better understanding now of the different types of machines, eg single boiler, HX, double boiler etc. What I havent been able to sort out is the practical coffee making process. I want to get an idea of the process to help in my decision making process.

    1. So I have found out that the machine needs 25-30 minutes to warm up before a coffee can be made. This seems to be ok if you have a timer for the morning but how about weekends when people might drop around. Do you leave the machine on during the weekends or just make the guests wait?

    2. After making your coffee what do you next? Do you put the freshly made coffee on the bench and then empty the basket, rinse etc or do you come back after finishing your coffee?

    3. How long does it take to clean down, wash up etc after making the coffee?

    I know they are stupid questions but I read so much about the quality of the machines and not too much on the processes involved after making the coffee.

    Cheers

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6359426F6344595E5B515C5F44300 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    Do you leave the machine on during the weekends or just make the guests wait?
    You can leave the machine on, so long as youre at home. Just dont leave it on if you go out to drop in to some friends, who in turn are heading over to your place to drop in on you!

    Quote Originally Posted by 6359426F6344595E5B515C5F44300 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    Do you put the freshly made coffee on the bench and then empty the basket, rinse etc or do you come back after finishing your coffee?
    Thats really up to you. It only takes a moment to knock out the coffee puck, which tends to cling to the basket as it dries out and harder to remove. Rinsing, etc. can be done after youve enjoyed your coffee and really, again, is not a big deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6359426F6344595E5B515C5F44300 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    How long does it take to clean down, wash up etc after making the coffee?
    I think I may have answered that though if I had to time it, depending on how many coffees youve made (and how messy you are) it might take a minute tops.

    And Stinky, good for you for asking! If you can visit a site sponsor and have a demo of a machine, do it. Tell them you may not be in the market just yet and you will still find that they love an opportunity to show you how it all works.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Dennis covered most of your questions well Sir Stinkalot :)

    When i first used a home machine i think it may have taken around 15 minutes to make 4 coffees?

    Now every night i can have 2 coffees made with attention to detail and have cleaned up my small mess between add breaks of Biggest Looser :)

    The machine type plays a part in timing also...smaller thermoblock machines can heat up in under 5 minutes where as a larger single boiler can take up to 20.

    Obviously practice makes perfect and the more you get to learn your setup the quicker you will be at operating it :)

    Luke.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Hi stinkalot,

    Quote Originally Posted by 0339220F0324393E3B313C3F24500 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    1. So I have found out that the machine needs 25-30 minutes to warm up before a coffee can be made. This seems to be ok if you have a timer for the morning but how about weekends when people might drop around. Do you leave the machine on during the weekends or just make the guests wait?
    I have a sunbeam 6910 which takes about 2-4 mins to warm up. Although i do leave it on (with the group head attached) for about 20-25 minutes. If someone drops by they usually wait. And even if they cant Im not running a cafe here, things take time. 8-)

    Quote Originally Posted by 0339220F0324393E3B313C3F24500 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    2. After making your coffee what do you next? Do you put the freshly made coffee on the bench and then empty the basket, rinse etc or do you come back after finishing your coffee?
    Its really upto yourself. I prefer to enjoy the cup of coffee first then empty the basket.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0339220F0324393E3B313C3F24500 link=1270113840/0#0 date=1270113840
    3. How long does it take to clean down, wash up etc after making the coffee?
    The clean up probably takes about 1-2 minutes tops. Especially after having the coffee you become a lot faster. ::)

    Hope that helps.
    Anu.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    for me in the morning on the way to the morning ahhhhhhhh (toilet)

    this is my commercial HX full plumb 1grp
    1. flick on power point, flick on machine switch, open steam wand
    2. about 12 min later (after shower) close steam wand as it starts to hiss
    4. put group handle in machine
    4.5 share *weetbix with daughter and myself
    3 8 min (or so) later hear 1st cycle off *:)
    4. try to wait for *a bit more heat up......
    5 load grinder with double, get jug, get milk, get cups, get wand rag, grab tamper.
    6. run a flush or two through ghandle to heat it all up
    7. grind beans, dose, tamp, shot
    8. while shot running pour milk, texture.
    9 turn shot off, tap tap swirl milk.
    10 attempt to pour awesome art (not... *>:(.)
    11. put cup down, rinse milk jug, remove ghandle empty and run flush
    12 maybe flush ghandle ?
    13. repeat from step 5 (1st coffee is for wife still in shower *::))
    14. quick wipe down etc, i normally just leave the grinds to later...
    15. drink awesome fresh coffee and go ahhhhhhh life is good relax

    16. make my 2nd cup :)

    its maybe 1/2 hour time frame but most is the wait, i dont like timers, I am old school and no trust in them. actually making the coffee is very short time wise. *

    like brushing your teeth, just routine.....

    for weekends if some one is coming and its not on i turn on 10 mins prior to when they are coming. time they frig around its all good.....

    wash up is 1 min 4 me, but i dont have to empty drip trays or top up water etc.
    just flush handles and group head, wipe down a bit *i am done it longer on weekends if i have made 6+ coffees or something?

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    oh and in all reality in between step 7 -> 8 normally on the cup for myself.....

    step 7.5 CRAP SHOT @#$#@$ !! i am not drinking that !!

    step 7.75 adjust grinder, return to step 5 & pray to the coffee grinder god... ;D

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4448414C4C45290 link=1270113840/5#5 date=1270119204
    step 7.5 CRAP SHOT @#$#@$ !! i am not drinking that !!
    I had a laugh! :D

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B786B6B787A72190 link=1270113840/6#6 date=1270119268
    Quote Originally Posted by 4448414C4C45290 link=1270113840/5#5 date=1270119204
    step 7.5 CRAP SHOT @#$#@$ !! i am not drinking that !! *
    I had a laugh! *:D
    My wife ALL ways get the first shot :-) Just like opening the door ;D Manners ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by 7478717C7C75190 link=1270113840/4#4 date=1270118873
    4.5 share *weetbix with daughter and myself

    Now, I am having problems with seeing you and ya daughter; trying to share ONE soggy weetbix out of teh same bowl.. :o

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    at 3yrs she loads the bowl and does the honey, i handle the milk.....

    its random, sometimes 2 sometimes 6+ go in the bowl

    but i reckon cause its weetbix everyday no complaints *8-) , i am not going to worry......

    tomorrow i am going to time the machine just to see.....

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0E020B06060F630 link=1270113840/8#8 date=1270120894
    at 3yrs she loads the bowl and does the honey, i handle the milk.....

    its random, sometimes 2 sometimes 6+ go in the bowl

    but i reckon cause its weetbix everyday no complaints *8-) , i am not going to worry......

    tomorrow i am going to time the machine just to see.....
    Oh my god... How I often wish mine were still that age ;D

    Take teh time out and enjoy them when ya can... She will remember at strange times and those few moments with her special Man of the world will always remain with her.

    Enjoy and have a great Easter.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    This would be a great place to start.... 8-)

    http://www.espressocompany.com.au/how-to.htm

    Mal.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Thanks all for the info. It good to get a run down from users and from the sounds of it there is not much to it. The videos were handy but the real life experiences are great. The last thing that I wanted is a machine that takes 45 minutes to make a coffee and clean as I couldnt see it getting much use.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C5D5656514B380 link=1270113840/1#1 date=1270114696
    And Stinky, good for you for asking! *If you can visit a site sponsor and have a demo of a machine, do it. *Tell them you may not be in the market just yet and you will still find that they love an opportunity to show you how it all works.
    Den ..... I have picked my site sponsor but he doesnt know it yet. His web site hits must have ballooned in the past few months as I am constantly checking the posts on here and then shooting across there to get prices etc. I need to get a new password as I like to look over the specials and work out what I can upgrade to.

    I fully intend to visit my sponsor however I know that when I do I will not leave empty handed .... for some reason my wife is making me save for a machine :(. This is not something we are used to doing as if we want something we tend to buy it, spend the next day is shock about how much we spent, then the next day we pay off the credit card and just focus on how good our purchase was and how glad we didnt skimp. I think the problem is that she doesnt drink coffee so it is less important for her .... yes I have tried the Chai latte line but it didnt carry as much strength as I was hoping.

    One other think I like is the research ...... I have already upgraded from a Silvia to a Diadema Perfetta and I am trying to justify a further upgrade to a Vibiemme Domobar Junior .... and all that without having to outlay any money yet :D .... and yes I have factored in a grinder!

    Part of me thinks I am holding off on my purchase as I like the research and the anticipation .... when the machine has been purchased then it is time to move onto the next purchase (roaster?).

    Anyway as I have no coffee experience I have nothing to add to the boards but I must have read 100s of posts and I am enjoying the ride.

    Cheers

    Stinky.

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 506A715C50776A6D68626F6C77030 link=1270113840/11#11 date=1270160286
    I like the research and the anticipation
    Someone I know has had a new Mirage sitting in a crate for well over 6 months - I could choke him! ::)


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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7F737A77777E120 link=1270113840/4#4 date=1270118873
    attempt to pour awesome art (not....)
    This thread was so informative and funny... the art quote? love it! I tell my MOTH (Man of the house) This is a japanese symbol that says "beautiful coffee.. drink it or wear it" ;D

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    Re: How do you make a coffee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0F29392C392E3B2E3D325C0 link=1270113840/13#13 date=1270963195
    I tell my MOTH (Man of the house) This is a japanese symbol that says "beautiful coffee.. drink it or wear it"
    hahahaha

    Very nice! ;D



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