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    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all.

    I just wanted to say hi and this appeared to be the best place to do it.

    I have been visiting this site for a year now and have only just decided that you all seem okay to talk to!! ;)

    No, seriously I thought it was about time I joined in on some of your conversations as they all look good!

    I wont tell you too much about myself just yet, just like a good cup of coffee, I will let you discover that for yourself!! :)

    Suffice to say, I have over the years progressed from coffee drinker to coffee snob through a process of learning from as many sources as I am able to.

    Once I see what sort of a reaction you have to me, Ill let you know what machine setup I have!! (cause its not all that impressive but we like it!) :)

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    Suffice to say I for one am really impressed by your name alone: Scoota gal--- a touch of adventuresness, amiability, perhaps a free spirit, self-effacing.....

    Robusto

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    Welcome SG!

    We may be coffee snobs, but were not SNOBS ;) . No need to be shy so fess-up on the set-up.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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    HI Scoota Gal,
    Dont take too much Notice Of the God Shot Comments, Every Now and Then we all get one and IMHO its a Personal thing, I Have a 17yr old Mas Espresso that make nice Shots but would be Poo Hooed by Experts, I Also Have a Commercial 2 Group Gaggia that am Slowly restoring, and will put it in my Kitchen, I am resolving the 13 litre Boiler Issue and the 4000 Watt Issue at the same time..
    FWIW Up at the Pistol Club we have no Power and I have Taken up my old 1970s Atomic and Made Coffee for the Crew..
    FWIW Our Neighbour at The Pistol Club has Pulled all the Bananas out and is Staring to Plant Coffee, 27 Hectares North Facing..

    Tepin

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    Again, and from a fellow newbie, welcome SG,

    Heres to a fulfilling journey.

    This is truly a marvelous and rewarding place to spend time.

    Regs,

    Jeff.

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    Thanks guys for the welcome! (where are all the girls!? ;))

    I have a humble Sunbeam Cafe Series machine (the one with the dial, not buttons!) and a Starbucks Barista grinder (otherwise known as a DeLonghi) and I usually have Costa Noosa Espresso blend beans (which I get mail order due to my location!)

    Though, having just returned from a jaunt to Melbourne for a certain sporting event, I came across Cottles in South Melbourne and have some of their terrific Supreme Espresso and Classic blend. Very chocolately the Supreme and very earthy the Classic.

    So yes I can pull some great coffee from my little machine! I am dreaming of a Rancilio Silvia and perhaps Ill pair it up with the new Sunbeam grinder which I have had a play with and am impressed by it. Though to satisfy my cravings for a better machine, three times a week I get to play with a Brasilia Portofino for work!

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    scoota gal~ Im dreaming the same dream (about the silvia and sunbeam grinder)~ are we related?
    Im at the bottom of a steep learning curve too, though every step is exciting.
    I wonder how many gals there are in the snobs ranks?
    Anyway- welcome aboard!

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    Hi SG. Nothing wrong with a little sunbeam in your life. Mine has the buttons, but they otherwise do basically the same job.

    If you have the chance, chop the bottom out of the pressurised filters. That, plus a good grind with freshly roasted beans, and youre halfway to happiness.

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    Gday Scoota Gal,
    Welcome. Im fairly sure youre not alone. There used to be a female CS who had something to say about everything, cant remember her name though, hasnt been active recently. :( I guess as long as you dont try and turn this site into a cooking forum or animal show, well listen to just about anything to do with coffee.

    Remember, no such thing as a stupid question, cause there always someone else who wants to know but is too scared to ask. ;)

    Boris

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    Re: Intro and Howdy from newbie Coffee Snob

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris link=1144141674/0#8 date=1144319739
    Gday Scoota Gal,
    I guess as long as you dont try and turn this site into a cooking forum or animal show, well listen to just about anything to do with coffee.
    Boris
    Thanks for the welcome and heads up, Boris! ;)

    I cant imagine why I would try to turn a perfectly good coffee forum into a cooking or animal show!? Im here for anything to do with coffee! :)

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    New to the game or should I say art...me too and im into Sunbeams and a Delonghi KG100. It is a voyage of discovery, of complete distaste and of complete enthrolment when one produces a great brew.
    The challenge is to know how to use what youve got and understand the fundamentals required to produce what you like and then be able to reproduce that time after time. Be bold experiment and tell us what you discover good or bad. Enjoy the journey.

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    Hi there, Kualityman!

    It is an interesting journey and in many ways similar to driving a car.

    How is that??

    Well, I think that you can know how to drive your own car, much like you can know how to get the best coffee out of your machine and then the day you get into a different car you have to give yourself time to get used to driving something different.

    I used my friends Sunbeam (the new one with the professional size group head - sorry I cant remember the model name!) and found that I couldnt get it to produce a great coffee like I could on my own. But after a few goes, a bit of experimenting and some bloody awful coffees I began to get into the swing and get it right!!

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    Welcome to the fray SG :)
    Glad to see you discovered the wonders of South Melbourne (my stomping ground) and Cottle, who generally do some nice beans. When Im not roasting my own or splashing out a bit more for some lovely St Ali beans Ill generally be found consuming Cottles Espresso Supreme. If you make it down again Id highly recommend trying something from St Ali (both drinking in house and grabbing some beans), perhaps their Blend X!

    Ciao,

    Dennis

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    Dennis,

    Thanks for that welcome! Where exactly is St Ali in South Melbourne??

    Ill tell my girlfriend if its close by and get her to grab me some of their beans! What would you recommend getting from them?

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    Hi Scoota- All about St Ali can be found at http://www.stali.com.au/. Its very much worth a visit....as is Maling Room in Canterbury. These guys are producing near best, if not best coffee in Victoria....

    Chris

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    Thanks, Chris. I went to the site and I see I can order over the internet (gotta love that!) so Im going to give some of their coffee a go!


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    As someone else has said here, just dont try to turn this into a cooking forum...... leave that to me.
    In our home Im the bread-maker (by hand of course!) plus the expert at Moroccan tagines, Italian pancetta country soups, minestrones, roasts, all sorts of Weber barbecues etc.
    I do let my wife cook most other things, esp her delicous desserts.
    And we share coffee duty -- and I happily confess that she seems to have a better knack than I at creating really thick, creamy foam from our Atomic.
    Lets dream together at night -- my dreams are also fueled by the hope that one day Ill be owning my very own Rancilio Silvia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony link=1144141674/15#16 date=1145503226
    plus the expert at Moroccan tagines, Italian pancetta country soups, minestrones, roasts, all sorts of Weber barbecues etc.
    Anthony, I was salivating by the end of that sentence!! ;D (thatll teach me to read Coffee Snobs before eating! ;))

    I am happy to report that I received my coffee from St Ali today. Im impressed with their service, they even bothered to email me and check details were correct and if I was needing beans or ground coffee.

    And since the coffee has arrived it has been very hard to resist making one!! But if I do now, I will never get a good nights sleep! ::)

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    Hi, im a newbie on this site too, but so far, it has been one of the best coffee sites ive come across yet. Looking forward to learning more about coffee...

    Happy frothing... =)

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    Welcome to the Snobs family Audrey!

    Theres tons of great info here and if you dont find what youre looking for ask and Im sure someone will have an answer for you! :)

    Java "One big happy family....all caffeinated up!" phile

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    Hey Audrey!

    Its just like Java said! I have barely scratched the surface myself with reading what is here! Its all good! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota gal link=1144141674/0#0 date=1144141674
    Hi all.


    Once I see what sort of a reaction you have to me, Ill let you know what machine setup I have!! (cause its not all that impressive but we like it!) :)

    Hey, welcome, SG!
    Its called Coffee Snobs - not Coffee Equipment Snobs.

    Were here because we love coffee!
    :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by audrey link=1144141674/15#18 date=1145966993
    Hi, im a newbie on this site too, but so far, it has been one of the best coffee sites ive come across yet. Looking forward to learning more about coffee...

    Happy frothing... =)

    Begging your pardon, Audrey..."ONE OF".........(louder) O_N_E O-F !!!!!!!! What impertinence! What you meant was "by far the best", surely. This kind of insensitivity should lead to instant barring from the forums. Moderators - Please act! >:( ;D

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    A thousand apologies!!! Actually its true, this is THE best coffee forum I have come across as it is the only one Ive come across so far. ;) ;)
    Im only a teenage coffee newbie, only started drinking coffee few months ago.
    My mum used to have a Gaggia manual machine and it would drive her up the wall cos she said she should get crema and never could, not even a bit. She always bought pre-ground coffee from Myer. Then one day she gave up and sent the machine to the charity bin. ;D ;D ;D
    Then last week, out of the blue, she came back with an automatic. She said she happened to see a demo at a store and the machine could produce coffee with crema :o :o :o
    I got interested, then started to look up coffee sites like this one, and from what I am reading in the forum, people here say manuals produce better coffee?? :-? :-?
    I think Ill keep that to myself, since shes happy with her machine and has spent near to $3000 for it.
    After reading some threads on the forum, I think Ill try to get some fresh roasted coffee to make her a nice coffee for mothers day!!!! ;) ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by el espressio link=1144141674/15#21 date=1146130490
    Hey, welcome, SG!
    Its called Coffee Snobs - not Coffee Equipment Snobs.

    Were here because we love coffee!
    :P
    Hi el espressio! Thanks for the welcome! Check out Reply #5 and youll see what set up I have!

    Of course, in true coffee snobs fashion (well, as it appears to me so far anyway!) I am making an upgrade soon. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by audrey link=1144141674/15#23 date=1146138453
    Actually its true, this is THE best coffee forum I have come across....
    Agreed, Audrey. Youll get no arguement here! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by audrey link=1144141674/15#23 date=1146138453
    After reading some threads on the forum, I think Ill try to get some fresh roasted coffee to make her a nice coffee for mothers day!!!! ;) ;)
    Hey Audrey,

    A super-caffeinated Welcome to CoffeeSnobs! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Sounds like your Mum is in for a bit of a treat :).... nothing like a superb, freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee first thing on a Sunday morning, especially on Mothers Day ;D. Look forward to many more posts from you as the journey begins,

    Cheers,
    Mal.



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