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    best roasted beans for cappuccino???

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    hey guys

    my em6910 and em0480 grinder are now on order (my first coffee machine).
    Ive been going through the beanbay selections, theres so many to choose from...I was gona get the newbie pack, but i thought id get everyones opinion first

    What beans go best for cappuccinos coz thats basically all i drink.

    Also do i get them whole roasted, filter ground or plunger ground???
    Im not sure what these are...from my understanding i should be getting them as a whole bean bcoz thats why i have the em0480 grinder for....but correct me if im wrong.

    Also at what speed and duraction should they be grinded for to match with my em6910??

    Excuse the list of questions...any advise would be great.
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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    The Yemen is fantastic but a little exepensive (still worth it). Andys WOW is a great all rounder with or withour milk and a personal favourite is the Wahgi for its chocolatey flavours.

    No right or wrong answers as your taste will vary to everyone elses :)

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Do what I do,try as many beans from as many plantations from any country that grows them,roast them and start your own list of favourites! Ive been woking on mine for 30 odd years,aahhhh coffee :D

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    baz,

    Everyone has a different preference and opinion. Ultimately you need to try as many as you want and pick your fave.

    What I would recommend to start out is choose a good all rounder such as the WOW and stick with it until you become comfortable with the machine and get in to a routine. Then you can begin experimenting with other beans. Trying too many different blends or single origins when starting out will make your learning curve much steeper as youre always changing a variable that doesnt need changing.

    Order whole bean as you have a grinder coming. And remember, always use fresh beans, preferably less than 3 weeks since roasting and grind right before making your coffee. Anything older than 3 weeks will be stale and behave differently to a fresh batch. What I mean by behave is it will have less crema, pour faster (requiring a much finer grind) and will taste ordinary at best.

    Best of luck.

    -ACog

    oh, and get yourself along to Sunbeams free coffee course. http://www.sunbeamcoffeeschool.com.au

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    Hi Baz,
    I really like the roasted sample pack from Beanbay, you get 4 different beans that have been roasted the same week. *Its a great way of trying a range of different beans. *Ive even had a couple of varieties that I havent seen offered on Beanbay *8-)
    Then I write my own little reviews and so, am gradually learning more about what I like, and how I prefer different beans prepared.
    Its good fun!! *:D
    Cheers - Carrie

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Baz

    I vote for get on the Sunbeam course ASAP. There is nothing like someone showing you how. Even before you open the box. The combination you have works well but you wont believe the noises and if you havent used an espresso machine before getting all the variables lined up is a bit interesting.

    As for the grind just remember you are only making an espresso. Whether it is a cappucino, latte or anthing else happens after the you pull the espresso.


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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F4C57151915182D0 link=1237712042/0#0 date=1237712042
    What beans go best for cappuccinos coz thats basically all i drink.
    Theres no answer to that question because a cappuccino is a style of coffee.
    I suggest you find one that tastes best to you; thats half the fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F4C57151915182D0 link=1237712042/0#0 date=1237712042
    Also do i get them whole roasted, filter ground or plunger ground???
    Im not sure what these are...from my understanding i should be getting them as a whole bean bcoz thats why i have the em0480 grinder for....but correct me if im wrong.
    Whole beans.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F4C57151915182D0 link=1237712042/0#0 date=1237712042
    Also at what speed and duraction should they be grinded for to match with my em6910??
    Your grinder doesnt have variable speed or a timer to set.
    You grind a volume of beans as needed.

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 6F534E555F5E495C545F3B0 link=1237712042/6#6 date=1237776326
    What beans go best for cappuccinos coz thats basically all i drink.
    Theres no answer to that question because a cappuccino is a style of coffee.
    I suggest you find one that tastes best to you; thats half the fun.
    Well...perhaps a partial answer is available. *Milk based drinks generally benefit from a darker roast and a bit more acidity to cut through the milk.

    Given the high prevalence of milk based espresso drinks in Australia, your roaster will certainly have numerous beans & blends to recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67524B411514220 link=1237712042/7#7 date=1237780498
    Milk based drinks generally benefit from a darker roast and a bit more acidity to cut through the milk.
    so would you say that the [s]expresso[/s] espresso wow would be on top of the list in terms of its darkness in roast and acidity? or is there not one type but a group. if the latter, which would you list in that catagory?

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Found the WOW to be very quiet in milk based drinks, but stand your tastebuds on end as straight espresso.
    Just my opinion though.
    Dont disregard all lighter roasts as some will cut through milk quite well.

    CB

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    Quote Originally Posted by 415657495C5D56020102330 link=1237712042/9#9 date=1237782921
    Found the WOW to be very quiet in milk based
    Should have mentioned I drink my Lattes as doubles :o

    Currently enjoying a Rwandan MIG double :) So many choices and none of them perfect got to love coffee confusion :D

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 392E2F3124252E7A797A4B0 link=1237712042/9#9 date=1237782921
    Dont disregard all lighter roasts as some will cut through milk quite well.
    Thanks for that redzone.

    I was going to say that I get a lot of praise for my flat whites and caps based on a PNG Kimel taken to just before SC.

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    png, sulawesi, peru, all really nice with milk in my opinion. *It will be more about if you can make a good coffee, than how good the coffee beans are (given you are buying them off beanbay!). *

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D514C575D5C4B5E565D390 link=1237712042/11#11 date=1237795395

    I was going to say that I get a lot of praise for my flat whites and caps based on a PNG Kimel taken to just before.

    Certainly - have just toned down some Kimel with some Brazilian Daterra - and still good in a latte.

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    thanx guys....ill try the espresso wow for now and see how i go with...im definately considering the png and others too...still plenty of time till i pull a decent shot.

    just with the grinding (got the em0480), ive noticed that its got something like 20 different grinding settings. does anyone know what i should have that setting on to match with the em6910 machine???

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Baz... Read teh grinder section... Lots of info there...

    The settings are different for each machine... You could also read the User manual as it also suggests where to start at, as a guide.

    It also depends on teh beans - FRESH not Supermarket ones...



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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Regardless of the machine youre using "baz" if you start off with coffee ground so that it feels like fine table salt when rubbed between your fingers, that should get things started for you.... :)

    Mal.

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 7172692B272B26130 link=1237712042/14#14 date=1237810215
    just with the grinding (got the em0480), ive noticed that its got something like 20 different grinding settings. does anyone know what i should have that setting on to match with the em6910 machine???
    Hi Baz - the espresso machine is irrelevant but the manual for the grinder suggests 12-16 for an espresso grind.

    I had read loads in here about the EM0480 before I got mine, with snobs having trouble, needing spacers etc but the common thread I saw through that was to set it at 10.

    So first go I set it at 10......on the EM6910 "shot clock" I was straight off the dial and nothing, I mean nothing coming through the pf.

    Wound it back to 16 and bang!! In the zone. Depending on the age of the beans, temp, humidity etc I have found myself somewhere in the 12-16 band for espresso grind, and never outside it. Use this as a starting point as per the manual. Oh yeah, ring Sunbeam customer service and get the snout for it too, part number EM048X. Trust me, you need it.

    Hope this helps

    Chris

    ...who really feels like he lucked out with both devices working as per SB manuals...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 674A4E424F230 link=1237712042/16#16 date=1237815510
    Regardless of the machine youre using "baz" if you start off with coffee ground so that it feels like fine table salt when rubbed between your fingers, that should get things started for you....
    thanx mal will keep that in mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4048505A47230 link=1237712042/17#17 date=1237846470
    I have found myself somewhere in the 12-16 band for espresso grind, and never outside it. Use this as a starting point as per the manual.
    thanx for that, im gona try and keep it within that range, im guessing you use the beans from beanbay too. ill be using the espresso wow roasted whole bean (should be on arrival soon)

    Quote Originally Posted by 4048505A47230 link=1237712042/17#17 date=1237846470
    ring Sunbeam customer service and get the snout for it too, part number EM048X. Trust me, you need it.
    forgive my ignorance but what exactly is this???

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 6063783A363A37020 link=1237712042/18#18 date=1237851458
    somewhere in the 12-16 band
    Ive bought two EM480s, 1 for French Press at home and one for my parents as a gift. *Theirs worked straight out of the box but mine needed THREE spacers to get anywhere *:( * Hope you have better luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6063783A363A37020 link=1237712042/18#18 date=1237851458
    but what exactly is this
    Its a franga for your grinder! *The stock snout is too short and leads to grinds being flung everywhere. *Sunbeam have made a kinked silicone tube that slides over the snout to address this. *I think theres a photo of one on this site actually. *looks around* Ahh, here tis. *Courtesy of TassieBean. *:)

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 55564D0F030F02370 link=1237712042/18#18 date=1237851458

    im guessing you use the beans from beanbay too.
    We smoke and chaff our own baz, but doubt the grind needed will be much distance from Andys fresh brownbean offerings.

    Im wondering on how long before you are doing the same

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B6E777D29281E0 link=1237712042/19#19 date=1237852524
    ts a franga for your grinder!The stock snout is too short and leads to grinds being flung everywhere.Sunbeam have made a kinked silicone tube that slides over the snout to address this.I think theres a photo of one on this site actually. *looks around* Ahh, here tis.Courtesy of TassieBean.

    Casey.
    yep... i gotcha now.
    Yeh ill find out when i make the pick up on the products this week. Im guessing the convenient snout is on the newer em0480s. ill double check it anyway before i purchase.
    thanx for that chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7B7863212D212C190 link=1237712042/21#21 date=1237869296

    Im guessing the convenient snout is on the newer em0480s. ill double check it anyway before i purchase.
    thanx for that chris
    No it aint baz - got my grinder about 4 weeks ago.

    It takes a call to Sunbeam Customer service 1300 881 861

    with the part number I posted above EM048X

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    Re: best roasted beans for cappuccino???

    Quote Originally Posted by 4149515B46220 link=1237712042/22#22 date=1237872358
    No it aint baz - got my grinder about 4 weeks ago.

    It takes a call to Sunbeam Customer service 1300 881 861

    with the part number I posted above EM048X

    Chris
    thats right you did say earlier...
    whats the charge?

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    nuffink

    SB are really good with simple customer service in my experience.

    Havent needed them for major customer service and hoping not to need it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7179616B76120 link=1237712042/24#24 date=1237878485
    nuffink

    SB are really good with simple customer service in my experience.

    Havent needed them for major customer service and hoping not to need it...

    Chris
    thats awsum
    cheers



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