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    Greetings from a fellow coffee snob..

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    Hi all,

    Im Joe from Perth, WA, and I thought it was about time I actually joined up and contributed, rather than lurking and sucking up as much info as I can.. seeing as the info on this forum has been invaluable to me in recent times, its time I gave some back :)

    My coffee journey began in 2006, with a Gaggia Titanium super-auto being purchased, after visiting Italy and realising how good and consistent the coffee was there (especially the Antico Caffe Greco in Rome, what a great place!).

    In 2007, after doing plenty of research, I realised that using an auto meant I was missing out on REAL coffee.. So, I took the plunge and bought this.. the good old Silvia / Rocky package with base, and lots of accessories.

    The white Rocky doser was a resto job I picked up from an ex employer of mine who had it in the "executive kitchen", to grind coffee for the drip coffee maker.. it needed a lot of work to bring it back.*

    The Auber PID was added about 2 years ago, it made a world of difference to my coffee :D




    Accessories..




    Naked portafilter that a cafe owner friend of mine gifted me..




    Lots of practice!!




    A Saeco Royal Professional was sourced off a family member and added to the line-up.





    Up to this year, Ive held off on my upgrade-itis.. but when I got the opportunity to come back to the family business (a wholesale bakery in North Perth), and the hint was dropped that I was to be given free reign on setting up a take-away coffee venture for our Saturday morning walk-in customers, I jumped at the chance to buy the machine I wanted.


    Enter the Izzo Alex Duetto II and Mazzer Mini E.* It was more than suitable for what we thought would be 30-40 coffees on a Saturday morning.





    Well... that didnt last long.* 30-40 coffees on a Saturday morning turned into 30-40 coffees AN HOUR, as the word got around that our bakery was serving what people considered to be decent coffee.* The Alex couldnt keep up!

    So we went out and found this lightly used machine for sale.. and we subsequently bought it!* Expobar Megacrem & Compak K8.* I installed it this week and Im preparing to crank it up this Saturday for the first time.




    The Alex / Mazzer now sits proudly on the bench at home, where my Silvia and Saeco Royal used to sit.. the Royal has been delegated to office kitchen duties, and the Silvia / Rocky is in a box in the garage, ready to be sold at some stage.. its gonna be hard to let it go, its been such a faithful beast!* The Rocky doser was bought by a friend, who was chasing one for a secondary / decaf home grinder.




    Well thats me.. thanks for reading.* Im looking forward to contributing back to a community that has helped me with lots and lots of info over the years.

    Cheers :D


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    Great story and great path Joe. Welcome to the fold!


    Java "Sippin a cuppa and watching for tornados!" phile

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    Welcome to CS. Thats got to be the best first post ever!

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    My welcome also, great to have you on board at CSs.

    Steve :)

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    Thanks for the welcome guys :D

    Although I thought the upgrade bug would stop with the Alex, the accessories now need to match.. its a neverending story, but a very satisfying one as Im sure you all know!

    Im very keen to really throw myself into my "art" and learn coffee from top to bottom, the better I get at it, the more my customers benefit from it.

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    Greetings and welcome from a fellow Perthite and Alex/Mazzer owner ;)

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    Re: Greetings from a fellow coffee snob..

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C6F62677D7A6D0E0 link=1305076240/0#0 date=1305076240
    The Alex / Mazzer now sits proudly on the bench at home, where my Silvia and Saeco Royal used to sit..
    I like it.

    Alright, new plan for me.

    1. Buy a bakery
    2. Buy shiny coffee machine to go in said bakery (must remember to claim the tax deduction) ;D
    3. Upgrade bakery machine and upgrade home machine too

    Win-win really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5D485A41404C290 link=1305076240/6#6 date=1305093575
    1. Buy a bakery
    I know of one for sale...

    But....

    2. Buy shiny coffee machine to go in said bakery (must remember to claim the tax deduction)* ;D
    3. Upgrade bakery machine and upgrade home machine too

    Win-win really!
    It currently already has two shiny machines sitting on the bench there though I guess, one of them will go when you buy it!* ;) ;D



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    Quote Originally Posted by 3E3D30352F283F5C0 link=1305076240/0#0 date=1305076240
    Hi all,

    Im Joe from Perth, WA, and I thought it was about time I actually joined up and contributed, rather than lurking and sucking up as much info as I can.. seeing as the info on this forum has been invaluable to me in recent times, its time I gave some back :)
    Welcome Joe, great intro to yourself and thanks for showing us your journey so far.

    I think that as far as "sucking up info" goes, its a great place to do that and no one here thinks any less of any one for doing it! :)


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    Joe! you made it! :)

    I joined CS basically right when I bought my first machine (rather than lurking), and have had so much help here, its made my coffee journey just that much better!

    Shall I start counting now the days until you start home roasting? then soon after fit a shop-roasted in at the bakery? *smirk*

    I gotta come in on Sat and give the expobar a go! Also will have to bring in some home-roast :)

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    Great intro Joe and Welcome from me too.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Love your progression through time - unbeatable. 8-)

    Have fun mate, lots to learn and do.... :)

    Mal.

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    Re: Greetings from a fellow coffee snob..

    Thanks everyone :D

    James, I knew youd pop in sooner rather than later :D

    Home roasting is something Ive been considering for a while, but until I find more time, I will unfortunately have to hold off.. I already spend too much time playing with my machines!

    Come down any Saturday you like to try the Expobar.. and if you want to have a crack at the Alex, thats at home now. Keen to try your home blend ;)

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    Re: Greetings from a fellow coffee snob..

    Quote Originally Posted by 697975756E7B457D7B761A0 link=1305076240/7#7 date=1305095418
    Quote Originally Posted by 5D485A41404C290 link=1305076240/6#6 date=1305093575
    1. Buy a bakery
    I know of one for sale...

    But....

    2. Buy shiny coffee machine to go in said bakery (must remember to claim the tax deduction)* ;D
    3. Upgrade bakery machine and upgrade home machine too

    Win-win really!
    It currently already has two shiny machines sitting on the bench there though I guess, one of them will go when you buy it!* ;) ;D

    That looks like a hot bread shop to me :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by 30333E3B212631520 link=1305076240/12#12 date=1305161657

    That looks like a hot bread shop to me :D

    Sure is Joe!* ;) The one where I work and stand behind that brown machine all day! ;D

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    Re: Greetings from a fellow coffee snob..

    Do you ever use the Elektra? That thing looks damn cool!!

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    Well its been a long time between drinks, but the story goes.. in November 2011 we had to shut down the pop-up café due to logistical issues i.e. parking and council involvement.

    So I sold the Expobar and sat in the background doing nothing but tinkering with some coffee at home on the Izzo Alex Duetto II.

    Then in September 2012, a local café of mine which I was a regular at a few times a week, came up for sale.. SO I BOUGHT IT!

    I'm now the proud owner of txtSHOTS Espresso Bar in North Perth.. ranked number 3 on Perth Coffee Scape currently, I plan on keeping the coffee as good as it is now (if not better), and just making tweaks to other areas of the place that can be improved.

    We have a Mazzer Robur, 2x Mazzer Kony's and a Ruggero Americano 3 group (the same as the one pictured above, in the 3 boiler PID version).

    Very excited and nervous at the same time, as I know the baking industry more than the café industry, but I'm definitely seeing parallels between them.
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