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    My progress so far

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    Hey all,

    Im laid up at home with a cold, so thought Id take this opportunity to post an update on my progress so far.

    In the few short weeks since finding this forum, I have purchased the following equipment; Rancilio Silvia, Sunbeam EM0480 grinder, Breville Crazy Popper and an X1 heatgun from Bunnings... oh and last, but certainly not least, a starter pack of green beans from the BeanBay! This sure isnt an inexpensive hobby to get into, but the ongoing costs are relatively cheap and the enjoyment factor so far has been immense.

    The evening of the great Silvia unboxing, I think I poured twenty or thirty shots before finally getting a decent espresso. Since that night, things have only gotten better :) I have roasted and tasted samples from each of the four green beans in the sample pack, and boy are they great! Ive had about 10 guests sample my coffee, and each one of them has been amazed at how good the coffee is - most are a little bemused when I tell them I roasted it myself! I dont think my coffee is yet as great as it could be, but it is getting better very quickly.

    My favourite bean so far has been the Indian Tiger Mountain, followed closely by the Peru Segunda and My Sore Nuggets (that name gets quite a chuckle from my friends ;D). I have roasted most of the beans using my Crazy Popper, but have done one batch using my heatgun, wok and whisk... I think this method resulted in a better roast, but the Crazy Popper is super easy so Ill keep using it for smaller batches.

    I wanted to thank everyone on this board for all of the informative posts and friendly suggestions. I havent posted a lot, but Ive read lots of the archived threads and have learned more in a few weeks than i would have thought possible. I hope to continue learning and hopefully contribute a little more as well.

    Cheers,
    bean_junky


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    Re: My progress so far

    Happy travels bean_junky! They sound great so far! Though, I should think youll be upgrading that grinder sometime soon...;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota gal link=1173907839/0#1 date=1173909333
    Happy travels bean_junky! They sound great so far! Though, I should think youll be upgrading that grinder sometime soon...;)
    Thanks scoota gal. Ive got to say, your name has popped up quite often in many of the informative posts I have read from the archives.... so my sincerest thanks to you!

    I think a grinder upgrade is definitely on the cards, but not for a while yet. Having said that, the Sunbeam has been performing fairly well for me so far. I thought at one stage that there was a problem with drift, but it was just the fact that I was changing beans so often and didnt realise how differently some beans need to be ground. When I do have money to purchase a better grinder, I think Ill keep the Sunbeam for use as a Decaf grinder or for Mokka Pot/Plunger grinds etc. Im hoping that better quality grinders arent as loud as the Sunbeam - my neighbour hasnt said anything yet, but shes got to be wondering what all the noise is coming from my kitchen at 6am!

    bean_junky

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    Quote Originally Posted by bean_junky link=1173907839/0#2 date=1173910309
    Im hoping that better quality grinders arent as loud as the Sunbeam - my neighbour hasnt said anything yet, but shes got to be wondering what all the noise is coming from my kitchen at 6am!

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    Yep, you are well on the way on your coffee journey.

    Re better grinders being quieter.... dont hold your breath on that one..... whilst some are worse than others, grinding coffee is always a very noisy business..... My La Cimbali Jnr stops all conversation for a considerable distance. ::)

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    Re: My progress so far

    having upgraded my sunbeam to a mazzer i was surprised of the added bonus of the mazzer being a fair bit quieter... i didnt expect it, but i think it is the solid construction, deadens some of the sounds i think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1173907839/0#3 date=1173911028
    Yep, you are well on the way on your coffee journey.

    Re better grinders being quieter.... dont hold your breath on that one..... whilst some are worse than others, grinding coffee is always a very noisy business..... My La Cimbali Jnr stops all conversation for a considerable distance. ::)
    Yes, but at least when the people who have stopped their conversations look over to see what all the noise is about, they see a well-made piece of machinery that looks great sitting on your bench :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krusty link=1173907839/0#4 date=1173931483
    having upgraded my sunbeam to a mazzer i was surprised of the added bonus of the mazzer being a fair bit quieter... i didnt expect it, but i think it is the solid construction, deadens some of the sounds i think...
    Apart from the sound, did you notice any other benefit from upgrading from the Sunbeam - I mean in the quality of the grind and ultimately the coffee, I dont doubt the difference in construction and quality makes it a worthwhile upgrade in its own right.

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