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    CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight

    We really need a CoffeeSnobs glossary, there are so many specific terms, acronyms, words and shortened phrases that we all use and it must be a nightare for newbies.

    We can make these "hotlinks" like we have for BeanBay and the site sponsors.

    A fairly simple page with the term and a one line desciption should be enough to demystify some of our jargon.

    So... add away!

    When we have a list Ill make a page and create the hotlinks.


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    As a recent newbie, I think some good ones would be:

    doser/doserless
    stepped/stepless/micrometrical
    HX
    single boiler/double boiler/dual purpose boiler
    coretto
    PID
    ramping
    pre-infusion
    porterfilter
    showerscreen

    theres more, and I dont pretend to be able to provide good enough meanings for these, hopefully some more experienced CSers will fill in the blanks...

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    pf = portafilter - the group handle (that holds the filter basket)

    EDIT: was hoping to be first and got pipped by doug81.
    Shouldnt you be asleep doug?

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7448554E444552474F44200 link=1232371219/2#2 date=1232375676
    Sleep is overrated.
    8-)


    I can see we will need sections in the glossary too.

    General Forum

    PM = Personal Message, a sort of mail system internal to the forum. Also called IM (Instant Messaging). http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?action=im

    FS = For Sale

    UserCP = User Control Panel, the area that you make changes to your profile including email address, password and details.

    Coffee Making Hardware

    Double Boiler = Like the name implies, the coffee machine has 2 boilers. One for steam , one for the espresso shot. You can steam milk and pour a shot of coffee at the same time.

    HX = Heat eXchanger - Method used by single boiler coffee machines to provide two different tempertures within the same boiler. The main boiler for steam and the heat exchanger feeds the group head. You can steam milk and pour a shot of coffee at the same time.

    pf = portafilter - the group handle (that holds the filter basket) in an espresso machine.

    PID = Proportional Integral Derivative, a big name for a smarter and better thermostat that allows fine and accurate adjustment.

    Single Boiler = One boiler in the espresso machine that does both steam for milk (over 100C+) and hot water for the espresso shot (94C.). *Often with a switch to toggle between functions.


    Roasting Devices

    Coretto = A home modified bread maker for roasting coffee. *Typically also uses a heat-gun / paint stripper to provide the heat. *Named after Queensland CSr Belinda who first started using one.

    Gene = short for a Gene Cafe, a commercially made home roasting machine.

    HG = Heat Gun bought from a hardware store, intended to used to strip paint, they are also a great heat source for home roasting.

    Hottop = a commercially made home roasting machine.

    Imex = a commercially made home roasting machine.

    Iroast = a commercially made home roasting machine.

    Popper = A domestic Pop Corn making machine, one of the easiest ways of starting home roasting. Toss 80 grams of green coffee beans into a popper, turn it on and in about 6 minutes you will have roasted coffee.


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    FC - first crack
    RFC - rolling...
    SC - second crack
    RSC - rolling...


    SD - smokeydeck
    RSD - *;D

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Thread = Two or more posts about a particular subject
    OT = Off-topic. Some or all of a post is unrelated to the the subject of a thread
    OP = Original Post (first post in a thread) or Original Poster

    Perhaps a link to a page that contains all the usual suspects for email abbreviations - I had a laugh, giggled like a schoolgirl, etc

    Fluid bed - a roasting machine which uses hot air to both roast and agitate the bean

    Single Origin = A bean which comes from a single coffee growing estate or region. Usually the Estate or region name is attached e.g. Ethiopian Harrar

    Blend: Two or more beans from different origins mixed or roasted together.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    To add to Flynn Aus Single Origin - people also refer to it as SO

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7E606266687469686E660D0 link=1232371219/4#4 date=1232394130
    SD - smokeydeck
    ::) I was going to submit TG (have done it before on another forum) but decided Im too humble these days.


    Quote Originally Posted by 69637661616E7A7C0F0 link=1232371219/5#5 date=1232396476
    Blend: Two or more beans from different origins mixed or roasted together. *
    A blend can be the same SO roasted to different profiles.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    MT - Mountain Top (Australian Coffee grower - also see MTE - Mountain Top Estate)
    BOWOW - Burny Ow Ows

    I also think we need a hotlink for the important posts that new or newish members should read, like the Site sales and posting policy
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1115338528

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    I have been using HG for heat gun and BM for breadmaker.

    Should the glossary be in two parts?
    One for terms like: dosser, corretto etc
    One for abbreviations: TX, pf, SO etc

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0003111115031B620 link=1232371219/9#9 date=1232413805
    Should the glossary be in two parts?
    One for terms like: dosser, corretto etc
    One for abbreviations: TX, pf, SO etc *
    I dont think so.
    One part only in alphabetical order should suffice.

    I have a glossary in my game website for the same reason (newbs) and find that its easier to navigate and update a single section.

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    Burny Ow Ows - Havent heard that one for a while - it gets my vote.

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    "graeme" - what Coffee Snobs call the black plastic thingy found in some portafilters/group handles.


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0935283339382F3A32395D0 link=1232371219/7#7 date=1232405114
    A blend can be the same SO roasted to different profiles.
    I would have still called that a Single Origin

    So if I get SO beans from two different batches eg 2007 and 2006, mix them together then roast, is that still a SO or is it a blend? Then if I roast two amounts of beans from one SO batch separately and then mix them its a blend? What if they are roasted using the same profile but one lot was roasted a day or two earlier than the other.

    Anyway, this argument is OT here but I think needs more consideration. I can understand the reasoning but calling it a blend muddies the water too much. I think in the spirit of KISS, Id rather define a blend as being from two or more different origins.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    I see your point of view, it is the most common explanation, and for newbs may be sufficient, but Ill let Andy decide.


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 373D283F3F302422510 link=1232371219/5#5 date=1232396476
    OT = Off-topic. Some or all of a post is unrelated to the the subject of a thread
    OP = Original Post (first post in a thread) or Original Poster

    Perhaps a link to a page that contains all the usual suspects for email abbreviations - I had a laugh, giggled like a schoolgirl, etc

    ...or hotlink them to a page that says

    DONT USE HERE

    8-)

    (they drive me nuts, I had a laugh giggled like a schoolgirl)

    [hr]

    how about...


    SO - (see single origin)

    Single Origin = A bean which comes from a single coffee growing estate or region. Usually the Estate or region name is attached e.g. Ethiopian Harrar

    SO Blend - A blend of beans from the same origin or farm. Could be different roast depths post-blended or different crops pre-blended.

    Blend - Two or more beans from different origins mixed or roasted together.

    Pre-blend - Green beans blended prior to roasting and roasted toether.

    Post-blend - Different roast batches combined to make a blend.


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6649435E270 link=1232371219/13#13 date=1232418687
    how about...


    SO - (see single origin)

    Single Origin = A bean which comes from a single coffee growing estate or region. Usually the Estate or region name is attached e.g. Ethiopian Harrar

    SO Blend - A blend of beans from the same origin or farm.Could be different roast depths post-blended or different crops pre-blended.

    Blend - Two or more beans from different origins mixed or roasted together.

    Pre-blend - Green beans blended prior to roasting and roasted toether.

    Post-blend - Different roast batches combined to make a blend.
    Yep (after spellcheck).

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    As a newbie, the terms I have found unfamiliar and needed to investigate to satisfy my curiosity were, corretto, blind basket and naked PF. Other terms/names that I have come across and not bothered to look up yet are syphon and Hario. If this glossary is going to cover all things coffee a definition of what each type of shot is and how to produce it would also be useful, eg espresso, ristretto, agafato (havent looked that one up yet either) latte, flat white, etc, etc... I know these discriptions are available on google etc, but all in one place would be great ;)


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Slow day at work, a few more from me;

    Bar - Measure of pressure. 1 bar = 100 kilopascal = 14.5 psi. Espresso is usually brewed at 9 bar.

    Basket – Thing in the portafilter that hold the coffee grinds.

    Bean cooler – *A device to cool down beans. Stops the internal roasting process.

    Blade grinder – oxymoron. Doesn’t really grind. Avoid.

    CS – A Coffee Snob. Also the level of a roast determined by the colour of the beans, higher the number darker the bean.

    Cupping -

    Data logger – A DMM that transmits data (roasting temperature) to a computer.

    Degassing – Time after roasting to allow gas out of bean.

    Descale – Removing scale (mineral deposits) from the internals of a coffee machine.

    Divot – The hole left behind when a small outer layer of coffee bean that explodes off during roasting.

    DMM – Digital Multi Meter.

    Flush – Running brew water through brew head to heat/cool brew head or to temp surf.

    French press – See plunger.

    Gronking – Putting a temperature gauge on a boiler.

    Naked PF – A Portafilter with no bottom, exposes the bottom of the basket.

    OPV – Over Pressure Valve. Controls brew pressure.

    Plunger – See French press.

    Prosumer – Someone with an expensive hobby. Describes a person/device that is in between professional and consumer

    Puck – Coffee that is left in the basket after brewing. Looks a little like a hockey puck.

    Ramp – Linear climb in bean temp during roasting.

    Ristretto – Restricted shot. Less than 30ml for a single. Less than 60ml for a double.

    Roasting profile – Way in which a bean is roast. How long, temp, ramp etc.

    Robusta – Stop swearing!! I mean it.

    Shot – 30ml of liquid.

    Steeping – Time allowed for hot water to interact with coffee grinds (french press, syphon).

    Syphon – Device for brewing coffee.

    TC or Thermocouple – Two different metals joined that produce different current at different temps. Usually connected to a DMM or PID.

    Temp surfing – Time to get a PID. Guessing the brew temp on a single boiler. Determined by flushing and/or time from when thermostat switches on/off.

    Thermoblock – A block of metal with lots of little channels that is heated to brew temp. Water is passed through channels to grouphead.

    Thermostat – Cheap device that switches on and off heating elements depending on temp (controls boiler temp)

    Three way valve -

    Tipping – Black burnt tips on roasted coffee beans.

    Yirg – Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    A bit off topic but one of the hardest things as a newbie is the lack of "how tos".

    I would see people talk about a "stepless Rocky" and would struggle to find anything on how to do it. I really hated the "search is your friend". Half the times I cant find anything. Although I must say that increasing the post from 30-50 has been great. THANKS!!

    Is it possible in the future to have a section of how tos? Maybe broken down in to Brewing, grinders, syphons, machines etc.

    Maybe members could send in guides that a moderator could post?

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    I meant Affogato, now I know its an ice cream and coffee dessert, so maybe thats off the list :-[

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4579647F757463767E75110 link=1232371219/14#14 date=1232418902
    Yep (after spellcheck).
    Typing on a dodgy wireless keyboard that drops keys while Im packing BeanBay shipments... multitask is tough enough, doing it well is harder.

    :)

    ...but thanks for the audit TG. We will get you to proof the final one too.

    Quote Originally Posted by 777D687F7F706462110 link=1232371219/18#18 date=1232421349
    Hehehe - but then that might be the subject of a different thread: "how not to annoy the site admin"
    Pretty hard not to some days but its a nice idea just the same.

    While we owe much to our friends and allies around the world the creeping Americanisms are taking over our language (for better or worse). In Australia it’s a group handle, in Italy the home of espresso it’s a group handle, in America it’s a portafilter on CoffeeSnobs it’s a group handle!

    Naked PF – A Portafilter with no bottom, exposes the bottom of the basket.

    will become something like...

    PF - (see Group Handle)
    Naked PF – (see naked Naked Group Handle)

    Naked Group Handle – A group handle with no bottom, exposes the bottom of the basket.

    Thats my unsolicited 2.2 cents (incGST) anyway.

    ....we can analyze and criticize our favorite colors after we catalog this list.

    [hr]

    Keep em coming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 595A48484C5A423B0 link=1232371219/16#16 date=1232419969
    Gronking
    I had a laugh (sorry Andy)

    Quote Originally Posted by 595A48484C5A423B0 link=1232371219/16#16 date=1232419969
    Robusta – Stop swearing!! I mean it.
    giggled like a schoolgirl (sorry Andy - again)

    Quote Originally Posted by 7A555F423B0 link=1232371219/21#21 date=1232423619
    ...but thanks for the audit TG.We will get you to proof the final one too.
    it was meant as a reminder and Im more than happy to proof the final one.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7A555F423B0 link=1232371219/21#21 date=1232423619
    While we owe much to our friends and allies around the world the creeping Americanisms are taking over our language (for better or worse). In Australia it’s a group handle, in Italy the home of espresso it’s a group handle, in America it’s a portafilter on CoffeeSnobs it’s a group handle!

    Naked PF – A Portafilter with no bottom, exposes the bottom of the basket.

    will become something like...

    PF - (see Group Handle)
    Naked PF – (see naked Naked Group Handle)

    Naked Group Handle – A group handle with no bottom, exposes the bottom of the basket.

    Thats my unsolicited 2.2 cents (incGST) anyway.

    ....we can analyze and criticize our favorite colors after we catalog this list.
    Im all for keeping American "English" at bay.
    Can we use GH (instead of PF) from now on? I wont use PF again; unless its to explain why we should use GH.

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    ....we can [s]analyze[/s] analyse and [s]criticize[/s] criticise our [s]favorite[/s] favourite [s]colors[/s] colours after we [s]catalog[/s] catalogue this list.
    ;D
    Oh you are a funny man!
    I laughed out loud!

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    Getting back on track a few more;

    Alkaloids – A nitrogen based compound. Two in coffee; caffeine and trigonelline. Bitter tasting.

    Back flushing – A way of cleaning an espresso machine using a blind filter and chemicals

    Blind filter – Not really a filter. A basket with no holes. Used in backflushing.

    Brewing – The act of extracting coffee.

    COE – Cup Of Excellence. See www.cupofexcellence.org/

    Coffee pods - See Robusta

    Dose – The amount of coffee in a basket

    Expresso – Considered very rude language. Andy may cancel your account. It is espresso.

    Fair trade – A trade system for paying the coffee farmer fairly.
    Sometimes to used charge the consumer unfairly.

    Lever machine – An espresso machine where a manual level is used instead of an electrical pump.

    Water distributor – A part in the brew group that distributes the water evenly through the shower screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 010D040407073D0F170F620 link=1232371219/15#15 date=1232419955
    agafato
    Agressive bottom burping? :-?

    That wins word of the day! :D ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2B283A3A3E2830490 link=1232371219/24#24 date=1232433290
    Coffee pods - See Robusta
    Jokes and standard CS advice about avoiding pods aside, in my pre-Snob days I used to buy pods that were designed to be used in [s]portaf[/s]...I mean group handles with special filter baskets. My last two machines had these. The pods I bought were arabica, not robusta, and didnt make too bad a brew if you didnt mind not having a crema.

    Anyway...

    Distribution: a means of ensuring the coffee grounds are distributed evenly in the basket before tamping


    WDT: Weiss Distribution technique - a technique mainly involving stirring the grounds with a pointy object to break up clumps

    NSEW: A distribution technique involving the use of a finger or blade to sweep the grounds forward then backwards then right then left (ie north, south, east, west)

    Stockfleths Move: A distribution method involving the thumb or fingers to lightly press the grounds into the basket using a rotational movement. Often used by professional baristi.

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    Instant coffee = crime against flavour (discuss here at your peiril)
    Vacuum Coffee maker - Coffee Syphon = traditional coffee making device dating from the 1840s that makes supurb coffee today. see (XYZ link)
    Basket = where the ground beans go prior to Tamping and extracting. The basket sits inside the Portafilter (handle)
    Tamper and Tamping = A tamper normally metal is a close fit to the Basket and presses the ground coffee into the correct level prior to extracting. Tamping is the method used to correctly press the grounds.
    Puck = Ground coffee in the basket after extraction. Should be a solid mass that is then knocked out before the next brew.
    Knock Box = a bin for used pucks.

    many more I suspect to add but here is a good list as well
    http://www.coffeeterms.com/coffee-brewing.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3437252521372F560 link=1232371219/16#16 date=1232419969
    Slow day at work, a few more from me;
    ...

    French press – See plunger.

    ...

    Plunger – See French press.
    Im stuck in an infinite loop! :D

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs glossary - input please.

    Just another thought aswell on the Tampers.

    Convex and Flat and what differentiates them. Suitability? etc....

    -Linda

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    AM. *A bright sparkie

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