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    OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Gday all,

    I am about to undertake the official 1st grinding session with fresh beans.

    I would just like to know if I am allowed to change the fineness of the grind whilst there are beans in the hopper? If I do a grind and I get a gusher, am I able to adjust for finer grind straight away or do I have to empty the hopper of beans before setting the rocky for a finer grind?

    Thanks.

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    grind just anlittle bit and turf that as it will be ground to previous setting, and yep you can change with beans in hopper

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Shannon, congratulations on your upcoming virgin grind.

    Its a good practice to put in the hopper only as many beans as youll grind right away. You can weigh them if you like, but youll soon be able to judge the amount fairly closely.

    Thats not to say every last bean has to be ground.

    There will also be some residual ground coffee in the grinder that hasnt been swept out. Obviously, if you change the setting, that little amount will be finer/coarser than the new batch.

    I dont know whether this system works on a Rocky, but it does on the Iberital: give the hopper a sharp tap, and a teaspoonful of previously-ground coffee will tall through the chute.

    Sullos advice of displacing them by wasting a few new beans is also good.

    Youll find that adjustment is an on-going, sometimes frustrating process. Until you get to know your new toy, it may be advantageous to stick to one type of bean.

    Have fun

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Thanks guys for the advice

    Well I have just spent about an hour and a half playing with the new beast and firstly I have to say that I am so glad my wife is away for work this weekend because my kitchen is in VERY bad shape at the moment ;)

    This learning curve is going to be tough I believe. Slowed somewhat by the fact that I have changed 2 variables at the one time - got the grinder yesterday, and as luck would have it my single walled baskets came in and were picked up this morning - so I am also learning the art of tamp pressure as well as grinding.

    I have found that at the moment I have the rockmeister set to 13 and am giving a reasonable tamp (havent weighed it in just yet that will come tomorrow) and I have myself a reasonable 55 - 60 ml pour in 30 secs. It took a while to get over 30 in 30 at first, all I can say it that my duel walled tamp pressure must have been pretty high as I dont feel as though I leaning on it much at the moment. It is all going to be a learning curve as I said though.

    Just as a test I thought Id run some of my supermarket stuff through the single wall first to see the difference - 110 mls in 25secs :D blonded afer about 12 secs.

    1st impressions are good for the rocky, I even had my Dad over this arvo and braved making a genuine cup for him and me (as opposed to the 15 or so that went into the measuring cup for timings etc. He said it was a good cuppa, and I think he would have told me if it wasnt so that is a good sign!! Also whilst I havent noticed a great deal of difference in the overall taste, my initial feelings are this:

    No bitter crema on top - Yay, a fair bit smoother all over, and last but certainly not least from a visual side of things, pouring a rosetta came a lot easier - I was always a bit of a skeptic about the fresly ground beans making it easier, I just thought it had to come almost soley down to frothing proper;y combined with pouring technique - I have changed my opinion because in the last 24hrs I have not become a frothing master or good pour fiend, however I made 2 clear rosettas this evening!

    Well, now you have listened to my ramblings - someone has to as my long suffering wife isnt here to pretend she cares about what I am ranting about ;D - I am now off to spend the next 2 days cleaning coffee out of every nook and cranny of our kitchen and pretending like its the cleanest process of grinding known to man!!

    CU

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    shannon how fresh are your beans? are you in sydney ?
    if not so fresh let me know and Ill send you some.

    gotta stick by fellow rocky owners!

    Sullos

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Gday Sullo - Thankyou for your kind offer, I am in Sydney, well base of the Blue mountains to be precise.

    My earlier post did lack 1 thing when I was talking about using the supermarket stuff.

    I went up to a local roaster this morning and bought fresh beans. I was just testing the supermarket preground stuff to have a look first hand at what everyone on the board has always said - supermarket is NO good for single walled baskets!

    Thanks again for the offer of beans. I am hoping that next bean bay I might make the treck to the general meeting ground to either venture into the art of roasting, or maybe just to say gday.

    CU

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    i got 22 kilos im sure I can part with a little something to get you going along :D
    plus it gives me another reason to try a full kilo load tomorrow
    pm me with your details and Ill send you a freebie in the interests of paying it forward i saw on some other post :)
    its my bday tomorrow Im feeling generous! and older :-/
    but i think thats due to the falling down stairs injured off for 3 weeks thing
    either way get in before my meds wear off! heheheh

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Happy dirthday Sullo - we cancerians are a nice lot ;)

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Happy Birthday, Sullo... and Happy Birthday, Dennis, for whenever... ;)
    may you enjoy your coffee for a long time to come!!
    :)

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    Re: OK so here come the newbie rocky questions :)

    Yep Dennis we sure are heheh Happy Bday to you also

    thanks Lizzie when Silvia warms up I hope to be enjoying ocffee :D



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