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    The Whole Coffee - Yes its a long post

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
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    Well here is my first little foray into the world of home roasted coffee. I would like to note here that this is the "cheap" version, because like many here I am sure, who pine after silvias... they are not really in our reach.

    I have always been a big fan of good (or what I beleived was good) coffee.... I found a Gaggia Gran second hand on ebay with 11 mins to go and only $35. I managed to convince my SO that I HAD to have it and it was a great buy. (here begins my decent) I started reading up, and found out about you guys from A.C.
    Tried making coffee with preground crap, and I failed to get any reasonable amount of crema. I was unsure if it was the machine or the coffee. But I decide to hold out on the judgement.

    I began reading and waiting to get my hands on some beans.... I finally managed to get some (thanks again Andy!!!), and with a B&D popper c/o my mum for easter and a secondhand breville burr grinder for free( I know, I know, but if you have no choice what are you going to do?)

    I roasted! Monsoon Malabar, alto caramelo, harra and decaf.

    The process i used (for newbies):
    1)Get popper put empty tinned tomato tin in top, and try and jam it in place.
    2) Take scoop from top and put 1 1/2 scoops in popper
    3) Plug in
    4) Stir occassionally
    5) Smell and listen (the smell starts of non existent then becomes creamy then more cooked.... like cooked cake)
    5a) listen for the second type of pop.... the sound definately changes
    6) Pull plug when you think its done, stop pour into colander
    7) Is it really roasted enough? if not put it back in
    8) If its done shake til cool....
    9) Eat enough freshly roasted beans to make you very
    very ill.... :P (oh well)

    Then begins the problem...
    I grind the coffee place into my preheated espresso machine, get dishwater! damm not ground fine enough!
    try in stove top, dish water again still not gound fine enough!
    Start to cry.......
    Hmm
    Put it back into the grinder and keep regrinding til fine enough!
    Try again.....
    Wow Creama! So MUCH CREMA ( and tamped with my cheap plastic tamper)
    Wow soooo smooth, sooo Yummy!
    Make first attempt at latte art! (milk frothed in coffee cup :-/ , I told you I was cheap/poor)
    drink and swear to never ever to drink other coffee again!

    I made a blend of 1:1:1 MM:H:AC which was really smooth and tasty! and my SOs work collegues approved too! froma plunger

    SO for all you newbies like me who should be getting your first batch of coffee today! dont stress, just roast grind and enjoy!
    and you can get reasonable (I think awesome, best I ever had) coffee even from cheap (but carefully sourced) equipment .

    Clarexican

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    Awesome job Clarexican.... (bad pun warning) I love your latte art heart! *;)

    Thats a great post for the nervous new roasters, there is nothing to be scared of and after nailing your first roast there is no turning back... you are now addicted to home roasted coffee *:o *and every cup of coffee forever more will be compared to "what I can do at home".

    And as for the hardware envy... you have just proved how much fun you can have making great coffee in affordable equipment. (I know I have pulled some great shots out of a little Breville and a whizzy grinder blade)

    Im sure your post will inspire others to "give it a go". :D

    Congrats!


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    Aww shucks,

    thanks, I was a little strung out this morning... on caffeine.
    BEWARE DO NOT EAT TOO MANY FRESHLY ROASTED BEANS no matter how tempting. Or you will feel very very ill... :-X

    That was the worst milk froth I have done in ages, I was sooo excited about trying the coffee...... then I started to pour and there was actually enough crema to hold it!... It was so easy to make the heart.... :), I just had to get a photo!

    I was suprised that I could keep regrinding the coffee though... I think it might need a new burr...

    Clarexican

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    Clare!

    Indeed from many many of us, we do welcom you to the world of CoffeeSnobs, and hey I checked out your beans and the colour you have there is so very close to the level of roast that I like too, *And as to the consistemcy of your micro bubbles in your milk.. your better that me, our poor old Boema just doesnt cut the cake very well at all, the holes in our steam jets are too big and thus we dont seem to get the level of microfoam that I like...... Thus I havnt been able to courage to post my latté art, well done. I think it might have been our regular Mr Pro Hart (Ed) who said once that it is just practice, practice and more practice.

    We use a popper too, but when time is free I use the heat gun, but lately there seems to be so very little of that time.

    I would encourage you to continue, your art is pretty good for starters and the roasting I think is pretty good too, Well Done!

    Oh yes... Maybe we could use your cat.......... Civet coffee.... does he/she like coffee beans...... Wed better let Javaphile know about this.. I expect youll be garding the puss very well if Java gets his way. I had a laugh ;D ;D ;D ;D

    FrenchBean *:)

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    Hey FB!,

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I havent tried to see if Kiri (means fog in Japanese, and hes a boy, but not for long!) likes coffee beans? wouldnt I need to have coffee cherries?

    Doh!, he has no interest in roasted or unroasted coffee. That is pretty good though, as he is hyper enough without being strung out on coffee!

    So Java, he is only a poor little kitty. Keep ur mits off! :D

    Clarexican

    PS:Has anyone heard if you can get SARS from drinking kopi luwak? (Perhaps handling unroasted green beans?) I had a laugh. (as SARS came from eating civet bush meat, :-X )

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    <Javas ears perk up> A Coffee Kitty? I wish Id known that a week ago! I coulda tossed him in the roaster I snuck out of Poundys garage (Oops, I guess the cata outta the bag now!) along with a few kilos of beans and been able to pay for the shipping when it arrived. Darn, why dont I know these things ahead of time? ;D ;D ;D

    Java "Here kitty, kitty, kitty!" phile

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    So, whats the going price on a coffee kitty? (just kidding)
    Id almost be willing to let you have him after what he just did
    (Im crying!)
    He knocked my le Creuset Griddle Pan off the stove......
    It smashed!

    Damm, hes lucky hes sooooo cute.

    Clarexican :( :( :( :( :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarexican link=1113464865/0#6 date=1113537417
    So, whats the going price on a coffee kitty?
    Ill give ya 10% of the net profits from the sale of the end result. ;D ;D ;D

    I tried to get my cat to help pay her way but all she wants to do with the beans is chase them around the floor. >:(

    Java "Waving to Poundys roaster as it passes Midway" phile

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    Clare

    Your a fine example of what many of here have been saying for a long time are the Grass roots of Home coffee, so many of us have machines that would shock the every day person, The Cagia Gran is a good little machine there have been an awful lot sold all over the world and still to this day many people produce there coffees from them.

    Grass roots to me that means this is where we all start from and sometimes we lose the perspective of it..... were not all machine heads, somewhere left amongst all of the Caffein is the original reason why we all started out enjoying coffee...... Fresh Flavour....

    Keep up the enjoyment OK

    FB ;)

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    Thanks FB,

    Thats was a really nice thing to say :)

    I have ALWAYS wanted an espresso machine..

    When I initially saw my little gran on ebay for sooo cheap 8), I was stunned! I had 11 mins to make my mind up and convince my SO. I saw some good and some bad reviews. (I hope my boiler lasts!).. and we figured its cheap enough to be worth a shot.


    Yet when I made my coffee this morning and I sawthe guinness effect (yep it came out of my machine!!!!!!) . I know (with all my experience :P) that the deciding factor was the fresh coffee (thanks Andy!, yes I will keep saying it!).

    Not that I need to preach here, but Jo Blow buys a machine and is let down, "there is no crema on his coffee and it tastes like crap". Is it the Machines fault? The Grinders? No THE COFFEE!..

    How many people here are like me with an ok machine and a v.cheap burr grinder but get awesome coffee thanks to CS?. So I think rather than saying we need to have an exe machine to get great espresso, we need to be preaching "Buy some decent coffee! Fool!"... then, think about the machine... much cheaper and easier way to get upgradeitis, esp with the CS beginner packs :).

    My 2 cents anyway
    Clarexican


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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Welcome to CS clare, many of us are now enjoy the great taste of coffee only fresh beans can bring.

    Just beware of upgradtitis. It a really infectious disease that goes around here! Highly mutative as well, could affect your desire for coffee machines, grinders, hi-fi, car, computer ...

    ;D



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