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    Hi Guys,

    Finally found the right place to introduce myself!

    My Name is Alex, I hail from Adelaide and have enjoyed coffee for ever and figured it's time to try and learn more about it and even get my hands dirty...

    ...about to take the step from pod brews at home to 'the real deal' and looking for some advice (currently on grinders, more threads to follow no doubt!)

    FWIW my wife only drinks long blacks (and various teas) and my preference varies with my mood but generally in one of the following: Ristretto, Espresso, Macchiato or a piccolo. At home it is to date mostly eiter a single 'shot' pod Espresso or A long black made with two - i make no pretences that this is high class or quality although i am adamant that the Lavazza pods are at least a step up from Nespresso and others. Unfortunately they are neither economically nor environmentally friendly (esp when using 2 pods per coffee) and I am envious of the shots i see pulled at my favourite cafe's.

    It's high time to step up my home game

    I look forward to meeting and interacting with you all.
    Ha, looks like Trouble!

    Welcome to the club Alex, looking forward to hearing more from you.

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    Good Day,

    First time poster but long time watcher. Living in Brisbane now but grew up in Bavaria.

    I joined because good coffee is definitely in the top 10 of things most important to me. So is good beer but that's a different story...

    Struggling to make great coffee at home and I tend to blame my equipment - Breville dual boiler + Breville grinder - rather than my lack of skills. Thinking about upgrading to something more fancy soon - an Izzo Alex Duetto would tick all the boxes.

    Cheers,
    Tobias
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionaird View Post
    Good Day,

    First time poster but long time watcher. Living in Brisbane now but grew up in Bavaria.

    I joined because good coffee is definitely in the top 10 of things most important to me. So is good beer but that's a different story...

    Struggling to make great coffee at home and I tend to blame my equipment - Breville dual boiler + Breville grinder - rather than my lack of skills. Thinking about upgrading to something more fancy soon - an Izzo Alex Duetto would tick all the boxes.

    Cheers,
    Tobias
    Hi Tobias & welcome.
    As a previous owner of the Breville "dynamic duo", I can assure you that your current setup is very capable of producing good coffee, so I wouldn't be too quick to blame the equipment just yet.
    Without knowing your level of experience, may I suggest that you need to be using freshly roasted coffee from a good supplier and have a good grind/dose/tamp routine to ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment.
    I see from another thread that you are looking for a good barista course in your area. I think that is a good idea before splashing out a better, more expensive machine, hoping that an upgrade will address your coffee expectations.
    Don't for get the importance of the grinder if you do upgrade.
    As you are probably aware, there is plenty of good info on this site if you do a little digging.

    Good luck

    Mal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster View Post
    Hi Tobias & welcome.
    As a previous owner of the Breville "dynamic duo", I can assure you that your current setup is very capable of producing good coffee, so I wouldn't be too quick to blame the equipment just yet.
    Without knowing your level of experience, may I suggest that you need to be using freshly roasted coffee from a good supplier and have a good grind/dose/tamp routine to ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment.
    I see from another thread that you are looking for a good barista course in your area. I think that is a good idea before splashing out a better, more expensive machine, hoping that an upgrade will address your coffee expectations.
    Don't for get the importance of the grinder if you do upgrade.
    As you are probably aware, there is plenty of good info on this site if you do a little digging.

    Good luck

    Mal

    Hi Mal,

    Thanks for the advice. And I'm sure that 90% of the issues is not the machine but my lack of skills

    Haven't used the Breville for a while because a Moccamaster drip over machine + freshly ground beans from various coffee bean subscriptions seem to give me more consistent results. But you obviously can't use the Moccamaster for espressos, lattes etc...

    I'm sure there is lots of information on the net on how to hone your coffee making skills, just haven't found the time to look into it yet. Might resurrect the Breville to get back into it. Getting something more fancy might help finding the motivation though...

    Cheers,
    Tobias
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    Hi my name is Martin,
    I have a Faema Family (the aluminum boiler version...yes I know , not the best one to have). Had it for 15yrs. Looks like it will need an in-depth cleaning and some fixing. Looking through the web I found CoffeeSnobs and started reading, and reading, and reading...... Wow, there is gazillion lines of information. Was never able to get consistency with the Faema Family. Now I think that PID could be a solution, and grinding (which I am totally ignorant on it) and tapping.
    I feel like I'm starting from far far away and even tough I had an OK machine all those years, I think it is like if i had been drinking just very ordinary coffee. I have a lot to learn (and read).

    So lets start with some questions:
    1- Even tough I have the alu version of the Family, should I go ahead, dismantle and clean it completely and then practice myself and make a scratch built PID of off it??
    2- I have read that the Rancilio Silvia seem to be the reference machine to build our know-how on becoming a good coffee maker. Is the latest Silvia M Pro V5 still a good machine to go with?? What I mean by that is that we have seen that the Faema family older model had brass boilers and then engineering went with a aluminum one on the latest ones. Has Silvia been keep a top of the line component machine across the multiple version?
    3- Where should I start reading to educate myself on grinders and grinding??

    Kind regards!
    Martin from Montreal, Canada
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    Welcome Martin. Good to have a Canadian on here, eh?
    -10 in Montreal and +30 here. Wanna swap?

    There are are others more qualified than I am to answer your questions. Might be along later after they all get home from work and are relaxing with a coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martint View Post
    Hi my name is Martin,
    I have a Faema Family (the aluminum boiler version...yes I know , not the best one to have). Had it for 15yrs. Looks like it will need an in-depth cleaning and some fixing. Looking through the web I found CoffeeSnobs and started reading, and reading, and reading...... Wow, there is gazillion lines of information. Was never able to get consistency with the Faema Family. Now I think that PID could be a solution, and grinding (which I am totally ignorant on it) and tapping.
    I feel like I'm starting from far far away and even tough I had an OK machine all those years, I think it is like if i had been drinking just very ordinary coffee. I have a lot to learn (and read).

    So lets start with some questions:
    1- Even tough I have the alu version of the Family, should I go ahead, dismantle and clean it completely and then practice myself and make a scratch built PID of off it??
    2- I have read that the Rancilio Silvia seem to be the reference machine to build our know-how on becoming a good coffee maker. Is the latest Silvia M Pro V5 still a good machine to go with?? What I mean by that is that we have seen that the Faema family older model had brass boilers and then engineering went with a aluminum one on the latest ones. Has Silvia been keep a top of the line component machine across the multiple version?
    3- Where should I start reading to educate myself on grinders and grinding??

    Kind regards!
    Martin from Montreal, Canada
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Martin.

    Probably better options than the Silvia now, great little machine in its day, however pretty outdated now.

    Don't know what's available on the Canadian market, I'm sure someone will be able to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Martin.

    Probably better options than the Silvia now, great little machine in its day, however pretty outdated now.

    Don't know what's available on the Canadian market, I'm sure someone will be able to help.
    Hi Yelta,
    Can you explain why outdated?? It is true that when you look inside, there is no hightech sophisticated electronics, simply switches, boiler, pump.
    Ok looking forward for comments.

    EZCFlair: Been a saw tooth temperature this winter. -20C to +second crack in 24 hours, back down to -10C and up with rain. Not the type on winters we like, eh!!!

    Martin
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    Quote Originally Posted by martint View Post
    Hi Yelta,
    Can you explain why outdated?? It is true that when you look inside, there is no hightech sophisticated electronics, simply switches, boiler, pump.
    Ok looking forward for comments.

    EZCFlair: Been a saw tooth temperature this winter. -20C to +second crack in 24 hours, back down to -10C and up with rain. Not the type on winters we like, eh!!!

    Martin
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    I guess what Yelta is trying to say is that there are better alternatives to the Silvia in the same price range, or you can get something equal or better for less money. Things like the NS Oscar II or Lelit range come to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    you can get something equal or better for less money. Things like the NS Oscar II or Lelit range come to mind.
    Thank you LeroyC, I'll go read about those 2 models and see if they are available in my region.

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    hello
    everybody!
    I am leila ,from China , coffee is very famous around the world and I like coffee so much .and because I am a beginner ,then just choose the coffee machine :french press .
    you know it is easy to handle ,which you clean the bottle ,and put your hot water in it ,then add your coffee,
    stay 3 minutes , put down your plunger ,pour out your beautiful and tasty coffee,perfect !


    good day
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    Hi Leilaguan, welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    Not sure I can recall seeing another member from China.

    Tell us a little about the coffee you are using.
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