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    I hate this place!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    No, I don't, really, it's just that two days ago I was excited to learn about home roasting being available via a $12 popcorn popper from Target and now I'm already thinking about selling off some of my things in order to afford this: CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Other Stuff - Behmor Coffee Roaster

    And I've been checking out Baratza grinders and Gaggia Classics and... arrrrrrrrrrgh! I can't afford this stuff! I'm going to have to work the corners in St. Kilda just to support this habit.

    Curse you meddling kids!

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    Who'da thought that great coffee and Snow-Balling had anything in common....

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    Just build a simple corretto roaster with a bread machine and heatgun. If you can get stuff second hand it can be had for under $100. I use an old palsonic bread machine that my grandma didn't want anymore with an ozito heatgun and some other equipment i already had, cost me like $40 or something all up. They're lots of fun too, you'll find a lot of people on this forum are fans of the corretto roaster.
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    Honestly I'd drop the cash on a competent grinder and machine (Classic is great on a budget; keep an eye on eBay) before worrying about roasting.

    From personal experience, popper-roasted beans can complicate learning, especially on a machine with low temperature-stability. I'd recommend using known-good roasted beans until you can consistently make tasty coffee, then maybe start roasting. Roasted beans aren't hugely expensive and for me, it was a complicating factor; being suddenly frustrated by my inability to make a decent shot and trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, when it was a bad roast.

    The Baratza Preciso is great, but if you can stretch a little further for a Compak K3 or find a good deal on an ex-commercial, that would be my heavy recommendation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    Just build a simple corretto roaster with a bread machine and heatgun. If you can get stuff second hand it can be had for under $100. I use an old palsonic bread machine that my grandma didn't want anymore with an ozito heatgun and some other equipment i already had, cost me like $40 or something all up. They're lots of fun too, you'll find a lot of people on this forum are fans of the corretto roaster.
    I considered it but it's just not my style. I don't mind buying a good machine second-hand even if it means it needs fixing as that's something I can wrap my head and heart around, but DIY options simply aren't my cup of joe

    Then again, I try never to say never. I need a hobby that I can sink some passion into and computers confuse me, photography is beyond me and Dungeons & Dragons requires being personable... which I'm not Coffee at least keeps me awake long enough to enjoy it. Anyway, I'll see if I can sell a few things first to get some cash together before putting any money down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Who'da thought that great coffee and Snow-Balling had anything in common....

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    Snow-balling is new to me - do you mean snow-dropping?

    @ThankDog - My choice would be to start low, get the skills and learn what you want. I know the analogy about the guitar - I might have been a guitarist except for the folks insisting on buying an el cheapo that turned me right of it until I could afford a good one - but it doesn't really hold up well if you can find a decent 2nd hand machine.

    As mentioned eslewhere, a good grinder is a priority, and you're going to have to go above the $150 to start unless you are very lucky, but if you wait till yo9u save enough to enter above the mid-level of the market you will likely never start. And as is also said elsewhere, most of producing quality in the cup isn't the machine but grind/dose/tamp. Get them right and even a cheap espresso machine will deliver drinkable coffee; get them wrong and even a $4000 machine will provide you with sink shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
    Snow-balling is new to me - do you mean snow-dropping?
    No, not new... Maybe the context was a little baffling...

    Snowball effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    No, not new... Maybe the context was a little baffling...

    Snowball effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Naw, this is Australia mate. We don't have snow. I think what you meant was a dust ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    No, not new... Maybe the context was a little baffling...

    Snowball effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Ah, see I thought it was related to Thankdog working the St Kilda streets. There were 2 famous occupations in St Kilda - one involving lamposts and the other involving clothes lines. I thought maybe you thought he should be making money from the 2nd one.

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    Lamposts and Washing Lines - The mind boggles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post


    Lamposts and Washing Lines - The mind boggles...

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    Whatever you do, do not envisage me with those two in min... oh dear, too late



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