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Title: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 31/03/2011, 06:36 PM
Welcome; this is the place to tell us a little about yourself... and even if you're not new, it would be great to have a bit of an update [especially for some of those recently migrated members]!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 31/03/2011, 07:04 PM
My story is an open book
I live in Brisbane with my family
I have a passion for coffee
I designed & made the Koffee Kosmo coffee roaster and made it available as a kit
I have also helped countless people to build there own roaster personally or with free plans

I like a no nonsense type of approach to life and everything

I like all types of music except rap
I like reading books, mostly who done it and terror
I like Rugby Union and Motor Sports
I like cars & bikes and funnily enough I enjoy polishing them to a mirror shine 

Not much more to add, as I am a simple man with simple needs

Regards
Koffee Kosmo 


Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 01/04/2011, 12:00 AM
Sheesh AM, how am I supposed to follow that?


Born Yank, Grew up in Portland, Oregon of all places.

Finished High School and spent a year in Phoenix, Arizona learning about electronics.

Dreamt of going to Uni, folks couldn't afford to send me, so off I went to serve my country!

Spent 5 years in the US Army as a Tactical Satellite Communications Technician.  Spent 3 x 6 month tours of duty in Saudi Arabia ('94-'96).  At least I got money for Uni...

Did a few odd jobs, mostly electronic assembly work, modifying LCD displays.

Somewhere in there, met the love of my life, playing on a MUD (multi-user dungeon; text-based role-playing game online) of all places.  Who needs e-harmony?

Talked my future missus into coming to Portland to study.  Lived together 1.5 years while she did her Master's.

She graduated right in the middle of a minor recession.  No jobs locally, so she thought about moving back to Oz.  Needed a Visa to join her.  Best way was to get married...Go figure.  She left to work for her former boss back in Oz less than a month after we were married.  I had to wait 4 months for my Visa.

Came to Australia in January 2001.  Before coming over, I had enrolled in a BTech at Macquarie University, thanks go to the US Government for paying my tuition.

Finished first year of Uni.  Discovered IT wasn't my cup of tea (horrible at pure maths).  Switched degrees to a Bsc majoring in Atmospheric Science.  I could substitute maths for statistics (much better at maths application).  Finished my Bachelor's in 2004.

Not too many jobs in my chosen field at the time, outside of acadaemia.  Had to make a choice on what to do.  Started an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery.

It was around this time that the coffee bug had taken hold.  I'd already secured a decent HX machine (at that time), and a Mazzer mini doser.  Started dabbling in roasting.

Been cooking ever since.  Been roasting ever since.

I now have to forge my future today, when I can no longer endure life in the kitchen.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 01/04/2011, 02:05 AM
shit bro's you guys is like hard core!

me, I've been making coffee since I was 14 - so that's 30yrs to you newbies!

started off working in my uncle's cafe in Plimmers Steps, in Wellington, NZ, before crossing the ditch in '85

landed in Sydney where I ran a printing press for a while (well... I operated one briefly anyway and worked as an on-foot courier for a print company)

decamped to the gold coast where I:

sold time share

worked as a sideshow bob at grundies

built catamarans for sharkcat international

managed a youth hostel for a year in nerang rd, southport

started my own tourism operation called 'bovine excreta tours' where myself and another kiwi would take japanese tourists on tours of nimbin / byron etc and make up interesting facts about the landscape / local environment etc along the way...

moved to melbourne to join the circus

spent four years studying drama, two at university and two at st martins youth art centre in south yarra

spent five years working at hyatt hotels as everything from bar manager to silver service waiter, to butler service - I still spit on the ground every time I walk past a hyatt hotel...

honourary and founding member of the australian hospitality review panel which set the national guidelines for competency based training

twice served on the executive committee of the victorian chapter of the australian sommeliers association

spent five years working at what was then the best italian restaurant in the country (marchetti's latin - lonsdale st, melbourne) - the last two as beverage manager / sommelier

manager segafredo zanetti espresso in hardware lane for two years whilst simultaneously writing a monthly wine column for Melbourne Palate

been contributing to crema magazing and coffee forum for longer than I can remember!

worked in an operational capacity for salvatore malatesta from st ali fame for three years trouble shooting and managing outlets, as well as being buyer and sommelier for the group, streamlining supply chains and  kicking butt

owned my own cafes for the last ten years, the latest of which is foxy brown espresso in south crescent, northcote - which is trading to critical acclaim and has been named in melbournes top 100 coffee destinations in the 2011 hardback editions of the melbourne coffee guide, and the melbourne coffee review - trading now for 15 months!

consulting to industry and just recently got back from helping top set a retail coffee outlet in byron

moving house every second week and father to two girls currently aged five and two - and married to my beautiful wife and cafe widow, nemone, for five years!

Cheers, and welcome to the forum!

Pat
aka
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 15/04/2011, 09:31 AM
Hello... I see loads of names I know here... :)

Well I moved here 10 years+ ago from the UK to live with my wife.

I went to Uni, and graduated as a Building Surveyor.  I should have got a trade but got pushed to go to uni.  Never worked in the industry mainly because by the second year of uni I realised that I would then have to study a further 2+ years to actually get qualified and get a decent salary.  So, I worked for the oil companies instead!!!  Left to move here and got a job with a grocery wholesaler out bush.  Then kids born, they had dramas so we moved to the Sunny Coast.  After 3 years as a stay home Dad I'm starting to go slightly stir crazy.  I've just started a small business making switch adapted mice, toys and equipment for families and special needs centres, and I'm learning how to make apps for the iPad which my kids use alot.

I'm always up for a social gathering, anything to talk to adults, and if it relates to coffee that's great too.

I'm a newbie to real coffee really.  I decided about 18 months ago to starting making coffee at home because the kids always played up at cafes.  Read too much on CS, CG & HB, and ended up with a Lucy from ebay to avoid the Sunbeams.  I got her undercontrol with help from AM, and training from Tim Adams.  I was always interested in how it all works and decided to take on a project, so I spent about 6 months rebuilding a San Marino CK that I sourced off AM.  Then a few months ago, I discovered levers... wow.  I had to have one.  I nearly bought a project off ebay but in the end bought a PV Lusso 2 group.  The lever is a work in progress, it's needs new seals already because PV had a bad batch.  Only had it a few months.  The San Marino is now for sale.  Great machine but I'm secretly hoping to find another project.

I also have a KKTO for roasting and I've been trying to roast on my woodfired oven (WFO) too.

Lacehim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dizzy on 20/04/2011, 07:18 PM
Okay, my turn now, since I just followed Bliss here!

Hi, my name is Di and I'm a coffeeholic...  :)

Very boring compared to all of you fellas:-

- In my early 40's
- Live in Brisbane at the moment
- Husband in the Defence Force, hence while it's 'at the moment'
- Grew up in the north of Western Australia: didn't know coffee existed other than in instant form when growing up.  Mind you, I also didn't know that milk came in anything but frozen cardboard cartons until I was about 16 also!
- Currently work with Defence as a civillian
- Have worked in HR roles, mainly specialising in Learning & Development Management for the last 12 years or so.  Lost the love of it about 10 years ago but found it a real struggle to move away from L&D because it was so speclialised, so it didn't matter what position you applied for, everyone wanted to put you back into L&D to sort out their Training Systems.  :-\  Fortunately managed to finally get out of the field 6 months ago...yay!
- Am a keen Tap Dancer. working my way towards teacher status, but mainly do it for the love of rhythm and the ability to make lots of noise!  Also keeps me reasonably fit, but that's just a sideline bonus.
- Two kidlets: 9 year old Emily and 5 year old William - available for rent if anyone wants to try before you buy... (just joking!)
- LOVE coffee (of course)
- LOVE my Nuova Simonelli Musica and Macap M5 Grinder
- Roast my own beans, when I'm too broke to buy pre-roasted. I just can't seem to find a bean I really like at the moment, and I'm not good enough at blending to really get a satisfactory cup so end up tending to buy from the experts.

That's about it!

I already know most of you anyway from the other Forum, so looking forward to joining you on here also.

Cheers
Di
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 20/04/2011, 07:38 PM
Okay, my turn now, since I just followed Bliss here!

Hi, my name is Di and I'm a coffeeholic...  :)

Very boring compared to all of you fellas:-

- In my early 40's
- Live in Brisbane at the moment
- Husband in the Defence Force, hence while it's 'at the moment'
- Grew up in the north of Western Australia: didn't know coffee existed other than in instant form when growing up.  Mind you, I also didn't know that milk came in anything but frozen cardboard cartons until I was about 16 also!
- Currently work with Defence as a civillian
- Have worked in HR roles, mainly specialising in Learning & Development Management for the last 12 years or so.  Lost the love of it about 10 years ago but found it a real struggle to move away from L&D because it was so speclialised, so it didn't matter what position you applied for, everyone wanted to put you back into L&D to sort out their Training Systems.  :-\  Fortunately managed to finally get out of the field 6 months ago...yay!
- Am a keen Tap Dancer. working my way towards teacher status, but mainly do it for the love of rhythm and the ability to make lots of noise!  Also keeps me reasonably fit, but that's just a sideline bonus.
- Two kidlets: 9 year old Emily and 5 year old William - available for rent if anyone wants to try before you buy... (just joking!)
- LOVE coffee (of course)
- LOVE my Nuova Simonelli Musica and Macap M5 Grinder
- Roast my own beans, when I'm too broke to buy pre-roasted. I just can't seem to find a bean I really like at the moment, and I'm not good enough at blending to really get a satisfactory cup so end up tending to buy from the experts.

That's about it!

I already know most of you anyway from the other Forum, so looking forward to joining you on here also.

Cheers
Di

Hi Dizzy/Di, welcome to Crema forum, hoping to hear lots mote from you. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/04/2011, 09:33 PM
My turn now...

Hi everyone!

The name is Bruce aka Vinitasse aka coffee_wino on CS

Just a bit of background... born in Canada and raised as the son of a career diplomat. Spent my formative years in Canada, the US, Austria, Egypt, Poland and France. After graduating from highschool in Paris returned to Canada to attend uni. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up and I ended up with a B.Comm and a dual B.A. Hons in Int'l Relations and Economics. In my attempt to prove that post secondary education doesn't mean as much as it should I ended up joining the army as a combat arms officer in the artillery. Did 6 years and ended up as a peacekeeper in Sarajevo. Discovered that I was sick and tired of green clothes and lack of sleep and retired at the ripe old age of 27 as a Captain.

Jumped ship to the wine industry (had much more fun and red stained clothes are much nicer than green ones). Spent 10 years working for Vincor International and was sent to Asia for 3.5 years as their regional manager and brand ambassador. Got an MBA along the way. Had entirely too much fun in Asia and lost wife 1.0    ... met someone new and followed her to Australia in 2000... been here ever since. Upgraded to wife 2.0 five years ago.

Have lived and worked in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Hunter Valley, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Been a wine maker, Sommelier, fine dining restaurant manager and micro coffee roastery owner (current occupation). Have worked for Pearl in Richmond, Palazzo Versace, Pepper Tree Wines and Vinitasse - The Mornington Peninsula Coffee Roastery.

There.. that's more than you could ever possibly want to know about me in a nutshell.

Cheers,


Bruce
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 20/04/2011, 10:02 PM
Nice one Bruce and Di welcone to the good ship Crema - we look forward to seeing more of you both more often!

ACg
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/04/2011, 10:05 PM
Welcome Dizzy / Di to Crema Forum we have met before

Welcome also to Vinitasse / Bruce
Bruce the first part of your background is similar to a book character Jack Reacher by author Lee Child

Again welcome

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/04/2011, 10:18 PM
Bruce the first part of your background is similar to a book character Jack Reacher

Way cool... will have to look that up

Cheers


B
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Green Bean on 21/04/2011, 11:43 PM
I'm new here but only if you look at the number of posts I have.  I forgot my username, and my password, only just got it all fixed.  Here's why:

Date Registered:   April 04, 2004, 11:40:58 PM  :o

I'm Tanya aka Green Bean (was also Green Bean on CS but I rarely spoke).  I'm married to Wotb.

Umm...let's see.  I came to Australia when I was 10 from Hong Kong.  Love yum cha and didn't touch coffee until I was about 18 !

Did my schooling here, B.Sc (felt more like BS), then worked for a global IT mob which took me back to HK and around China - a real eye-opener.  My career also morphed from a very technical one to business processes and auditing (not sure how I survived without coffee to be honest).

Then...[read Wotb's blurp where I cut into his life on the MUD].....

Around 2004 I did a weekend 'home barista course' and still didn't know much about coffee, except that my little machine at the time sucked !  My tutor for the course used a CKX and so naturally I just bought the same machine.  Then came the grinder, tamper and all the rest of it...

And then Wotb got hooked and overtook my enthusiasm (and along with that all my machinery) !  And I've been learning about coffee ever since, not just from the countless test shots at home, but visiting other roasters and cafes  :)

I've been freelancing and experiencing what life has been throwing at me for the past few years, and have decided that natural therapies would be my current path.  We'll see where this path leads.  I'm learning massage at the moment and I'll be looking for willing victims soon  ;D

I'm no expert - far from it - but I know I appreciate a good shot of coffee.  I look forward to learning from all of you here.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 22/04/2011, 09:37 AM
Hey guys - have been away for a few days ... am hoping to catch up with things a little this evening - to all new members welcome - hope you find this a relaxed, enjoyable environment!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 22/04/2011, 11:13 AM
Hey guys - have been away for a few days ... am hoping to catch up with things a little this evening - to all new members welcome - hope you find this a relaxed, enjoyable environment!

A
Morning Admin, trust you enjoyed your break, did you find your way down to the Victory? :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 22/04/2011, 02:04 PM
First post - I'm new here :)

Some of you may recognise my name from CS. Joined there three months ago...have some of the same "issues" that others have noted, so thought I'd sign up elsewhere as well where a lot of the people whose opinions and posts I value the most also hang :)

Another QLD'er here too (Toowoomba).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/04/2011, 02:15 PM
Welcome to both
Green Bean & Richard M

Welcome to the friendly forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 22/04/2011, 02:15 PM
First post - I'm new here :)

Some of you may recognise my name from CS. Joined there three months ago...have some of the same "issues" that others have noted, so thought I'd sign up elsewhere as well where a lot of the people whose opinions and posts I value the most also hang :)

Another QLD'er here too (Toowoomba).


G'day Richard, good to see you on board. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Green Bean on 23/04/2011, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome  :)

Just had my 2nd doppio of the day and now ready to function for the day !
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Acog is awesome on 23/04/2011, 10:50 PM
Hey All,

Thought I'd start off with my first post here as it seems like the most appropriate place to put it!

Long story short, I'm just here for the coffee.

Originally from the Blue Mountains, I've lived in Melbourne (awesome place for coffee nuts) on and off for around 8 years and moved back to my home area a year ago.

I run a coffee cart at some local markets on the weekend and work in IT during the week. Eventually I'd like to make the switch to coffee full time.

Some of you already know me from the Twittersphere and that other place.

-ACog

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 24/04/2011, 12:20 AM
Welcome back Acog.  We're all about the coffee.  I'd love to pop by for a visit to your cart, but I don't get weekends off.  Not even Easter long weekend  :'(
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2011, 10:06 AM
Hey All,

Thought I'd start off with my first post here as it seems like the most appropriate place to put it!

Long story short, I'm just here for the coffee.

Originally from the Blue Mountains, I've lived in Melbourne (awesome place for coffee nuts) on and off for around 8 years and moved back to my home area a year ago.

I run a coffee cart at some local markets on the weekend and work in IT during the week. Eventually I'd like to make the switch to coffee full time.

Some of you already know me from the Twittersphere and that other place.

-ACog


Morning Acog, welcome to Crema, great to see you over here. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 24/04/2011, 10:18 AM
Hi DB - thanks for the recommendation, but no didn't get to Victory - both times we passed it, was in the middle of the day & just couldn't make it there for dinner... nice to get away for a few days tho [apart from the coffee]!

Welcome to Green Bean, Richard and ACog.

A


Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2011, 10:25 AM
Hi DB - thanks for the recommendation, but no didn't get to Victory - both times we passed it, was in the middle of the day & just couldn't make it there for dinner... nice to get away for a few days tho [apart from the coffee]!

Welcome to Green Bean, Richard and ACog.

A



Morning A, the coffee at the Victory is better than average as well, perhaps next time. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 28/04/2011, 10:08 PM
howdy, I'm here too now, got caught up in all the spam bots :)

Well obviously people are going to know me from 'over there', hopefully I won't get slammed as much over here though.  I'm all for passion but self-righteousness I just can't abide.

Anyway, I'm loving my coffee and my UCP which is now producing great roasts at times no one thought a popper could ever do and I'm looking forward to finding the quietest machine I can to get the most of my home roasted beans :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 28/04/2011, 10:25 PM
howdy, I'm here too now, got caught up in all the spam bots :)

Well obviously people are going to know me from 'over there', hopefully I won't get slammed as much over here though.  I'm all for passion but self-righteousness I just can't abide.

Anyway, I'm loving my coffee and my UCP which is now producing great roasts at times no one thought a popper could ever do and I'm looking forward to finding the quietest machine I can to get the most of my home roasted beans :D
Evening shape_shifter, welcome to The Crema forum.
For noise reasons I contemplated a rotary pump when I bought the Bezzera however given that the vibe pump does just as good a job simply couldn't justify the extra $$$$, if you have the spare cash go for it. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 29/04/2011, 07:22 AM
howdy, I'm here too now, got caught up in all the spam bots :)

Well obviously people are going to know me from 'over there', hopefully I won't get slammed as much over here though.  I'm all for passion but self-righteousness I just can't abide.

Anyway, I'm loving my coffee and my UCP which is now producing great roasts at times no one thought a popper could ever do and I'm looking forward to finding the quietest machine I can to get the most of my home roasted beans :D

Welcome, shape_shifter. You won't get slammed here.

Have you considered a lever machine??? You'd certainly need to use one in the flesh first to decide if it's for you though. I can't remember though - where are you located?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/04/2011, 11:28 AM
Welcome Shape Shifter
Great to have you on board mate
Post regularly and the forum will grow with the added combined knowledge

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 29/04/2011, 05:14 PM
Thanks everyone :)

DB, we are definitely going to be trying machines out and listening to them 'in the flesh', never know we might find one that suits that isn't a rotary.

Richard, I actually want a Lusso, I even have one of the roasters numbers up here to be able to go and try his out, but my OH wants to be able to make coffee when I'm not home and he doesn't want to use a lever, he just wants to press a button or two, I have to take that into account.

KK, I hope so, as much as my OH and I are newbies to the coffee world, together we can really get things done and his design of my UCP - UnnecessarilyComplicatedPopper is something to be seen.  I don't think anyone thought that a popper would be capable of the roasts I'm getting :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 29/04/2011, 09:27 PM
Hello all,

Name finally got through after original name binned due to bots apparently,

Anyway, another refugee from a well known site...

Life has happened, was a Foreign Exchange Trader for many years, technology happened and found myself drifting to the motorcycle trade, due to a life long love affair with the things.

I'm older than Di....... :D

Have been teaching people for around 12 years on a part time basis, the last couple full time. Teach novices through to stupid stuff at race tracks.

In that interim period did a Bruce (Vinitasse) and lost wife 1.0 but after a while found wife 2.0.

She grew up as a missionary kid and is an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

Coffee really happened for us around 2 to 3 years ago through a few friends with nice gear and a similar penchant.

They are now amused by my obsession compared to their slightly more than mild interest  ;D

Have done the usual upgrade path, SB 6910 and 0480 (great learning ground), but eventually took the plunge and happily live with a VBM Domobar Super, Macap M4D, Scace 2, a couple of Behmors, Bread maker, Popper etc etc.

Like others have claimed, we are here for the coffee, along with forthright, honest information that we can hopefully give, as well as receive.

Anyway, enough twaddle, REALLY happy to be here guys n girls

Chris
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 29/04/2011, 09:35 PM
Well obviously people are going to know me from 'over there', hopefully I won't get slammed as much over here though.  I'm all for passion but self-righteousness I just can't abide.

Welcome we promise we will be nice  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 29/04/2011, 10:02 PM
Well about time I spoke up. Opted for a different username this time to my CS presence (flynn_aus).

My coffee journey over the last 3 years is a familiar one - from someone who was barely weaned off instant  to a full-blown snob (small s and big S) via the usual upgraditis path. I have the ever reliable Giotto P Plus & Mazzer Mini combo

I have more coffee prep equipment than time to use it but I have a preference for manual brewing methods these days - syphon, Clever Coffee Dripper and Aeropress whichever takes my fancy but mostly the CCD used at work.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 29/04/2011, 10:46 PM

If you have not already had a good look around... Go for it...  Most of us are laid back and some more than others.....

PS. I can not see ya avatar ??  Small or me going blind ?


Been lurking for a while AM. Seen the lie of the land. Learned something new.

My avatar is an Ethiopian woman which will do until I find something better. Unlike you, my preference is for African coffee - 'specially Ethiopian. Mind you, Central Americans are running a close second.

Then again, I still have a fair bit of greens in my stash that I haven't tried yet.

Sorry you felt compelled to quit CS AM but happy to share another forum with you (even if reading one of your posts is an exercise akin to learning a new language  ;) )

I was up in Qld last week but on a short stay with family commitments absorbing all my time so sorry, I didn't have the opportunity to catch up with any of you.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/04/2011, 10:50 PM
Hello Acog, sorry I missed welcoming you earlier it wasn't intentional

Also a big crema welcome to newbie Rider
And last but not least a hip hip hooray for hiphipharar (aka as Steve)
Regards
KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 29/04/2011, 11:03 PM
Hello Acog, sorry I missed welcoming you earlier it wasn't intentional

Also a big crema welcome to newbie Rider
And last but not least a hip hip hooray for hiphipharar (aka as Steve)
Regards
KK

Thanks KK, appreciate it.

Chris (aka cksyd)

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/04/2011, 11:38 PM
Quote
Thanks KK, appreciate it.

Chris (aka cksyd)

Ahh the penny drops  :D

Quote
Life has happened, was a Foreign Exchange Trader for many years, technology happened and found myself drifting to the motorcycle trade, due to a life long love affair with the things.

I am into finance and mechanical things
And member Dry Bean is somewhat of a bike collector

So you will fit right in  ;)

KK

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 30/04/2011, 06:51 AM
'Compelled' isn't necessarily passive AM but I think you get my gist.

Thanks for the welcome guys.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 30/04/2011, 08:56 AM
Hi guys - welcome to the forum - great to have you on board, and hope you have a fun & productive time here

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 02/05/2011, 09:49 AM
Hello all,

Name finally got through after original name binned due to bots apparently,

Anyway, another refugee from a well known site...

Life has happened, was a Foreign Exchange Trader for many years, technology happened and found myself drifting to the motorcycle trade, due to a life long love affair with the things.

I'm older than Di....... :D

Have been teaching people for around 12 years on a part time basis, the last couple full time. Teach novices through to stupid stuff at race tracks.

In that interim period did a Bruce (Vinitasse) and lost wife 1.0 but after a while found wife 2.0.

She grew up as a missionary kid and is an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

Coffee really happened for us around 2 to 3 years ago through a few friends with nice gear and a similar penchant.

They are now amused by my obsession compared to their slightly more than mild interest  ;D

Have done the usual upgrade path, SB 6910 and 0480 (great learning ground), but eventually took the plunge and happily live with a VBM Domobar Super, Macap M4D, Scace 2, a couple of Behmors, Bread maker, Popper etc etc.

Like others have claimed, we are here for the coffee, along with forthright, honest information that we can hopefully give, as well as receive.

Anyway, enough twaddle, REALLY happy to be here guys n girls

Chris
Morning and Welcome Rider, nice too know I have another bike rider here for support. ;) 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 02/05/2011, 09:50 AM
Well about time I spoke up. Opted for a different username this time to my CS presence (flynn_aus).

My coffee journey over the last 3 years is a familiar one - from someone who was barely weaned off instant  to a full-blown snob (small s and big S) via the usual upgraditis path. I have the ever reliable Giotto P Plus & Mazzer Mini combo

I have more coffee prep equipment than time to use it but I have a preference for manual brewing methods these days - syphon, Clever Coffee Dripper and Aeropress whichever takes my fancy but mostly the CCD used at work.


G'Day hiphipharar/Flynn, good to see you over this way. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 02/05/2011, 06:29 PM
Morning and Welcome Rider, nice too know I have another bike rider here for support. ;) 

Thanks DB, I'm sure we will be able to amuse ourselves on a slow coffee news day  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Gra on 05/05/2011, 05:55 PM
Hi All

I joined this forum back in August 08, 2008, when I started searching for all things about Coffee been  a long time between posts ha! .. Glad to back and hope to contribute in the future with some of thing that  I picked up on the way  :)

Cheers Gra..
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 05/05/2011, 06:06 PM
Hi All

I joined this forum back in August 08, 2008, when I started searching for all things about Coffee been  a long time between posts ha! .. Glad to back and hope to contribute in the future with some of thing that  I picked up on the way  :)

Cheers Gra..

Let me be the first to "Re Welcome" you back to the Crema forum Graham

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Meg on 05/05/2011, 07:46 PM
It is time for me to say hi here.  I have just gotten home from a family holiday in New Zealand and wow there has been lots of changes here in the time I have been away.  I too came from the other site and have not been involved for a long time - it is nice to see many friendly "faces" here that I recognise.  I look forward to continuing my journey here!

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Gra on 05/05/2011, 07:51 PM
Hi All

I joined this forum back in August 08, 2008, when I started searching for all things about Coffee been  a long time between posts ha! .. Glad to back and hope to contribute in the future with some of thing that  I picked up on the way  :)

Cheers Gra..

Let me be the first to "Re Welcome" you back to the Crema forum Graham

KK
Been waiting for ya Gra....

A few more and it will be time for a Meet and Catch up again...

Anger on Mates

Thanks for the welcome Guys looking forward to swapping stories ...

Gra...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 05/05/2011, 07:51 PM
Hi Meg  ;D
Whats a roasting & drinking

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 05/05/2011, 08:05 PM
It is time for me to say hi here.  I have just gotten home from a family holiday in New Zealand and wow there has been lots of changes here in the time I have been away.  I too came from the other site and have not been involved for a long time - it is nice to see many friendly "faces" here that I recognise.  I look forward to continuing my journey here!


Evening Meg,
Good to see you here, holiday in NZ sounds good. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: E61 on 05/05/2011, 11:08 PM
Been waiting for ya Gra....

A few more and it will be time for a Meet and Catch up again...

Anger on Mates

Oh No! The Rat Pack are reforming!

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 06/05/2011, 03:29 AM
Hi Gra... great to see you here as well as there. Looking forward to more than a few informative chats.

Cheers

Bruce
coffee_wino
Vinintasse
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Gra on 07/05/2011, 03:29 PM
Hi Gra... great to see you here as well as there. Looking forward to more than a few informative chats.

Cheers

Bruce
coffee_wino
Vinintasse


No worries Bruce I am just sorting out my Computers at the moment ..

Been waiting for ya Gra....

A few more and it will be time for a Meet and Catch up again...

Anger on Mates

Oh No! The Rat Pack are reforming!



Only a matter of "Time Matt" ;D ;D

Cheers Gra..
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Ronin on 08/05/2011, 03:14 PM
Been waiting for ya Gra....

A few more and it will be time for a Meet and Catch up again...

Anger on Mates

Hello to all.
Must be time for another one AM.
Troy's again?

Seems my story is all to simmilar to others, searching for a better cup.
Hottop (that died this morning mid roast  :() Expobar Minore, Mazzer Kony E, Syphon, Chemex & other stuff.
Upgradis is hitting me hard at the moment, paddle machines are looking good.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 08/05/2011, 05:42 PM
While I'm not exactly 'new' here I still should take the time to introduce myself.

My coffee journey has been a long one, but a real fire was lit about 6 or so years ago when I found out about 'specialty coffee' and discovered it was as interesting and complex as wine - PLUS you could make it at home with comparative (to wine) ease. While I don't come from a background in wine, I do have a long history of putting delicious things in my mouth and enjoying the hell out of them!

Since then, coffee has become my life & last year I chucked in a long career in sales channel management to manage a cafe in Sydney's inner west. Its probably the best thing I've done for myself ever, I can't remember ever feeling this happy & relaxed about going to work every day.

Aside from coffee, my interests are wide ranging. In short, I like stuff. Stuff I don't know about. Stuff I do know about but want to know more. From quantum physics to that little road sign that says "dam" & points down a dirt road you name it I'll be keen to hear about it.

very much looking forward to chatting with y'all here!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/05/2011, 10:06 AM

Mate
How are you hazchem
Nice to have you on board @ crema again

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 09/05/2011, 11:28 AM
Hi Ronin - welcome to the forum & Hazchem - thanks for the update... by the way, did you want to enlighten us at all on how your got your forum username - ie is there a story behind it??

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 09/05/2011, 06:23 PM

Mate
How are you hazchem
Nice to have you on board @ crema again

KK

Thanks KK, I'm really well thanks for asking mate, and hope you are too! Was off the internets for a few weeks while we moved into the flat above the cafe, but all connected and ready to go again! Glad to be back on the interwebs & forums that's for sure.

Hi Ronin - welcome to the forum & Hazchem - thanks for the update... by the way, did you want to enlighten us at all on how your got your forum username - ie is there a story behind it??

A

cheers A, there is a story and AM is pretty close! Many MANY years ago when I started DJing at clubs around Sydney, I called myself DJ Demidenko (after Helen Darville/Demidenko) but decided after a month that I didn't like it. I needed to come up with something quick smart for an ad and thought that 'hazchem' as in a Hazardous Chemicals warning sounded pretty cool. It fit well with the kind of music I played (industrial & electronica) & clubs I ran so it stuck.

Around the same time, I first started using IRC & messageboards & decided that I should create an internet 'persona' as it were to hide behind. I started using hazchem discordia and 15 or so years later here I am! Still always surprised whenever I sign up to a new website that someone hasn't taken hazchem as a user name.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/05/2011, 07:00 PM
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Thanks KK, I'm really well thanks for asking mate, and hope you are too! Was off the internets for a few weeks while we moved into the flat above the cafe, but all connected and ready to go again! Glad to be back on the interwebs & forums that's for sure.

I sent you a PM hazchem
First you may cry, then you will laugh, then you will punch the air saying
" You beauty "

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 09/05/2011, 07:11 PM
Quote
Thanks KK, I'm really well thanks for asking mate, and hope you are too! Was off the internets for a few weeks while we moved into the flat above the cafe, but all connected and ready to go again! Glad to be back on the interwebs & forums that's for sure.

I sent you a PM hazchem
First you may cry, then you will laugh, then you will punch the air saying
" You beauty "

KK

That's quite intriguing KK...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/05/2011, 07:25 PM
Quote
That's quite intriguing KK...

I will send you the same PM
First you may cry, then you will laugh, then you will punch the air saying
" You beauty "

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 10/05/2011, 01:51 PM
Not quite a newbie but like a few of the others i should own up to some of my past and present  ;)

Will answer to Tim or beanflying and have been called much worse names.

Started off living in Berwick (43 years ago) and Warragul where the burnt crappuchino was the norm or it came from a glass jar if you were lucky. Went to Uni to do Electrical Engineering and study the drinking of beer and bad coffee to get through the all night study sessions.

Started off my work life in the Pump and Irrigation business making virtually no use of my schooling at all but it suited where I wanted to be at the time. Like a lot of companies at the time of the last real recession the one I worked for went broke which sent me off to the big smoke of Melbourne. Got into selling industrial Pumps for chemicals which included some control electronics and filtration. At about this time I started finding some fairly nice places to eat and some decent coffees and so the descent into finding a great coffee commenced.

After 10+ years in the city working for to many hours and sitting on a car seat for another 30-40 each week I chucked it all in, sold the WRX and headed for a quiet little corner of Victoria to Port fairy to sell Kites, Toys and hire a few bikes and work 7 days a week. I like to think of this as semi retirement but it can get manic during the tourist season.

There in lies the coffee problem this little town has a lot of cafes and a lot of espresso machine most of which are consistently undrinkable to rubbish at best so enter the WWW and the search for how to make a better cup of coffee at home. Like a lot here found CS and the then happy and helpful community and started buying gear (not detailing it again suffice it to say I have lots) and learning how to make a decent coffee with lots of methods. Got into Roasting as well thanks to a heatgun, bowl and spoon, currently using a Hottop and looking at a small commercial roaster next year. arranged a coffee cart for outside the front of the shop for the busy season for the 3 grp Izzo Lever to sit on and currently making a new shop counter for the 1 grp Lever to go into the shop on a permanent basis.

Apart from coffee there is model aircraft and helicopters, Land Rovers, Electronics, Computers, Cooking and Kites from single string to Kitesurfing and anything in between.

So what I currently do for a job is 'play with toys' and am aiming to grow older and more grey doing it for as long as I can  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 10/05/2011, 04:14 PM
So what I currently do for a job is 'play with toys' and am aiming to grow older and more grey doing it for as long as I can  :)

sounds good!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 11/05/2011, 06:14 PM
Great read bf... ;)

Must hate your job now... ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/05/2011, 06:47 PM
Quote
Apart from coffee there is model aircraft and helicopters, Land Rovers, Electronics, Computers, Cooking and Kites from single string to Kite-surfing and anything in between.

So what I currently do for a job is 'play with toys' and am aiming to grow older and more grey doing it for as long as I can  Smiley

Gday BF and welcome to the Crema forum
I think that I may visit you in the future if the wife can be convinced to venture your way

KK  
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 11/05/2011, 06:56 PM
Gday BF and welcome to the Crema forum
I think that I may visit you in the future if the wife can be convinced to venture your way

KK  

Goes without saying all coffee peoples are most welcome to come and play with the toys for the interstate lot about 1/2 an hour after the Great Ocean Rd ends ;D

Day off today to ease the stress of my workload played with coffee at home and went and looked at my K10 making chain store coffee this afternoon. Very interesting to watch by the numbers, scales and timers coffee being made.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Green Bean on 28/05/2011, 11:50 PM
A warm welcome to the newbies and other 'not-so-newbies'  ;)

I pop in and out of here and might not say much, mostly because Wotb likes to read out loud while he reads this forum sometimes and I don't even need to login to read !

Great Ocean Road...we need to visit sometime BF, Wotb has never been there...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 03/06/2011, 05:32 PM
Hi all, since I see a lot of familiar and respected names here, I thought I'd better join up.

A bit about me:
Born in Cyprus (army brat).
Brought up in Scotland.
Lived in Scotland, England, California, New Zealand (I am a New Zealander, but also have certain Scottish traits). Now living in Melbourne and no plans to move.
 Started work as a software developer, but soon moved from the dark side across to customer service and support which is what took me around the world, solving problems as I went. Now self-employed running pet care services business, but who knows what the future holds.

First experience with 'real coffee' was when I picked up three Cona syphon coffee makers in the mid '70s for a couple of quid. As I was using crap coffee, I never fully appreciated what they are capable of and wish I still had them.
Next experience was working in California where our company had 50 or so La Pav single groups (liberally spread around the campus).
I kinda gave up coffee when in Auckland - not that you can't get good coffee there, but our office only had a superauto and in comparison to the Wellington guys E-61 two group, it just didnt do it for me.

More recently, the driving force to start drinking coffee again was when I cleared room in my study for a long dormant Espressigo (basically Gaggia classic) and decided it was time to make something better at home. So began the fascination with roasting and making  better coffee at home. Currently using a frankenpopper to roast, but now I've cleared a couple of projects of my todo list, modifying the hottop may happen soon.

Apart from coffee, what floats my boat?
Gaining and sharing knowledge (gotta love itunesU)
Getting into arguments - as in a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition, not just contradiction.
Running (10k+)
Messing about with motorbikes - currently got an old GS750E that is making very slow progress towards roadworthiness.
Homebrewing.
'Repurposing' unwanted items - currently making a shed light from an old flatbed scanner for example.

What winds me up? Too many things to mention and as this seems to be the 'friendly forum' I'll try counting to ten  before venting.

And finally if you sound out the letters of my screen name you've got my first name and last initial, so if we ever meet, you know what to call me.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 03/06/2011, 06:23 PM
Hi UNM - welcome to the forum, and thanks for perservering [in spite of spambot troubles]!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 03/06/2011, 06:28 PM
Welcome to the Gang Ewan (at a guess) Also known as other names  ;)

What model Hottop do you have again? I still need to find some time to pull my modded 'D version' apart again for photos and a write up but mine has manual element and rear fan control with some fairly simple mods. Basically 555 timer and an SSR for the element. I need to make some time to write it up to make it more clear for others to follow.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 03/06/2011, 07:14 PM
Welcome to the Gang Ewan (at a guess) Also known as other names  ;)

What model Hottop do you have again? I still need to find some time to pull my modded 'D version' apart again for photos and a write up but mine has manual element and rear fan control with some fairly simple mods. Basically 555 timer and an SSR for the element. I need to make some time to write it up to make it more clear for others to follow.

Yep, you guessed right, thought you would. It's the same as yours - model 8828D. You were going to send me details of cap/resistor values you used quite some time ago, but probably forgot due to post St Pats day hangover ;)

I am still undecided whether to do the 555 thing for the heater, or use one of the many triac circuits I got lying around and control it directly.
Will probably not happen until July anyway due to a trip back to the UK coming up.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 03/06/2011, 07:23 PM
Without getting to far off the welcome trail have a read here http://home.chattanooga.net/~cdp/boilnew/boilnew.htm (http://home.chattanooga.net/~cdp/boilnew/boilnew.htm) for the basics of the hijack. I just used switches to trigger the other parts of the HT (drum, bean cooler etc). The bottom board does all the power stuff and the display is the brain of the HT so use just the bottom.

Catch you for a coffee again if you get back this way  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/06/2011, 08:57 AM
Welcome Ewan to the friendly crema forum
You are fellow home roaster & tinkerer

My wife is Cyprian by the way
We will get to know you more as you participate

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: SniffCoffee on 04/06/2011, 11:04 AM

Hi

I thought I'd join this forum too after seeing so many familiar names.  Plus Lacehim's thread on modding his Lusso was irresistable!  :D

I'm James, have the same username as at CS and look forward to reading everyone's views.

Cheers

James
SniffCoffee
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/06/2011, 11:11 AM
Hi

I thought I'd join this forum too after seeing so many familiar names.  Plus Lacehim's thread on modding his Lusso was irresistable!  :D

I'm James, have the same username as at CS and look forward to reading everyone's views.

Cheers

James
SniffCoffee

Welcome James (SniffCoffee)

On crema forum we are a little more laid back
We welcome your membership & future involvement

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: borat123 on 07/06/2011, 01:03 PM
Hmmmm.  So this is where AM escaped to......   ;)

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer - it's only taken me a few months to find all the familiar faces again   :D



Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 07/06/2011, 01:08 PM
Welcome Borat!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/06/2011, 01:22 PM
Hmmmm.  So this is where AM escaped to......   ;)

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer - it's only taken me a few months to find all the familiar faces again   :D





G day mate and welcome
Glad you found us
I have been here since 2008
Its a little friendlier and a  little more like a few mates having a yarn about coffee & other world events

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 07/06/2011, 01:49 PM
Hmmmm.  So this is where AM escaped to......   ;)

I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer - it's only taken me a few months to find all the familiar faces again   :D


And we have been so quiet about it too, welcome along  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 07/06/2011, 07:23 PM
Hi 'Borat' - welcome to the forum; hope you enjoy!!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 07/06/2011, 07:24 PM
Welcome SniffCoffee & Borat123

The PV lusso count on Crema just rose to 2 I think. :) ;) ;D  Wooohoo!  8)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 07/06/2011, 07:28 PM
Welcome SniffCoffee & Borat123

The PV lusso count on Crema just rose to 2 I think. :) ;) ;D  Wooohoo!  8)

Mate, you can quote it better than that....

"there has been a 100% increase in PV Lusso users on Crema"   ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 07/06/2011, 07:42 PM
Welcome SniffCoffee & Borat123

Great to see some passionate contributors join our friendly forum.

mycuppa
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 07/06/2011, 08:06 PM
And welcome from one crema noob to two more.

Unm (Who Me?)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 07/06/2011, 08:20 PM
ROFLMAO...  I think it just clicked as to who you might be  :D

Who him?  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 08/06/2011, 06:30 PM
A big welcome to all of our newer members, great to see so many new faces. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 08/06/2011, 10:49 PM
Haha as soon as someone said AM had disappeared it took me a whole two minutes, if that to find him, I have been reading this forum for a while though as it's one of the first ones recommended to me when I first started my journey :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Beanlab on 11/06/2011, 02:27 PM
Geetings all !

"Redzone" here, but now days using "Beanlab" as a handle !

Reformed Alcoholic/Druggy and general pain in the butt to society, now father of 4
exceptional children and husband to Ginny with our 20th wedding anniversary this year.

Both fulltime Personal Trainers (nearly 30 years for me) and part time roaster and full-time coffee freak.

Followed my online mates here, and really enjoy keeping in contact with and learning from my Aussie friends via forums and the odd trip across the ditch.

Chris
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Gra on 11/06/2011, 02:43 PM
Welcome aboard Chris the more the merrier this is a very easy going forum enjoy  ;D

Cheers Gra..
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/06/2011, 03:24 PM
A big hello to Chris / Beanlab who I call a friend, even though we have never met

Welcome to Crema forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 11/06/2011, 04:00 PM
Hi Chris,

I really do need to arrange a reverse trip over to NZ for your Tuesday Coffee Club  and bring some kite toys over :)

Tim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 11/06/2011, 04:36 PM
welcome Beanlab - don't usually admit to this, but originally a K1W1 myself, although admittedly that was a very long time [and about three continents] ago  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeedoode on 14/06/2011, 02:35 PM
hi I'm new as well,

I have a PID Silvia and Rocky and am looking forward to learning more here.

cd
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 14/06/2011, 02:48 PM
hi I'm new as well,

I have a PID Silvia and Rocky and am looking forward to learning more here.

cd

G'day Doode, welcome to the forum. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 14/06/2011, 03:28 PM
Welcome. Did you add the PID yourself or buy it that way?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeedoode on 14/06/2011, 03:37 PM
it's an old silvia that i bought on ebay a few years ago. i got a pidkits.com and connected it myself  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 14/06/2011, 05:35 PM
it's an old silvia that i bought on ebay a few years ago. i got a pidkits.com and connected it myself  :)
Nice kits. Expensive, but nice. I put the parts together myself for the gaggia - doesn't look as elegant, but it still made a heck of a difference to the shot consistency
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeedoode on 14/06/2011, 06:05 PM
I bought the pidkits.com one as I heard that the instructions were easy to follow.

They were good so I was able to do it myself. I think my coffee is better now
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 15/06/2011, 10:14 AM
Hello everybody (First Post
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 15/06/2011, 10:25 AM
Welcome to the friendly forum Brett.........look forward to your participation.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 15/06/2011, 10:26 AM
Welcome Brett, Nice to see you here.

It's a nice friendly forum, you'll enjoy it I'm sure.  Get posting! :)  ;D  8)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 15/06/2011, 10:45 AM
Hello everybody (First Post
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/06/2011, 11:09 AM
Welcome Brett
Now thats what I need to get beck into again, Photography

I have a point and click Canon 850 IS digital, but my other gear is still 35mm film
Need to try my hand on a DSLR again but there is to much choice ? and harder than coffee

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 15/06/2011, 12:55 PM
That's a good introduction Brett
 I for one don't have a problem with long posts as long as they aren't offensive and everyone here seems to keep things civil.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 15/06/2011, 01:28 PM
Thank you all for the warm welcome.  

Dry Bean, I am truly envious of your rock hound past.  My skills are only in their infancy and any opal rough I've had is only Boulder or Matrix although I have a small Honey Opal that I am excited about cabing in the next week.  

KK, I'll have my Camera at the Cooper's Plains 'Try a Bezzera Lever and KK Roaster' on Saturday so you can have a play with it.

Thanks again and I can't wait to get involved!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 15/06/2011, 08:43 PM
Hi Brett, welcome and no - you don't need to worry about ...

I am hoping that my posts won
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: derrilex on 17/06/2011, 07:37 AM
Hi all. New to this forum after defecting. Had to find the 6910 guru  ( AM ) again. I'll keep  it brief

1 st machine was a Gaggia Cubika
Current combo is a battle hardened 6910 and modded 480 - going great ( touch wood )
Will upgrade when the 6910 has a cataclysmic failure

Quals

Trade qualified Motor Mechanic - Bmw and Mercedes specialist  - 13 years in industry
2nd class welder - mig , stick , tig
Trade qualified carpenter - currently running own business doing everything from house renno's to maintenance but specialise in premium quality timber decks

Personals

Deeply committed to
 - great coffee
 - formula 1
 - moto gp
 - fishing / boating
 - camping and 4x4

Not so committed to

Finishing the renno on my house
Working


Cheers,

Alex
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/06/2011, 10:10 AM
G'day Derrilex (Alex), Nice to see you here and welcome.  I am also a recent defector and just love this forum.  We can be honest and discuss coffee things without worrying about certain brands or retailers demanding posts removed.  The quality of information here seems far more expansive and interesting.  The posts are not hamstrung by over zealous commercial alliances, retailer/brand over-protection, and from my reading thusfar, professional jealousy.  All in all it's a pretty relaxed place to read and post with the added bonus of all (bar one) of my favorite contributors from another site being here!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/06/2011, 10:10 AM
Hi and welcome Derrilex to our friendly forum
I have similar qualifications in the motor trade (Euro cars) with the a few years stint in heavy industry

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 17/06/2011, 10:13 AM


Morning and Welcome Derrilex, good to see you over here.

- great coffee ;)

- moto gp ;)

- fishing / boating ;)

All good for me. ;D



Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: derrilex on 17/06/2011, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the welcome everybody. I dont pretend to know much about the black art of espresso so my posts may not be the high on the techo stuff but they will be funny - I cant help myself sometimes.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 17/06/2011, 06:48 PM
Brett, hate you  :P I love my rocks, have done since I was a kid, and I can see a few that might interest me :D

I share your photography passion, I have a D50, we also have 2 D90s in the family, my father is a small time pro and it seems to be hereditary :)

ROFL I have to laugh about your comments about posts being deleted, I have a feeling I got half the BDB thread wiped yesterday, I have no idea why  ::)



Also welcome Alex :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 17/06/2011, 07:02 PM
ROFL I have to laugh about your comments about posts being deleted, I have a feeling I got half the BDB thread wiped yesterday, I have no idea why  ::)

Oh trust me it wasn't you  ::)

Welcome Alex & Brett too  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 17/06/2011, 07:07 PM
Oh really BF, damnit, no I'm kidding  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/06/2011, 10:42 PM
SS, sorry about the temptation but for what it's worth you have great taste! El got our order through tonight and that one is a beaut!  As for the photography we also have family who are Nikon peop,e and one black sheep uncle who shoots Canon. Now we all know that the brand of camera is largely irrelevant and what matters is the composition and use of light but it really is fun to attempt to make him feel inferior  ;D.

I watched the other forum thread and BF's great post get locked and disappear yesterday just by fluke. That sight really has slowed recently and if it disappears at the current rate there will be a hole in the interweb with a green hue.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 17/06/2011, 11:05 PM
LOL well thank you very much Brett.

I know about the ribbing, I have a good friend that only uses Canon, we continually rib each other about our camera choices.  I just wish that Canon lenses fit Nikons, then I'd be right :D

On the other thing, I think Andy is great and does a lot to get out there what is good, that is why I still post over there, it's just unfortunate that the other things have to happen.  It's so blatantly obvious, like someone posting something in the sponsor section to make sure that someone elses new post can't be seen instantly when people enter the site and they click on it to see what they are offering.

Mmmm I think I've drawn the line in the sand with that comment.  Oh well enough from me, sometimes you just have to shake your head and walk away.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 18/06/2011, 10:40 AM
SS, sorry about the temptation but for what it's worth you have great taste! El got our order through tonight and that one is a beaut!  As for the photography we also have family who are Nikon peop,e and one black sheep uncle who shoots Canon. Now we all know that the brand of camera is largely irrelevant and what matters is the composition and use of light but it really is fun to attempt to make him feel inferior  ;D.

I watched the other forum thread and BF's great post get locked and disappear yesterday just by fluke. That sight really has slowed recently and if it disappears at the current rate there will be a hole in the interweb with a green hue.
The great thing about Nikon gear is that 40 year old lenses fit and work on the new digital models just fine(at a fraction of the price of new) I have 40 year old  nikkor lenses (I used with Nikkormat FT2 bodies) that knock the newer stuff into a cocked hat, AI does not work but if you know what your doing that's neither here nor there.
My daughter uses Canon and is constantly lamenting the fact that lenses are not interchangeable, having said that the shots she takes are every bit as good as what we get with our Nikon's. ;)  
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 18/06/2011, 01:52 PM
db that's what I love about my D50, it can actually use the old lenses as they were made to be used.  My father has given me one of his expensive at the time SLR lenses that yes his D90 could use but because the D90 doesn't have the same function that the D50 has I get better use out of it.

Sorry I have a migraine and can't remember what it is specifically, something about the motor or lack of function of one in the lenses.

Ahh I know the ability to use the AF lenses.  It's what mine has that his doesn't :D

I don't think I'd ever upgrade, I also have 'shakey hand syndrome' LOL so the lighter D50 suits me and I just have to buy the more expensive lenses to help with that.

Oh forgot if anyone wants to read reviews on all the cameras in the same place Ken Rockwell site is the place to go http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 18/06/2011, 02:08 PM
db that's what I love about my D50, it can actually use the old lenses as they were made to be used.  My father has given me one of his expensive at the time SLR lenses that yes his D90 could use but because the D90 doesn't have the same function that the D50 has I get better use out of it.

Sorry I have a migraine and can't remember what it is specifically, something about the motor or lack of function of one in the lenses.

Ahh I know the ability to use the AF lenses.  It's what mine has that his doesn't :D

I don't think I'd ever upgrade, I also have 'shakey hand syndrome' LOL so the lighter D50 suits me and I just have to buy the more expensive lenses to help with that.

Oh forgot if anyone wants to read reviews on all the cameras in the same place Ken Rockwell site is the place to go http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm

Hear what your saying SS, I tend to use my D200 in manual mode most of the time so the lack of auto focus and AI matter little.
A lot of people don't like Ken Rockwells reviews, however I've always found them pretty helpful.
Hope the migraine resolves itself soon. :(
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: cino on 19/06/2011, 08:58 PM
Hi all.

I just found this forum yesterday. It's nice to see some familiar faces again. Looking forward to some lively discussion on all things coffee.

Nico
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 19/06/2011, 09:04 PM
Hi all.

I just found this forum yesterday. It's nice to see some familiar faces again. Looking forward to some lively discussion on all things coffee.

Nico

Hi Nico and welcome to the friendly forum
We discuss coffee with honesty and without prejudice here

Post away and we will reply

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 19/06/2011, 09:16 PM
Hi Nico,
good to have you here and a first post that isn't an advertorial is much appreciated ;)

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 19/06/2011, 09:47 PM
..... here and a first post that isn't an advertorial i...

Got to love an enthusiast even if they are a bit enthusiastic  ;)

Welcome Nico  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 20/06/2011, 10:17 AM
Hi all.

I just found this forum yesterday. It's nice to see some familiar faces again. Looking forward to some lively discussion on all things coffee.

Nico
Morning Nico, welcome to the friendly forum. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Gra on 20/06/2011, 11:18 AM
Hi Nico and welcome to the forum look forward to your posts..

Cheers gra..
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: cino on 20/06/2011, 03:03 PM
So please tell...  How did you find Crema and the rest of us ?

Saw some posts on (edit)*another forum* that suggested that a bunch of friendly people have defected somewhere else, so I went Googling, and found this place.

So, for those who don't know, I have a Grimac Mini and a Gino Rossi at home, and an Aeropress and a Kyocera at the office, as well as a brand new $30 flat burr grinder from Aldi that I am giving a run for it's money with the Aeropress. I see there is a new discussion in the grinders section. I will head on over and see what that is about.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Intense Coffee on 20/06/2011, 07:09 PM
Hi I'm Graham and new to this forum,

I see a number of familiar names here.  ;), who have been of assistance to me in my roasting endeavours in the past.

I'm a coffee lover (obviously), who roasts and prepares my own coffee for family and friends. In my mid fifties with a 30+ years IT background, with some other stuff thrown in for good measure including the dubious pleasure of having owned a Cafe for 3 years during the recession we were meant to have, with dire consequences.

I have been discovering the secrets of roasting on a HottopB for about 18 months.

I also ride a Triumph Bonneville (SE) for fun, and play a bit of music occasionally.

Graham

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 20/06/2011, 07:20 PM
Hi I'm Graham and new to this forum,

I see a number of familiar names here.  ;), who have been of assistance to me in my roasting endeavours in the past.

I'm a coffee lover (obviously), who roasts and prepares my own coffee for family and friends. In my mid fifties with a 30+ years IT background, with some other stuff thrown in for good measure including the dubious pleasure of having owned a Cafe for 3 years during the recession we were meant to have, with dire consequences.

I have been discovering the secrets of roasting on a HottopB for about 18 months.

I also ride a Triumph Bonneville (SE) for fun, and play a bit of music occasionally.

Graham


Evening Graham, welcome to the friendly forum, looking forward to your contributions.
I ride a much modified 2007 Triumph T100 Tuxedo. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 20/06/2011, 07:33 PM
Evening Graham, welcome to the friendly forum, looking forward to your contributions.
I ride a much modified 2007 Triumph T100 Tuxedo. ;)

Hmmm, my poor little Japanese bike is starting to feel outnumbered...  ;D

Welcome Graham  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 20/06/2011, 07:37 PM
Welcome Graham.

Noticed a bit of biffo going on over at that other place this afternoon and some of us (myself included)  completely understand why you are here.

Look forward to enjoying your posts on the coffee journey.

mycuppa
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/06/2011, 08:08 PM
Noticed a bit of biffo going on over at that other place this afternoon and some of us (myself included)  completely understand why you are here.

It is getting ridiculous isn't it? Can't believe those two are allowed to censor, censure, edit, re-edit, control and delete their way to a controlling and domineering position lording themselves over every other member and/or sponsor.

Much warmer and fuzzier here    :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/06/2011, 08:12 PM
Hi and welcome Graham - Intense Coffee
I have had a guitar for over 30 years but don't play, I tried to learn but I was a better listener than a performer
So the Hi Fi bug started a few decades ago

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 20/06/2011, 08:21 PM
Welcome and yeah sorry about that, being part of the reason everyone else's comments were deleted  ;D  Shhhhh let me think it anyway, I so wanted it to stay there longer than it did, bullies deserve to be outed every now and then!

I've seriously had enough as much as I want to support Andy but hey they are allowed to get away with it and I've wasted enough time and words on them!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 20/06/2011, 08:53 PM
Welcome Graham.

Sounds like you are ticking the right boxes: Triumph Bonny, guitar and coffee enthusiast. Next you will be saying you enjoy a drop of scotch single malt.

My late Norton-enthusiast mate (who came to grief on a Honda) reckoned anyone who owned a Trumpy must own shares in Loctite.

It is getting ridiculous isn't it? Can't believe those two are allowed to censor, censure, edit, re-edit, control and delete their way to a controlling and domineering position lording themselves over every other member and/or sponsor.

Much warmer and fuzzier here    :D

Hmmm....some irony in that statement isn't there?

I thought, after a  recent rant from one of the mods, we wouldn't be using this forum to bag CoffeeSnobs. Especially in this section.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 20/06/2011, 08:57 PM
Welcome Graham.

Sounds like you are ticking the right boxes: Triumph Bonny, guitar and coffee enthusiast. Next you will be saying you enjoy a drop of scotch single malt.

Hmm, single malt scotch....now we're talking! :) - the music and motorbikes doesn't really do it for me :(

Hmmm....some irony in that statement isn't there?

I thought, after a  recent rant from one of the mods, we wouldn't be using this forum to bag CoffeeSnobs. Especially in this section.

I second this sentiment. I've had my share of blues, but the best way to move on is just ignore, and carry on. Make this forum on its own merits, and not off the back of any other.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/06/2011, 09:02 PM
Did someone say Single Malt???? Hmmmm.... Oban, Talisker, Laphroig, Lagavulin, Highland Park and perhaps a wee dram o' 25 year old Macallan? brb... running off to get a glass
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/06/2011, 09:11 PM
I am putting my moderators hat on, and request all members new and old to post in a friendly manner on the Crema forum

This is my quotable quote for the day

There are generally many decent members on most forums
We as a group should not paint another collective with one brush
Even if that brush paints a certain section the collective gets a few stains as well

And a quote from times past

So if you dont have anything good to say - bite your tongue and dont say it at all -

Regards
KK

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 20/06/2011, 09:14 PM
Did someone say Single Malt???? Hmmmm.... Oban, Talisker, Laphroig, Lagavulin, Highland Park and perhaps a wee dram o' 25 year old Macallan? brb... running off to get a glass

Only one glass? That's a fair amount of fine scotch to get through, Vinitasse. I think you'll need some help.

Never been much of a motorcyclist (have owned 3 small Japanese bikes in my lifetime) but riding a Vincent Black Shadow would be on my bucket list

I can feel a new off-topic thread here (or two, or three).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 20/06/2011, 09:33 PM
Hi everyone and welcome!

I'll go hide in my cave now.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 20/06/2011, 10:01 PM
Did someone say Single Malt???? Hmmmm.... Oban, Talisker, Laphroig, Lagavulin, Highland Park and perhaps a wee dram o' 25 year old Macallan? brb... running off to get a glass

Uh Oh! Another shared interest. One of the best drops I ever had was in a wee place in Los Gatos CA. - a 25 Yr old Scapa, was very surprised to see it there and half the price it should have been. Quite partial to Oban and Jura though.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/06/2011, 10:08 PM
Have you ever tried a Single Malt from..... Melbourne???????????

Believe it or not but Bakery Hill makes an amazing drop... it ain't cheap but it's local and it's gooood!!!

www.bakeryhilldistillery.com.au/
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 20/06/2011, 10:09 PM
I know the Single Malt discussion is WAY off topic... but please forgive me... the weather made me do it!
 :P
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 20/06/2011, 11:25 PM
Welcome and yeah sorry about that, being part of the reason everyone else's comments were deleted  ;D  Shhhhh let me think it anyway, I so wanted it to stay there longer than it did, bullies deserve to be outed every now and then!

It wasn't me I didn't do it I was drinking great coffees in Melbourne for the day. Time we started limiting the motorbike gang I reckon too  ;D

Apart from that trying to come down off the caffeine high with a humble triple sized Glenmorangie nightcap.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 21/06/2011, 07:56 AM
I'll go hide in my cave now.

So you're into speleology WotB?  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Intense Coffee on 21/06/2011, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the good wishes everyone, and NO I'm actually not a single malt kinda guy.  ;) Ive been through my stages, but lean towards Cognac spirits wise, rather than whisky, although lean very little these days outside of my drug of choice - caffeine. Having lived in a pub in the UK for a period etc takes it's toll, so I tread lighter now.

I have no intentions of burning any bridges forums wise, because these things often have a way of working themselves out, and having cut my roasting teeth elsewhere, I have a soft spot for a number of contributers.   :-X (Some of course who appear here now).  ;D

By the way the modern Bonney's no longer need the Locktite to be readily on hand.  8)

Graham
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 21/06/2011, 11:09 AM
So you're into speleology WotB?  ;)

Nope, Neanderthalism.

Urg, must make fire.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 22/06/2011, 10:02 PM
hi guys - have been unavoidably out of commission for a few days [things like ash clouds hanging about didn't help]; I'd like to think we get it right most of the time, but just thought I'd mention that I'm always happy to have input about anything on the forum - any issues, please feel free to pm any time.

cheers
A

PS I know I should google it, but what's speleology?  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/06/2011, 10:16 PM


PS I know I should google it, but what's speleology?  :)

Something to do with caves I think

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 23/06/2011, 10:07 AM
what's speleology?

Cave exploration
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 23/06/2011, 10:15 AM
Nothing wrong with hiding in your Man cave I reckon WOtB  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 23/06/2011, 10:26 AM
Wish I had a proper man cave.  Cars taking up all the room, cannot fit it out properly.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 23/06/2011, 10:59 AM
Ha WotB, sounds like our garage too, one side the RX3, the other side the rotary, almost ready to go in  ;D  His man cave is the lounge room, it's his work room and the wall of boxes is the entry way, anyone seen Mythbusters and their wall of boxes  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: SniffCoffee on 23/06/2011, 11:14 AM
one side the RX3, the other side the rotary,

Isn't that 2 rotaries then?    ???  My brother had an RX4 which he plugged a 13B into with fuel injection...ah, happy memories...  ;D

sniff
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 23/06/2011, 11:56 AM
Nah Sniff, it has a piston engine in it at present, tell you though it's still really quick, we 'tested' it against my crapadoor VT S and it kept up easily, the 13B is almost ready to go in then it'll blow everything else away :)  It'll be the most computerised RX3 out there I think by the time he's finished with it.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Seeya Latte on 23/06/2011, 05:19 PM
in keeping with the nostalgic theme, 808's, RX's, capella's...
I remember them at Friday night drags at Calder here in Melb in the 80's, a noise the V8 lovers used to hate with a passion.....everyone knew them collectively as 'egg beaters' or 'rice burners'!
I had an 82 SII RX7 for 13 years sold it in show room condition....looking back now, rotaries were ahead of their time.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 23/06/2011, 06:17 PM
...and still are :)  We'll be in the process of looking for an '99-'02 RX7 for my OH eventually.  At the moment he is helping his father fix up his, my OH was almost born in it so there is sentimental attachment for both of them.

He actually wants a Cosmo but it's a little unrealistic, there are so few around and he keeps saying he'll put a 20B in his MX-6.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Springbok on 23/06/2011, 08:59 PM
Hi All,

Wondered where most of you had gone..hope it wasnt something I said  :o

Well - in short - I am an African - born in Zambia and spent a long time in South Africa - migrated here with my family in 1999.
Im an Electrical Engineer and am at present on the new Tunnel team in Brisbane.

I developed a love for coffee and started slowly with some frustration at the mystery of coffee until I read an article on a Copffee ceremony in Ethiopia - started roasting my own beans in a pan, a neighbour gave me a Popcorn machine which I modified over several years - am now the owner of a Hottop and while I am pleased I still remember the excitement of popper roasting..

I prefer stove top espresso and ama sucker for new ways to brew coffee.

All for now,

Regards,
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 23/06/2011, 09:13 PM
Welcome Springbok
It was good to catch up with you at the Bezzera Strega Lever try out day

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 23/06/2011, 09:18 PM
Welcome...  Missing that great meat you have so often provided at gatherings  ;D

So you one of those people digging a hole under my place  ;) :D ;D

We all need to catch up some time.. Look forward to your posts etc.

AM

Next gathering I'll need to organise some of my homemade jerky or biltong so we can compete on flavour :) - AM can be judge :D

This thread needs to be renamed to "weird s*** we enjoy".
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Springbok on 23/06/2011, 09:37 PM
The Brisbane Meats.. sorry Meets are the best - please lets continue them I missed the last one with having to go to Goro on a breakdown..

The biltongs still good - its all I need from the old country.

Glad and privileged to be a new Australian - and "Girt by sea"
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 23/06/2011, 10:12 PM
Nice to see you again Springbok.

This place is starting to fill up. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 23/06/2011, 10:31 PM
Welcome Springbok - nice to have you on board

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 23/06/2011, 10:51 PM
Welcome Springbok
It was good to catch up with you at the Bezzera Strega Lever try out day

KK

Ditto!  This forum has a really nice feel and I'm looking forward to your posts. Incidentally my mate who runs Underground Opera operates one of those big borers in your Tunnel. I've seen the way he navigates and drives so AM better keep half an eye on that deck he's mentioned!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: adelaidecoffee on 25/06/2011, 09:55 PM
I live in Adelaide, its a overgrown country town and a bit backwards. More good coffee shops would good but i reckon over the next few years there will be. Lets hope-so.

Current fav drink - ristretto.

Hi all.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 25/06/2011, 10:05 PM
I live in Adelaide, its a overgrown country town and a bit backwards. More good coffee shops would good but i reckon over the next few years there will be. Lets hope-so.

Current fav drink - ristretto.

Hi all.

Welcome to Crema AC, the friendly forum ;) Your right Adelaide is a lot less frantic than Melb or Sydney, a good thing as far as I'm concerned, Adelaide is a delight to navigate. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/06/2011, 10:11 PM
I live in Adelaide, its a overgrown country town and a bit backwards. More good coffee shops would good but i reckon over the next few years there will be. Lets hope-so.

Current fav drink - ristretto.

Hi all.


Hi and a warm welcome to you AdelCoffee
Thats how I still see Brisbane as a huge country town

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 26/06/2011, 12:39 AM
Welcome along :) Adelaide has come a long way from closing down at 12 on a Saturday but still a long way to go. The coffee scene these days at least has a few good people getting in and making some noise and putting up some better coffees than it used to have a couple of years ago.

At least for you guys you can jump a plane and be in Melbourne quicker than I can if you need a good coffee fix   >:D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 27/06/2011, 08:30 AM
welcome Adelaidecoffee;

fyi moved the rest of the Adelaide-related comments to Adelaide's best cafes thread on Best Cafes board below...

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 30/06/2011, 10:45 PM
Hi Muscles

Nice to have you on board... Please feel free to tell us a bit more about your self AND your coffee equipment..

Crema Forum
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 30/06/2011, 10:48 PM
Thanks for the auto-welcome, great way to get new members posting...

Anyway, I'm Marc, 36 YO, love my coffee and walks on the beach... JJ
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 30/06/2011, 10:52 PM
Hi All,
The name's Marc.

I see lots of familiar names on here, look forward to learning and contributing with you all....

See you around,
Marc
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/06/2011, 11:06 PM
Hi All,
The name's Marc.

I see lots of familiar names on here, look forward to learning and contributing with you all....

See you around,
Marc

Hi Marc
Its a real pleasure to have you at Crema forum
Hope you stay a while and contribute

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 30/06/2011, 11:08 PM
Welcome Marc.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 30/06/2011, 11:21 PM
Thanks guys, love the fact that you all tell it as it is on here... some interesting reading for sure!
Anyway, I'm off to search for some posts/threads on cups.

Cheers,
Marc
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 30/06/2011, 11:24 PM
Hi AM,
I have a dozen bags of Andy's beans and a Behmor that gets put on the bench every Saturday so I guess I can now boast that it's real coffee.

Reg process a bit interesting (read long- really no biggie though) but hey, as forum owners we do what we have to do...

TC

Marc
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 30/06/2011, 11:47 PM
Thanks for the auto-welcome, great way to get new members posting...

Anyway, I'm Marc, 36 YO, love my coffee and walks on the beach... JJ

Since when have we become a dating site  ;D

"...walks on the beach..."

You do realise that this is the most written sentence in dating profiles the world over don't you  :P

Welcome anyway  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 01/07/2011, 12:04 AM
I own a forum for fish hobbyists (tropheusfanatics) and another one that is just about dead and buried, also related to fish hence my comments on the auto-welcome and reg process etc I do similarly myself....

The TK cups look very nice, I had them in my cart a few times over the last couple of days but can't settle on a color/ colors. Anyway, yeah I realised this wasn't a dating site as no one asked for my credit card during sign up but joined anyway :P
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/07/2011, 10:18 AM
Fishing, coffee, beach, doesn't get much better than that
A bit nostalgic of it all as I was an ex beach fisherman and lived in Newcastle

I also kept marine fish in my younger days very successfully, still have my shell grit & coral in case I get back into it

Now I just have a fresh water aquarium and populated with goldfish 

KK


Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Buschy on 01/07/2011, 10:39 AM
Hello, I stumbled across this forum while searching for something on the net, read a few posts, enjoyed what I was reading, enjoyed the relaxed environment and decided to sign up. Mmmm... not really sure what to say...Well, Ok I was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and went to U of C where I graduated with a B.Ed. I taught for a couple of years, decided it wasn't really for me and went back and picked up a M.Ed in Educational Technology/Instructional Design. I worked for a software company developing training courseware for a few years and then had an opportunity to relocate to Australia in 1994. I worked at the Division of Distance Education at Central Queensland University for 2 years developing courseware for the uni and the coal mining industry. I met my wife-to-be while travelling in North Qld (Magnetic Island) and have pretty well been in Australia ever since. I was coerced into working for the in-laws structural engineering firm in Townsville and have been doing so for the past 13 years as a IT/WH&S/QA/HR/whatever Manager. I spent 5 years living on Magnetic Island and commuted by ferry to town each day for work, but eventually settled on the mainland. Have had an espresso machine(s) for about 20 years, but became more picky about producing a decent cup about 3>4 years ago when I became a member of CS. Enjoy home roasting and recently upgraded my Corretto to a 1kg Akaneks. A big thanks goes to member Vinitasse for all of his assistance. Besides roasting coffee I am an avid kite surfer (although not for the past 14 months because of injury... :'(). Also enjoy running, swimming, trekking, skiing, travelling and drinking too much nice wine. Ron
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 01/07/2011, 11:12 AM
Welcome to Crema Buschy,

got to watch out for kiting injuries :( I have had some high speed outs from kite buggies over the years that have done some nasty damage 80km-0 hurts.

time for another morning coffee I reckon.  :)

Tim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 01/07/2011, 11:18 AM
Fishing, coffee, beach, doesn't get much better than that
A bit nostalgic of it all as I was an ex beach fisherman and lived in Newcastle

I also kept marine fish in my younger days very successfully, still have my shell grit & coral in case I get back into it

Now I just have a fresh water aquarium and populated with goldfish 

KK


Yep, the finer things in life. Oddly enough, I can't remember when I last swam at a beach (live 10 minutes from Cronulla mind you) or when I last wet a line - I will have to change this. As for aquariums, I have a shed full of gear in storage since my last move... can't bring myself to move it on - "just in case"...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/07/2011, 11:56 AM
Welcome to our friendly community Buschy

Never tried kite surfing but it sounds dangerously fun in a weird sort of way

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 01/07/2011, 12:02 PM
Welcome to the friendly forum Buschy and Muscles, always great to see new members. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 01/07/2011, 12:41 PM
Great to see another Townsvillite (although my wife and I escaped). Welcome Buschy and WOW... That is quite a roaster you have there!

Hello, I stumbled across this forum while searching for something on the net, read a few posts, enjoyed what I was reading, enjoyed the relaxed environment and decided to sign up. Mmmm... not really sure what to say...Well, Ok I was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and went to U of C where I graduated with a B.Ed. I taught for a couple of years, decided it wasn't really for me and went back and picked up a M.Ed in Educational Technology/Instructional Design. I worked for a software company developing training courseware for a few years and then had an opportunity to relocate to Australia in 1994. I worked at the Division of Distance Education at Central Queensland University for 2 years developing courseware for the uni and the coal mining industry. I met my wife-to-be while travelling in North Qld (Magnetic Island) and have pretty well been in Australia ever since. I was coerced into working for the in-laws structural engineering firm in Townsville and have been doing so for the past 13 years as a IT/WH&S/QA/HR/whatever Manager. I spent 5 years living on Magnetic Island and commuted by ferry to town each day for work, but eventually settled on the mainland. Have had an espresso machine(s) for about 20 years, but became more picky about producing a decent cup about 3>4 years ago when I became a member of CS. Enjoy home roasting and recently upgraded my Corretto to a 1kg Akaneks. A big thanks goes to member Vinitasse for all of his assistance. Besides roasting coffee I am an avid kite surfer (although not for the past 14 months because of injury... :'(). Also enjoy running, swimming, trekking, skiing, travelling and drinking too much nice wine. Ron
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Buschy on 01/07/2011, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome.  Yes, Beanflying and KK, landing from almost 2 storeys onto your sacrum in less than knee deep water not good.  :'( Although I tried to keep reminding myself that bad stuff can happen if not vigilant, you do tend to get complacent and take things for granted after doing something for a while. But...almost fixed again.  :) Very lucky me thinks....

Yes Brett, new "home" roaster very shiny and I'm excited about getting to know it better! I haven't had much of a chance since it arrived. But tomorrow morning full steam ahead  ;D.


 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/07/2011, 06:09 PM
I know a Robbie that lives in Chermside

Free speech is what we are all about on Crema
We play the game not the man

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: kualitycoffee on 02/07/2011, 07:32 PM
Hi Guys, I have to tell you that I should of guessed what my ???friend!!! AM would do with the response he got from sending me to another friend and not answering my original question.

I started the conversation re my not being happy with my Rancilio grinder.  You should have seen the look i got from that statement. They are the most popular ginder and the ones in most demand on eBay. Sell it then he says.

So this started a dialogue as to where to next?  I run a Sunbeam 6910 and by all accounts I can get a reasonable mug of coffee out of this machine now that i know a few things about making coffee.

Now please note I said MUG in other words i like a drink and when it's good I like it to last hence I always make a MUG of coffee.  Essentially I make a flat white and yes i do dust it off with some chocolate.  Lately though no sugar.

Now we hear the latest talk about notes.  The last time i knew anything about a note it was either a 5 pound note or else someone was singing a high note in some musical.

Who in his so called right mind associated notes with coffee?  The only note one gets from coffee is when the beans have been freshly gound and the aroma is lifting on the air and a gental breeze wafts the aroma across the room when people come and go opening doors.  Sorry i should have said SMELL!

Now to the other side of notes.  I had a coffee machine in my office, another 6910.  Most mornings 2 to 3 would venture into my inner sanctuary and make a brew and then venture off to their daily grind.  The remaining smell, very pungent, hung heavily in the air.

One morning after the said celebrations an executive secretary came in to see me and reeled back whilst still at the door saying, "What is that smell?"  Why its fresh coffee i replied would you like some?  "No way it smells like a mens urinal!"she exclaimed.  Now I leave you to wonder how she knew what a mens urinal smelt like! Really I said. And would you like a coffee? She left without saying another word.

Now my reason for telling this true tale is that we have a number of coffee desperardos who are now say that we need to smell the roses as we drink the coffee and hey I'm an expert because i can sense all the other notes (roses).  Well me thinks how can this judge know how it is I like my coffee? How can he determine what is good for me?  Well the answer is he cannot.  I am responsible for my destiny and hence it is up to me to choose to say that's great coffee or that's a pile of mud.  No one else can tell me otherwise. I mean i have to drink it not smell it. ???

I wonder what one of these judges would say when going for a pee in a mens urinal?  Perhaps they could detect what the previous peeer had for lunch. :-*

Now my question is if you were considering replacing ones 6910  what would you buy and why? It's a simple questions is it not and doesn't set off any Opera singers now does it?

Smile its bean a good day!

Oh and Anger TMB?????? Errr TBM if you please (tick)




Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 02/07/2011, 07:40 PM
Wow. This thread is doing my head in!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: kualitycoffee on 02/07/2011, 07:57 PM
Hi Richard, Do'n your head in??? Then go make a magic brew of the liquid tar they call coffee. That will set your head straight. And don't be a tippler, that's hoding it in one hand, get both hands around the MUG! Feel it , taste, smell it and make sure you drink it whilst it's hot.

Pure gold as long as you don't smell any roses!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 04/07/2011, 03:47 PM
Hi Muscles & Buschy - a warm welcome; Muscles - great to have another photography [as well as coffee] -lover on board;  Buschy - for those of us who didn't know you before, any chance on an update on the username; beard, surname, location ['out bush' near T/ville] or other?

cheers
A ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 05/07/2011, 12:30 PM
Whoa, there's someone I haven't seen for a while.....

Welcome coffeehorse
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 05/07/2011, 01:53 PM
thanks guys, does that mean someone else wants to introduce me?  ;)

I'll check back later and see what you said :P
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 05/07/2011, 02:03 PM
Welcome new oldbie :) that should have been my name, my two favourite things  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 05/07/2011, 08:29 PM
thanks guys, does that mean someone else wants to introduce me?  ;)

I'll check back later and see what you said :P

this guy. he drinks coffee.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 05/07/2011, 09:07 PM
I am offering my welcome but oblivious to who you are

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 05/07/2011, 09:39 PM
Welcome John!  I hear you like Plunge's espresso blend.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: ARC on 06/07/2011, 02:52 PM
First post on the forum, am a newbie to the cafe industry, worked in a few kitchens, cafes, restaurants, resorts etc... but am now starting my own place - I'm a coffee lover and glorified 'coffee maker' - I'm the first to admit I'm no crack 'barista' which is partly the reason for me joining this forum to learn as much as I can from all the discussion - I'm 26 & I live on the mid North coast... Thanks in advance for all the tips, advise and info from everyone,
Cheers

ARC
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 06/07/2011, 03:07 PM
First post on the forum, am a newbie to the cafe industry, worked in a few kitchens, cafes, restaurants, resorts etc... but am now starting my own place - I'm a coffee lover and glorified 'coffee maker' - I'm the first to admit I'm no crack 'barista' which is partly the reason for me joining this forum to learn as much as I can from all the discussion - I'm 26 & I live on the mid North coast... Thanks in advance for all the tips, advise and info from everyone,
Cheers

ARC
G'Day Arc, welcome to the forum, lot's of friendly people here who are only too willing to share their knowledge. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 06/07/2011, 08:31 PM
Welcome John!  I hear you like Plunge's espresso blend.

and why wouldn't he?  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: WotB on 06/07/2011, 10:20 PM
I gotta pay a visit sometime when I have a free day off.  They're currently all booked out until September.  Maybe I can sneak in some weekday morning...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 07/07/2011, 06:14 AM
I gotta pay a visit sometime when I have a free day off.  They're currently all booked out until September.  Maybe I can sneak in some weekday morning...

you're welcome anytime. hopefully you'll notice an improvement since the ropey espressos I first served you earlier this year!  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/07/2011, 08:57 AM
Welcome ARC
Hope you stay a while and we can solve the problems of the world over a nice coffee   ::)  ;D

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 09/07/2011, 06:07 PM
I'm John, was Identity then coffeehorse on the CS board, which I left due to regular run-ins over dodgy sponsor behaviour and moderation of stuff that didn't need moderation.

A few people there were getting banned because moderators couldn't unbundle their panties, which drove me onto Twitter to say what I mean (though I don't always mean what I say)

Got into coffee as the biggest fix for my stunning trigeminal neuralgia/cluster headaches I could find at less than $65/dose.

I've got a 'notes' background - tasting notes may come from wine, where my palate is a bit more average than I'd like, but I used to be the largest seller of incense in the UK - over 1000 different products, some with up to 15 'scent' ingredients in them. That's a lot of notes for your nose to pick up - especially on the japanese incense which is known for purity of scent and quality of aroma. Having 700 japanese incense products really helped train my nose, and selling aromatherapy oils also helped.

I also ate some raspberries.

I got roped into coffee judging by Luca and have am an AASCA Judge (like hazchem, but not as awesome) and will (sensory) judge barista comps whenever asked. I won't do tech because it sends me into caffeine withdrawal, and I spend too much time judging the notes to judge the grinds.

KK you should remember me - try harder  :P

I've got a Bezzera Domus Galatea, heavily modded, a Vibiemme Domobar Super & 2 BNZ MD-74 Conicals, a Hario hand grinder & a whole heap of beans - I'll review anything drinkable on twitter & am currently privately reviewing coffees to provide feedback for a number of australian roasters - hopefully they're getting as much out of it as I am.

Really good to see familiar and unfamiliar faces - if anyone wants to talk notes, I'm all nose ears.

John.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/07/2011, 06:35 PM
Leave the man alone AM  :P 
Give him time to settle in

Yea I remember you now Coffeehorse / John
You went off the radar for a while as I did from around Nov 2010 for other reasons

Again welcome and we are glad to have you on Crema

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 09/07/2011, 06:40 PM
AM, if I wanted to read about notes, I'd play an instrument!

I suck at describing taste. I've recently decided to give up trying, and trusting those who can.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 10/07/2011, 02:38 AM
AM, if I wanted to read about notes, I'd play an instrument!

I suck at describing taste. I've recently decided to give up trying, and trusting those who can.

Start with caramel, cocoa, milk choc, dark choc, carob, bonfire toffee, dark caramel & fudge, and you've got the base of most coffee tasting. Normally you'll find one and only one of those in a coffee. Also, when all of those are missing, the taste you might be experiencing is......'coffee'.

It's the woods/herbals/plants/soils which are hardest - after all, who's eaten the middle of an elm tree lately?

If you're truly serious about not wanting to read about notes, don't follow me on twitter at any rate - it's all I ever tweet about.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 10/07/2011, 07:06 AM
Me too... Too old, too much smoking and strange food... Thus can not detect Notes and I am tone deaf  ;D

But I do  know what I like, it's just that naming / describing it is not always so easy...   Just ask my wife  ;)



and as I keep telling my younger baristas, don't worry about describing the flavour to me, just concentrate on whether or not its delicious.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Newton123 on 10/07/2011, 08:28 AM
Hi there

I am from Sydney Australia, I like long walks on the beach."..........

Oooops wrong site.

I love coffee a lot, any type, anywhere, anytime. It really is special.

I need help with a machine problem, that is ruining my life! No exaggeration.

I live almost 70k's from the nearest coffee shop so it is crucial!

Thanks everyone
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/07/2011, 09:44 AM
Welcome Newton
Stay a while and share a coffee & a tale with us

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: CodyDeegan on 12/07/2011, 12:13 PM
Hi everyone, my name is Cody :)

Im from the Philippines but Sydney gives me a good place.
I love watching the beach while having my coffee, taking pictures and daydream.

Looking forward to have good time here.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/07/2011, 12:42 PM
Welcome Cody

Going to the beach is also one of my favourite pastimes and destinations
Are you here to live or study

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: adelaidecoffee on 12/07/2011, 01:51 PM
Start with caramel, cocoa, milk choc, dark choc, carob, bonfire toffee, dark caramel & fudge, and you've got the base of most coffee tasting. Normally you'll find one and only one of those in a coffee. Also, when all of those are missing, the taste you might be experiencing is......'coffee'.

It's the woods/herbals/plants/soils which are hardest - after all, who's eaten the middle of an elm tree lately?

If you're truly serious about not wanting to read about notes, don't follow me on twitter at any rate - it's all I ever tweet about.

You know those old outside dunnys from quite a few years back? Not sure if they are called long drops - anyways, the smell that they let off (my gran used to have one) is what I tasted recently in a coffee i had. Perhaps the closest description would be (i think) like a rotten egg smell.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazchem on 13/07/2011, 06:40 PM
AM, if I wanted to read about notes, I'd play an instrument!

I suck at describing taste. I've recently decided to give up trying, and trusting those who can.

you shouldn't give up. You already know what things taste like, its just a matter of remembering them & building the neural pathways required to recall the information easily.

and like I said earlier, focus on whether it is delicious or not. the rest will come ...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: plantation_coffee on 17/07/2011, 09:02 PM
yeahh im new here too
name's shaf .. call me shaf , shaffy , shafs .. doesnt bother me

im a young professional (25yo) in the med field and hating it there
discovered my passion for coffee about 4 years ago and it turned into
some home roasting last year , i recently bought my self a has garanti 2kg roaster
n godd do i love roasting on that....personally trying hard to get out of working for
some one and instead work for my self

thats my story ... im sure il have more stories to come
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: plantation_coffee on 17/07/2011, 09:07 PM
ohh
and i mite mention i have a gene cafe 300g roaster
Sunbeam cafe series grinder , Bezzera dal 1901 semi commercial coffee machine
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/07/2011, 09:11 PM
Gday Shaf
Welcome to Crema forum
I am sure you will fit in with the rest of us tragic coffee lovers

P.S. - ssshhhhh - I also like a good cup of tea

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Talk_Coffee on 20/07/2011, 08:54 AM
Ok,

I am back. It's nice to see that entry to this forum is open again to all rather than being selective.

Here to discuss coffee and also to clear some untruths if required. I sincerely hope that won't be necessary.

Chris
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 20/07/2011, 10:36 AM
actually Chris, we haven't had a 'selective' policy before... from memory, you were a member here until you removed yourself a couple of months ago; the only other person we didn't approve was someone who tried to register as 'attack dog' and I don't know any admin/moderator in the world who would let someone register with that proposed username.

However, given the reported nasty emails/PMs that you seem to send anyone and everyone who displeases you, and the few that I myself received [until you were consigned to my Junk folder] you are clearly unable to make a positive contribution here, and are not welcome.

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 20/07/2011, 10:47 AM
Hi Dennis [since I assume this is you] - happy to have you on board as long as you obey forum rules & don't spruik your products.

The only question I have is why you don't continue with your apparent alias of Coffeedoode, as it has been reported to me that you 'outed' yourself as such on another forum?

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/07/2011, 10:48 AM
Ok,

I am back. It's nice to see that entry to this forum is open again to all rather than being selective.

Here to discuss coffee and also to clear some untruths if required. I sincerely hope that won't be necessary.

Chris

And reply

actually Chris, we haven't had a 'selective' policy before... from memory, you were a member here until you removed yourself a couple of months ago; the only other person we didn't approve was someone who tried to register as 'attack dog' and I don't know any admin/moderator in the world who would let someone register with that proposed username.

However, given the reported nasty emails/PMs that you seem to send anyone and everyone who displeases you, and the few that I myself received [until you were consigned to my Junk folder] you are clearly a nasty little man not intent on making a positive contribution here, and are not welcome.

A

How about we put you on probation Talk Coffee
Anything you say will be on record, as we dont delete posts or whole threads

So please consider your post content carefully

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dennis on 20/07/2011, 11:12 AM
Hello Ashley, yes Cuppacoffee and Dennis are one and the same.

I assure you, coffeedoode was/is not me.  The suggestion that I outed myself elsewhere is incorrect.

Cheers
Den
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 20/07/2011, 11:14 AM
Ok,

I am back. It's nice to see that entry to this forum is open again to all rather than being selective.

Here to discuss coffee and also to clear some untruths if required. I sincerely hope that won't be necessary.

Chris

Chris,

Based on the venom and bile you have shown toward this forum and the members of recent times I am amazed that you would actually come back to here unless it was to cause trouble.

Tim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 20/07/2011, 11:16 AM
sorry KK & Bf - have got better things to do with my life & really can't be bothered with him;

the ex-TC is the forum's first [& hopefully only ever] banned member.

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 20/07/2011, 12:28 PM
Hi Dennis [since I assume this is you] - happy to have you on board as long as you obey forum rules & don't spruik your products.

The only question I have is why you don't continue with your apparent alias of Coffeedoode, as it has been reported to me that you 'outed' yourself as such on another forum?

A

A - Awesome!  thanks Ashley for running a transparent and open forum where the focus is great coffee and great people.

Hello Ashley, yes Cuppacoffee and Dennis are one and the same.

I assure you, coffeedoode was/is not me.  The suggestion that I outed myself elsewhere is incorrect.

Cheers
Den

Thanks for clearing that up Dennis and welcome. I couldn't upon reflection imagine that someone who is a business owner has the time or energy to play forum politics if their product is what comes first; so, I'm glad that I was wrong in assuming that Coffeedude was your cover. 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dennis on 20/07/2011, 12:43 PM
Thankyou Brett, I do appreciate your comments and welcome.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 20/07/2011, 12:56 PM
I assure you, coffeedoode was/is not me.  The suggestion that I outed myself elsewhere is incorrect.

Cheers
Den

Ok Dennis, thanks for clarifying.

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 20/07/2011, 01:14 PM
Probably fairer not to ban Chris - if it was anyone else they'd be treated more gently, but everyone's upset about the whole Breville issue? With the furore over that dying down a little, Chris' knowledge in other matters might actually be beneficial to the community?

just a thought - I understand that I've had my own issues with some people at another forum but I'm all for reconciliation.

J
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 20/07/2011, 01:16 PM
Hi Dennis, and welcome - good to see you here!

Will come down your way one day when circumstances - the same as last time, actually allow!

best,

John.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 20/07/2011, 01:24 PM
Probably fairer not to ban Chris - if it was anyone else they'd be treated more gently, but everyone's upset about the whole Breville issue? With the furore over that dying down a little, Chris' knowledge in other matters might actually be beneficial to the community?

just a thought - I understand that I've had my own issues with some people at another forum but I'm all for reconciliation.

J

+1

Although some folks here have their differences with Chris, I'd rather judge by actions now, rather than past history. If anyone on the forum   breaks the simple rules, then banning them is fair enough, but dismembering someone in advance of anticipated crimes is just wrong (imnsho).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 20/07/2011, 01:38 PM
+1

Although some folks here have their differences with Chris, I'd rather judge by actions now, rather than past history. If anyone on the forum   breaks the simple rules, then banning them is fair enough, but dismembering someone in advance of anticipated crimes is just wrong (imnsho).
+1

Although some folks here have their differences with Chris, I'd rather judge by actions now, rather than past history. If anyone on the forum   breaks the simple rules, then banning them is fair enough, but dismembering someone in advance of anticipated crimes is just wrong (imnsho).

in all fairness chris has used other social mediums to openly bag both the crema forum and its contributors - which makes me question why he would want to become a member of a forum that he is openly disparaging of?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 20/07/2011, 01:45 PM
The decision to remove Chris was not done at the whim of any one person as happens on plenty of other forums, discussion was held not seen by the members before action was taken. And as A points out above not taken lightly at all.

A simple check of the Talk Coffee Twitter (I would post a copy but best you read it for yourselves) account will start to give you an idea of why action was taken. Other examples have been removed from other web forums elsewhere.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 20/07/2011, 02:06 PM

Although some folks here have their differences with Chris, I'd rather judge by actions now, rather than past history. If anyone on the forum   breaks the simple rules, then banning them is fair enough, but dismembering someone in advance of anticipated crimes is just wrong (imnsho).

Look to be honest, I would rather not have, but he originally withdrew himself several months ago and several unsolicited emails from him since then have clearly demonstrated he does not wish to, or is incapable of, making a positive contribution.

... as an example, the very second post he made here this morning was one spruiking his own products, thus thumbing his nose at clear forum rules [unseen by yourself because it was picked up by an alert moderator & promptly deleted]; it's not that I or the mods have anything personal against him, but we just have better things to do....

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 20/07/2011, 03:30 PM
fair enough - I was responding only within the context of this forum and what I'd seen. twitter is being kinda nasty at the moment.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Meg on 20/07/2011, 04:07 PM
I have never publicly shared my thoughts on a forum regarding the 2 persons of interest who have both decided to join Crema today, I have to say how disgusted I am to have read what they have been writing on Twitter regarding our forum.  I never knew until just now that I was a "bully boy!" and part of a 'bully boy club". Why do you "grown up men" have to keep on insulting people who have a difference of opinion to you?  How am I a nasty bitter sook?



 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 20/07/2011, 04:51 PM
I'm sure everyone can get along, as long as those people in question understand that "Private messages" WILL be reposted publicly if they are derogatory/slanderous (certainly by me, and I assume others), so don't even bother with them if misunderstandings occur (referring specifically to direct PM's I have had previously regarding my membership here).

Everything can be resolved in public, and without namecalling. We are ALL above that.
It's just coffee....after all.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dennis on 20/07/2011, 04:58 PM
Meg and all, I hope you can understand that there are at least two sides to every story.  It surely isn't surprising that I have retalliated, having been villified here and elsewhere in the past.

I do have a tendency to defend myself and my friends vigorously.  I don't wish to create turmoil, or be a member here if I am unwelcome.  If the administrator of this site asks, I will cancel my membership without objection. 

In the meantime, I openly apologise to those I have upset.

Think of me what you will.  I simply ask that members apply the same rules of civility to me as they would expect...and to get the facts right!

If you have any questions of me I will answer honestly and to the best of my ability.  Otherwise, I'll let this rest.

Cheers
Den
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 20/07/2011, 05:15 PM
Hi Dennis

Within reason this site has a far more liberal approach to allowing free comment than you may be used to.

Having a grumble or even a complain online such as you have done on Twitter is a long way from those tweets Chris currently has posted. They are out and out offensive & derogatory to anyone associated with this forum and a result of this and past behaviour of only a few months ago when last on this forum. Team this with private tirades and barbs directed at some of us a decision was reached only a few hours ago to ban him from membership.

As his current login Chris is now using seems to be only to continue to stir up trouble on this forum  I would be of the opinion that this membership should be terminated as well, this will be discussed and a decision reached in the next little while.

cheers

Tim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Meg on 20/07/2011, 05:27 PM
Hi Dennis

Within reason this site has a far more liberal approach to allowing free comment than you may be used to.

Having a grumble or even a complain online such as you have done on Twitter is a long way from those tweets Chris currently has posted. They are out and out offensive & derogatory to anyone associated with this forum and a result of this and past behaviour of only a few months ago when last on this forum. Team this with private tirades and barbs directed at some of us a decision was reached only a few hours ago to ban him from membership.

As his current login Chris is now using seems to be only to continue to stir up trouble on this forum  I would be of the opinion that this membership should be terminated as well, this will be discussed and a decision reached in the next little while.

cheers

Tim

I concur with this Tim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: SniffCoffee on 21/07/2011, 12:24 PM

Welcome aboard Jack!

James/Sniff
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 21/07/2011, 12:41 PM
Likewise welcome back Jack. There was an old membership of yours laying around here I saw in an Atomic thread a while back :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 21/07/2011, 02:34 PM
Oooo Jack's back  ;D

I think someone might have to talk me out of a lever shortly  ;D  I might be close to getting the ok, OH's last question was "do I need training to use it" :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 21/07/2011, 03:36 PM
Oooo Jack's back  ;D

I think someone might have to talk me out of a lever shortly  ;D  I might be close to getting the ok, OH's last question was "do I need training to use it" :)

As you drive a Presso a spring lever will be easy for you  ;) To your OH, toughen up and get used to it  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: rival81 on 22/07/2011, 07:07 AM
hi all,

I registered here a while ago but i'm going to try to post more often from now on.  You all seem like such a nice bunch ;)

- Richard Manley
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 22/07/2011, 09:13 AM
Welcome Jack,
Great to see you here.  There are a few lusso owners here and that will grow once shapeshifter buys her lusso. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 22/07/2011, 09:40 AM
hi all,

I registered here a while ago but i'm going to try to post more often from now on.  You all seem like such a nice bunch ;)

- Richard Manley
G'Day Richard, welcome aboard. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/07/2011, 09:42 AM
hi all,

I registered here a while ago but i'm going to try to post more often from now on.  You all seem like such a nice bunch ;)

- Richard Manley

A warm welcome Rival81

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 22/07/2011, 12:02 PM
The forum is at risk of being overrun by Queenslanders  ;) Welcome anyway.  :)

cheers

Tim who is just jealous of the winter climate up there.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 22/07/2011, 05:31 PM
The forum is at risk of being overrun by Queenslanders  ;) Welcome anyway.  :)

cheers

Tim who is just jealous of the winter climate up there.

Mate, it is honest to God cold enough up here at the moment to freeze a Cane Toad in the shade. The temperature fair dinkum got lower than the 20's yesterday! ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dennis on 22/07/2011, 05:44 PM
Brett, you had me going there for a minute!  :-[  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 22/07/2011, 08:56 PM
Still no QLD social organised yet though... ;)

Welcome to all the new folk.

I missed all the excitement of late.  I've been entertaining family visiting from the UK.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Aktion on 28/07/2011, 09:20 PM
G'day peeps,

Newby from Melbourne. Looking forward to learning from the pros.



Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/07/2011, 09:35 PM
G'day peeps,

Newby from Melbourne. Looking forward to learning from the pros.


Welcome to crema forum Aktion, glad you are on board

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Aktion on 28/07/2011, 10:19 PM
Welcome... Interesting User Name ?  

Care to give us a hint as to your coffee background and what your interested in... As some might be true professionals the rest of us are just here because we think we know coffee  ;D


background: I spend more hours drinking coffee than attending lectures.
Eventually I graduated and that's the last time I enjoyed a better than "good" coffee.
15+ years later I got my hands on a borrowed giotto. That rekindled my love for coffee.
(eventually I'll have to return it, or purchase it)

interested in: Brewing a shot better than 98% of the Cafes I've been.
interested in: Roasting coffee that works for ME. To reflect my taste and mood...
I should be getting delivery of a KKTO in a week or so. Thanks Paul.


nickname: yours is more intriguing, than a plain... Aktion.
It comes from RC background, the K comes from my cultural background.

Thanks for the warm welcome ;)

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/07/2011, 11:14 PM
And I thought that it was a European version of Action as in (Action Man)   ;D
You will have great fun roasting coffee

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bad Latte on 30/07/2011, 09:52 PM
Ola!

I am a cliche writer who loves his coffee. I love being up in the morning, but I can rarely gather the will to do so, until the possibility of a fresh coffee is on the table, then I'm up before I even know I'm awake.

I've found that when working in bars and cafes, almost every staff member will have a different way of making coffee, and each tells you to ignore the others. I'm glad there are places online like this where people know what they're talking about when it comes to coffee - I am keen to learn everything I can to better my skills.

Oh, and also my name is Chris.

Nice to meet you all! 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/07/2011, 09:57 PM
Welcome on board Chris
What books have you written so I can help out with a purchase and put few pennies in your pocket

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 01/08/2011, 08:13 AM
G'day everyone :)
I am a noob when it comes to everything about coffee, except ofc drinking waaay too much of it (arguably). ;)

Suffering serious injuries including a broken neck recently I've had to cut down on my intake of another favoured brew of mine, Beer. :D Have been brewing on and off for about 10yrs now and It's a great hobby to have. Brewing good coffee has many similarities it seems ... albeit that the brewing time is significantly shorter. :)
Now that I am living on Painkillers to get by I'm finding that any more than a few Beers makes me feel sick, so I am now drinking large quantities of coffee to replace the previous habit ... probably an average of 30 cups a day. (I have always indulged in numerous coffees per day, never quite this much though).

Unfortunatly it is Instant Coffee I am drinking currently. :o 
But I am dedicated to changing that ! ... Starting from today :D

It was actually a few days ago. I was thinking about my Life and everything in it ... thinking of ways to improve it whilst also Saving some dollars at the same time. (I know that to some people this would seem impossible as so many feel they need More money to improve their lives .. but I don't see it that way). :)
I've owned a plunger and dripper or two before and tried a variety of grinds available at the supermarket and elsewhere ... but since my last plunger cracked I've been on the Instant again (for years). SO the other night I had a bit of a 'light bulb moment' (plz excuse the phrase) and decided to see if anyone sold Fresh Coffee Beans online .. starting with Ebay. Well Ebay didn't quite have anything of Interest to me but I found the 'MyCuppa' site and excitedly realized that they were selling what I was after .. and at a seemingly reasonable price. ;)

I looked around for some more alternatives but couldn't really find any ...
Was a spot of good luck that the best I found was the first I found.
(Not to say there are no other contenders and maybe I'll get some more input about that here).
So I'm just going to order a 4-pack (today) to try a few different blends.
Will also buy a Plunger today if I can manage to get the bus to the shopping centre.
(Is there any 'bushie' or DIY method for brewing coffee if I can't get one today?)

Anyway ... While looking for more info I came across this site ... and although it appears I may be a little 'out of my element' around here for now ... I figured I may aswell sign up and say hello as I will inevitably have questions about the entire process and how I can improve the brew that ends up in my Cup. :D
I am interested in the process, aswell as the final result ... (much like many of my hobbies come to think of it) ... also interested  in Fresh Organic Produce , Natural Medicines, Nutrition, Health and the like, to which Coffee relates for me.

Although Ground (over Instant) usually turns out stronger and therefore impacts the liver more, I feel that Freshly Ground coffee has other health advantages over Insant. I was recommended to drink, at the very least, Pre-Ground coffee (if not Freshly Ground) over Instant by a Nutritionalist years ago for some quite important reasons relating to the liver and general health but I cannot remember the exact details. I have the added disadvantage now of also losing my spleen in the accident and I have not been feeling at all well and totally lethargic. A few lifestyle changes are needed .. especially nutritional .. so what better way to start than with the beverage I consume the most of now, Coffee! (oh, you guessed it was coffee didn't you) ;). heheheh  ;D

Well, I think I've probably typed enough for now ... Plz forgive my erratic writings ... I am tired and have run out of coffee lol. :D
I might not post very much initially as my PC is on the fritz and I am waiting for a new one. I look forward to gaining a better insight into all things coffee and I'm sure I'll be able to benefit from the collective wisdom of the members here.
Thankyou for hosting such a friendly site and I look forward to learning and conversing more ... into the future. My other interests are too numerous to mention here ... Music and Guitars, Gardening, Reading, Writing, Science, Technology, Fishing & Camping, Brewing, Martial Arts, Philosophy,  Movies, Gaming, People and Conversation are just a few of them ...  maybe I'll elaborate a little more next time. ;) For now I have got to go ... and get some Coffee.

Cheers All ... Glad to make your aquaintance. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/08/2011, 08:52 AM
Mate your very welcome on Crema
No doubt we will we will get to know you better in time

The 5 easiest ways to  make coffee is
1) French Press or plunger
2) Pourover through a filter
3) Syphon
4) Cold press
5) Greek / Turkish style

For a good cup of coffee with any method, it is important that you use
1) fresh beans & ground fresh before you make it
2) water temperature

Water to hot = burnt coffee
Water to cool = sour coffee

Temperature should be in the range of 89 to 92 C
As an easy reference boil your jug and let it sit a few minutes rather than pour while still boiling

Thats all for now

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 01/08/2011, 10:14 AM
Firstly welcome.

Secondly you need to cut down your instant coffee consumption by approximately 30 cups a day.

Thirdly, there are many ways of brewing, but one method requiring minimal equipment is:
Take one part coffee to four part water at room temp.  Place in a container overnight. Pour off the extract (can strain through a paper towel if desired). Enjoy diluted with water to taste. Can be served hot or cold.
Don't know what your mobility is like, but you can grind beans yourself with a mortar and pestle, rolling pin, or even a mallet.

Theres plenty other ways, you just need to get creative.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 01/08/2011, 08:30 PM
Wow, Thankyou everyone for the warm welcome :)
I am learning already thanks to your informative posts ...
Unfortunatly I couldn't get to the Shops today ... too unwell ... but tomorrow is a definate (Can't go another day without, Drinking cheap tea atm, yuck!) and will pick up a plunger and possibly a grinder if I can find one under about $30. I did just Place my order at MyCuppa though for these:
http://www.mycuppa.com.au/4x500-variety.html
Got a reply from the fella and he seems very friendly ...
(Is that one of you guyz?) :) He's going to grind just a portion for me incase I don't have grinder yet ... although I just remembered after replying that a mate left his Mortar & Pestle here and It's a huge (2L maybe) quality one so That will work. ;)

Hi Koffee Kosmo,
The 5 easiest ways to  make coffee is:
1) French Press or plunger ... Yes, this is how I will be starting off as it's cheap :)
2) Pourover through a filter ... Totally forgot about filters, thanx fort the remind.
3) Syphon ... Hmmm, curious!  :o heheh, will have to read up on that.
4) Cold press ... Again ... will have to read more about it.
5) Greek / Turkish style .... Same as above. :)

For a good cup of coffee with any method, it is important that you use
1) fresh beans & ground fresh before you make it ... Understood.   ;D
2) water temperature ... This is one of those things that one picks up on through trial and error me thinks ... Have been aware of this for a long while. ;)

Water to hot = burnt coffee ... Yep, I am not a fan of Bitter coffee, always cool the water for a minute or 2 after the Boil. In fact, I have always added milk first (to Instant) for this reason ... I know It's not 'proper' to have Milk and even sugar for some ... But I know what I like. All I can say is that ..  the better the coffee .. the more drinkable I find it Without Milk & Sugar. ;) My habits may change yet though.

Water to cool = sour coffee ... Didn't really know this ... but now you mention it I think I've recognized this before ... though it is probably rarely a factor. :)

Temperature should be in the range of 89 to 92 C - Important information no doubt ... Like Beer and whatnot, brewing temps are essential.  :D

Thanks mate ... pleased to make your aquaintance.

And Hi UNM,
Thanks for the welcome ... and this:

"Secondly you need to cut down your instant coffee consumption by approximately 30 cups a day." ... lol, your not wrong there!  ;D heheheh

I will try out your method, most definatly ... never seen that done.

As for my mobility ... It's not too bad thanx, I'm very lucky in that aspect (although as I had to point out to many after the accident "It would have been luckier If I wasn't actually IN a Car Accident. ;) Heheh, to which ofc they can only agree. No doubt I'll elaborate on what happened another time ... as It's such a defining factor of my life now. (Happy to still be here to tell the tale ofc) :)

And Hello AngerManagement,
Fresh is Best, Fresh is Best, Fresh is Best!!! :D
Yes, I no doubt agree with you ... on more levels than one. ;)

I saw those wooden box grinders on Ebay and my initial thought was that they seemed overpriced also ... actually I had exactly the same thought of possibly picking them up from Vinnies or similar for a much cheaper price. I have that mortar (Kaboom!) and pestle so that will do in the meantime.
I was looking at Electric ones but wouldn't know where to start ...
Was thinking of ordering a Cuisinart Coffee Grinder ... on sale for $50 ...
I think they are usually $70 and up ... Is this worth the money??
http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au/Coffee-Tea/Coffee-Grinders/Cuisinart-Coffee-Grind-Central
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 01/08/2011, 08:46 PM
Ok, you've said a lot in your post, but I'll focus on the grinder aspect. Blade grinders (which that one you have linked is) are bad for two reasons - they generate heat through the beans on contact, and they don't grind evenly enough.

What you are looking for is a Burr Grinder. To be honest, the mortar and pestle would be fine as long as you have fine enough filters - or you can just pour hot (not boiling) water over it, and let it settle in the cup which is "Turkish coffee".

Just don't buy a blade grinder - no matter what - If you can get a Sunbeam EM0480/450 for about $100 second hand that would be the best bet if you're skimping.

Jeff from mycuppa is very active on these forums, and he appreciates feedback, and really has a passion for what he does.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 01/08/2011, 09:03 PM
Continued from previous post ...
Woah! ... PC is going haywire  ::) ::) ::)
I never even posted that, it did it automatically lol
(at least I didn't lose it all)

Was basically finished anyway ;)
Just wanted your opinions on that grinder if you would be so kind ...
I guess I don't mind spending $50 if it's worth it. This is a 'low-heat' blade grinder as opposed to the conical burr grinders (which I gather are better). but it is stainless steel so it will be easy to clean when necessary (and looks nice too)  :D
Are there better machines at this price?

And may aswell finish replying ...

A: Couple of heaped tea spoons of fine ground roasted beans ...  Almost but not quite turkish  Wink - I'll find out .. but is 'Turkish' here referring to the fine grind?
B: Add a sugar or two  Shocked ... heheh, no doubt I will ;)
C: Add water off the boil ( as per KK's comment above) ... will do.
D: Let it Bloom -  The Coffee Bloom is when hot water is poured over newly roasted ground coffee. Due to the freshness of the coffee, chemical reactions takes place that cause the release of CO2 which leads to a sudsy bubbling of the grounds  Grin Grin Grin Grin ... niiice, can't wait. :)
E: Give it a soft stir (Some say to the left other say the right  Shocked ) - and what .. good sir, do you say? (I usually go both ways ... ahem)  ;D
F: Let it sit and the grinds and bloom will settle out  Cool - No filter?
G: Sip or gulp, depending on the need BUT NEVER DRINK THE MUD   Shocked Roll Eyes Grin Grin - lol, I will not drink the mud ... Yuck!

Actually I always used to hate coffee from cafes and the like ... to me it always tasted like mud/dirt. The general quality has improved 100 fold these days with the advent of Barista courses becoming common. (My oldest friend got interested before most in the area actually and still teaches all the cafe's around the local area, best coffee I've had ... and what little I know  learnt from him ... He got into it so much he even built an outdoor 'Coffee Bar' on the deck above the pool (very Tahitian Resort-Like ... or something like that ... awesome place to have a chat and a brew. I must try and visit again one of these days).

Well, that about does it from me (hears the collective sigh of relief lol)  :D
Will be online on and off tonight ... keen to hear if that grinder is worthy ...
And ofc any other advice, comments or questions are most welcome.

Cheers all ... Have a brew for me won't you.  8)


P.s. Sorry for the long posts ... have never been able to keep them short.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 01/08/2011, 09:13 PM
Wow, Thankyou everyone for the warm welcome :)
 I did just Place my order at MyCuppa though for these:
http://www.mycuppa.com.au/4x500-variety.html
Got a reply from the fella and he seems very friendly ...
(Is that one of you guyz?) :) He's going to grind just a portion for me incase I don't have grinder yet ... although I just remembered after replying that a mate left his Mortar & Pestle here and It's a huge (2L maybe) quality one so That will work. ;)

Warm welcome Bunghulio! and yes that was me (Jeff) - straight onto it like a dog with a bone  ;)

Thanks for purchasing the coffee and yes, I am still here roasting tonight right now, some of the beans coming off the roaster about 10pm will be in your packs tomorrow and on their way to you - I will put "wait until" dates on the packs.

Learn as much as you can from our talented members and mods - they are all very experienced and willing to help you on the journey.

Jeff
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 01/08/2011, 09:18 PM
Ok, you've said a lot in your post, but I'll focus on the grinder aspect. Blade grinders (which that one you have linked is) are bad for two reasons - they generate heat through the beans on contact, and they don't grind evenly enough.

What you are looking for is a Burr Grinder. To be honest, the mortar and pestle would be fine as long as you have fine enough filters - or you can just pour hot (not boiling) water over it, and let it settle in the cup which is "Turkish coffee".

Just don't buy a blade grinder - no matter what - If you can get a Sunbeam EM0480/450 for about $100 second hand that would be the best bet if you're skimping.

Jeff from mycuppa is very active on these forums, and he appreciates feedback, and really has a passion for what he does.

Thanks for the Reply Richard ... much appreciated :)
So ... Definatly Don't buy it? ... Sure would come in handy (for more things than one). I should put most of my funds toward my new PC so won't be spending $100 on a grinder anytime soon but I'll remember the suggestion and keep my eyes out.

I guess when they say 'low-heat motor' they are probably right but that it is the blades themselves spinning at supersonic speed that creates the heat?
That would make sense ... but how much does this truly effect the coffee and taste thereof? (from my brief researching ... I know it is not advised) ...
Would it be o.k. for just those times that coffee is needed Quick-Stat!

I will explain, just briefly my need (for speed) to have coffee with zero effort or prep-time. The painkillers that I am on really knock me around ... when I get up in the morning (or afternoon .. or middle of the night) I am withdrawing something chronic and that on top of the pain makes it very hard to do anything. I feel like I'm clinically dead for the 1st 5 minutes after I arise ... It's all I can do to quickly scoop a few teaspoons of sugar and instant into a mug, pour on some milk followed by hot water ... then it is straight back to the chair to sip, smoke and let the Medz kick in. So you see ... there is no way that I'm going to use the pestle for at least 45 minutes.
In a situation like this ... Then would it be worth it to get a cheap 'Whizzer' as we called them in High-School? ;)

Thanks.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 01/08/2011, 09:25 PM
For a similar price you could get the Sunbeam EM0430 burr grinder, which isn't great for espresso (or turkish), but at least it is consistent for the manual methods that you are talking about (filter etc). Would certainly be better than the blade grinder. Let me stress, however, that if you could find an EM0480 or EM0450, you would get a much more consistent grind (bear in mind, I'm giving this advice having owned an EM0480 and currently using a Mazzer Super Jolly (>$1000 grinder), so it's really at the very low end of spectrum for what is the most important part of coffee making.

For speed (of making coffee), you could make up a batch of coffee and freeze it into ice cubes :D - I do that in summer to make iced coffees. Not sure what it would be like refreshing it in hot water though???? I can think of at least three people I could expect to chirp in as to whether that is a good or bad idea.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 01/08/2011, 09:27 PM
Warm welcome Bunghulio! and yes that was me (Jeff) - straight onto it like a dog with a bone  ;)

Thanks for purchasing the coffee and yes, I am still here roasting tonight right now, some of the beans coming off the roaster about 10pm will be in your packs tomorrow and on their way to you - I will put "wait until" dates on the packs.

Learn as much as you can from our talented members and mods - they are all very experienced and willing to help you on the journey.

Jeff

Lol  :D Wow, the rate of reply around here is amazing!
Must be all that quality coffee ;)

Hey Jeff ... yeheh mate ... Never have I ever been contacted so quickly.
Excellent stuff!  ;D You must really enjoy your work ...
(and why wouldn't you .... must smell absolutely fantastic around there!)
Didn't realize you literally took orders 24/7? Very impressed so far and I can't remember looking forward to taste-testing something as much as I am your coffee. Even if I find another sellers blends to try I can assure you I will be back for more of your product. Will also let others know.

Cheers ... and I'll seeya round the joint.    8)


Oh and P.s. Just noticed your next reply Richard ...
Thanks mate I'll go have a look :)

And P.s.s. Someone asked how I found this site ... It was basically through finding MyCuppa first ... and then I googled it to find out more and the 1st click was this site ... and that, as they say ... Is how the cookie crumbled. (do they say that? ... probably not lol)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 01/08/2011, 09:43 PM
Lol  :D Wow, the rate of reply around here is amazing!
Must be all that quality coffee ;)

Hey Jeff ... yeheh mate ... Never have I ever been contacted so quickly.
Excellent stuff!  ;D You must really enjoy your work ...
(and why wouldn't you .... must smell absolutely fantastic around there!)
Didn't realize you literally took orders 24/7? Very impressed so far and I can't remember looking forward to taste-testing something as much as I am your coffee. Even if I find another sellers blends to try I can assure you I will be back for more of your product. Will also let others know.

Cheers ... and I'll seeya round the joint.    8)


Oh and P.s. Just noticed your next reply Richard ...
Thanks mate I'll go have a look :)

And P.s.s. Someone asked how I found this site ... It was basically through finding MyCuppa first ... and then I googled it to find out more and the 1st click was this site ... and that, as they say ... Is how the cookie crumbled. (do they say that? ... probably not lol)

Thanks - yep the online world is a 24/7 beast........besides all the best roasting is done at night and weekends.......quiet as a mouse.........you know what they say - an artist cannot be disrupted or distracted. :P
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 01/08/2011, 10:48 PM
Just off to bed, but thought I'd mention that Breville factory clearance centres have cheap burr grinders (BCG450) that are cheaper than pretty much anywhere else for a new, warrantied product.

Obviously only good if you are in a metro area and can get to one.

There is also a chance someone near you can help out with a used grinder, so it wouldn't hurt to update your profile.

Good  to hear you can manage the basics - with serious injuries, full use hands is not a given.  I understand though that your 'luck' is relative.

Another option is a manual hand grinder. Usually $50-$100. Probably best for you to get electric.pO
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AlexT on 02/08/2011, 06:37 AM
Morning team,

My name is Alex and I enjoy coffee.

I make most of my coffee at home on an old Faema Express S87 two group, roast on a KKTO and grind on a Fiorenzato F5 which has been rebadged anumber of different ways and can't see that changing any time soon.

I have a number of plungers that I'd like to play more with, along with a Presso that I used almost exclusively before I had room for an espresso machine / grinder and a grindripper that I take for travel because its incredibly light and makes  a decent cup.

I've recently harvested a crop of cherries from a family friends coffee tree and have them drying out at the moment.

Must be almost time to have another Brisbane get together I think.... maybe we can have some home-processed/roasted beans there ;)

Alex
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 02/08/2011, 07:19 AM
Welcome Alex, another one processing their own coffee, seems to be getting more common nowadays. I'll be interested to know how it goes and compares to commercially harvested/processed.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 02/08/2011, 05:59 PM
welcome guys - at least the newbies: Aktion, Bad Latte & Alex...

UNM assume you must have changed password, as we've already exchanged pleasanteries a couple of weeks ago!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/08/2011, 09:03 PM
Alex welcome to Crema Forum
Haven't seen you since the visit for the KKTO upgrade

Hows the family ? little one walking by now ?

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Old Cromwell on 04/08/2011, 12:09 PM
My coffee addiction started through our son who lives in Melbourne. He has a Miss Silvia and starts every day with an espresso. My wife and I stayed with him for a few days and caught the bug.

On return home to the South Island of NZ we bought a small Sunbeam to see whether we would get enough use to warrant the purchase of something better. That was a year or two ago. We now have 2X via venezias, one at home and the other at a holiday cottage. Also have an EM450 and an EM480. The via venezias both have replacement portafilters without the spring/seal contraption so we get a half reasonable brew.

The two properties will be consolidated into one in the next few months and so I already have a breville smart grinder and was going to buy a Miss Silvia until the discussion about the Breville double boiler emerged. As a result of this I am sitting on my hands until I get some feedback from users.

When not drinking espresso, making espresso, reading about espresso and dreaming of the ultimate espresso machine I am the H&S Manager for a commercial construction company.

I look forward to participating in the forum.

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/08/2011, 12:19 PM
Welcome to Crema OC
We all learn and bounce ideas off each other
Thats how we all learn and move forward

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AlexT on 05/08/2011, 08:11 PM
Hey KK,

family is going good, little one is walking and doing a stumbly run even.... time goes fast.

Speaking of catching up I need to talk to you about my KKTO, will PM you.

Cheers

Alex
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 08/08/2011, 12:23 AM
^Thanks for the advice UNM :) I'll will check out those clearance centres, thx.

And Hello again everyone,
Been very crook the last couple of days (hopefully just a touch of the flu) ...
But I finally got to the shops on Tuesday and stocked up on supplies.
Also got a basic Plunger as was the plan .. and noticed the cheap Sunbeam Electric "Coffee and Spice" Grinder (whizzer). It was only $30 so I grabbed it. Was cheaper than I saw it whilst looking online beforehand, so for a Plunger And a Whizzer for $50 I'm certainly not complaining. ;)

I will no doubt follow the advice given here and eventually invest in a conical burr grinder ... but the whizzer, alongside the mortar and pestle will do just fine for now. The whizzer will come in useful anyway once it is retired from it's coffee duties. (I Don't think I'll use anything else in it as long as it is doing the coffee. It's stainless steel .. but still might hold some flavours).
I'll be interested to see how much heat it really does create. It cannot be much surely, given the short running time and poor conductive qualities of thin stainless steel alloy? How sensative exactly are the beans/oils?? :)
It will be vaaary convenient though ofc :D and that is it's main purpose for now.

Well, unfortunatly the beans didn't make it in the mail by the end of the week :( will have to remember to try and order them on the weekend next time, so they don't 'sit around' at a depot somewhere getting 'less fresh'. Hoping they will be there tomorrow as It's the last time I will want to go to town this coming week ... but I Will force myself in if I have to ... still very much looking forward to a ProperGoodCuppaCoffee!  ;D

Oh and I almost forgot, lol, uncanny luck ... Stopped into the little 'Op-Shop' I've never been to ... to see if there were any of those old "Spong" grinders I've seen talked about (and pictured) around here ;) Heheh, and as soon as I walked in, there it was right in front of me!  :D Wow! , little bit corroded  ... but didn't really expect to see one at all. It was in pretty good shape really.
I didn't buy it ... but it is probably still there I'd say and he made me an offer.
Is it worth it for $35? (Had $50 on it) ... How well do they actually work?

Anyhoo, I've gotta go rest up some more ... will catch up soon.

Cheers.   :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 08/08/2011, 08:19 AM
Hello

On the Spong side of things, they go for more than $100 when they are complete.  The circular trays to catch the grind goes missing all the time.

I use one every day and don't have many problems, mainly just adjusting grind sometimes which is normal anyway.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: RichardM on 08/08/2011, 07:42 PM
Oooh, the famous KJM :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hazbean on 08/08/2011, 08:34 PM

Have been using a couple of Spongs regularly for the last few months (in fact, I was inspired by
shape_shifter's enthusiasm to dig out one that had been lying in the dog box for ages :) ).

They are easy to use and grind very nicely.

$35? If it is a No 2 or 3, definitely a good price. Similarly if it a No 1 (the more common variety)
and it has the black container for catching the grinds (we use a pate tin, bit of a letdown relative
to the quality of the grinder). For an not-so-good condition No 1 without the dish, IMHO a bit borderline but still OK depending.

If it is a No 0, buy it and send it to me and we will reach an amicable arrangement ... :)

Check that it has the locking nut at the back -- I've put some pics here:
  https://picasaweb.google.com/haazbean/SpongGrinderRenovation
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 08/08/2011, 08:49 PM
Well, unfortunatly the beans didn't make it in the mail by the end of the week :( will have to remember to try and order them on the weekend next time, so they don't 'sit around' at a depot somewhere getting 'less fresh'. Hoping they will be there tomorrow as It's the last time I will want to go to town this coming week ... but I Will force myself in if I have to ... still very much looking forward to a ProperGoodCuppaCoffee!  ;D



Hi Luc - beans went out from us early on the 3rd and arrived at the Lismore DC late on the 5th.

Today the AusPost merchant interface was showing scheduled for delivery today (8th) from the Lismore DC at 5:35am this morning (last entry).

You can track using MXJ0001791 from the AusPost website.

From our experiences, unfortunately the freight movements around your area are not always the most prompt/efficient - I regularly send stuff up near your area and sometimes amazed at how long it can take to get the parcel that final leg from the Lismore DC.

It can't be very far away and I'd be surprised if they we not at your doorstep early tomorrow given they obviously missed their target today.

Cheers Jeff 

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 08/08/2011, 09:16 PM
Yah I inspired someone  :D

I really do enjoy using mine, the smell is just divine when grinding, makes me look forward to what is coming up.

I don't really understand the attitude that you must have an electric grinder to get the best out of your coffee, I'm still yet to buy a particle divider but I'm out to prove that I can get just as good a grind from the Spong as I can from an electric grinder (have to buy the electric grinder as well lol).

I've just today hit the sweet spot with the Berry Apocalypse from Mycuppa, and I sat down to a very enjoyable coffee which I was determined to make last :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 09/08/2011, 06:37 PM
High Guyz!  ;D ;D ;D
Well, I've got my first brew in front of me ... Absolutely Delicious!  ;)
Yummers ... Didn't last long ... (Gulp Gulp) Heheh, Another thing I like about the plungers is that I always make 2 or 3 cups at once for the easy refill ...

(Pours another)  :D

So I got the Mocha Roast pre-ground for me and that's what I'm trying for now ...
May well grind up another portion of a different roast later tonight to try.

Hey Jeff,
Mate ... I'm rather impressed so far :) Opened the box and the loverly smell wafted out, quality packaging and the grind seems to suit the plunger beautifully (I now realize that the grinds from the supermarket are too fine ... this size is much better for a plunger).
And no worries about the delivery ... I know you were straight onto it.
You're quite right about the 'Delivery times' around the parts ... It somehow always takes a couple of days to get from Lismore to the Bin ;) Some people are very prejudice about this area believe it or not (Maybe they are jealous lol) and this often causes basic services to be insufficient toward us. (I know people with online business who always have the same problems). It's unfortunate ... but I'd rather live here and be considered a 'Hippy' than be like those with prejudice against minority groups. Spiel Finishe. :D

I should be able to avoid the weekend with future orders. No Worries.

And Hiya Shape_Shifter,
Yah, your Spong post 'n' pictures inspired me to look also :)
Thanks for the advice ... I'm not confident that the catching tray was present ...
Nor the locking nut ... but now I know what to look for.
From those pictures I'm 99% sure it was a Spong No.1  ... in similar condition although I don't tink the paint had as much luster as yours. (Quite impressive for paint that old actually). Burrs looked decent and possibly not quite as rusty as the one in those pics.
I'd say I will pick it up if it is still there when I get back ... I've seen them before (never payed no mind) but you certainly don't see them as often you used to and they obviously have a 'collectability' factor to them aswell. Almost grabbed it that day thinking someone here might like it ... If I decide I can't be bothered cleaning it up after getting it I'll happily pass it on if anyone wants it. ;)

And thankyou for your input too Haz,
Very helpful. So your after a number 0? ... I'll certainly keep my eye out for you. Are they smaller again than the number 1? Rare? Got a picture of the whole set? too many questions? :D heheheh
Also, just to check ... Is the 'locking nut' you mentioned that small "L" shaped screw doo-hickie?  :o

Man ... I should have done this ages ago ... I enjoyed thse 2 cups very much.
Will have to go a bit stronger for my next brew ... never enjoyed really strong coffee, I think I actually prefer it much weaker than most. Considering the amount I drink though this is probably not a bad thing. ;) I'm sure it's a never ending education (like most hobbies) and I will no doubt continue to improve my methods in this further conquest of the 'Perfect Cup'. (ooh, how poetic lol)  :D
And on that note ... time to whack the kettle on again!  ;D ;D ;D

Cheers.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/08/2011, 09:21 PM
I have 6 hand grinders
They are wood box type of various brands

(http://www.google.com/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://www.sephari.com/images/PRODUCT/medium/9153.jpg&sa=X&ei=xXdCTu_vE8TorAfP2KXZBw&ved=0CAQQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNFI0JxYD8VaRN6OlPHsce4Rdhy5ow)

There are also some sprong types that have a ceramic bean feeder but the good thing is that they are wall mounted

(http://www.google.com/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Zs4BTJJGsfE/ST4KIYHZCFI/AAAAAAAAAJg/OsLEfr6UUkY/s400/pede72k.jpg&sa=X&ei=PndCTvuvD4XUrQfY_PXHBw&ved=0CAUQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNEpoXyTzWZZ-lcbf7IFBycX-ABadg)

The steel sprong type that is fastened to the bench is easy to use if you have mobility problems

(http://www.google.com/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=http://www.home-barista.com/forums/userpix/8130_photo_2-1.jpg&sa=X&ei=fndCTvjVMYTMrQeDwMnKBw&ved=0CAUQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNFpTmkcolqXygpPp6VMBzGd7fCvkg)


KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 10/08/2011, 06:52 PM
^ Thanks Kosmo,
Yeh, good point about the Spong being fixed to the bench. Might be a little hard to hold the small box still while turning the handle? Not sure of the force needed. Obviously the Spong has an advantage here though. Not to mention it can be put somewhere semi-permanently. i.e. Will be able to clamp it to the part of a bench that is 'out-of-the-way' but still set-up and ready to go. Whereas the box grinder has to be put in place each time. Pretty obvious I realize but something I didn't think about before. :)

I can tell now that I'll probably end up with a collection of 'kit' too.  :D heheh
Won't be as expensive as some of the collections around here ofc but after doing my first grind with the whizzer and moving 1-step closer to 'The Complete Process' I can just tell. (I'm sure you guyz would have chuckled watching me do it.)  :D

So I cracked the pack of "Amazon" blend ... still smelt great but not as umm, 'Hearty' as the pre-ground 'Mocha' for obvious reasons. Sniffing every part of the process I filled up the Sunbeam WHizzer about 2/3 of the way with beans and pressed the button 4 times for about a second each. This only ground about half the mix to a practical size grind .. the rest was too big, almost upto 1/5th of a bean size. SO I made a brew from this ... to see how it went.

I probably should have stirred it as the large chunks didn't sink for a couple of minutes and the water stayed a little more pale in colour than it could have been. It seemed to smell much more 'Earthy' while brewing and I wondered if I would prefer this blend based on that smell. But after a few minutes I made up a cup and I'm 1/2-way through that now.  :o

It's very nice. The earthy aroma is way less and it almost tastes a little 'Chocolaty' (<-- Technical term?)  ;D Sipping on this reminds me very much of a small cafe in Mur-Bah I used to get a coffee at most mornings. Their Beans were from Byron Bay (Byrons land seems very suited to growing Decent Coffee) but I can't remember the Brand-name as that was almost 10 years ago now.

And just another little thing I noticed before I go at the 'Stronger' 2nd Cup ...
I am generally a Milk and Sugar man when It comes to enjoying Coffee ... I know this isn't acceptable in certain circles but I think that's just snobbery lol
What I know is that over the years of Instant Coffee abuse (;)) ... The quality of milk, and sugar but mainly milk, makes a difference in the enjoyability of the Cuppa ... I can handle Powdered and UHT but don't like them ... 'HomeBrand' milk and the like are a little better than Pwdr and UHT but still not optimal ... Then there are the Local(ish) Milks which are nowhere near as good as they used to be (Watery comparitively) they still taste somewhat decent and are the only ones I would actually drink a straight glass of still, though not very often because it's just too pricey at ~$2 a L when you drink more than that a day in coffee's alone.   ;D Well .. with that said ...
I've run out of 'proper' milk and am now using refridged pwdr milk ... the Coffee taste is so good that the milk factor is almost non-existant ... I forgot until thinking and sipping just now that I even used Powdered milk. :)
For me ... that's pretty significant.

Cool ... so I'm going to continue with just these 2 blends (Amazon and Mocha)  for now whilst keeping the other 2 Fresh (Those variety packs are great, wonder if they will do other brands than what are listed on the myCuppa site? Will get back there soon to leave Feedback, I'll enquire more then too). Will just be experimenting with whatever aspects I have the capabilities atm to experiment with ... I have plenty of 'small detail' questions already. Might quiz a few of you here a little later on.

I can post New Topics if preferred .. if anyone thinks I should. Or I can just keep nearly all discussion in this thread alone if that is preferred. Never sure on this ... Numerous Specific Threads on Numerous Specific Topics ... or a lesser number of Broader Ranging Threads that each cover Many Topics. Both ways have advantages in keeping an organized forum so I'm not sure. ;)
Oh ... just remembered too ... will fill out that Feedback survey tonight if It's still open. Always a wize choice to ask people what they think of a site ... best way to improve that said site, without a doubt the best way. "Give The Customers What They Want!" is an apt phrase ... somewhat analogous. :)
Aaand that's all I got for now folks .. Hope your enjoying your night.

Cheers.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 10/08/2011, 08:44 PM
Hey Thanx AM :)
That means alot mate ... I get along with most anyone but ofc am always unsure about how I will be recieved due to my sense of humour and somewhat lengthy manic posting habits. ;) I'm also highly opinionated and not afraid of pushing the boundaries most are comfortable with, especially when it comes to 'the important issues ' which is a great way to get everyone onside against you lol. :D

So I try and just stick to the hobbies and 'human interest' type stuff while steering clear of politics because it's much easier to make friends that way and I'd much rather exude Peace, Fun , Positivity and Happiness over the Negative realities ... and even over Intellect , logic and Reason (which while supremely important is simply not as conducive to Human Bonding, Unity and Social Morale) :)

I guess I am primarily a philosopher over all else .. concentrations ranging from pure logic and reason to an almost Shamanistic approach. Hmm, that's  just a spur of the moment ponderance though of course.  :D

As for the more leisurely Interests of which there are so many I enjoy ...
I still cannot help myself ... the creative mind is an awesome thing but it can also cause much difficulty for those of us who struggle to ever  'Switch Off'.
And now it looks like Coffee is another thing that I'm curious to discover more about, (already idea's of Coffee and Hemp based Food/Medicine business's arise along with ideas of Organics and Free Trade as a way to help the Earths poorest nations - Not new ideas by any means but they are ideas that will be more and more prominent into the future if indeed we are able to climb out of the self-destructive metaphorical hole still being dug).

Well I'll finish up for now ... I need to eat something (after another coffee) ...
Above is a perfect example of what I've noticed recently in that I will utilize almost any 'specialist' forum to discuss my philosophical views and express my many opinions (usually multi-faceted & conflicting no doubt).  ;)

After the 'Coffee Bender' I had last night ... I cannot help wanting to discuss 'Coffee as a Drug' or Coffee as a key/tool/catalyst etc etc etc. Drugs are no doubt one of the earliest tools used by man ... Ancient hunters would consume Coffee/Cocao/Coca/Cannabis and many more (they don't all start with a "C"  ;D) .. they would consume these plants and others in order to bee able to See Further, Hear Better, Run Longer, Climb higher, Create and Improvise more effectively and even to Divine Sacred Knowledge. I believe that there is a good chance that Humans actually evolved through the use of drugs ... just briefly: Monkey men first left the trees and started moving further out from their dwellings and eventually even turning nomadic , started foraging for foods away from the trees ... one of the first things they would have come across in abundance that looks as obvious food would be fungi, mushrooms. As we know not all mushrooms are edible ... some have 'magical powers' ;) I could only imagine how a primitive mind would have handled the insights given ... but I am sure they had at least a hand in the Evolution of man.*** as I believe they still can today. (SideNote: The US agency experimented on Soldiers with LSD and Psilocybin in MK Ultra projects trying to create super-soldiers (all declassified btw) .. but quickly stopped those tests as the soldiers became thoughtful and loving, giggly yet insightful. Heheheh , not at all what they were trying to achieve.) :)

Cheers.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/08/2011, 10:26 PM
Quote
And just another little thing I noticed before I go at the 'Stronger' 2nd Cup ...
I am generally a Milk and Sugar man when It comes to enjoying Coffee ... I know this isn't acceptable in certain circles but I think that's just snobbery lol

I have sugar when I prepare Greek/Turkish coffee
So its not a sin
However I do like the sticky brown sugar  :P
and another tip is to use a little amount of real Maple Syrup to enhance the flavour of coffee

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bunghulio! on 14/08/2011, 03:57 PM
I actually enjoy your posts :-)

For the content and to share the path and journey.

Would suggest a New Thread under  " I am new Here.. etc etc "

And maybe title it  "My Journey by  Bunghulio!"  As it would make for interesting reading over time.

You could even take a couple of your earlier posts and copy and paste into the new thread...  

A mod could then delete the ones no longer needed in the Im new here thread..


AM

Edited:

OPPS.

Miss read these posts as it is in fact all about you.

I was off thinking these posts were in another thread... my.bad@bin.com

We could just change the name of the thread to  "My Journey by  Bunghulio!"  



Thanks for the kind words AM :)
I am quite happy for you to change the thread name, seems appropriate. ;)
I am positive I did actually hit 'reply' in the "I'm New Here" thread ...
But for some reason it created a seperate Thread, just for lil' ol' me!?  :o
Always possible to make mistakes I suppose, but it is highly unlikely in this case  ;D
Probably good it worked out this way anyhow as I sometimes have a tendancy to write just a little more than most .. as you've well noticed by now.
Anyhoo, "My Journey" sounds fine ... or what about ...
"The Adventures of Bunghuio!" heheh ...  ::)
Though maybe it doesn't fit the relaxed but somewhat reserved atmosphere around here? (that's just first impressions, I need to yet read more, though already enjoying the great sense of humour  :D)

(If your aware of where my user-name came from it HAS to have an exclamation mark  :D :D ;D ... Was never much of a 'fan' but I laughed so hard the first time I saw it and was actually drinking fresh coffee at the time with a person whom was to later become my most very favourite female (that I've ever met yet) , she is long gone now but it was a fantastic night I'll never forget. The name/phrase/exclamation! is also the very first thing I associate with a coffee reference, should say a little about me right there, heheheh. (There is a possibilty that only the younger members may have any idea of what I'm on about ... I'm early 30's and so I think maybe younger than most here? Not that that is any worry of course. :))

So anyway ... that's the basic explanation (if you can call it that) .. for that!  ;D
Moving on ...

So I've cut down my Instant Coffee intake by a very Looong measure ...
From 20+ cups (Mugs) per day ... down to an average of 2 cups since my Beans arrived. :) Of course I'm very happy about that aspect and it's something I should have been doing for the last 5 years ... well I'm am doing it now so that is what matters. (Yep, I so very much needed yet another hobby that makes a mess of the kitchen. Hahah!  :D)

Plunger is cheap but seems effective enough ... the mesh is very fine and  without flaws and while the lid and handle/supports are only plastic they are sturdy enough and thankfully the filter slides down evenly (My last (more expensive) one used to slip easily and slip at the last inch disturbing the sediment too much) ... I think it should be acceptable for making a relatively quick but half-decent coffee. :)

The Electric Whizzer is actually pretty good, better than I expected it would be. I can actually get a pretty even grind without using much of the motor at all, 1-2 seconds at a time, upto about 10 times depending on amount ... It stays perfectly cool and would need a thermometer that measures in tenths of a degree to possibly see a difference I would think. 2 or 3 speeds would probably be handy but can't complain for $30. Can do 3/4 of a cup of beans easily and doesn't struggle with a whole cup (250gm). It has see-through lid which is convenient .. when taken off after grind some coffee falls away and some gathers on the rim but it doesn't spill out onto the bench, I really need a brush for it though.

Really enjoying the smell wafting through the house in the morning ... often my first cuppa has to be Instant as I'm just too Ill to do up a brew ... but then once the medications have 'kicked in' I enjoy the manual process even though I'm always of the mind that there is never enough time in the day. ;) I'm not 'consistently' getting a decent cuppa with the plunger but that's more due to a lax user than malfunctioning equipment, I don't always take the effort to rinse everything 100%.  :-[ STill great coffee but it certainly pays to put in the effort for something slightly better in quality.

I just opened the 'Bronze Medal' - "Santosa" beans and am sipping on a cup now ... everything was perfectly clean and my measurements are a little more precise now ... It's very nice.  8) I could go this blend quite a bit stronger though and will test out how far I can go next time ... I am making them stronger and stronger as I go ... No good if they are too weak i'm finding ... drinking from a mug so I need to compensate for that too, which I wasn't doing at first but that has now been rectified. Still only guessing really. I'm drinking around 15-20 cups a day now so my overall average consumption has gone down ... but caffeine dosage-wize has probably risen dramatically ... I am noticing it in my dreams too, In a good way.  ;D I am a Lucid dreamer more often than not and the last few days I've noticed a small element of extra 'control' whithin in the dream-realm which is of course very cool. ;)

I need to read more about all the basics and wanted to ask a few questions if I may ... I'm sure you won't mind advising me ...

Firstly : Is there a Glossary of terms here? (finding a few acronyms difficult to decipher) If not that's o.k. but maybe a good idea for people unfamiliar with the terminology. :)

Also, where should I start reading? ... what is essential reading here or elsewhere about coffee preperation that will get me started? (From Roasts and  Grinds to Measures and Temps to Methods and Prep and Storage to Taste and Serving ... and everything From the Bean to the Ready to Drink cup.) Will get around to reading a good deal but would like a few links to start me off as my PC Processing power for the next small while is still sorely limited (sometimes won't even load a page) ... a few pointers would be much appreciated, thankyou. :)

And just to give me an idea could I ask a couple of quick Q's in point form plz :
1. How many beans (or scoops of ground) to how much water do You use?
2. I pour hot water over the grinds in plunger and place lid, should I stir them?
3. Does the amount of sediment in your cup more or less effect taste quality?
4. The little black scoop says "7gm/0.25oz per cup", does this mean it holds 7gms of grind (approx.)? and is a coffee "cup" size 250mls?
5. What is the cheapest Automatic 'Coffee Maker' machine worth getting?
6. These things and similar any good?:http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Coffee-Powered-Brewing-Technology/dp/B003XPHG06/ref=pd_cpm_top_B003XPHG06?pf_rd_p=1306502422&pf_rd_s=cp-merchandising-top&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000AQPMHA&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1QCYAEP3NG4NNKZTCPAW
Can you use your own grinds in them in the refillable K-cups?
7. Is the Aeropress worth getting over standard Plunger/French Press?
8. Is 8 questions too many?   ???

Well, that's about enough for now ... Thanks for reading.  ;D
Just made a very strong cup o' "Santosa" (2 1/2 scoops) and it's great ...  :o
Gotta go rest my Spine now as It's killing me, too long at the desk. ;)

Cheers all ... Hope your weekend has been Excellent.  8)   Bye for Now.

P.s. Hey Kosmo, Will I presume that you mean the natural sugars in the Coffee Beans? .. and not the type of Brown Sugar that the classic band "The Rolling Stones" were referring to in their song of the same name?   8)
Wild horses couldn't have dragged me away from mentioning that. Apologies.  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MinistryGrounds on 24/08/2011, 03:15 PM
G'day everyone,

Many familiar names here from a variety of places... ;-)
I'm a 'newbie' because my original profile forgot me...

I run Ministry Grounds with my wife, still very much as a spare/part time business. Would love to do it a few days a week one day.

Rest of my time, I'm a full time pastor in a big evangelical Anglican church at Springwood in the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney.
Have done full time ministry for 35+ years, and coffee seriously for about 12 years.
They make a great combination, as ministry is all about connecting people with Jesus, and there is no better way to 'lubricate' that process than over a fine cup of coffee.

Looking forward to reaquainting myself with a number of you from previous time, and making some new friends along way.

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 24/08/2011, 03:31 PM
Hi MG, I've had personal dealings with you and have never had an issue, glad to see you here :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 24/08/2011, 04:08 PM
Hi Neil, great to see you here.  Welcome to the friendly forum!  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 24/08/2011, 07:05 PM
Hi Neil, good to see you here. I got my parcel today too - thanks ;)

Marc
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/08/2011, 07:10 PM
Welcome to Crema forum Ministry Grounds
Glad to have you on board hope we learn from each other

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MinistryGrounds on 25/08/2011, 12:12 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys... looking forward to hanging out...

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shortmaccc on 30/08/2011, 09:08 AM
Hi,

I'm from Melbourne and I'm interested in learning more about coffee...although I do drink it every day. I work in the suburbs, and the nearest OK coffee is the domestic espresso in my work kitchen. I have a stovetop at home, and I'm looking to upgrade both at work and at home. Open to suggestions and looking out for reviews on this site.

Speak to you soon.

SMC
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/08/2011, 09:18 AM
Welcome to Crema shortmaccc
Hope we can help you on your machine search
You will probably need to start a new thread with your likes and budget

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: madpierre on 31/08/2011, 08:23 PM
Hi all, nice to be aboard, thanks to a mutual friend for the recommendation. It's nice to find a place that looks like a comfortable one to grab-a-chat again. For those who don't know me, and those that do, I'll follow the lead of others and tell about me:

Born: South west Qld.
Migrated east at 19, then further east to Brissie four years later.
Married a Brissie girl and have raised two kidlets who are now 16 & 17.

Jobs: Public service until '88, a rarity in that I got sacked from the Qld. Public Service   ;D ; Delivery driver; Storeman; Army reserves; Vending machine filler; Paver; currently work at a homeless men's hostel. Currently looking around (not overly seriously yet) for an alternative.

Loves: fishing; golf; computer/console games; reading; downloading and listening to/watching tv, movies, doco's and music; most music; just started camping; most of the aforementioned in conjunction with my family these days; COFFEE; collecting (this obsession has waned a tad); going through the aforementioned collections and gradually feeding them off through ebay  :D; and most of all, Christ.

A quick life timeline: spent 17 or so years out of control, have covered the last 15 years overcoming two addictions and coming to a faith. Learning to actually give a damn about and include my family in my life, and as a result enjoying it all so much more. Learning to live with Aspergers. Something that is beneficial for my son who has ASD, it has taught me to be a little more understanding. Being a less freaked out dad for a 17 yr old daughter, who is growing up and finishes school this year.

Study: started re-educating myself 5 1/2 years ago, and have completed a basic Cert III, as well as a Diploma in Alcohol & Drugs and a Cert IV in Mental Health. Currently in my first year (restarted it after a dodgy start) of  a Counselling Degree through Christian Heritage College. Where that will take me is out of my hands.

My coffee trip: just a few years ago, after starting with the infamous Krups machine  :D (AM can tell you all about that one) which was soon replaced with the EM6910/0480 combo, I very quickly/obsessively graduated to roasting my own with the assistance of a trusty hottop. A 60kg stash of greens quickly eventuated, and just under 12 months ago my home was blinged up a tad through the addition of a Bezzera Galatea Domus/Mazzer Major  outfit. Have moved from the 2.5kg white bags of greens to more from other sources such as the USA, Ministry Grounds, and local roasters who I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  Sourcing some of the wonderful Hacienda La Esmerelda from the States was a highlight for me, an absolutely stunning coffee as a short black. Some disenchantment led me to spending less and less time in another forum, and a lunch over coffee today with a fellow coffee lover got me here. Have met some generous, friendly, and slightly odd( like myself) coffee lovers here in Brissie, a quick perusal of this thread has revealed a number are already here.  

In order to prolong life, started a training program 5 weeks ago, 7kg off and another 15 r so to go and things are looking good. Haven't felt so fit in years.

Good to be here.
Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MinistryGrounds on 31/08/2011, 08:32 PM
Hi Alan,
Good to see you here!
And good to hear something of your backstory... 
Looking forward to sharing more around here. ;-)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/08/2011, 09:24 PM
Welcome to another BrisVegan!  Madpierre, I'm sure you'll enjoy the friendly open nature of this forum.  Has AM beaten me to the welcome? Is that why I see a red warn.... Darn! Doubly welcomed MP!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 31/08/2011, 10:26 PM
Gday Alan (Madpierre) & welcome to Crema
How is the Bezzera Galatea & Mazzer Major going for you?
I hope you are treating them well & polish them often  ;D

Alan I lost all the coffee plants you gave me during the Brisbane January 2011 floods
However I was lucky that I won 2 plants on the last Brisbane get together

Again welcome & dont be a stranger  ;)
KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: madpierre on 01/09/2011, 05:53 AM
Hey fellas (and fella-esses), thanks for the kind welcome. aleways nice to see old faces. The Bezzera goes well, and shines brightly. Nice to hear the plants are going well, I am having to start from scratch with mine again. I have suspicions 'twas someone close to those who came to fix plumbing, but I had mine in larger pots and growing well and they disappeared one weekend when we were down the coast. Along with my landing net. Had some yellow bean trees amongst them also. Seriously peeved abvout losing those.

I actually do have one free growing plant, which seems to have grown from thrown away pulp etc from the backyard pulpery operations.  So I'm going to go through my greens and germinate a few of the good ones. I think I do have one lot of yellows in amongst my stash.

A catch up sounds like a very good idea.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 12/09/2011, 01:08 PM
Hello to everyone  :)

Happened to stumble upon this forum by chance.

I would like to admit i'm a coffeeholic. There. I feel better now.

Decided to join since i noticed there are a number of familiar faces here.

A bit of background. Currently working in the restaurant industry based in a restaurant that's currently in the top 5 of the fine dining category in WA.
Have also worked in previous places that have earned numerous gold plate awards.
Self motivated, wanting to get the best out of myself and others.

Hence this coffee journey.
Saw an overseas forum discussing popcorn makers as roasters. Happened to have one in the cupboard as well as a breadmaker!!
Gave it a good go, i was hooked ever since, and the rest is history.
Currently in a never ending quest for the perfect espresso and the perfect roast.
Hampered from upgraditis in a blue worker industry in a big way.

Current stable includes Miss Silvia V3 with Auber PID, Compak K3T, coretto and FZ-RR700 Baby Roaster.

Thank you all for having me here.

First round of coffees on me!

Gary at Gala.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: madpierre on 12/09/2011, 01:24 PM
Welcome Gary, good to see you here. It's a pretty laid back joint considering all the caffeine coursing through various circulation systems.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 12/09/2011, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the welcome Pierre.

Had to re-type my intro. Seem to have disappeared since last night, so i re-typed it.
Had a coffee just now to keep the system happy hehe.

Will spend a bit of time navigating around this forum so that i know where everything is.
The act of posting pics is different here it seems. I guess it gets sent to the Gallery?
Will read the appropriate thread on that.

Have read the hoohaa about the Breville situation but it looks like definitely a laid back kind of scene, which i'm perfectly happy with.

Looking forward to getting in touch with new and old friends.

Gary at G
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 12/09/2011, 04:19 PM
Welcome Gary to the friendly forum.  Kudos for the pimped up Silvia and we look forward to your contributions!  Get stuck in mate... lots of culinarily interested people here.  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/09/2011, 06:50 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Gary
It takes consistency, dedication and hard work to achieve accolades in the restaurant industry  

Hope you can contribute often to everyone's benefit

Quote
The act of posting pics is different here it seems. I guess it gets sent to the Gallery?
Will read the appropriate thread on that.

Gary on the link you will find the instructions to posting photos on the Crema Forum
http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/index.php?topic=1653.0
KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 14/09/2011, 03:13 PM
Thanks KK.

Have just uploaded a sample to your thread about the latte art.

Gary at G
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Extraction Point on 17/09/2011, 06:18 PM
Hey guys and girls!

I'm not so much new here as i am revisiting.

I have come from THAT other site with the nazi-admin... you know what im talking about :)

Anyway... i got sick of dealing with the crap on that other forum so i think i might spend a bit of time here... i see some familiar faces(usernames) but i don't know if i will use my usual ID for now.

Cheers guys!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 17/09/2011, 06:43 PM
You could always use your original one  ;)

We are trying to keep it fairly relaxed and positive here if we can. So welcome back  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Ros on 17/09/2011, 10:40 PM
Been lurking for a while, stumbled across this place because of a sponsor.

I've been on the coffee journey for about 3 years now after discovering that instant is not coffee..

From large lattes with 3 sugars to now my daily double shot in the morning, a double/picollo/short mac in the arvo depending on the mood and whatever takes my fancy when I get home.

Roasting at home using the I-Coffee Roaster, I've stock piled about 20kg of green, I love beans from all regions and enjoy some more than others, my espresso pallete is still learning but I'm enjoying the road.

Taking a trip next month to KL / Phuket and my kyrocera / aeropress / roasted coffee will be travelling with me :D why drink coffee you won't enjoy when you don't have to.

Still learning everyday, It's true that if you catch the coffee bug it can consume your life and coffee is high on my list :D

Cheers,
Ros
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/09/2011, 10:47 PM
Welcome Extraction Point & Ros
Great to have you as our newest Crema members

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/09/2011, 11:27 PM
Welcome Ros and EP. We tend to be a friendly bunch who are actually here for the coffee as opposed to spruik a company line.  We do have sponsors but they tend to be the very best people, as well as being consummate business professionals.  Please get amonst the posts. I haven't yet read an uninteresting post on this forum yet!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 04/10/2011, 11:50 AM
Hi all....

Well, you can all blame Brett H for my presence here! He and I studied together 20 years ago and just this weekend had a wide ranging discussion about espresso machines, grinders and cammo-coloured coffee forums. It was extremely pleasant to catch up with an old friend and discover that they share one of your passions.

That said, my faur
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 04/10/2011, 01:35 PM
Welcome Kelsey, great to see someone else living on the Sunshine Coast on the forums!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 04/10/2011, 01:38 PM
Thanks, Lacehim.

I'm loving being back on the coast again.... If you have any recommendations for where to source local fresh-roasted beans, don't hold back! I've been heading up to Yandina fortnightly to get mine from Pioneer.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/10/2011, 01:52 PM
Welcome Kelsey
Great to have you on this great forum

Its lucky that you have Lacehim close as he can roast you some for you on his home roaster
and if that is not practical you can visit Pioneer Roasters

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 04/10/2011, 01:56 PM
Welcome kelsey. If you are without means to make coffee right now, try cold processing a batch and strain through a paper towel in a sieve. Will provide the necessary coffee hit in the morning. Or alternatively try greek/turkish if your grinder goes fine enough.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 04/10/2011, 02:03 PM
Welcome Kelsey
Great to have you on this great forum

Its lucky that you have Lacehim close as he can roast you some for you on his home roaster
and if that is not practical you can visit Pioneer Roasters

KK

Thanks KK - Brett H has graciously offered me some from his next home batch, which I'm looking forward to, but I'd never say no to a roasting demo either!

I've been visiting Pioneer every other week to pick up supplies. I'd just opened a fresh bag of their latest Kenyan - it was that shot that blew out the group seal!

Welcome kelsey. If you are without means to make coffee right now, try cold processing a batch and strain through a paper towel in a sieve. Will provide the necessary coffee hit in the morning. Or alternatively try greek/turkish if your grinder goes fine enough.

Fortunately my better half has made the trip up the coast to a supplier who has some group seals in stock. Phew!! I'll be back on deck this arvo.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 04/10/2011, 04:19 PM
Hello there Kelsey.  When you are down our way next I can give you a popper and some greens.  They are a great way to examine all the changes that the beans undergo when going grommets green to brown.  Welcome and nice to read ya!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 04/10/2011, 04:22 PM
Ah thanks Brett, that'd be great!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 04/10/2011, 06:08 PM
Kelsey,
Pioneer is still my favorite place on the sunny coast.  The coffee is always spot in, and fantastic beans.  I got 4 bags for my birthday too!  lucky me! :)  There is also Costa Noosa, and Clandestino Roasters up this way.  http://www.clandestino.com.au/ in Noosaville.  It's very good, and they are the new kids on the block.  They do make syphon chemex etc which is different, and also sell beans (but I haven't purchased any because they have them in big buckets just in the right position for all the customer to cough and splutter all over!  ??? )  There is also Signature roasters and he will deliver to your door but I think you have to buy 1kg, and that was a bit much for me at the time http://www.signatureroasters.com.au/

I'm always up for a coffee and a chat so let me know if your up this way. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 04/10/2011, 06:15 PM
Thanks for the info Michael - will do!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AliG on 09/10/2011, 04:13 PM
Hi,

i am new to all things coffee even though i  have been drinking coffee at cafes for a long time.
i live/work between Newcastle and Sydney.

recently got a sunbeam grinder and sunbeam em 6910 espresso machine. also have acesss to a aeroprerss and pour over pot.

always up for trying new cafes and meeting new people.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 09/10/2011, 04:35 PM
I have to ask, are you female? :D

I'm in (well out of at present) Newcastle, hence the question.

LMAO you have almost all the same things I have and I actually chose the EM6910 over more expensive machines :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AliG on 09/10/2011, 11:45 PM
That is great, i would like to learn on how to get the EM to perform at its best. currently making decent coffee, i am very happy with the milk frothing but my mate reckons it could be better if we adjusted it a 1-2 degrees higher.

i have had similar results with aeropress, pour over and an old Sunbeam too so maybe i will get better results once i am more capable of operating it. (http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/kjc/110831/536r1/1925g97_20.jpeg) note: image taken from the web and not of actual machine.

Re: Shape Shifter
no i am not female
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 10/10/2011, 12:08 AM
Oh dammit LOL

Don't get me wrong I love the guys on here, and that is a genuine comment, I'd just like to find someone local to have real coffee with and fiddle with roasting stuff and stuff, when I move into Newcastle I'll have to find someone to convert :D

Oh I'm female in case you haven't looked at the avatars so I wasn't being creepy and trying to pick you up :)

You can have a look at my blog if you like, it might give you some tips about the EM6910 as well as the actual EM6910 thread under 'espresso machines'.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AliG on 10/10/2011, 01:39 AM
Its alright, i understand, sorry cant help you, my wife isn't into coffee otherwise i would have put you on to her, you are welcome to try and convert her though  :D

thanks for the link will try it out.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/10/2011, 10:46 AM
Welcome AliG
From a former Novacastrian  ;)

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: colinwen on 11/10/2011, 06:28 PM
Hi all,
I am a newbie to here either.
Still a member in CS, but also found a lot of unbias info here too.
I have EM6910 for a while, and kind of upgrade to another machine which is not popular in Australia so far (GEE, made/design in Taiwan).
Start to be a home popper roaster for few month, just jump into Corretto(BM/HG) laterly since my friend has a broken one.

Hope to enjoy more here.

Colin
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 11/10/2011, 10:12 PM
Hi all,
I am a newbie to here either.
Still a member in CS, but also found a lot of unbias info here too.
I have EM6910 for a while, and kind of upgrade to another machine which is not popular in Australia so far (GEE, made/design in Taiwan).
Start to be a home popper roaster for few month, just jump into Corretto(BM/HG) laterly since my friend has a broken one.

Hope to enjoy more here.

Colin

Hi Colin and welcome!  You'll like it here. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy robust conversation and if you don't like something about a product you are allowed to say it out aloud and have a robust discussion.  Also, posts don't tend to disappear (more's the pity in my case).  Today at work I was a little teapot and then a big black train and then a snail... That's right, I'm a corporate banker... Not.... truthfully I work with little kids for some of my working week. Tell us a bit about yourself and just as importantly how about a review of the Gee.  I had a play with one yonks ago but would love the inside info of someone who lives ith one.  Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/10/2011, 11:26 PM
I am just going to say
Hello Colin & welcome to Crema forum (insert hand shake here)  ;)

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 12/10/2011, 08:12 PM
I'm with KK,

I think AM and Brett may have freaked Colin out a bit  :o  ;D

Welcome Colin, this place is a good read.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 12/10/2011, 08:54 PM
The GEE seems to be going ok in the US, it's called a Crossland, someone tell me I'm wrong about this but it sure looks like the same machine to me.

We are an odd bunch so I'm sure you'll feel welcome, oh not saying you're odd or anything but as long as you are honest you'll fit in :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Muscles on 17/10/2011, 01:39 PM
Welcome Colin, the more the merrier around here...  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: jeff on 20/10/2011, 11:16 AM
While I've been on Home-Barista for quite some time, I came across this friendly spot while searching for a GS, and found Ronin up to his elbows restoring one. Right now, I'm living vicariously through his posts, trusting that a suitable machine will come my way when the planets align.

I'm in San Francisco and have great memories of spending time in Melbourne many years ago on a few business trips. Past my first "real" Guinness, a pair of R.M. Williams that fit like a glove and lasted me a decade, and the great hospitality, my most vivid memory is waking up, horribly jet-lagged, and making it to breakfast. There I could get with my eggs either bacon or "lamb cutlets." Little did I expect what I'm used to calling "prime lamb chops" as a side dish! I was sold...
 
Over the years, I've been through a range of equipment, with the current stable being mainly a K10, Bunn G2, Quick Mill Anita, La Pavoni Professional, and a not-quite-dialed-in Quest M3 roaster. Our Poodles love foam, and I'm hoping to get them to learn how to pull shots next.

Please forgive the hours of my posts or tardy replies, I'm clearly in the wrong time zone.

Thanks for the welcome,

Jeff
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/10/2011, 01:36 PM
Welcome Jeff
We hope that you contribute to Ronins / GS restore thread
Both to ask questions or to solve a problem

KK

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 20/10/2011, 04:38 PM
G'Day Jeff, looks like you have a way with words, looking forward to some interesting posts.
Welcome aboard. ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 20/10/2011, 05:17 PM
Welcome Jeff, great profile pic!  Welcome to the friendly forum!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 20/10/2011, 07:03 PM
Good to have you here Jeff. I used to live down the road from you in silicon valley, so know the area a bit. Always liked San Francisco and north into Sonoma and surrounds.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: greenman on 22/10/2011, 10:10 PM
I may as well get in on the action :)
my name is Trevor and I have been a progressive coffee tragic for about five years..............
I began my caffeinated journey on a Via Venezia and (strike me down) supermarket pre-ground, then came a Sunbeam grinder and fresh beans (a whole new world materialised), fed by info from coffee forums the upgrade bug bit and along came Silvia and Rocky, PID kit, thanks to K Rudd a Mazzer Mini and then the arrival of an Isomac Tea II, during this time I also began roasting on a popper which I sent into meltdown mode after five consecutive roasts, thus corretto I and later on MkII were pressed into action--450 roasts later and a tempting offer from Mark at Coffeeroasters Oz saw a 2kg Torrefottore arrive on my doorstep.
I have involved myself on the Perth coffee scene attending cupping sessions, barista jams, assisting at state barista championships, I try and get to Melbourne once or twice a year to soak up the coffee culture and visit as many coffee hot spots as possible
I worked in the newspaper production industry for 25 years and for the past 20 years have operated a lawn/garden maintenance business which I am still operating on a part-time basis (more time to roast and drink coffee!!)
cheers  Trevor
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 22/10/2011, 10:43 PM
Welcome Trevor!  That's one serious roaster for the home coffee enthusiast!  Do you do markets or sell browns to subsidize that wonderful purchase?  Welcome to the friendly forum!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: greenman on 22/10/2011, 11:53 PM
Welcome Trevor!  That's one serious roaster for the home coffee enthusiast!  Do you do markets or sell browns to subsidize that wonderful purchase?  Welcome to the friendly forum!
Thanks Brett, I sell a few beans to friends and family to cover costs, roaster was a self present for reaching the grand old age of 60, a little indulgence and an interest for me  when I retire fully down the track :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 23/10/2011, 12:27 AM
Thanks Brett, I sell a few beans to friends and family to cover costs, roaster was a self present for reaching the grand old age of 60, a little indulgence and an interest for me  when I retire fully down the track :)

A thoroughly deserved and enjoyable indulgence no doubt.  And for a hobby that can generate some funds to help sustain it to boot!  Fantastic! 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Divey on 30/10/2011, 03:06 PM
G'day.

I'm Divey. I'm an old fart who has just found out that you can roast coffee at home with a popcorn popper and I'm hooked.  :)

I was asked if I would like to join this forum by another member here after swapping several personal messages on another forum. We were both unimpressed after a personal message was accessed, altered and then forwarded on. Very poor form in my books.

I'm a lover and not a fighter and I'm here to learn more about the finer art of roasting coffee at home. Pretty simple stuff eh!!

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: madpierre on 30/10/2011, 06:36 PM
Welcome Divey, you'll find this a pretty open place. Nice to have you aboard.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Divey on 30/10/2011, 08:31 PM
Yeah, I'm keen, but, somehow I did not start off too flash. I'm in the corner at the moment copping body blows.

I'll stick in there and see what transpires.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: soloespresso on 30/10/2011, 08:57 PM
We were both unimpressed after a personal message was accessed, altered and then forwarded on.

Tell me you are joking right!?  :tearhair:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Vinitasse on 30/10/2011, 09:27 PM
Hey there Lindsay... it's nice to see you made it

Welcome!!!

Cheers,


Bruce
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/10/2011, 09:54 PM
Welcome Davey

I used to know a Lindsay in Newcastle
Lived in New Lambton - its not you is it - KK asks grappling at straw

KK :angel:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Divey on 31/10/2011, 04:52 AM
Tell me you are joking right!?  :tearhair:

Unfortunately 100% correct.  >:(



Hey there Lindsay... it's nice to see you made it

Welcome!!!

Cheers,


Bruce

Yeah mate, came in with a bit of a crash landing. I'm in recovery mode at the moment. We'll have a look around and see what is happening.




Welcome Divey

I used to know a Lindsay in Newcastle
Lived in New Lambton - its not you is it - KK asks grappling at straw

KK :angel:

Sorry KK it ain't me, I've been a Northern Beaches person for the last forty years.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 31/10/2011, 08:13 AM
Good to have you here Divey, nice to see you aren't shy about posting.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/10/2011, 12:32 PM
Welcome Divey,

We don't get the traffic through here that the other place gets but I guarantee that the posts are more considered, insightful and interesting.  Thank you for posting the JBM link as I was unaware that they existed.  It is a credit to the guys who keep this site running that your post was considered, allowed and not modified.  Quite rare for Aussie coffee forums in my own experience.  I too had PM's tampered with on the other site!!!

Welcome to Crema mate... get amongst it!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 31/10/2011, 01:00 PM
I guarantee that the posts are more considered, insightful and interesting. 

A rather glib statement don't you think? How could you possibly guarantee that?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/10/2011, 03:11 PM
A rather glib statement don't you think? How could you possibly guarantee that?

Yes it is isn't it... I can guarantee it because I can sight a reference off the interweb... mine  :rofl:

It is merely my subjective opinion gained by reading most if not all of the recent posts, and having also read thousands of posts on other forums going back to our alt.coffee days.  I enjoy the fact that many of the newbie questions and ideas on this forum are out of my depth; posted, by people with more experience than me.  We seem to get far fewer of the 'my $50 expresso machine won't make a nice cupofchino with this premium grade antique preground coffee... why?'  We also seem to have very few posts that are answered with 'google is ya friend!'  The membership retention/contribution rate of such posts and interactions seems to me sadly small... how many CS members have had their enquiries answered and are never heard from again?  There is possibly an MPhil or Phd for someone interested in Group Dynamics and Web2.0 data collection... but it's not me!

CS like Crema seems to have a core of passionate people who contribute regularly.  At Crema I look forward to these peoples posts.  I didn't experience this to the same degree previously.  Subjective... sure but like all opinions easily enough qualified and time permitting quantified.  But why bother... time for a coffee.

Welcome Divey... I'm enjoying your posts on other threads very much... as I do yours Hiphipharrar.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: soloespresso on 31/10/2011, 03:22 PM
btw welcome. :)

(Just doing my part in those 150 posts)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Divey on 31/10/2011, 03:28 PM

I think Divey will be able to make his own call on that... And still retain his privacy.


I for one must thank the many sponsors and their ongoing posts, as that alone is worth coming to read..


Divey, so when is your KKTOR upgrade being planned  ;)

Give me a break, I've been roasting for less than a month and you want me to upgrade to a WHAT  :question: :question:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: eureka on 04/11/2011, 12:15 PM
Hi Everyone

I'm a specialty coffee roaster based in North Fitzroy (inner Melbourne, VIC).

My business started off just over 10 years ago specialising in Australian grown coffee from my family property in Rosebank, northern NSW (Byron Bay) hinterland.

Since this time we have diversified to roast specialty coffees from all over the world, however we still have a specific interest in Australian grown coffee and coffee from the region.

I have been roasting coffee for 7 years and have been a barista for 10 years.

I love coffee and the complexities of flavour and characteristics of this wonderful product.

Due to my background involvement in growing coffee, I have a specific interest in coffee growing and processing. I have experienced a wide range of processing styles first hand through my travels in Australia and throughout Indonesia and Africa. I understand the difficulties that the grower faces to produce top quality coffee - so I also have a real appreciation of coffee too.

I am lucky to have a beautiful wife and 2 kids which are my focus. I also value my friends, extended family, staff and the wider community.

I love sport and nature and anything that involves activity outside. If I'm inside I'm normally roasting or serving coffee.

Cheers and I look forward to being part of the Crema forum when I can
Mark

www.eurekacoffee.com.au
www.growersespresso.com.au

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffeehorse on 04/11/2011, 02:58 PM
Hi Mark and welcome,

I think you're following me on twitter so I won't introduce myself :P, but welcome to the Crema forums. Nice to see your focus is on people first, and stuff second - it's great for the forum to have another experienced cupper/roaster around to swap ideas with.

Whereabouts in Africa have you travelled?

best,

CH.

Divey - welcome! totally agree with others that your post sounded like an informercial (possibly because there are plenty of places to get authentic JBM in Australia, including some of the forum sponsors, and many feel that this mellow (yet expressive) coffee isn't up there with the cream of the specialty coffee industry, but is more like a creamy, less characterful mexican coffee. I'm happy you're enjoying your JBM, even if I don't have a thing for it - it means you're not pushing up the price of Hawaii Kona  :coffee2:. Hopefully you'll hang around - all your subsequent posts have made it very clear you're an insightful human instead of a spam bot.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 04/11/2011, 04:57 PM
Hi eureka/mark and welcome to the chatty forum.

Join us in the chat box if you have time, we'd love to have you contribute to the many  discussions
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: ajst2duk on 10/11/2011, 07:00 PM
Hi Crema team - great to be on-board.
What can I say - I'm married with a lovely coffee loving wife and two teenage girls, we have always been into good coffee, and like most of my hobbbies - I can become a little obsessive.
Other hobbies past & present include motorcycles, cycling, diving, audio, DIY & electronics to name a few.

I live for weekends when I can wake up and think about making the first coffees of the day. I recently got roped into a barista comp and ended up in the finals where I managed to DNF with a choked second shot. We have had very modest thermoblock espresso machines for the last 15 years or so, about 6 in total, with the last one being a trusty (we look after them so they last) sunbeam 6910. I have since the beginning modded filter baskets on our earlier machines with a dremel to turn them into single walled so I could learn to grind dose & tamp correctly, so no stranger to the core concepts. I decided to get the E61 based HX machine I had always lusted after after my finals experience, however I got totally sidetracked by the Breville DB, with the inner geek in me thinking this looked a very interesting locally developed category killer. Early impressions are pretty favourable so things are looking good, the machine is a total joy to use. Undoubtedly I will try again to win a Giotto next year, but in the meantime the BES900 is ticking all the right boxes, just got to get the consistency of shots going.
Thats enough about me - I look forward to learning some more from the collective knowledge that abounds in these forums, and pray that I don't get hooked in the uber excessiveness that I found lurking in hifi land. I'm sure that coffee addicts are more level headed than audio nuts, but I'm not too sure.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 13/11/2011, 02:23 PM
Cool!  Welcome Epic76!  Pilot based in HK?  How's my memory?  Enjoyed you posts very much on CS and look forward to your posts.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Epic76 on 14/11/2011, 05:29 PM
Hello everyone and to friends from the past, hello again!

AM has recently pointed me in your direction and I'm thankful for it.  It seems I wasn't the only one to become disenchanted with the direction 'the other site' was taking. 

Anyway, back on topic and to the intro....

I'm Casey (the boy one, not the girl one) and an Aussie who lives in Hong Kong.  I fly an Airbus A330 up here having taken the usual career path pilots take - a lot of horrible jobs till you get to the one you really want.  Growing up I was an expat brat as my father was in mining, having lived in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong amongst others so my return here 7 years ago was a homecoming of sorts.

My interests outside of coffee are gliding (had to replace the motorbike with something), fine food (both cooking & consumption of) and wine, scuba diving, golf and travelling.

A Speedster has sat on my kitchen counter and I'm just as impressed with her as the day she arrived.  A Macap M4 stepless is the other half of the duo.  Like most coffee tragics I have an Aeropress, Clever Coffee Dripper, Syphon, MyPressi and most other toys that come along and they are used for travel, self-education and novelty.  I'm currently working on permission to carry the gas bottles for the MyPressi on board to ensure quality coffee during my overnight trips away.  Here's hoping!  Finally, I roast on a laptop/DMM'd Hottop P that I've found a way to make more manual and stretch a gradual rise in post-first crack temperature.  If friends requests for more beans are a suitable yardstick then I think I'm doing ok ;)

I look forward to getting to know or reacquainting myself with you all but until then, best wishes.

Brgds,

Epic76
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/11/2011, 08:09 PM
A very heartfelt welcome to Crema Forum Epic
Good to have you on board

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 14/11/2011, 10:35 PM
Hello everyone and to friends from the past, hello again!

AM has recently pointed me in your direction and I'm thankful for it.  It seems I wasn't the only one to become disenchanted with the direction 'the other site' was taking. 

Anyway, back on topic and to the intro....

I'm Casey (the boy one, not the girl one) and an Aussie who lives in Hong Kong.  I fly an Airbus A330 up here having taken the usual career path pilots take - a lot of horrible jobs till you get to the one you really want.  Growing up I was an expat brat as my father was in mining, having lived in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong amongst others so my return here 7 years ago was a homecoming of sorts.

My interests outside of coffee are gliding (had to replace the motorbike with something), fine food (both cooking & consumption of) and wine, scuba diving, golf and travelling.

A Speedster has sat on my kitchen counter and I'm just as impressed with her as the day she arrived.  A Macap M4 stepless is the other half of the duo.  Like most coffee tragics I have an Aeropress, Clever Coffee Dripper, Syphon, MyPressi and most other toys that come along and they are used for travel, self-education and novelty.  I'm currently working on permission to carry the gas bottles for the MyPressi on board to ensure quality coffee during my overnight trips away.  Here's hoping!  Finally, I roast on a laptop/DMM'd Hottop P that I've found a way to make more manual and stretch a gradual rise in post-first crack temperature.  If friends requests for more beans are a suitable yardstick then I think I'm doing ok ;)

I look forward to getting to know or reacquainting myself with you all but until then, best wishes.

Brgds,

Epic76

Hi Epic/Casey,

Wecome to the friendly forum.  It's great to have you here.  An Airbus pilot is pretty impressive... but a Speedster on the bench... ... OMG that's huge!  What's even better is the fact that it seems that you aren't just hung up on the bling with keen interest in roasting and manual brew methods.  I look forward to reading your posts!!!

Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rider on 15/11/2011, 07:15 PM
Hey Epic76,

Welcome and great to see you here...

Really cool place, usual topics but more laid back.

Rider (aka 'cksyd' from over there)

enjoy...
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mr Bean on 16/11/2011, 09:36 AM
Thanks very much; roger that!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 16/11/2011, 10:50 AM
Did a thorough check of your IP and email address and decided you were a bird loving terrorist and not a Bangladeshy spammer and still decided to let you in  :coffee2:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mr Bean on 16/11/2011, 11:26 AM
Nyuk nyuk nyuk! [evil laugh type 3] Fooled you then. I'm a sleeper gone tactical for that global evil organisation into world dominance and nastiness; INTERNATIONAL ROAST. Your days are numbered, you fresh-bean type person you.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mr Bean on 16/11/2011, 11:50 AM
Hello Folks

Bean here . . . Bean there . . . Bean lots of places that serve the hot brown beverage good, bad and ugly. I
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: eureka on 16/11/2011, 02:50 PM
Hi Mark and welcome,

I think you're following me on twitter so I won't introduce myself :P, but welcome to the Crema forums. Nice to see your focus is on people first, and stuff second - it's great for the forum to have another experienced cupper/roaster around to swap ideas with.

Whereabouts in Africa have you travelled?

Hi Coffeehorse

Thanks for your welcome.

By the way my African travels included Zimbabwe back in 2000-2001. Just before things were starting to get out of hand re land ownership and the Mugabe regime. I happened to meet some coffee growers by chance while enjoying some beers at the Harare sports ground while watching a test between Australia vs Zimbabwe (which was also by chance during our visit). Enjoyed a quick visit to their plantation near the border of Mozambique (near Chipinge by memory). Not sure what has happened in the area since unfortunately.

Cheers, Mark
Eureka Coffee and Growers Espresso




Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Cenzos Espresso Bar on 16/11/2011, 04:40 PM
Hello everyone... Hope to catch some good tips on roasting brewing selecting beans and good coffee preparation tips.. Cheers!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/11/2011, 05:12 PM
Hello everyone... Hope to catch some good tips on roasting brewing selecting beans and good coffee preparation tips.. Cheers!

I am sure we will learn from each other
Welcome to the Crema Forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/11/2011, 05:16 PM
Welcome to crema forum to or newest members
Eureka and the cheeky Mr Bean  :angel:


KK

 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 16/11/2011, 07:02 PM
Welcome to crema forum to or newest members
Eureka and the cheeky Mr Bean  :angel:


KK

Welcome too all the newcomers too  :) I can sort that Mr Bean fellow out if needed too :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 16/11/2011, 10:51 PM
Welcome new members.  Mr bean, your writing style is completely entertaining and enchanting... how is this possible if you are a violist?  I only assume this because the only poor sod unlucky enough to sit next to a 2nd violist and still find her sultry is... another violist!  I was led to believe that the rest of the orchestra use the 2nd viola part as a cure for insomnia.  Is it really true that they take longer to burn than violins?  Welcome and enjoy our good humored community... I can see that we will very much enjoy chatting to you... All of our new members for that matter.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mr Bean on 17/11/2011, 12:54 PM
The only poor sod unlucky enough to sit next to a 2nd violist and still find her sultry is... another violist!

Didn't your grandad word you up? "It's always the quiet ones" he wisely confided with a wink as I tackled puberty. Anyway, I only gazed from afar, as I sat with my brash comrades on the trumpet desk. But the 2nd viola left her mark. I've nursed a lifelong obsession with the all-girl string quartet, particularly if Stravinsky is in the mix. Check out http://www.escalamusic.com/home (http://www.escalamusic.com/home) for instance. Most Casanovas will head straight for the cellist. But I know better. Viola players do it standing up . . . slowly.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/11/2011, 03:46 PM
A Brass player... well one might of guessed.  Never go for the Cellist... Was it Beecham? Said to the lady Cellist: "maddam, between your legs is something that gives great pleasure.. yet all you can do is scratch at it!" Troubling words thus never a Cellist has crossed my duvet... or stood up for me!  Is is true that to get two trumpet players to play in tune you have to shoot one? 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mr Bean on 17/11/2011, 05:29 PM
Let's face it; both. Unless the idiom is jazz; there's much to be said for vibrato.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/11/2011, 05:31 PM
Let's face it; both. Unless the idiom is jazz; there's much to be said for vibrato.

Nicely played!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: TheLightRoom on 22/11/2011, 11:24 AM
Greetings,

I'm new here. (really - new here? Posting in the "I'm new here" thread. You don't think people will get that you are new?) I'm a photographer, years ago worked in the family caf
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/11/2011, 03:40 PM
Welcome TLR
Great to have you on the forum & hope you become a regular contributor

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: TheLightRoom on 22/11/2011, 05:28 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. Re: lurk - more get to know the lay of the land....  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 22/11/2011, 11:02 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. Re: lurk - more get to know the lay of the land....  :)

Welcome TLR... we like coffee, post away!  ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: TheLightRoom on 23/11/2011, 05:15 PM
Thanks Brett and all.

Appreciate the warm welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 26/11/2011, 01:20 PM
Welcome along to the other side of the Pacific ditch Jim  :) Look forward to your input.

Jim of "PID Kits" fame for those who haven't run across him before.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 26/11/2011, 04:13 PM
Welcome along to the other side of the Pacific ditch Jim  :) Look forward to your input.

Jim of "PID Kits" fame for those who haven't run across him before.

I think you mean of "tc4 fame" and of course the all new tc4c.

Welcome Jim. Love your work.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: JimG on 27/11/2011, 02:35 AM
Nice to hear from everyone.  Thanks for the warm welcome.

Jim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: JimG on 27/11/2011, 02:43 AM
... and happy that you were fooled into accepting me  :D

I am a little bit of a temperature geek, and the guy behind pidkits.com.  Lately, I've been focusing more on new product development than on kit building (very sorry if you are one of the several people who have contacted me recently about buying a Watlow kit).  Specifically, I've been building on the TC4 system that Bill Welch created, and am having a great time imagining and testing the possibilities!

Progress is being made slowly, but someday soon I hope to make a range of open source PID kits available for controlling espresso machines and roasters.

Thanks again for the warm welcome.

Jim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 27/11/2011, 09:10 AM
Hi JimG. Really great to have you here.  Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 27/11/2011, 10:42 AM
G'day.

I'm Divey. I'm an old fart who has just found out that you can roast coffee at home with a popcorn popper and I'm hooked.  :)

I was asked if I would like to join this forum by another member here after swapping several personal messages on another forum. We were both unimpressed after a personal message was accessed, altered and then forwarded on. Very poor form in my books.

I'm a lover and not a fighter and I'm here to learn more about the finer art of roasting coffee at home. Pretty simple stuff eh!!
G'Day Divey, welcome to Crema.
You've started down a slippery slope, wait till you get hit with upgradeitis, it comes to all of us. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 30/11/2011, 11:01 AM
Howdy Sid :) come play with the boys :rofl:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sidoney on 30/11/2011, 11:37 AM
Oh yeah SS, that's me!!

I'd better have a browse around and see what's what.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sidoney on 30/11/2011, 02:07 PM
Greetings all!

I've been enabled onto this forum by shapeshifter. I'm not here to get away from anything or anything like that, I'm just here!

I learned about good coffee a little while back. I don't have any special super duper gear or anything. Currently I have a new, used (I've had it a day) Rancilio Silvia with an Auber PID kit on it (and no idea what PID stands for), a currently retired (awaiting collar replacement if I get around to it) SB EM6910, SB EM0480 grinder I got at the same time at the SB machine, and a later addition of a FZ-RR 700 Baby Roaster - the motorised version (I ordered the non motorised, they accidentally shipped me the motorised one, and kindly let me keep it with no price adjustment).

And oh hey, I have on order a Pullman tamper and basket, bit of an indulgence but what's life for if not the occasional indulgence?

Apart from that I am working on a PhD (social psychology), I am a parent, I have horses and dogs and cats and fish and birds and chooks and things.

I love my Kindle e-reader! I read lots of different things.

I like to watch Doctor Who and The Goodies and Mythbusters and various docos about science and history and a range of stuff but don't watch lots of TV overall and don't do it mindlessly. I can quote some Monty Python skits and exchanges from movies verbatim. (I went with my dad to the Sydney premier of Life of Brian! That was a while back. Yes I'm not a spring chicken.)

Erm ... is that enough? ;)

Oh yeah ... me and the chat board ... FEAR ME!!! (most especially when shapeshifter is there too - you'd better be typing fast :P ). Well really I don't spend much time on chat boards but the chat board being on the front page ... it's hard to avoid!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 30/11/2011, 05:22 PM
Welcome Sidoney!  I fear that with your list of interests you'll fit in around here all too easily!  Also, If you are looking to us as a Phd data collection point you'll find nothing out of the ordinary or confronting.  We are all really normal... nothing to see here... move along everybody...

WELCOME!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: farmroast on 05/12/2011, 07:26 AM
Hello all,
Been roasting with a homebuilt roaster for quite a few years and enjoy using lever espresso machines.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 05/12/2011, 08:37 AM
Oh another lever enthusiast. :). Welcome
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 05/12/2011, 08:50 AM
Hello all,
Been roasting with a homebuilt roaster for quite a few years and enjoy using lever espresso machines.

Welcome farmroast.

Farmroast deserves recognition as the guy who built the first turbo-oven based roaster (as far as I am aware).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 05/12/2011, 11:30 AM
Welcome James, glad to have you here! There's a bit of resto/rebuild action happening at the moment so I'm sure you'd find something to keep you interested!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: JamesM on 06/12/2011, 03:39 PM
wow, thanks, auto thread for noobs, how cool!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 07/12/2011, 04:27 PM
Welcome farmroast.

Farmroast deserves recognition as the guy who built the first turbo-oven based roaster (as far as I am aware).

Yes... Was that the TO on the BM system?  I remember see pictures of it a few years ago and thinking that looks good but it's not for me  ::)  boy was I wrong.  My KKTO was a hit today. 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/12/2011, 06:59 PM
Hello all,
Been roasting with a homebuilt roaster for quite a few years and enjoy using lever espresso machines.


Gday Ed glad you found us
Welcome to the Crema forum and hope you stay a while to contribute

Yes I have been bitten by the lever bug as well & will be getting a Bezzera Strega sometime in January 2012

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: peterc on 08/12/2011, 07:49 PM
Hey all,

My name's Pete.

My current setup includes a EM6910 and a Wega 5.8 instant. Would love to upgrade the machine. Possibly an Italian HX unit, though the funds just aren't there atm. Also considering a BDB which seems to have a bit of hype surrounding it... Would also like to try my hand at a bit of home roasting in the near future.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 08/12/2011, 07:53 PM
Hey all,

My name's Pete.

My current setup includes a EM6910 and a Wega 5.8 instant. Would love to upgrade the machine. Possibly an Italian HX unit, though the funds just aren't there atm. Also considering a BDB which seems to have a bit of hype surrounding it... Would also like to try my hand at a bit of home roasting in the near future.

Welcome to Crema Pete
All of the above are achievable  and may come to pass with a little time

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: peterc on 08/12/2011, 09:00 PM
Welcome to Crema Pete
All of the above are achievable  and may come to pass with a little time

KK

Thanks. Hopefully it happens sooner rather than later :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: zamboni on 08/12/2011, 09:27 PM
Greetings, I found my way to this forum because I have been researching the coffee van business/industry. Looking to start my own run in Western Sydney early next year, but am looking for ideas/guidance about how to get a run developed.
A bit about myself. I grew up in Adelaide, moved to Sydney in 85 and never went back. I am a boilermaker by trade but could not work in that after a whiplash injury. Have been in various businesses over the years and currently have been installing tv antennas for 7 years. It is getting a bit too hard for me climbing and crawling under houses so am training my second son to take over and start something a little easier on the body. Have 2 boys from my first marriage and one from my current marriage.
I love coffee and love to provide good customer service and am happy to work long hours to get things moving.
Any tips/advice would be welcomed.

Thanks,  Jeff
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 08/12/2011, 09:42 PM
Welcome Jeff
We have many members on Crema that run businesses 
I am sure that someone will be on soon to give you advice gained from experience

A good place to start is Cremas General industry related section -
http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/general-industry-related-subjects/

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Chonski on 10/12/2011, 10:00 PM
Hi all,
I'm what is known in the forum industry as a "lurker"
I read nearly everything but often don't have a lot to add as I don't know too much...

Found my way to here from the coffeesnobs forum...
Have an auber pid Silvia and an M4D - keep eyeing off HX machines but also keep telling myself that in an apartment it'll take up too much bench space...although the VBM Domobar Junior hmmm...
I also would prefer the steam arm on the right due to the kitchen setup so I am trying hard to dream only

No garage or man cave available here so I particularly enjoy reading through all of the restoration threads  :)
Lack of a garage is also the main reason I've tried to stay away from roasting my own even though I read a lot about it - SWMBO would not allow it in the kitchen unfortunately

I'll try to contribute where I can with the little I know...

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/12/2011, 10:15 PM
Hi all,
I'm what is known in the forum industry as a "lurker"
I read nearly everything but often don't have a lot to add as I don't know too much...

Found my way to here from the coffeesnobs forum...
Have an auber pid Silvia and an M4D - keep eyeing off HX machines but also keep telling myself that in an apartment it'll take up too much bench space...although the VBM Domobar Junior hmmm...
I also would prefer the steam arm on the right due to the kitchen setup so I am trying hard to dream only

No garage or man cave available here so I particularly enjoy reading through all of the restoration threads  :)
Lack of a garage is also the main reason I've tried to stay away from roasting my own even though I read a lot about it - SWMBO would not allow it in the kitchen unfortunately

I'll try to contribute where I can with the little I know...

Welcome to the Crema forum Clonski

Coffee taste impressions is the thread for you
Be pro active

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 11/12/2011, 12:11 AM
Welcome Chonski!  There are HX machines like the Oscar or the Splendor/Diadema Junior as well as the VBM which have a smaller footprint. Having said that the old Silvia is no slouch and having read your grinder review neither are you!!! Welcome... I look forward to more of your posts!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: jaybee on 14/12/2011, 10:42 PM
Many thanks for the welcome, I'll try not to turn out to be a dodgy spammer  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 14/12/2011, 11:00 PM
Welcome along to the forum :)

I have been fighting the spam war so one more to my hit list is easy  :pan  :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/12/2011, 11:02 PM
Many thanks for the welcome, I'll try not to turn out to be a dodgy spammer  ;D

Welcome JB
Tell us a bit about yourself on this thread - http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/i%27m-new-here-rules-and-notices-etc/i%27m-new-here/

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: jaybee on 16/12/2011, 12:54 AM
So, me,

Pom by birth, Aussie by choice, Queenslander forever

Seriously brewing for over 20 years but have had a series of pretty poor machines including my worst mistake, a Pavoni Europiccola, which cost a fortune and really didn't suit me. I was therefore more a french press sort of person until I picked up an EM6910 which could really punch out great espresso. Thanks to AM for helping hone my skills on that one and get very consistant results. Since moved to a Rocket Premium Plus and Mini Mazer grinder which are a nice pair but I doubt the end of the journey.

I've been roasting too for over a decade using a variety of devices, but gave up when I came to Aus initially due to lack of green (now fixed). Back into it big time now using an iCoffee roaster which does the job for me nicely!

Not enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do...

JB
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 16/12/2011, 09:36 AM
Welcome JB!  It was great to meet you at the gathering and even better that you'll be joining us here at Crema.  QUEENSLANDER!!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 16/12/2011, 09:53 AM
SPARTA!!!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: ash on 28/12/2011, 01:21 PM
Hi everyone

Another new to the forum post  :) A little about myself and my machines (and history!). I got seriously into coffee about six years ago from of all places, a Gloria Jeans chain cafe in Townaville. After buying lots of coffee from there the owner suggested that I should get my own machine...

I started off with a sunbeam cafe series espresso machine and a blade style grinder, which after a year or so endd up being a Rancillio Silia and Rocky combo. I later added one of JimG's PID kits which amazed me with the change in consistency that it provided me. About a year after I got the Silvia I decided that I wanted to get a lever machine, so I looked around for a while and investigated the various pro's and con's of different levers and ended up with a La Pavoni Pro. It served me very well, especially with a 10 week period where I used it exclusively while I was away from home. I still have fond memories of the machine.

After a trip overseas with work I ended up having enough money to purchase my next upgradeitis gratification system. I ended up with a Rocket Giotto Premium Plus, Macap M4 and my first roaster, a Cafe Genie. The Genie and me didn't last long together before I bought a Behmor roaster which really kicked off the roasting passion.

On my last trip overses with work I spent alot of time searching around the net for my next purchase. I was considering a move up from the Giotto, but I really wanted a lever machine again. So I managed to stumble upon a review of the Ponte Vecchio Lusso on H-B and thought that it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted. Apart from attempting a resto job on an older commercial two group, it was the only one for me.

Not long after buying the PV I ended up getting the Hottop B2 roaster to roast my stash of beans (which at the time was around 165kg). I can now say that I am happy with my current coffee utensils for home use. The only problem is that I don't know when the next bout of upgradeitis will strike!  ???

So, there's a little about my coffee history!

Cheers,
ash
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/12/2011, 01:39 PM
Welcome Ash to the Crema forum
With your membership we have swelled the Toowoomba ranks by one
We hope you enjoy the laid back nature of the forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 28/12/2011, 02:30 PM
Hello and welcome to certainly a laid back friendly community based forum.
It's a bit like a country town feeling where everyone knows each other more or less..

A great bonus here is the live chat box and also the means to chat live privately where you simply click on the "who's online" tab and you will see a list of currently logged on members.

That reminds me, i haven't posted anything about me yet  :D

Feel free to shoot off any questions if you're trying to figure out how to navigate around here.

Have a great time and seeya round here.

Gary at G
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: ash on 28/12/2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks guys. I'll be poking around a bit, so please forgive me if I drag up a topic that has been quiet for a while.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 28/12/2011, 09:56 PM

Not long after buying the PV I ended up getting the Hottop B2 roaster to roast my stash of beans (which at the time was around 165kg).

That is a seriously large stash of beans to roast on a hottop!


Even our keenest members with KKTOs would take weeks to get through that much.

Good to have ya here ash.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 28/12/2011, 11:18 PM
Hi Ash,

It's great to see you here!  It's a been a while since we met up at Pioneer and talked PV lusso speak! :)

I recently modded my lusso with an antivac, check that out in Projects.  Everyone here is on the look out for a lever!  :rofl:  Just about, I think it's becoming a problem!

Enjoy yourself and get posting and join us on chat.

Lacehim
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: CoffeeHeaven on 29/12/2011, 12:17 AM
I'm a hippie who drink a lot of coffee, and I like to browse random forums at night :) From the states but I live in NSW. Only here to see what the rest of Australia is up to and to have people criticize my thoughts and comments ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 29/12/2011, 02:19 PM
Welcome to this side of the coffee culture lemoo. :thumb:

We now have another WA member to join this friendly forum.

Enjoy your time here. Looking forward to your contribution of "I'm new here". :)

Gary at G
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: lemoo on 29/12/2011, 02:51 PM
thanks :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: lemoo on 29/12/2011, 02:55 PM
Why herro there

Brand spanking new to the forum (introduced to by gary@g)
From WA as well

currently equipped with a NS Oscar, BCG800, Presso, Porlex Hand Grinder, Aeropress, and soon a Behmor 1600 thats currently on a ship :)

always always chasing the god shot.

chris
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 29/12/2011, 11:44 PM
Welcome Chris and Ash.  Nice to have you both here and look forward to your contributions.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MPW on 30/12/2011, 05:26 PM
I'm new a have worked in hospitality for 20 years Merchant Navy, Hotels Restaurants got sick of the hours. Currently work in community health as a counsellor.  Have a Sunbeam that I make coffee for my colleagues with, following Ponte Vecchio Lusso discussion as like the theatre and drama.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/12/2011, 05:39 PM
I'm new a have worked in hospitality for 20 years Merchant Navy, Hotels Restaurants got sick of the hours. Currently work in community health as a counsellor.  Have a Sunbeam that I make coffee for my colleagues with, following Ponte Vecchio Lusso discussion as like the theatre and drama.

Warm welcome the the Crema forum MPW
We are all in one way or another drawn to the romance of lever machines

To late for me - the lever is ordered and paid for

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 30/12/2011, 11:46 PM
Welcome MPV.
Curiosity, where is Nulla Vale?

I work in a restaurant too, and it certainly is time for a career change for this middle age spread.  ::)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/12/2011, 12:33 AM
Welcome MPW!  Lots of lever aficionadi around these parts (I'm an exception) so you've come to the right place!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Bean Flying on 31/12/2011, 01:07 AM
Love the levers, pulled about 120 shots on my 3 group Izzo lever today and over 100 yesterday :) Welcome along.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: paranomia on 31/12/2011, 09:14 AM
And unfortunately 'Lever Lunacy' is contagious - my first symptoms have just arrived in the form of a Caravel although I'm resisting by just admiring the design elegance so far.

Welcome MPW
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/12/2011, 09:33 AM
And unfortunately 'Lever Lunacy' is contagious - my first symptoms have just arrived in the form of a Caravel although I'm resisting by just admiring the design elegance so far.

Welcome MPW

Hi Paranomia, I'm sure that MPW would love some pictures pictures pictures and given that these little Caravels are supposed to pull fantastic shots some notes notes notes would be great also.  Welcome to the fun MPW!
Title: Re: Welcome Kevohere
Post by: shape_shifter on 10/01/2012, 10:55 PM
LOL can only be one person with that name, glad you found us :)
Title: Re: Welcome Jonty
Post by: Bean Flying on 15/01/2012, 11:13 AM
Welcome along  :) Machine is still on in the shed if your back at work from 10-3'ish and want to come and have a look or play.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kevohere on 15/01/2012, 01:31 PM
Gidday folks,
I tried this a few days ago and although I know there is a delay on first posts, it seems it didn't work?
So, second attempt.
 
Thanks for the guidance to this forum SS.
Like that other former well known (Big) Kev, I'm excited  :exclaim:

I guess my journey into serious coffee began about 12 years ago when I was being educated in bodywork, (Human, not cars) where a Saeco Via Venezia was available for the coffee breaks.
I started using a stovetop and plunger before (and after) buying my own VV in 2002. Had fun and games (now known as learning experience) with it until moving on to an Isomac Venus in 2009 and then, with an attack of upgrade-itis, got my current Expobar Minore III.
During these times I did courses with one or two well known coffee identities in the Newcastle and Hunter region.

My first (decent) grinder purchase was an Ascaso I mini, then the BCG800 and just weeks ago invested in a beaut Mazzer Mini. The thing is, being passionate about coffee, I still have them all along with one or two hand grinders for my on the road Aeropress.
I also have not often used Belgium Royal balance/vacuum coffee maker.
Roasting for two+ years with a Behmor 1600.

I currently work as a remedial massage and stretch therapist after (too) many years as a tradie and supervisor in the metal/construction industry.
Now enjoying my work, my coffee, my friends and importantly, breathing.

That's it in a (rather large) nutshell folks. Looking forward to the journey.
Kev.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/01/2012, 01:55 PM
Welcome Kev to the Crema coffee forum
I am an ex Novocastrian with family still living there
So it's very possible that I may bump into you there one day when I next visit 

KK
Title: Re: Welcome Lucinda
Post by: Lucinda on 16/01/2012, 11:30 AM
Hiya everyone,
Many of you will know me from coffee snobs. I didn't even know about this place until I saw Greg Pullman on the Train Saturday and he told me about you all. Sooooo it's all his fault I am here  :thumb:

So a quick recap of what I have been up to the last couple of years I haven't been on any coffee forums.

Work. Yep. I am gainfully employed at a major public hospital as a Registered Nurse so I am working 3-4 shifts a week, mostly weekends. It's a great job and I really enjoy it as I get to choose my shifts and work all over the hospital, mostly in Emergency when the rotten ICU staff aren't sent there  :pan

It's nice to see all the familiar faces and I will get off now to do some catching up and  :stir
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Lucinda
Post by: Bean Flying on 16/01/2012, 03:27 PM
Surely no  :stir would take place. Welcome along  :)
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Lucinda
Post by: gregpullman on 16/01/2012, 06:16 PM
Quick off the mark Lucinda! :) Welcome
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Black Shiraz on 16/01/2012, 08:27 PM
G'day All

Well I came across this forum while researching for grinders........

Okay a bit about myself:

1. Dont hold it against me, I own a Breville 800 machine (5yrs old) to establish if we would warrant a machine in the house  ::) We do about 20-25 coffees a week on it......
2. Decided to take the plunge and now go for DB unit (Alex is high on the list), with something doserless (Jolly -E\M4D or Kony-E\M7D). It's a project and looking to purchase a complete package in April\May without the need to upgrade.
3.In regards to a crust, I am an operational quality coordinator for a multinational pharma company in the seaside village of Port Fairy.
4. Coffee journey just taking off to the next level really............... But I have in my stash already 12 ACF cups, digipure 9000s filtration, motto jugs, tamper.......... Just trying to spread the coins out so the 'chief' doesn't notice  ;)

Cheers

Jonty
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Jonty
Post by: Black Shiraz on 16/01/2012, 08:30 PM
Thanks Tim for your time tonight....  Didn't realise what the time was and noticed two missed calls on the mobile  ::)  WIFE, she was  :mad:  At least  I had 30min to work out what to say when I got home  :angel:

All is sweet and I think she is over my dribble about coffee this and coffee that.......

Cheers

Jonty
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Jonty
Post by: Dry bean. on 16/01/2012, 09:05 PM
G'Day Jonty, welcome to the forum. :)
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Lucinda
Post by: Dry bean. on 16/01/2012, 09:09 PM
Hi Lucinda, good to see you here, not the first stirrer wev
Title: Re: Re: Welcome Jonty
Post by: Bean Flying on 16/01/2012, 10:12 PM
No worries at all. Feel free to blame me for delaying you I have a thick skin and am used to being blamed for leading people astray  ;D

Must arrange a small session with you and a couple of others from Portland sometime in Feb when we all have time to roast and play with some toys properly.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 17/01/2012, 12:38 AM
G'day All

Well I came across this forum while researching for grinders........

Okay a bit about myself:

1. Dont hold it against me, I own a Breville 800 machine (5yrs old) to establish if we would warrant a machine in the house  ::) We do about 20-25 coffees a week on it......
2. Decided to take the plunge and now go for DB unit (Alex is high on the list), with something doserless (Jolly -E\M4D or Kony-E\M7D). It's a project and looking to purchase a complete package in April\May without the need to upgrade.
3.In regards to a crust, I am an operational quality coordinator for a multinational pharma company in the seaside village of Port Fairy.
4. Coffee journey just taking off to the next level really............... But I have in my stash already 12 ACF cups, digipure 9000s filtration, motto jugs, tamper.......... Just trying to spread the coins out so the 'chief' doesn't notice  ;)

Cheers

Jonty

Welcome Jonty!  You are certainly shopping at the pointy end with that list of gear in #2!  Also check out the Diadema Junior Extra PID from Cosmorex while you're looking around purely because it's awesome.  ;). And inc you're own that way dont let BF talk you into a lever  :stir

Welcome mate!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Espresso Store on 18/01/2012, 08:04 PM
Hey

I'm New here @ Crema Coffee Forum
I am very excited to join & become apart of the crema coffee community :) I love Espresso & All things coffee
 
Sharing the Coffee Love
Matt
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 18/01/2012, 11:49 PM
Hey

I'm New here @ Crema Coffee Forum
I am very excited to join & become apart of the crema coffee community :) I love Espresso & All things coffee
 
Sharing the Coffee Love
Matt

Welcome Matt.  I've already met you in another thread: great to see you posting and contributing right from the get go!  The more the merrier; which, looks spelled incorrectly.  We have some great sponsors here so why not check out their offerings also while you're here.  I haven't yet been disappointed in fact, every one of these guys that I've bought from have gone the extra mile despite having the best prices and product!  Welcome Matt and get into it!

Edit: just noticed that you have a store.. colour me embarrassed!  :doh:

Edit Edit: I do love our sponsors here but and I've spent a pretty penny with some of them.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 19/01/2012, 10:27 AM
Hey

I'm New here @ Crema Coffee Forum
I am very excited to join & become apart of the crema coffee community :) I love Espresso & All things coffee
 
Sharing the Coffee Love
Matt
G'Day Matt, Great to have you on board, hope to hear plenty from you. :)

Cheers,

Jon.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rhythm n Beans on 30/01/2012, 04:29 PM
Hi, and nice to find this friendly forum.
A bit about me.
I'm still quite new to home roasting. Kicked off a bit over a year ago after sampling some of Ministry Grounds roasts, and wanting to do it myself.
 A long time home brewer and distiller, ( strictly aromatherapy of course), the mad scientist in me couldn't wait to see what I could turn to toast. Most of it has turned out to be quite palatable actually, and certainly good enough to encourage further discovery. I enjoy travelling, and learning about what others can do.

 Looking forward to making any contributions I can to this community.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/01/2012, 04:44 PM
Welcome RnB  :thumb:
You may have found a home away from home in the Crema forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rhythm n Beans on 30/01/2012, 05:47 PM
thanks, KK.
I'm keen to learn more about your very own roaster.
 :lamp:



RnB
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 30/01/2012, 05:53 PM
thanks, KK.
I'm keen to learn more about your very own roaster.
 :lamp:

RnB

Plans and my advice to build one is free

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 30/01/2012, 10:32 PM
Plans and my advice to build one is free

KK

Generous and thoughtful too might I add!  Im lucky enough to have met KK on a number of occaisions and have experienced his generosity first hand!  You've come to the right place R&B... welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Rhythm n Beans on 31/01/2012, 10:00 AM
Thank you. You are all very kind.
I'm suffering withdrawals at the moment. My main machine has been in hospital since Dec 21, awaiting an element replacement. The machine importer ceased supporting the product, so a very sympathetic gentleman in Melb has hand forged one for me. To try and bridge the gap, I picked up an old Boema single group from a cafe (where I should have left it). Had it re-wired and replaced an element but haven't extracted a bean yet. I've sourced a Grimac laUno volumetric 2nd hand from a girl in Perth. It's currently in transit. Getting by on a vintage AMA Milano, AeroPress, syphon, and a Breville Ikon. And now my San Remo grinder has hit the wall. Give me a break.  :mad:


R&B
Of course I can do without coffee.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Beanz on 02/02/2012, 11:26 PM
I am pleased to have found this forum and have enjoyed scanning the information in the various threads.   

In the past I probably drank too much coffee and the quality left a lot to be desired but as the coffee journey has progressed the knowledge base has grown. The quantity of coffee consumed has reduced and the quality of coffee has improved.

I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy the excellent caf
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/02/2012, 11:33 PM
A very warm welcome to the Crema coffee forum Beanz
Fly fishing sounds very interesting  and when I was young I also dabbled into HAM radio (but I cant remember my Morse code )

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 02/02/2012, 11:34 PM
Welcome all the newbies, I'm still a newbie too, lots to learn and do :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 04/02/2012, 01:32 PM
Welcome Beanz!  Good to have you aboard!  Don't be shy, get posting and talking. :thumb:
Title: Re: Welcome alrexx
Post by: Kelsey on 07/02/2012, 11:44 PM
Welcome alrexx.

Everyone, alrexx is a fellow I met on Reddit and suggested he pop on by.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mcgee on 14/02/2012, 02:17 PM
Hi all,
Name is Bryan. Currently living in Newcastle NSW, but have moved around a bit.
I have always liked a good coffee but this is the first time I have been able to convinced my Wife to buy a machine.
Our starting machine is a Breville BES900 and BCG800 smart grinder.

We are really enjoying making coffee and are still learning as we go. Best thing about being a n00b is each cup is better then the last.
It's been a rapid introduction in to the world of coffee for me and I am really injoying the process and outcomes.

Other interests besides coffee making (newest interest) is motorsport and computers/gadgets in general.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 14/02/2012, 02:20 PM
Hi Bryan, nice to have you here!

BES900 huh? That's one heck of a starting machine!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 14/02/2012, 02:35 PM
Hi all,
Name is Bryan. Currently living in Newcastle NSW, but have moved around a bit.
I have always liked a good coffee but this is the first time I have been able to convinced my Wife to buy a machine.
Our starting machine is a Breville BES900 and BCG800 smart grinder.

We are really enjoying making coffee and are still learning as we go. Best thing about being a n00b is each cup is better then the last.
It's been a rapid introduction in to the world of coffee for me and I am really injoying the process and outcomes.

Other interests besides coffee making (newest interest) is motorsport and computers/gadgets in general.
G'Day Bryan, welcome to Crema.
As Kelsey remarked, in the short time since its release the BES900 has developed an excellent reputation, good choice on your part.
Have only recently returned to Adelaide from a week in Newcastle, helping my daughter and her family settle into a new home, her husband (also a coffee freak) was recently posted there from Laverton, Victoria.
Thanks for taking the time to tell us a little about yourself.
Guess the next step is setting up a Corretto roaster. ;)

Cheers,

DB. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mcgee on 14/02/2012, 02:51 PM
Hi all,
Thanks for the warm welcome.
DB,
I know laverton very well, I have been there many times for work.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 14/02/2012, 03:17 PM
Ahhh Mcgee, I did wonder if you were around in one of the forums :)

AM I am around just quiet, yeah yeah shutup  :rofl:

I think I'm getting better, it might just be a stress thing where my body decided enough and shut down on me.

As AM said wait until the chat starts up again, we all have a ball chatting to each other and getting to know each other.  If you are interested there are a few of us in Newcastle that roast as well :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 14/02/2012, 03:18 PM
Hi all,
Thanks for the warm welcome.
DB,
I know laverton very well, I have been there many times for work.
I suspect your both employed by the same organisation. ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dinsdale on 15/02/2012, 01:56 PM
G'day all, from Albany, centre of the glorious Great Southern region in WA.

I'm Dinsdale (of Monty Python fame) to all my friends. My kidz (cuckoos) have all grown up and flown the coup, so doing the "Darby and Joan" thing with my beautiful wife (Mrs Piranha  ;D).  I only do small amounts of casual work these days, though not necessarily by choice all of the time.  In my copious spare time I like to windsurf (still not very good at it I'm afraid), play with r/c model boats, shoot/fish/camp and do all of the above with my grandkidz.  I've also been very heavily into sailing and motorbikes in the past

 I've not been too serious about my coffee until recently, although we had a Napolitana espresso machine for 13 years.  Recently (2 weeks ago) I bought a BES900/BCG800 and have begun to rue the wasted years already.  Been using up the last of the cheap(ish) pre-ground coffee, and, with some experimentation, even that's tasting almost acceptable.  A local roaster (The Naked Bean) is on my visit list for this week, to help get us started into real coffee.

Any'ow, that's me, in a nutshell.  I have so many questions to ask that I don't know where to begin, so I'm sure my name will pop up pretty regularly around the various threads.  Alas, it'll be a while before I'll be in any position to offer much advice about coffee.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/02/2012, 02:01 PM
A warm welcome to Crema Coffee Forum Dinsdale  :thumb:

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 15/02/2012, 02:40 PM
G'day all, from Albany, centre of the glorious Great Southern region in WA.

I'm Dinsdale (of Monty Python fame) to all my friends. My kidz (cuckoos) have all grown up and flown the coup, so doing the "Darby and Joan" thing with my beautiful wife (Mrs Piranha  ;D).  I only do small amounts of casual work these days, though not necessarily by choice all of the time.  In my copious spare time I like to windsurf (still not very good at it I'm afraid), play with r/c model boats, shoot/fish/camp and do all of the above with my grandkidz.  I've also been very heavily into sailing and motorbikes in the past

 I've not been too serious about my coffee until recently, although we had a Napolitana espresso machine for 13 years.  Recently (2 weeks ago) I bought a BES900/BCG800 and have begun to rue the wasted years already.  Been using up the last of the cheap(ish) pre-ground coffee, and, with some experimentation, even that's tasting almost acceptable.  A local roaster (The Naked Bean) is on my visit list for this week, to help get us started into real coffee.

Any'ow, that's me, in a nutshell.  I have so many questions to ask that I don't know where to begin, so I'm sure my name will pop up pretty regularly around the various threads.  Alas, it'll be a while before I'll be in any position to offer much advice about coffee.
G'Day Dinsdale,
Good to see you here, crikey the Breville BES900 has certainly become a popular machine, sounds like your getting on well with it.
What type of bike were you into, I'm a Triumph man.
Looking forwrd to hearing more from you.

Cheers,

Dry Bean. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 15/02/2012, 03:56 PM
Welcome Dinsdale... with Python humour you'll get on well around here.  Glad to see you are out and about posting already. :thumb:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: hiphipharrar on 15/02/2012, 04:22 PM
G'day all...
I'm Dinsdale
Welcome.
I'm wondering how you earned you that nickname. Give our regards to Doug and I hope you are still managing to stay one step ahead of Snapper Organs and Norman.

Toss that bag of pre-ground and repair immediately to the Naked Bean to get yourself some decent coffee.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sistabarista on 16/02/2012, 01:28 PM
Hi everyone! Glad to find out I'm not the only University graduate on here who has been seduced by the coffee industry!! I'm a 28 year old wifey and supermum  ;D and officially a secondary music teacher. I live in Toowoomba Qld, which actually has some really great little cafes dotted around the place. I started in hospitality about 12 years ago as a way to pay for my textbooks! But I just can't escape the allure of that little brown bean. In the last few years my eyes have been opened to so many possibilities within the world of espresso. After working hard as a barista for 12 years, and taking a bit of time off to look after my little ones, I am ready to courageously pursue my true dream of owning an exceptional coffee business. I know I probably sound like every other fledgeling disillusioned entrepreneur out there! But my husband and I want to spend the next couple of years doing research, saving our little tooshes off :o and practising some home roasting. I have learned that life is way too short to not live with passion! And coffee is that one thing that gets my tummy in knots with excitement - people think I'm crazy but I guess that goes with the territory?! Looking forward to gaining lots of wisdom and insight from this forum.
sistabarista
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/02/2012, 02:06 PM
Hi everyone! Glad to find out I'm not the only University graduate on here who has been seduced by the coffee industry!! I'm a 28 year old wifey and supermum  ;D and officially a secondary music teacher. I live in Toowoomba Qld, which actually has some really great little cafes dotted around the place. I started in hospitality about 12 years ago as a way to pay for my textbooks! But I just can't escape the allure of that little brown bean. In the last few years my eyes have been opened to so many possibilities within the world of espresso. After working hard as a barista for 12 years, and taking a bit of time off to look after my little ones, I am ready to courageously pursue my true dream of owning an exceptional coffee business. I know I probably sound like every other fledgeling disillusioned entrepreneur out there! But my husband and I want to spend the next couple of years doing research, saving our little tooshes off :o and practising some home roasting. I have learned that life is way too short to not live with passion! And coffee is that one thing that gets my tummy in knots with excitement - people think I'm crazy but I guess that goes with the territory?! Looking forward to gaining lots of wisdom and insight from this forum.
sistabarista

Hi & welcome sistabarista
We have several Toowoomba members  :thumb:

There are owners of coffee establishments in our rank & file Crema membership
We encourage anyone to follow there dreams, but always with both eyes open  ???

In saying that, I further encourage you to participate in the forum and answers will flow with honesty

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 16/02/2012, 05:01 PM
Hi everyone! Glad to find out I'm not the only University graduate on here who has been seduced by the coffee industry!! I'm a 28 year old wifey and supermum  ;D and officially a secondary music teacher. I live in Toowoomba Qld, which actually has some really great little cafes dotted around the place. I started in hospitality about 12 years ago as a way to pay for my textbooks! But I just can't escape the allure of that little brown bean. In the last few years my eyes have been opened to so many possibilities within the world of espresso. After working hard as a barista for 12 years, and taking a bit of time off to look after my little ones, I am ready to courageously pursue my true dream of owning an exceptional coffee business. I know I probably sound like every other fledgeling disillusioned entrepreneur out there! But my husband and I want to spend the next couple of years doing research, saving our little tooshes off :o and practising some home roasting. I have learned that life is way too short to not live with passion! And coffee is that one thing that gets my tummy in knots with excitement - people think I'm crazy but I guess that goes with the territory?! Looking forward to gaining lots of wisdom and insight from this forum.
sistabarista

Hi ya Sis,

Great to have you on board.

Everybody needs a dream, sounds like your well on the way to realizing yours, good luck, hope we are able to assist in some small way. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 16/02/2012, 05:05 PM
Welcome fellow Muso and teacher.  I for one can't wait to share in your journey and wish you every success and good fortune! 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sistabarista on 17/02/2012, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys! Feeling the love  :thumb: we all know that every good coffee makes the world a better place. Can't wait to delve into this great pool of knowledge.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 17/02/2012, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys! Feeling the love  :thumb: we all know that every good coffee makes the world a better place. Can't wait to delve into this great pool of knowledge.
Make sure you dive/delve into the deep end, that way you won't hit the bottom ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sistabarista on 17/02/2012, 06:39 PM
Wise words DB! Like most people I have a love/hate relationship with the deep end!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 17/02/2012, 09:42 PM
Hi everyone! Glad to find out I'm not the only University graduate on here who has been seduced by the coffee industry!! I'm a 28 year old wifey and supermum  ;D and officially a secondary music teacher. I live in Toowoomba Qld, which actually has some really great little cafes dotted around the place. I started in hospitality about 12 years ago as a way to pay for my textbooks! But I just can't escape the allure of that little brown bean. In the last few years my eyes have been opened to so many possibilities within the world of espresso. After working hard as a barista for 12 years, and taking a bit of time off to look after my little ones, I am ready to courageously pursue my true dream of owning an exceptional coffee business. I know I probably sound like every other fledgeling disillusioned entrepreneur out there! But my husband and I want to spend the next couple of years doing research, saving our little tooshes off :o and practising some home roasting. I have learned that life is way too short to not live with passion! And coffee is that one thing that gets my tummy in knots with excitement - people think I'm crazy but I guess that goes with the territory?! Looking forward to gaining lots of wisdom and insight from this forum.
sistabarista

Hold onto your dream sista I meditated on opening my own cafe EVERY DAY FOR THREE YEARS until it finally happened now I've owned three in the last ten years and my current one has just been listed in The Age Melbourne Magazines top 100 cafes!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: sistabarista on 17/02/2012, 09:58 PM
WOW! Thanks coffee guy, so you're living proof it can really happen! I certainly daydream about it a lot, actually in a way I thought might be kind of unhealthy, like it's doing my head in :head: but I guess planning and scheming is all an important part of the process - will defs checkout your blog, thanks again :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: EricS on 18/02/2012, 07:26 PM
Hi All,

I'm currently living in Melbourne.

Own a Breville BES860 and absolutely love my coffee now. Very interesting topic, and in fact, I'm so in love with my coffee that I'm looking into home roasting!

Nice blog btw, coffee guy.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 18/02/2012, 07:31 PM
Hi All,

I'm currently living in Melbourne.

Own a Breville BES860 and absolutely love my coffee now. Very interesting topic, and in fact, I'm so in love with my coffee that I'm looking into home roasting!

Nice blog btw, coffee guy.

A cheery welcome Eric
Welcome to the Crema forum and may you expand your knowledge and impart some of yours on us

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 18/02/2012, 08:52 PM
Welcome ES,
Depending whereabouts you are, I might be able to help you out with beginner roasting gear. I am in SE suburbs, Glen Waverley.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: wally on 20/02/2012, 05:19 PM
Hi all

Seriously, how do you do it? Some very interesting people out there. I wanted to join the forum to get some feedback from time to time but this site offers so much more than that!
I'm almost 51 and live in Bunbury WA. I'm married and between my wife and I we have three kids, if you can call them kids at 23, 21 and 19. We've been married almost 4 years.
I work with a mining company and have done for over 30 years (yeah I know sad isn't it)
My wife (Kylie is 43 and is gorgeous) and I like to eat out, go to the movies, go to concerts and travel. Our travels are mostly to Bali. I love to fish, enjoy all sorts of music and if the Blues win the AFL flag this year and Bruce Springsteen tours Oz as some are suggesting he will, then my life will pretty much be complete.
Kylie and I enjoy our coffee but I have to honest,  we're not in the same league as some of you.
We have owned manual and semi automatic machines and we're in the process of deciding on buying a San Marco 85e for use at home.
We're a little disappointed at how long some of our machines have lasted and so we're looking to invest in a machine that hopefully will last many years.
I hope the robust nature of this model is worthwhile. It is a manual machine but i think the art of coffee making is enhanced when you have more input yourself.
Anyway, if any of you out there have any advice on this particular machine then please feel free to share your thoughts.
Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/02/2012, 06:17 PM
Hi and welcome to the Crema forum Wally
We have some members with similar interests such as fishing and movies  ;D

Quote
We're a little disappointed at how long some of our machines have lasted and so we're looking to invest in a machine that hopefully will last many years.
I hope the robust nature of this model is worthwhile. It is a manual machine but i think the art of coffee making is enhanced when you have more input yourself.
Anyway, if any of you out there have any advice on this particular machine then please feel free to share your thoughts.

I am a supporter of pro-sumer or small commercial machines for home use & in fact currently own 2
The main thing is to get a brand that is
1) Trusted and luckily you have a broad choice
2) Reliable
3) Parts and service - even if that's self service, - if you are in a remote area

Have a look at our for sale section as many members will at some time upgrade and great bargains can be had on well looked after machines

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 21/02/2012, 10:24 AM

Kylie and I enjoy our coffee but I have to honest,  we're not in the same league as some of you.


Not all of us are equally experienced, which is a good thing as we are all learning - sometimes a fresh perspective is helpful. You probably have more coffee making experience than me.

Glad to have you here, don't be shy about posting.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 21/02/2012, 06:02 PM
Welcome Wally!  Get posting mate.. All are welcome here!
Title: Re: Welcome kerryca
Post by: kerryca on 24/02/2012, 06:41 PM
Thanks, I'm here to learn a bit more about machines and making good coffee.

Cheers

Kerry
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: 3rd Crack on 03/03/2012, 08:36 PM
Thank you for the welcome guys,

Yes AM,

My recollection might be a little hazy, but a wise man did tell me that: "If you haven't roasted your coffee to 3rd Crack, then you'll never know how good coffee can be" .. he did rather look quite elongated in features and rather hairy .. I'm sure he was a man .. well, come to think of it, maybe he was a Llama ... ? The Dali Llama perhaps? most probably not though.

3rd Crack: the elusive point of no return, spontaneous combustion, so much energy, you can't stop it. If it ain't on fire, it ain't worth drinking!

So yes again AM .. 3rd Crack is my new venture into this wonderful world of coffee. After a very memorable 18 months at Supreme Roasters and 10 Golden Bean Medals later, I'm ready to retire from roasting as I now realise that aiming for 3rd Crack on my roast profiles may just be pushing coffee too far? mmmm .... pushing coffee beyond limits .. I'm convinced there's goodness beyond 3rd Crack. I have been known to be wrong before though.

Where's my Green Tea?

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: 3rd Crack on 03/03/2012, 10:06 PM
I'll be pulling shots all day at No Name Lane tomorrow (Sunday the 4th March). My coffee features alongside their regular blend roasted by Black Sheep Coffee Roasters (Mark Gloftis - Brisbane). .. .. No Name Lane - a shop with two roasters.

The original blend I designed for Peter Gloftis (owner, No Name Lane) was called EPIC and was awarded a bronze at the most recent Golden Bean. It featured the Tanzanian Blackburn Estate 'pick of the harvest' crop. The next blend featured another Tanzanian, this time from the Tarakea Rural Cooperative Society of Kilimanjaro and known in the shop as KING KILI . ... and of course coffee being seasonal .. and the tides of change coinciding with the creation of 3rd Crack, a little secret was learnt : SAN JOSE'S LITTLE SECRET to be precise. Now being showcased in store and extracted by yours truly every Sunday (until they get sick of me) .. so, if you're around Broadbeach, Gold Coast, please drop on in and let me make you a coffee or two or THREE. I can't promise that I'll actually have time for a chat, but will do my best to say hello !!!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 03/03/2012, 10:09 PM
I have been there (No Name Lane) and met young Mark - aka 3rd crack

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 03/03/2012, 10:22 PM

My recollection might be a little hazy, but a wise man did tell me that: "If you haven't roasted your coffee to 3rd Crack, then you'll never know how good coffee can be" .. he did rather look quite elongated in features and rather hairy .. I'm sure he was a man .. well, come to think of it, maybe he was a Llama ... ? The Dali Llama perhaps? most probably not though.

Where's my Green Tea?

Oh no! Another one of AM's acquaintances that requires us to take  a mental 'jump to the left, then a step to the right' to understand their posts.

Welcome 3rd Crack.  I'm sure I'll make the necessary mental adjustments in time. At least the learning experience will be quirky and interesting.

Edit: Actually, I'm just wodnering if it maybe lack of caffeine on my part that causes the mental disconnect. Best check that as it is an easy test.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 03/03/2012, 10:51 PM
Oh no! Another one of AM's acquaintances that requires us to take  a mental 'jump to the left, then a step to the right' to understand their posts.

Welcome 3rd Crack.  I'm sure I'll make the necessary mental adjustments in time. At least the learning experience will be quirky and interesting.

Edit: Actually, I'm just wodnering if it maybe lack of caffeine on my part that causes the mental disconnect. Best check that as it is an easy test.

I'm still getting my head around 3rd Crack... So any inferences so few of the appropriate or tasteful.  Welcome Mark, I look forward to your posts with eager anticipation and some green tea at the ready....
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Tomb on 05/03/2012, 02:13 PM
Nothing too interesting about the user name, just a name acronym that has stuck.

Just your regular passionate prosumer coffee type although I have recently been thinking more and more about getting into the commercial coffee scene as a little side project from my usual line of work.

After having traveled a bit I do feel quite lucky to live in Brisbane, it is nice to see more and more people from all sectors becoming educated and passionate about good coffee. Not something I have experienced in too many other cities.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 04:54 PM
I enjoyed some of your wares at No Name Lane early Sunday morning Mark. Was it the black or white blend?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 04:55 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys  :)

Looking forward to getting to know you all better!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 05:02 PM
Hi AM

I'm lucky enough to work at D&D, we've met a few times there  ;)

I get to play with lots of toys, FB80, old school GS2, Mazzer E's. Really enjoying my chemexs at home while I save my money for an espresso machine at home.

Looking forward to coming to watch the throw down in a few weeks. See you there!

Matt.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 05:10 PM
Hi Everyone :)

I'm a long time lurker, but thought it was time I said hello!

I've been making coffee for about 6 years. Learnt my trade over in Wellington, loved it so much I ended up co-owning 2 cafes over there. Packed up just over a year ago to move back so the kids were closer to the grandparents.

I'm lucky enough to work in a cafe at Hendra, and get to play with a whole range of toys. I'm really enjoying manual brew methods at home at the moment, until I find myself a nice lever machine to sit on the kitchen bench.

Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Cheers,
Matt.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/03/2012, 05:13 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Matt   :thumb:
Hope you can visit often and share about all things coffee

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Leaf on 06/03/2012, 05:37 PM
Hi there, I'm from Brisbane. Have been in the industry for 5 years. Now spend majority of my time training & consulting...
Off to have a look around...  :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 05:39 PM
Hi AM,

That's where I work :) I know Scott, JP and Tim quiet well. I'll see you there!

Matt.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/03/2012, 05:51 PM
Hi there, I'm from Brisbane. Have been in the industry for 5 years. Now spend majority of my time training & consulting...
Off to have a look around...  :)

Welcome to Crema - Leaf
Learn a bit - Share a bit,  is the way of our friendly forum

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Leaf on 06/03/2012, 06:06 PM

Welcome...


So the Training and Consulting is in Coffee or another field ?


AM

Thanks for the welcome KK & AM

AM, yes sorry I should have been more specific..
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Leaf on 06/03/2012, 06:10 PM
Hey Matt, always seem to miss you when I go to D&D.. We have spoken briefly on twitter.. (Leigh) :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 06/03/2012, 06:10 PM
So matt, are you kiwi, or did you just have the good fortune to live there for a while?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 06:17 PM
Hi UNM,

I'm an Aussie. Spent 5 years in Wellington after my wife got a job with the Ministry of Social Development. We came home with an extra child, and my in-laws are horrified that he may play for the All Blacks!

Loved my time over there, and I think I was really fortunate to be immersed in the cafe culture in Wellington.

M.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: derrilex on 06/03/2012, 08:16 PM
I hate the bloody goldie but I'll make an exception to tatse some 3C goodness. Welcome by the way  :thumb:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: 3rd Crack on 06/03/2012, 09:06 PM
NNL . has two regular blends ... the white: roasted by Black Sheep /  /  the black: roasted to 3rd Crack ...'s specifications

confused yet?  ..  ;D

This coming Sunday, the Oracle will be hosting Jan Powers Farmers Markets - It'll be super busy for us, but if you can get the chance to say hello, please do introduce yourself. I'm the guy behind the grinders. The farmers markets though are our busiest days ... so be prepared to fight the masses.  OH .. there will be freshly roasted beans available for home. Both the BLEND (espresso roast) - "San Jose's Little Secret" and the Single Origin (filter roast) - El Salvador San Jose. Mention you're a Crema member for $2 discount.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 09:30 PM
Hi Leigh :)

I have a feeling we are going to be doing a lot of catching up over the next few months! Can't believe Sydney is only 2 weeks away.

M.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 06/03/2012, 10:18 PM
I'm sure you would be the one teaching! Very keen to try out a lever machine if you have one in an assembled state....

M.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: 3rd Crack on 06/03/2012, 10:31 PM
Hi Matt,
Did I have the pleasure of making you a coffee on Sunday (No Name Lane)?  Sorry I didn't say hello, recognised ya a little too late.  Hope the coffee was passable  :)
Mark
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 07/03/2012, 06:00 PM
Yeah I saw that thread already, which is why I said "if you have one in an assembled state"  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 07/03/2012, 10:31 PM
Hi Matt,
Did I have the pleasure of making you a coffee on Sunday (No Name Lane)?  Sorry I didn't say hello, recognised ya a little too late.  Hope the coffee was passable  :)
Mark

Yep that was me with the family :) Coffee's were great thanks! Where abouts are you based? On the GC?
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: 3rd Crack on 08/03/2012, 02:13 AM
Yes Matt,
Based on the Goldie - I have facilities in Ashmore, let me know next time you're down and I can host you there.

Funny story ..I was very honoured to serve you coffee on Sunday (pressure much, making a coffee for the Qld WBC reigning champ  ;D  ), then on the Tuesday morning, I was up at NeliCoffee .. they had a newspaper clipping of you championing filter coffees displayed on their brew bar ( :thumb: for filter ) ! and .. third times a charm ... you sign up here Tuesday night.

so ..  I guess ...  Nice to have almost met you  :rofl:  looking forward to next time.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Leaf on 08/03/2012, 04:27 PM
Hi Leigh :)

I have a feeling we are going to be doing a lot of catching up over the next few months! Can't believe Sydney is only 2 weeks away.

M.

Look forward to it.. Busy times ahead huh...  ;D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mouse_75 on 09/03/2012, 04:47 PM
Yes Matt,
Based on the Goldie - I have facilities in Ashmore, let me know next time you're down and I can host you there.

Funny story ..I was very honoured to serve you coffee on Sunday (pressure much, making a coffee for the Qld WBC reigning champ  ;D  ), then on the Tuesday morning, I was up at NeliCoffee .. they had a newspaper clipping of you championing filter coffees displayed on their brew bar ( :thumb: for filter ) ! and .. third times a charm ... you sign up here Tuesday night.

so ..  I guess ...  Nice to have almost met you  :rofl:  looking forward to next time.

Will make sure we get to have a proper chat next time :) I've been trying to get to NeilCoffee but they have been closed every time I head there! Hopefully may get there this weekend.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: bnecoffee on 09/03/2012, 07:07 PM
Hey,

Sorta new .. registered ages ago ..

wanna know more just ask.

Pete

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/03/2012, 07:26 PM
Hey,

Sorta new .. registered ages ago ..

wanna know more just ask.

Pete


Yes please Pete
More about yourself so we can get to know you better

KK

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: bnecoffee on 09/03/2012, 07:48 PM

Yes please Pete
More about yourself so we can get to know you better

KK

Sure .. 36 year old Canadian / Australian .. been in the coffee industry for just about a year. Been a coffee geek for about 7 years. I recently started working as a service coordinator for Wolff Coffee Roasters here in Brisbane. We are Australia's only authorised Probat agent. My role involves everything from day to day operations in the roastery ( not yet including roasting coffee ) as well as Probat sales. Its an awesome job that I absolutely love .. how often do you find a mon - fri job in coffee?

I also have a coffee blog called BNE Coffee .. www.bnecoffee.net .. although since starting at this job I haven't had much time to do anything with the blog.

Outside of coffee I am heavily involved in my church and a few other side projects.

So .. thats me in a nutshell .. ( help help .. I'm stuck in a nutshell )  :laugh:

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/03/2012, 07:59 PM
Say Hello to Peter and Penny  :thumb:
Peter is a nice bloke to work with

Tell him that I want a roaster challenge showdown 
Home roaster against a Probat - wait & catch that infectious laugh

Question for the Ex Canadian what is the best brand of Maple Syrup available in Brisbane or Australia
I love the stuff   :thumb:

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: bnecoffee on 09/03/2012, 08:06 PM
Say Hello to Peter and Penny  :thumb:
Peter is a nice bloke to work with

Tell him that I want a roaster challenge showdown 
Home roaster against a Probat - wait & catch that infectious laugh

Question for the Ex Canadian what is the best brand of Maple Syrup available in Brisbane or Australia
I love the stuff   :thumb:

KK

Yeah, Petes a great guy to work with .. very passionate.

As for the maple syrup .. not sure to be honest .. I try to stay away from sugar.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/03/2012, 08:11 PM

As for the maple syrup .. not sure to be honest .. I try to stay away from sugar.

No problem but I forgot to welcome you to our friendly Crema Coffee Forum
Don't be a stranger and post often
We all learn a little gained knowledge from each other

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 08:36 PM
Here is my sad baby.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 08:48 PM
I have fixed most of it by getting the new group seal but it still locks in past 6 o
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 09:43 PM
The main bit that looks so bad, is the MAIN group head.....  This is LOOKS and not overly significant.  Clean with a hard tooth brush or at the most a small brass brush.  Bunnings / Super cheep Auto have them in sets of 3.

And you can see the main block  here  (http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=81834_81835_83537&products_id=1648680)

The status of the collar is part of the reason that your locking in at 4:30 - 5...   

Here is a new one (http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=81834_81835_83700&products_id=1648686).

This is not a big deal, so long as it seals.  As a short term fix get a spacer, Sunbeam may even send one out for free if you ask them.  Most coffee machines use spacers at some stage see here (http://www.coffeeparts.com.au/domestic-parts/machines/rancilio-silvia-09-group).

A: Clean the main head and treat with rice bran oil...

B: Get a spacer

C: So long as it does not leak; your fine and it should last another  6 to 12 months at least.


I will see if I can find the pics, but your hubby OR you can mod the lugs on the PF and that will also help to make it last longer...
AM

What is PF and what do you mean. I think I have been worried about nothing just shocked about seeing it like that. I have also in looking for my solutions EVERYWHERE learned a lot about over dosing the basket, which will be corrected next cup.

Thanks for all your help I will ask for the new collar soon. Can't push it. He just booked us a trip to Bali in October.

Thanks again
Dawn
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 10/03/2012, 09:59 PM
What is PF and what do you mean. I think I have been worried about nothing just shocked about seeing it like that.

PF = PortaFilter (or group handle). The bit you take out to fill with coffee and then lock into the group head.

And Welcome to crema!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 10:10 PM
Thanks for that. Anything coffee I should be looking for in Bali, do you know??
Cheers Dawn
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 10:15 PM
Most of my problems seem to be solved thanks to Anger Management. Only think now is, is there anyone in perth area to catch up with.

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: MineAllMine on 10/03/2012, 10:29 PM
Thanks did PM Gary. Wait and see. Really going now.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/03/2012, 10:38 PM
Thanks did PM Gary. Wait and see. Really going now.

He works in a restaurant and roasts his own beans
So its win win
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: GaryatGala on 12/03/2012, 01:06 AM
Err Hi!

My ears are burning  ???  :) did someone mention me?

Welcome to Crema Dawn. This is a great forum. Dawn, we know a good number of members here by our first names, it's a good, clean and close knit community here.
As you can see, a number of regulars at CS are also here.

OK now, I still have the "thing" languishing in the background, with the Rancilio "Miss" Silvia being the workhorse and trouble free relationship for this year and the second half of last year.

Mine is working minus the steaming which has gone south.
If you want professional results, go to Coffee Classic in Hilton, which is near Fremantle. They will also check, service and descale your machine thoroughly. They are in the white pages directory.

I got mine done through them a while back, and have been happy with their work. Now that the steam has died, i will consider getting it fixed ( and i don;t think it's something i can fix) and then getting it sent to my mum's so that she can enjoy coffee made by me the next time i'm in Dongara.

Sorry i'm not as proficient as AM in problem solving. For cases like these, i try to solve first , then when it gets too hard, get pros to fix.

In the meantime, you're welcome to have a look at my machine and run them side by side, and perhaps get you into the dark side,which is roasting your own beans  :thumb:

Gary at G
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Johny Boy on 12/03/2012, 07:04 PM
First post.... :P

I am in my 30's though feel more like 40 or 50 :P

I have worked in hospitality most of my life. I am a chef by trade. Came to my love of coffee with the lack of sleep and the ease of accessibility hospitality offers you.

As I am an avid drinker and spend an awful lot on coffee, thought id see if I could pick up a tip or two from some pros.

I have just recently closed my own bistro and now have a friend who is looking for someone to run a cafe for them. This includes the barista section of the cafe. I have made coffees for myself with the various kitchens I have worked in, but have yet to do it for a living. I am sure most of my job will be in the kitchen, but I will be expected to do some coffee making and also hire some people (so it is better that I look like I know what I am doing :P)

I also love coffee so saw this as an opportunity to work with something I love and further my education!

Hope to chat with you guys soon!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/03/2012, 07:55 PM
Hi and a warm welcome to the Crema forum JB

Its always a plus to have cooking and barista skills   :thumb:

KK

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AdamMann on 12/03/2012, 09:09 PM
Hello everybody!
My name is Adam and its been 3 hours and 41 minutes since my last coffee.
I guess at the end of the day, I more than love coffee. It has provided me happiness, indulgence, a career, and a way of life.
There are many layers to my life, and seeing as though I don't know all of you on a personal level, I'd like to keep that a little private.
I have been in the profession since I was 14, I am now 37.
I would never really have called myself a professional barista (I guess I'm the right age now, right?) until maybe the past 4 years. Even then, more like the past 2. I learn every second of every day that I'm on the machine, or at the roasters', or cupping, or learning a new brew technique, and every little nuance or different thought process there.
Even now I sometimes cringe when people call themselves a barista, when (selfishly) I know full well they mean Coffeemaker. Yes, I have high expectations. Of myself, my work ethic, and those around me. Hardcore, but in this world of consummate professionals, one must have desire to want to be a better, stronger, smarter barista.
Or else I'm just a coffeemaker.
I feel highly privileged to work on high end gear everyday, and honoured to drink amazing specialty coffee. We are very lucky here in Australia, our cafes are some of the best in the world, with some of the best talent working the tools.
I love my job, and love/live/adore the ceremony of serving espresso.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/03/2012, 09:22 PM
If you are the Adam that made me a coffee when I was on my 30th wedding anniversary break on Broadbeach Gold Coast
Thank you
You saved me  :thumb:

Never the less Adam, welcome to the Crema forum  :angel:

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: AdamMann on 12/03/2012, 09:26 PM
HAHA!
Yes, I think that may have been me.
Very nice of you to say :)
I didn't know that was the reason for the trip... a belated congrats btw
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 12/03/2012, 10:03 PM
Welcome Adam and JB.  Thanks for joining the fun  :coffee2:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 12/03/2012, 10:35 PM
Cool! 

So many newbies that actually post  joining us in the last week or so.

Welcome to all.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Hatchy on 14/03/2012, 12:40 PM
Hatchy here,
Final year of my medical degree.
Needed to fuel my need of caffeine with cheaper coffee, but didnt want to sacrifice on taste so got into roasting last year with a popper, which is still going strong 20kg later.
Wanting to roast bigger batches so it takes less time, so currently looking out for the cheapest available larger batch roasting option.
Love the openness of this forum already.
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Post by: Brett H on 14/03/2012, 04:03 PM
Welcome Hatchy!  Cheapest bigger batch roaster would be the coretto.  The better option is the KKTO (had both).  Welcome to cream and enjoy the journey. 
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Post by: UNM on 14/03/2012, 09:26 PM
Hatchy - where are you located? Someone local may be able to help you on your way.

Coretto is one option, but lower cost may be dog bowl and heat gun. Unless I am mistaken, all a coretto adds is automated stirring.
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Post by: Hatchy on 14/03/2012, 10:17 PM
Thanks Brett, and UNM

UNM:
I'm living in St Lucia.

Cheers guys.

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Post by: Hatchy on 14/03/2012, 10:59 PM
Hi AM,
I'm at the Wes a bit too as part of my med school training. Theatres and ICU though this year, was all about the place last year.
Small world.

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Post by: Brett H on 14/03/2012, 11:08 PM
I was at the Wesley 4 weeks ago.  We had our second child there and loved the place as much as we did the first time.  A very well run hospital with loads of support for Mums.   :thumb:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 15/03/2012, 07:56 PM

UNM:
I'm living in St Lucia.


If you were local to me I could offer you a breadmaker for corretto duties, but it is a bit of a drive from S.E Melb.

Wonder if anyone up your way is selling a roaster or parts to make one.

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Hatchy on 15/03/2012, 09:22 PM
There was talk of this 'toddler' roaster on CS a while back.
I had an offer for a guy to buy me one and post it up here - I think it was Melbourne or Sydney.
Anyway that guy fell through and I haven't been able to contact him via CS ever since.

That's the sort of thing i'd be keen to get my hands on, something that can do 250g and use Gas to do it.

Actually, no, i'd be keen to get my hands on whatever's available on the cheap!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 15/03/2012, 09:33 PM
I remember the 'toddler roaster' discussion.

Maybe worth a trip to that part of town to see if they have any. I'd be willing to give it a try.


Then again, a tin can on a spindle driven by a cordless drill or rotisserie motor over a barbecue is always an option.
Methinks we are drifting into the roaster topics though and should probably take discussion over there...
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Post by: JesseMC on 22/03/2012, 05:46 PM
Hi everybody.

I've been baristering for 9 years now. I did my training by fire with Bar Merlo at the University of Queensland St. Lucia campus. After a year of 12 kilos a day I moved on.

I go to a rostery every Monday night and roast my own blends and single origins.

Need to know anything else? Just ask.

Cheers.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 23/03/2012, 10:30 AM
Welcome jessemc.

So barrister or barista???
I'm guessing the latter as barristers don't usually count kilos per day unless perhaps  they focus on representing drug dealers.

So what home equipment you got?
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Post by: JesseMC on 23/03/2012, 10:59 AM
Hi UNM.

You could say that I'm erring on the side of Barista... that is barist-erring  :rofl:... hmm it worked in my head anyway.

Home equipment will be forthcoming soon. My family own a market on the North Coast and want me to set up a coffee stall. So I'm hoping an I can convince them to buy me some home equipment at the same time as the business equipment. Cross fingers.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shige on 14/04/2012, 01:54 PM
Hi,
this is my first post on this forum.
I have seen a lot of open and friendly posts here
I will introduce myself briefly;
I'm 21yrs old, studying biomedical science
I've been living in Brisbane for almost 3 years
I'm japanese

Seems like espresso is a little bit behind back in my country so i found out that this forum is full of pros that are really helpful sharing their wisdom and knowledge!
I started my journey in to coffee last year, but ended up buying a lever machine and DIYish KKTO.
some ppl's names are familiar that I respect so I thought to join here.
English is not my mother language, so please be easy on me :)


Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/04/2012, 02:27 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum  :thumb:
We are vary glad have you on board

Enjoy the banter and don't be shy with question and answer posts
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 14/04/2012, 02:56 PM
Welcome Shige!  Looks like your coffee journey is really on it's way.  Another Brisbanite is always welcome so get posting!
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Post by: Muscles on 14/04/2012, 04:25 PM
Welcome Shige, glad you could make it!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 21/04/2012, 11:29 AM
I started my journey in to coffee last year, but ended up buying a lever machine and DIYish KKTO.

Hi shige, what lever did you buy?  I've went for the 2 group PV lusso.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: shige on 21/04/2012, 12:04 PM
Hi Lachim,
I've seen you nice little machine, the unique machine in the world.
I wish i could have mine like that as well. :D
The lever i have is PV Export!!
Now i need it naked ;)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 21/04/2012, 01:31 PM
If you want it Naked.. Then I can do it for you...
AM has done one of mine so far.  A very nice job, and I might just get the other one done too.  The spouts are near useless.  The export is a nice little machine too.  I was very tempted by one. :)
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Post by: shige on 21/04/2012, 01:39 PM
Incredibly nice finish from the pics.
AM has great skill with machining.
I would love my export even more  ^-^
 The only reason I have to choose export was because of very limited space... and budget.
If not , i would have had chosen 2grp lusso :thumb:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 01/05/2012, 05:45 PM
Good to see you here FP. Nice to have a fellow gaggia/pid owner join crema.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Wimmera on 14/05/2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks Team
Been lurking a long time but are still very naive with things coffee.
Good suggestion to checkout forum rules only problem is I am male and have a strange aversion to reading instructions.

Cheers
Wimmera

Country Vic
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/05/2012, 04:10 PM
Thanks Team
Been lurking a long time but are still very naive with things coffee.
Good suggestion to checkout forum rules only problem is I am male and have a strange aversion to reading instructions.

Cheers
Wimmera

Country Vic

Let me be the first to welcome you  :thumb:
Participate in the forum and you will be answered to get up to date for all things coffee in no time

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Black Shiraz on 14/05/2012, 06:35 PM
Welcome on board Wimmera.  The name had my ears prick up as my childhood was spent growing up in Stawell and then after uni a 5yr stint in Horsham......  Let's just say the ocean is a little closer and a few more drops of rain happen down my way!

Some great coffee brain trusts lurk here, so they will no doubt be able to accommodate your questions for sure!

Jonty
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Post by: Bean Flying on 14/05/2012, 10:28 PM
Welcome to the other side of the ditch Ginny  :) Been a while since I found my login for HR.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/05/2012, 10:32 PM
Hi Ginny  :thumb:
Hope you will understand the Aussie humour and slang

KK
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Post by: joshua bailey on 22/05/2012, 10:43 PM
nice one thanks Joshua
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Post by: Bean Flying on 30/05/2012, 09:01 AM
Hi Glenn,

welcome onboard, look forward to your thoughts on the 1kg :) Depending on where in Qld you are there is quite a few regulars that get together once in a while too.

Tim
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Post by: Lacehim on 07/06/2012, 08:43 PM
Hello, found us okay then!  Put up a thread about your rebuild, heaps of happy helpers here. :)

FYI, Rebuild is a San Marino CK.  Brings back memories!  AM will be getting worried, I annoyed the hell out of him rebuilding mine!   :laugh:  Still it's great to being these things back to live.  Hopefully yours won't need all the work that mine did.  A good clean, few seals/gaskets and back in business. :)
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 15/06/2012, 09:25 AM
Hi Guys,

I was invited over here by one of the crew; Thanks B**

So, I see some have shared their life story- Nah that's not me!...

But I will share a couple of little snapshots that define "my journey with Coffee" and might also shed some light and insight as to why I've become such a Grumpy Ol son of a gun!

Firstly the O'l Man was killed (MVA) when I was 3. So, grow'n up life was well... 'Tough'. Abject poverty, alcoholism, depression, constantly moving, yeah all that an more. At least I was never 'touched'- for that I'm very grateful. Born Sydney- Grew up in Melb. Finished High School- Mckinnon High 1980. I was pretty wild- and I'm not proud to admit I was a person "known to police"- but I survived and I got over it.
So this is where my coffee Journey begins and humble beginnings it was. It consists of a thermos, several tablespoons of International Roast (coffee in 'Nuked' talcum powder form) a good splash of milk and about 16 teaspoons full of sugar; to help the medicine go down.

Mum said if I finish Year 12 I can do what I like- so I bought a Motorbike and took off around Australia for 12 months... long before it was trendy like today's 'gap year'. Got beat up a few times for my smart mouth- but it knocked the chip off my shoulder and was just what 'the doctor' ordered. Funny thing is all my 'extended family' are top end of town business people- like a 3rd cousin in Sydney who is 3IC in Australia's 7th largest public company. Not for me. Yes, if I was a sheep; I'd be a black sheep. At this stage I'd become addicted to Servo Sludge. The stuff the truckies drink to stay awake for 60 Hrs at a stretch and grow such thick chest thatch...

I was accepted at Monash Uni for combined Law/Eco but never got past orientation day. I had been a TA on my travels and I wanted to be a Tradie. I fell into Swimming Pool Construction (broke an ankle too- but that's another story) and within two years I had 13 employees, in my own business and was turning over more per week than most people were earning in a year. Two years later the company I was heavily involved with did a 'midnight runner' and left me holding the reins. Millionaire Income/Lifestyle to Bankrupt in 48 Hrs Flat! Dare I say it, I had been introduced to Toorak Rd and Lygon St Carlton and the yuppie set and it pains me to say it but Aaargh I was in the Latte Crowd!

I went bush and worked in the mines for a few years. 'Clear the slate', as they say. Got a Powder Monkeys Licence and basically blew stuff up! All round Blackwood, Harrietville, Creswick, Maryborough... the Victorian Goldfields. For fun we'd go "bonnet surfin"... get a car bonnet from a wreck.... tie a rope to the towbar and tow it way too fast down dirt roads in the middle of the night- ever so slightly inebriated hic! Fishin with Geli... yeah done that! Doesn't work by the way... vast majority of fish sink because swim bladder gets ruptured... My coffee by now was stewed beans on the camp fire and came heavy, thick and black!!!

So, not doin bad for someone that wasn't gonna say much...

Met the missus... travelled a bit and tried to have kids- and tried, and tried. Did the whole IVF thingie and it failed- Big Time. Went to Vanuatu for two weeks to 'recover' and fought like banshees the whole time. Got chucked out of one resort... seriously. We were get'n divorced- that's it! Funny thing is 40 weeks later she gave birth to our first. Who'da thunk it!
Had two kids and stopped- ended up with three... Oops! Snip, snip, say no more!  Now by this time we had moved to Brisbane and when we first arrived 18 odd years ago Coffee Shops were no-where to be seen!! So we began to experiment with a little of our own- French Press and such contraptions and supermarket 'freeze dried' was 'Gold'.

Also, while we were overseas I did some coffee experimenting with the local brew... Some places called the beans 'Beetle Nut' and chewin the beans makes your eyes see red and your teeth stain red... Next a local Brew called Kava... now that's a muddy brew and you can see in the dark after you drink it- can't see shit in daylight- can't stand any light actually  but I do recall the very earthy aromas... an the gritty taste...

If you haven't had kids yet- be warned- skip this paragraph. After the first, the missus had Mastitis which developed into a very severe blood infection- and massive post natal hemorrhaging-  a very near death experience. Only the strongest IV Antibiotics saved her life. Gets better. After the second- she blew the anvil bone in the ear- deaf now in one ear. Gets better. After the third we hit the jackpot... In childbirth the same hormones that loosen the joints for the birth loosen and weaken the walls of the arteries. Some women get varicose veins, some get bloodshot eyes, etc. Well my missus burst the Coronary Artery- that's the one that feeds the heart muscle and the heart stops working without it. It was called a "Spontaneous Dissection of the Coronary Artery with Childbirth" by Dr Gerrahy- Heart Specialist at PA Hospital Brisbane- and according to all peer reviews at the time- the only recorded case- ever- worldwide!
Happy ending- she's still kicking!!  Now my coffee journey started to get interesting at this time. By this stage there were the pioneers of the coffee trade beginning to open this new frontier town. The very first cafe's were starting to appear and whilst the coffee was rough- beggars cannot be choosers and the pickings were very slim.

Still with me...

Now I've only mentioned about a third of the stuff I've put my wife through and to be honest it's far more than any person should have to take. I've put her through the highest high's and the lowest lows and still she stands by me. Got me stuffed 'why' too!! Now the reason I've shared all this is so that you can truly appreciate my quest... You see the one thing my wife loves, adores and enjoys above all else (as a personal indulgence) is "Good Coffee" and my lifelong quest now is to give my wife the very best brew I can!!
It's the least I can do... right?

Just a few weeks ago I wandered into Merlo Paddington, for a quick brew on the run. Something caught my eye and near took my breath away with it's stunning beauty... It was an 'Otto' and WOW- it stopped me in my tracks. Sitting just alongside was another pair of interesting coffee paraphernalia... It was the Portapresso- 'Rossco' Press and 'Rossa' Grinder. Now I'm a tradesman and I know something that has been made to the highest standards and I had it in my hand. I'm not gonna rave on- you can look it up yourself.

Suffice to say my journey to the higher form of the art has begun....
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Post by: Lacehim on 15/06/2012, 09:56 AM
Welcome Ol Grumpy, that's an interesting life you've had.  At least there is great coffee in the end eh.
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 15/06/2012, 10:21 AM
Thanks Lace,

The search for great coffee continues...

It's off to Uncle Joe's Coffee House today- Anger Management tells me it's the best Brissy Southside...

And apparantly it's a coupla guys from on here just kicked off...

We shall see... the quest continues...
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Post by: Brett H on 15/06/2012, 01:29 PM
Welcome Ol Grumpy and thank you for sharing your amazing life story.  We know all about Mastitis and septicemia at my place but as to the other medical stuff  ???, ya wife's an amazing woman!! Can't wait to read your impressions of the Rosco!  Welcome! 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Ol Grumpy on 15/06/2012, 06:06 PM
Thx Brett,
Actually I've been talking to Ross (creator of Rossco) and aparantly he will be in Brissy in a few weeks and he is going to put on a demo for me (cause I asked him very nicely, if he would be so kind) (date and venue still tbc). Perhaps if others are interested they might like to come along??? More the merrier I reckon.
BTW I got to Uncle Joe's Coffee House today but 10 mins after the machine was cleaned out. The boys are only open 7.00 am to 2.00 pm, for the time being.
Spoke to Mark about the Rossco and he turned around and pointed up on the display shelf to a nice shiny new Rossco.... Top Shelf, no less!!!
I can say though I wandered across the road to the Tomato Bros. and got a Flat White.  1 mouthful and the rest went down the drain....

Andrew.
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Post by: Brett H on 15/06/2012, 09:12 PM
Thx Brett,
Actually I've been talking to Ross (creator of Rossco) and aparantly he will be in Brissy in a few weeks and he is going to put on a demo for me (cause I asked him very nicely, if he would be so kind) (date and venue still tbc). Perhaps if others are interested they might like to come along??? More the merrier I reckon.
BTW I got to Uncle Joe's Coffee House today but 10 mins after the machine was cleaned out. The boys are only open 7.00 am to 2.00 pm, for the time being.
Spoke to Mark about the Rossco and he turned around and pointed up on the display shelf to a nice shiny new Rossco.... Top Shelf, no less!!!
I can say though I wandered across the road to the Tomato Bros. and got a Flat White.  1 mouthful and the rest went down the drain....

Andrew.

Sad isn't it when a cafe/restaurant that purports to be all things Italian can't get espresso right :( Perhaps they confused the extraction temp with the pizza oven!

If you'd be so kind as to post when the demo is I'd love to attend.  There is no way I'll be allowed one after my new machine purchase just prior to Christmas but I'd love to see one in action.  Here's hoping the stars align and I'm free to attend!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Ol Grumpy on 15/06/2012, 09:43 PM
Hi Brett,
Yep, sure thing. Ross said it might be a few weeks yet, but as soon as I know where and when- You'll be the first to know...
OG
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Post by: admin on 17/06/2012, 10:11 AM
Hi mate - fantastic read, and if that's just the abbreviated version... !!

A
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Post by: galumay on 02/07/2012, 01:03 AM
I guess i should pen a few words of introduction, obviously i know a fair few of you from other places where coffee is discussed, both locally and OS.

I live in a remote corner of the NT, in North East Arnhem Land, I have a business selling Apple gear as well as doing network admin and IT stuff. Always happy to do special pricing for fellow lovers of the brown bean - I can get most computer/electronic stuff drop shipped.

I have a wonderful wife who is happy to indulge my passions for coffee, travel, shiny things and art.

I have a wonderful 8 year old son who luckily has inherited most of his attributes from his mother.

I love food and cooking, i fish at every opportunity, i am a keen amateur photographer, i dabble in video.

My love of coffee has driven me to acquiring a ridiculous range of equipment, it would have been so much easier to fall in love with tea and just buy a nice teapot - job done!

instead, as you will see in my sig, i have an Izzo Pompeii Lever, a few Arrarex Caravels, a Baby Faemina, a Clever Coffee Dripper, an Aeropress, a Bialetta Brikka, a Sorrentina Atomic with the green bakelite handles, a Wega 8.6 Conical Burr grinder, a Pharos, a Lido, a La San Marco SM90 I am about to sell and last but not least a KKTO. (i think there is a Behmor in the shed too.)

Loving the site so far, although its been expensive since Jonty introduced me to the seekrit wine club!

I think the chat on the front page is a great innovation too - it really distinguishes the site from others.

i have a blog for those interested in ready more about us, it has links to my old website and my smugmug gallery as well as my Vimeo page  http://www.galumay.com.au
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Post by: Brett H on 02/07/2012, 07:38 AM
I guess i should pen a few words of introduction, obviously i know a fair few of you from other places where coffee is discussed, both locally and OS.

I live in a remote corner of the NT, in North East Arnhem Land, I have a business selling Apple gear as well as doing network admin and IT stuff. Always happy to do special pricing for fellow lovers of the brown bean - I can get most computer/electronic stuff drop shipped.

I have a wonderful wife who is happy to indulge my passions for coffee, travel, shiny things and art.

I have a wonderful 8 year old son who luckily has inherited most of his attributes from his mother.

I love food and cooking, i fish at every opportunity, i am a keen amateur photographer, i dabble in video.

My love of coffee has driven me to acquiring a ridiculous range of equipment, it would have been so much easier to fall in love with tea and just buy a nice teapot - job done!

instead, as you will see in my sig, i have an Izzo Pompeii Lever, a few Arrarex Caravels, a Baby Faemina, a Clever Coffee Dripper, an Aeropress, a Bialetta Brikka, a Sorrentina Atomic with the green bakelite handles, a Wega 8.6 Conical Burr grinder, a Pharos, a Lido, a La San Marco SM90 I am about to sell and last but not least a KKTO. (i think there is a Behmor in the shed too.)

Loving the site so far, although its been expensive since Jonty introduced me to the seekrit wine club!

I think the chat on the front page is a great innovation too - it really distinguishes the site from others.

i have a blog for those interested in ready more about us, it has links to my old website and my smugmug gallery as well as my Vimeo page  http://www.galumay.com.au

Welcome Galumay, it's fantastic to have you here.  It's ironic that you love boats and fishing and have been drawn to the 'boat rockers' forum I believe is the new term?!!  Well in that case, rock on my friend and WELCOME!!

P.s when my wife demands one of the new 15" MacBook pros I now know an apple store that's not Chermside and ludicrous parking nightmares!!  :thumb:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/07/2012, 09:30 AM
Welcome to the Crema forum  :thumb:Gulumay
We hope you enjoy the banter with the friendly members

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Wonder on 03/07/2012, 09:17 PM
I've been lurking for a while so though I'd say g'day

Hi I'm wonder,  and I've been interested in coffee since staring shift work about 10 years ago (paramedic)

Started after a mate made me a coffee on his sunbeam cafe series machine and grinder, I then purchased the same setup which lasted a few years. Then the bug hit.. Grinder after grinder, came and went till I got a big conical, then I pay'd the machine forward and got a small vbm jr..  :)

Then I  became disillusioned with the local beans I was buying so started roasting my own... That set up lasted about 6 months, now I've just purchased a KKTO from Kosmo ( which is on its way with some roasted beans.. Thanks Paul ). this came about due to all my work colleagues coming around to drink and "borrow" coffee ( you can't really borrow beans  ::))  from my bean cupboard. We would go through 1/2 to 1 kg of browns every time they popped round, so I needed to roast more ( any excuse to upgrade)

Again the bug has hit and I'm in the process of getting a restored vintage lever. This should hopefully be the end of my upgrades... I honestly can't see anything worth upgrading to after this. ( that's what SWMBO is hoping )

Other interest are alternative medicine, health fitness and lifestyle choices. 

Cheers

Wonder

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 03/07/2012, 09:26 PM
I've been lurking for a while so though I'd say g'day

Hi I'm wonder,  and I've been interested in coffee since staring shift work about 10 years ago (paramedic)

Started after a mate made me a coffee on his sunbeam cafe series machine and grinder, I then purchased the same setup which lasted a few years. Then the bug hit.. Grinder after grinder, came and went till I got a big conical, then I pay'd the machine forward and got a small vbm jr..  :)

Then I  became disillusioned with the local beans I was buying so started roasting my own... That set up lasted about 6 months, now I've just purchased a KKTO from Kosmo ( which is on its way with some roasted beans.. Thanks Paul ). this came about due to all my work colleagues coming around to drink and "borrow" coffee ( you can't really borrow beans  ::))  from my bean cupboard. We would go through 1/2 to 1 kg of browns every time they popped round, so I needed to roast more ( any excuse to upgrade)

Again the bug has hit and I'm in the process of getting a restored vintage lever. This should hopefully be the end of my upgrades... I honestly can't see anything worth upgrading to after this. ( that's what SWMBO is hoping )

Other interest are alternative medicine, health fitness and lifestyle choices. 

Cheers

Wonder

A warm welcome the the Crema forum Wonder
I am sure that you will fit in right at home here

Also there are many lever heads lerking here
And may you enjoy many hundreds of trouble free roasts

KK
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Post by: galumay on 03/07/2012, 09:26 PM
Welcome Wonder, what sort of lever are you looking at? There are quite a few of us here with the 'lever fever'!
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Post by: Wonder on 03/07/2012, 09:28 PM
Faema Lambro, I figured I may as well try and just buy one and not follow the upgrade path like I've done before  :D
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 03/07/2012, 09:32 PM
Faema Lambro, I figured I may as well try and just buy one and not follow the upgrade path like I've done before  :D

You should read the comprehensive lever rebuild thread that Borat123 started

KK
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Post by: galumay on 03/07/2012, 09:48 PM
Yeah, we'll a decent lever will cure you of upgraditis for good!
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Post by: Brett H on 04/07/2012, 07:52 AM
Welcome wonder!  It sounds like you've traveled a path well worn in these parts.  Get posting mate, you'll fit right in here!!  :thumb:
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Post by: Muscles on 04/07/2012, 04:47 PM
Welcome Wonder, glad to have you around  :thumb:
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Post by: C-man on 14/07/2012, 03:49 PM
C-man checking in here----

Met a few of you at the Sunshine coast get together, what a fun bunch!  and what a great Party!

Let's see about me?

I moved here from CS after the meeting today. 

A low tech kind of guy, using a Rosco Hand grinder and a Presso to make Coffee

Always looking for that great coffee and great bean,

Starting to think it is a illusive journey because of all the variables.

After talking with AM, we both concluded;

"There is no such thing as Great Coffee, only a great cup!"

Cheers!

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Post by: UNM on 14/07/2012, 04:04 PM
hi c-man, good to have you here.

I was going to ask if anyone from CS made it to the gathering. I now have my answer
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Post by: C-man on 14/07/2012, 04:21 PM
Yep, it was a huge success

We never hit that good-God  shot, but had fun trying!

AM had his Spanish Machine trying, but he was not satisfied with any of them.

The wood fired Pizza was unreal!  they really have that dialed it now with some really interesting toppings

The best Pizza I ever tasted hands down----EVER!
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Post by: Kelsey on 14/07/2012, 05:26 PM
Hi C-Man, lovely to meet you and your parter today (I was the one who brought my wife, child and iPad) - glad you had a great time, I know I did!

Welcome to the forum!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/07/2012, 07:01 PM
I was still in Brisbane and with the aid of modern technology and live video streaming felt like I was there
I saw C Man and the brass hand grinder  walking around

Welcome to the forum and don't be shy to participate

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 14/07/2012, 08:31 PM
Welcome C-Man,  looks like I missed a corker today which is a shame. Great though to read the treads and hear the stories.  Hopefully I'll catch up at the next one!
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Post by: derrilex on 14/07/2012, 08:58 PM
Next one might be closer to home Brett ;)
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Post by: Muscles on 15/07/2012, 12:25 PM
Welcome C-Man, good to see another convert switch over from the dark side  :coffee2:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 15/07/2012, 02:40 PM
Welcome C-Man,

Great to meet you!  Glad you enjoyed the day! :)
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Post by: C-man on 15/07/2012, 02:59 PM
Thanks, I will do my best

Will never drink Instant though!
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Post by: C-man on 15/07/2012, 03:03 PM
thanks all

Nice tight little forum you got here.
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Post by: Honest Gaza on 25/07/2012, 09:03 AM
Had a bad night's sleep last night and found myself surfing the Net and thought I'd catch up on some coffee conversation.  This resulted in me visiting 2 forums which I used to frequent very regularly.

I think I have just woken up from a coma and a civil war has been going on  :o
I recognise a lot of the names so I hope the people are the same ones that were around a couple of years ago.

Anyway....just saying Hi......again  :)
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Post by: Bean Flying on 25/07/2012, 10:27 AM
Welcome along, it's more like a migration program than any war too :) Some of the names have remained the same and a couple have changed to protect the innocent :angel:

Kick back relax and enjoy  :thumb:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/07/2012, 02:23 PM
Had a bad night's sleep last night and found myself surfing the Net and thought I'd catch up on some coffee conversation.  This resulted in me visiting 2 forums which I used to frequent very regularly.

I think I have just woken up from a coma and a civil war has been going on  :o
I recognise a lot of the names so I hope the people are the same ones that were around a couple of years ago.

Anyway....just saying Hi......again  :)

Welcome Gaza   :thumb:
Get a few posts in so the instant drinker tag line changes to junior barista and beyond

KK
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Post by: Honest Gaza on 25/07/2012, 03:40 PM
Thanks guys....I'm assuming that this forum has had a complete refresh as I was posting here 5 or 6 years ago when I first got my EM6900 / EM6910 machines but all of this appears to have gone :-|
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Post by: Lacehim on 25/07/2012, 03:49 PM
Thanks guys....I'm assuming that this forum has had a complete refresh as I was posting here 5 or 6 years ago when I first got my EM6900 / EM6910 machines but all of this appears to have gone :-|

Welcome HG.  The site has had a revamp lately, but all the posts/content was retained.  I just searched above for "Gaza" and set to search entire site.  I found heaps of your old posts like this one from way back in 2005.

http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/no-crema-from-sunbeam-6900/msg3255/#msg3255

Are you still using the same machine?
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Post by: Kelsey on 25/07/2012, 04:48 PM
Good sleuthing Lacehim!

And quite topical given the current discussions re: the longevity of big brand name domestic espresso machines like the Breville Dual Boiler in some ways it's probably fairer to Breville to compare it to the Sunbeam 6900 rather than the 6910.
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Post by: Bean Flying on 25/07/2012, 05:12 PM
Thanks guys....I'm assuming that this forum has had a complete refresh as I was posting here 5 or 6 years ago when I first got my EM6900 / EM6910 machines but all of this appears to have gone :-|

Just a major  facelift late last year I did a fair bit of. Some time before that there was a migration from Yabb to SMF that was before my time so I am not sure if the post counts or all user details came through correctly. The advanced search function is more powerful or even search with google is sometimes better than the native one.

If you are at all interested we could always revive your old account in place of this one? Just let us know if you like :)
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Post by: admin on 25/07/2012, 05:57 PM
Hey HG - welcome back; good to hear from you!

A
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Post by: Honest Gaza on 25/07/2012, 11:01 PM
Welcome HG.  The site has had a revamp lately, but all the posts/content was retained.  I just searched above for "Gaza" and set to search entire site.  I found heaps of your old posts like this one from way back in 2005.

http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/no-crema-from-sunbeam-6900/msg3255/#msg3255

Are you still using the same machine?
Certainly not the "exact" machine after a number of replacements from Sunbeam....but yes, still an EM6910 (and this one has certainly given a good run).
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Post by: Honest Gaza on 25/07/2012, 11:03 PM
Just a major  facelift late last year I did a fair bit of. Some time before that there was a migration from Yabb to SMF that was before my time so I am not sure if the post counts or all user details came through correctly. The advanced search function is more powerful or even search with google is sometimes better than the native one.

If you are at all interested we could always revive your old account in place of this one? Just let us know if you like :)
If it's not too much trouble...I'd like that very much  :)
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Post by: Bean Flying on 25/07/2012, 11:27 PM
If it's not too much trouble...I'd like that very much  :)

Ok Honest Gaza is dead long live Honest_Gaza (again) :D

If you have forgotten the old password then get a reminder sent to yourself from your old account. I have changed the email address to ....@bigpond.com and had to change the new one from it (disabled).
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Post by: Honest_Gaza on 25/07/2012, 11:33 PM
I'm alive  :coffee2:  :D
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Post by: admin on 27/07/2012, 07:34 AM
thanks Tim; now just thinking H-G, now that we've got the 'real' you back, I've always wanted to know more about the name - was there ever a 'dishonest' Gaza, for instance?  :stir

Not sure if you're aware, but one of the guys [Muscles] does a fine job of interviewing members to find out a little more about them, and 'what makes them tick' so to speak; beware - you might be a possible future candidate!!

A ;)
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Post by: Honest_Gaza on 27/07/2012, 09:28 AM
thanks Tim; now just thinking H-G, now that we've got the 'real' you back, I've always wanted to know more about the name - was there ever a 'dishonest' Gaza, for instance?  :stir

Not sure if you're aware, but one of the guys [Muscles] does a fine job of interviewing members to find out a little more about them, and 'what makes them tick' so to speak; beware - you might be a possible future candidate!!

A ;)
Was there ever a "dishonest" Gaza ?

Well it all started about 25 years ago when Gaza decided to run a footy tipping comp at work and wanted to ensure everything was above board.  To encourage people to part with their hard earned money, I named it "Honest Gaza's" footy tipping comp.

The name has stuck ever since......and yes, I did win that comp  :laugh:

But I realise the importance of such a badge and do place integrity extremely high on my traits.
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Post by: Suzique on 06/08/2012, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome and yes, it appears Shape Shifter will at least have some moral female support.

 I'm only just starting out on my coffee exploring journey, but there is something intriguing about it all, and there is much to learn.    I've been reading books and asking lots of questions.  I even have my own coffee tree in a pot.....and I have about 1/2 cup of green beans harvested from it .... it is more of a conversation piece  :)

Learning about roasting is on my to-do list!

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Post by: Suzique on 06/08/2012, 08:08 PM
AngerManagement introduced me to this Forum, and I'm already getting a very friendly vibe from here. 

 I live on the Gold Coast, and work in the Aviation field at Brisbane Airport, so have to battle Freeway traffic.    After driving up and down that road for over 18 years, I am still trying to work out why so many people have to leave for work at 5am?????  And yes, I have driven off with my coffee cup on the roof of the car in my half sleep.

I consider myself a bit of a novice in the coffee area and I'm trying not to be intimidated by the knowledge out there...and my lack of it  :).    I am keen to learn....reading, asking questions, observing and have done a couple of basic barista type courses.

I would like to find out more about roasting my own beans and what's involved, so that's the long term plan. 

I must also thank AngerManagement for his helpful advice re fixing my Espresso machine (Em6910).   I had a few other dramas happening at home and then my coffee machine died...so it was great to get some sensible, down to earth advice.   Much appreciated thanks.   :thumb:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/08/2012, 08:56 PM
A warm welcome to Crema forum
I am sure that all the members also extend a hand in coffee friendship

The more you participate and the more questions you ask the more you will learn

KK
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Post by: derrilex on 06/08/2012, 09:45 PM
Welcome SQ. I too started with a 6910 and found AM's advice immeasurably good. A beacon in dark times  :thumb: :D
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Post by: Brett H on 06/08/2012, 09:48 PM
Welcome Suzique.  It is great to have another southern Queenslander aboard!   Get in and start posting.. We're a passionate but friendly bunch. 
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Post by: Rider on 06/08/2012, 10:08 PM
Welcome Suzique.  It is great to have another southern Queenslander aboard!   Get in and start posting.. We're a passionate but friendly bunch.

Seconded Brett,

But it still amazes me how many are located in SE QLD.........

Or is it just that you lot are the talkative ones?

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Post by: shape_shifter on 06/08/2012, 10:17 PM
female roast, my two favourite words  :thumb:

Yah for AM

Welcome Suzique, nothing to fear from your lack of knowledge, I've only been roasting for about a year and a half, these guys are THE BEST  :-*

The only disappointing thing!!! Once again you are no where near me, although that's probably lucky for you  :rofl:
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Post by: Bean Flying on 14/08/2012, 09:47 PM
Just done a major tidy up on this whole section addeding/splicing a heap of posts to this already monster thread :)

Some interesting reads amongst them to so don't be shy as a newbie and add to the merriment  :thumb:
Title: Re: Welcome passrocket
Post by: passrocket on 22/08/2012, 03:42 PM
Hi - Thanks for the welcome.

I'm a long time coffee lover in Melbourne who makes apps for a living.

I run a company called jTribe that is building a free loyalty card service based on the new (unreleased) iOS 6 Passbook from Apple. It's called PassRocket

I've joined the forum to help me understand the day to day challenges of running a cafe.

If anyone is interested in being part of our pilot, we would appreciate any feedback on passrocket.com
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Post by: Spoony on 22/08/2012, 08:27 PM
G'day all,

Just joined up ... thanks for having me  ;D

I am in Perth ... been there my whole life mostly.

My espresso machine is a Breville Double Boiler BES900 ... paired with the BCG800 smart grinder. Only had this for a couple of weeks but so far I am very happy with it.

I used to have a Breville Ikon espresso machine and Sunbeam grinder but they were getting a bit long in the tooth!

I also roast my own beans ... using a lightly modified Cornelius popcorn maker.  I have just scored a cheap old bread maker and used my birthday Bunnings vouchers to buy a cheap heat gun and am going to set up a Corretto so I can do larger batches ... with the new coffee machine I seem to be drinking much more coffee now than I did before  :D

Again, thanks for having me ... looking forward to browsing your lovely forums  :thumb:
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Post by: Brett H on 22/08/2012, 09:18 PM
G'day all,

Just joined up ... thanks for having me  ;D

I am in Perth ... been there my whole life mostly.

My espresso machine is a Breville Double Boiler BES900 ... paired with the BCG800 smart grinder. Only had this for a couple of weeks but so far I am very happy with it.

I used to have a Breville Ikon espresso machine and Sunbeam grinder but they were getting a bit long in the tooth!

I also roast my own beans ... using a lightly modified Cornelius popcorn maker.  I have just scored a cheap old bread maker and used my birthday Bunnings vouchers to buy a cheap heat gun and am going to set up a Corretto so I can do larger batches ... with the new coffee machine I seem to be drinking much more coffee now than I did before  :D

Again, thanks for having me ... looking forward to browsing your lovely forums  :thumb:

Welcome to Crema Spoony!  There are some very active and satisfied BDB owners here so you're in the place to contribute and learn.  I love the fact that we all tend to drink much more coffee after significant upgrades and home roasting adventures.... It must taste better than before eh!  :thumb:
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Post by: CoffeeMama on 22/08/2012, 10:52 PM
Hello Again, I think. =)

About me and keeping it simple.

I'm a muso, a mom, a seriously fanatical baker and cook (self-taught).

I love my curries and experiments and love my coffee.
Love improvising with my music as well as cooking.

Love to get my hands on a vintage Italian lever machine, if only I could afford it.


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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/08/2012, 11:13 PM
Hi there Coffee Mama
Good to have you on board
You will find a couple of classical musicians here to keep you company
And I am a good listener of music

And of course lots of great cooks with a dedicated thread for those those special recipes
KK
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Post by: Ratrodzcafe on 25/08/2012, 09:58 PM
Firstly,great site. Found this place while doing a little research on setting up a coffee van and trying to find some real information from real ppl. Seems its a very secretive business to get into.
Anyway,for the intro bit, hope you guys don't mind international members! Simon is me,living and working in Dublin, Ireland. My background is in bars, clubs, hotels and cafes mostly so know a fair bit about the industry. Coffee vans aren't exactly a new concept over here but there's a massive gap in the market for good coffee.
I'm going down the rout of starting from scratch, old van with new equipment.(cryptic I know but don't wanna give away too much just yet).
Decided to go with a duel fuel 2 group machine(mainly gas for the moment) and run everything off deep cycle batteries ie,grinder fridge and lighting. Don't wanna go all stainless in the fit out, one of the biggest problems here is everything looks a little too clinical and uninviting. Hoping to include more wood and fibreglass in the interior side of things.
Hoping there's not too much difference in the way things are done,there's only a cpl of thousand miles in the difference. Looking forward to bouncing some ideas around
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 26/08/2012, 12:08 AM
Welcome to Crema Simon
Lots of experienced people with hands on knowledge frequent our membership
Also a few threads on the subject to have a read

With regards to the fit out you must follow your local council or region as to the health standard requirements or it could become an expensive mistake

Start a thread with specific questions and we will see if we can help out

KK
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Post by: kofekitt on 04/09/2012, 02:10 PM
Just a quick note to introduce myself, although some may recognize my username from that other Aussie forum.If only us kiwis had a coffee forum...

Felt i had to join after following the Londinium lever thread for the past few weeks.I'm a vintage lever fan, and have been lucky enough to restore and use some beautiful old levers over the past few years.Most of them end up sold over to Aussie, doesn't seem to be many vintage lever fans here in New Zealand.Current machine is a Faema Mercurio (1950s), although am in the middle of buying and importing a Faema Urania Velox group.
Current grinder is an Elektra Nino, courtesy of a local roaster selling off 5 of these beauties.They truly are a fantastic grinder
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/09/2012, 02:22 PM
Welcome kofekitt
Glad to have you on the Crema forum  :thumb:
We love new members and the more you participate the more community we develop

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 04/09/2012, 03:37 PM
Welcome kofekitt
Glad to have you on the Crema forum  :thumb:
We love new members and the more you participate the more community we develop

KK

Spot on KK!  Welcome Kofekitt!
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Post by: kofekitt on 04/09/2012, 07:21 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys


Welcome kofekitt, more that a few of us here love our levers and or looking to upgrade  :thumb:


We tend to be a bit mad at times but its all in good fun.


So when are you moving to Queensland  :stir

Sounds like a good idea after the wet cold winter we've had
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Post by: greenmynci on 09/09/2012, 09:33 PM
Hi People,

So, about me - I'm a 32 year old Sys Admin, who recently got the coffee bug.

My current setup is a EM6910 (using VST baskets) +EM0480, though I'm starting to get the urge to upgrade.. Plus an aeropress for when needs must.

I've recently started roasting my own coffee (using an icoffee roaster), and have gone through about 15 Kg of beans so far - eagerly awaiting delivery of my most recent beangreen order.

Other interests include motorcycles, music, food/cooking and being the IT geek that i am, computers. Been lurking on this forum for a while now so thought it was time i registered and said hi !
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Post by: Brett H on 10/09/2012, 08:46 PM
Big welcome from me also Greenmynci!  We pride ourselves on being the friendly forum so get amongst it mate! 
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Post by: jimmytb on 30/09/2012, 11:13 PM
Hi

Caught the espresso bug while in milan, came home and my first stop was gloria jeans at the airport for an espresso, that was four years ago and foul aftertaste has almost completely subsided. Started with a nespresso at home then after a few weeks picked up a rancilio audrey, whose element died yesterday.  :'(
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/10/2012, 09:09 AM
Hi

Caught the espresso bug while in milan, came home and my first stop was gloria jeans at the airport for an espresso, that was four years ago and foul aftertaste has almost completely subsided. Started with a nespresso at home then after a few weeks picked up a rancilio audrey, whose element died yesterday.  :'(

Welcome Jimmy
It's great to have you on board Crema Forum
KK
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Post by: Brett H on 01/10/2012, 05:41 PM
Welcome Jimmytb!  You'll find lots of help to continue your journey here or even start a thread with Audrey repair.  Lots of friendly folks here to help!
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Post by: prydey on 02/10/2012, 06:44 PM
Hi, I'm Rob

started the 'make your own coffee at home' journey about 6 months ago.  have a couple of family members who have been doing it for years and it slowly rubbed off.

i am a bit of a 'near enough, good enough' type person so you may think this attitude isn't compatible with coffee making, but as long as i like what i'm making, and i have the basics close, then thats all i worry about.

i have a em6910 paired with the BSG.  did have the 0480 but found the steps too large between grind settings.

other useless info,
i'm a printer by trade, working at newstyle in adelaide (printing crema mag no less [sssh]), and i love my fords.

i don't expect to be able to contribute too much in a technical sense but i've already enjoyed the reading. 

i must say, i was attracted here by a member by the name of Anger Management.  when i bought my machine my brother sent me a link to a list of things i need to know and that was written by AM. 
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/10/2012, 08:27 PM
Hi, I'm Rob

started the 'make your own coffee at home' journey about 6 months ago.  have a couple of family members who have been doing it for years and it slowly rubbed off.

i am a bit of a 'near enough, good enough' type person so you may think this attitude isn't compatible with coffee making, but as long as i like what i'm making, and i have the basics close, then thats all i worry about.

i have a em6910 paired with the BSG.  did have the 0480 but found the steps too large between grind settings.

other useless info,
i'm a printer by trade, working at newstyle in adelaide (printing crema mag no less [sssh]), and i love my fords.

i don't expect to be able to contribute too much in a technical sense but i've already enjoyed the reading. 

i must say, i was attracted here by a member by the name of Anger Management.  when i bought my machine my brother sent me a link to a list of things i need to know and that was written by AM. 

Welcome to the Crema forum Rob
Yes member AM is a fixture in the coffee scene and often gives his time, knowledge, and spare parts selflessly

We hope you become a regular participant in our vibrant forum

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 02/10/2012, 10:21 PM
Hi Rob and welcome.  Many of us found our way here due to the AMs and KKs of the coffee world.  Get posting mate, we're a friendly bunch and we warmly welcome new members.
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Post by: Cikay on 21/10/2012, 12:32 AM
Hello everyone!

I have been a follower of this forum for a good few months now and never thought of registering to post anything because there is just so much info about coffee in general that i didnt need to. But I thought i should do some posts now to share my coffee experiences. Basically i started building a KKTO style roaster and doing  home roasts with EricS for a good few months now. For my first post, I just want to say a big thank you to KK, UNM and and the other forum members for helping us with our KKTO build and giving us good advice on roasting our beans. We are starting to get a grasp of it and our home roasting is just getting more and more exciting every week. Hopefully we will be able to share some of those experiences with you all.

Cheers
Cikay
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Post by: Brett H on 21/10/2012, 10:21 AM
Welcome Cikay!  Great to have you here!  :thumb:
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Glenn on 31/10/2012, 11:43 PM
Hi, I'm Glenn, and I think I have already met some of you in person!

I run Coffee Forums UK, a coffee lovers forum started a few years ago before the boom really took off in the UK.

Originally from just south of Auckland, I moved to the UK over 10 years ago and love the proximity to Europe and easy access to great coffee equipment and dozens of roasters on my doorstep.

I help arrange the UK Coffee Competitions which feed into World Coffee Events, and also photograph competitions around the world too.

I'm looking forward to being a member of this forum



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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/11/2012, 12:13 AM
We welcome your membership Glenn
Hope you become a regular contributor  :thumb:

How about I dub you Cremas foreign corespondent

KK
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Post by: Kelsey on 01/11/2012, 07:20 AM
Hi Glenn - are you the lucky bloke reviewing the Loninium lever espresso machine?
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 01/11/2012, 08:35 AM
Hi Glenn and welcome.  I am eagerly awaiting your contributions here after reading your Londium review!  :thumb:
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Post by: Lacehim on 01/11/2012, 12:11 PM
Welcome Glenn,

It's nice to see someone else using a Vario too! :)  How hard is it going to be to prise that Londinium lever out of your hands when your review is done.   :D
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Glenn on 01/11/2012, 11:50 PM
Many thanks for the very warm welcome received.

I look forward to contributing long after I give the LONDINIUM I back to Reiss in a couple of weeks time.
Title: Welcome MikalHoward
Post by: MikalHoward on 03/11/2012, 02:25 AM
Hi all,

I have stumbled across this forum after doing a search for information on mobile coffee vans.  I have signed up for both a personal interest in coffee and for business reasons.

I have been interested in coffee for a number of years now.  For about two and a half years I have really become quite interested in the science of coffee and making a really great, consistent espresso.  I am a home coffee maker currently and am not involved in the coffee industry at all.  I have trained under Brian Raslan and did some work experience with him briefly a couple of years ago.  This is all the work I have actually done involving coffee and customers.  My current job as a tradesman (Toolmaker) does not allow me to do anything else unfortunately.  I'm paid too well to just give it up without some heavy research into the industry and whether I can cut it in the hospitality and service industry.

I have a Rancilio Silvia v3 and Rocky doserless grinder at home plus I am teaching myself how to make pour overs using a Hario V60.  I have really enjoyed using another brew method and my family and friends have enjoyed trying something different too.

I hope to find this forum both interesting and helpful in getting some great advice.

See you all out there.

Mikal
Title: Re: Welcome MikalHoward
Post by: Lacehim on 03/11/2012, 07:56 PM
Welcome Mikal,

I'm sure your find plenty of info here.  It's always good to have a dream, especially if it involves coffee!

Hope to see you posting and asking questions.  Don't be scared, we're all a nice friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Welcome MikalHoward
Post by: UNM on 04/11/2012, 08:28 AM
Yep post away, good to have  you here.

I recently got started with pour over, so will follow any such threads with interest.
Limited time myself, but now that I have one project out the  way I really should invest a little  time in improving pour over technique. We can learn together.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: skymija on 04/11/2012, 04:55 PM
Thank you for the welcome!

Nothing really to say about myself. I have absolutely no experience or knowledge about Coffee (other than buying it) and was just going to have a read, see what I can learn.

I've just been given a espresso machine and want to get the most out of it as I can.

Other than that I work in Childcare with a group of littlies under 2 (up to 15 of them!, with 2 assistants) and start at 6.15 each morning. If I want a coffee at that time of morning it has generally has to be instant, a pod coffee or McCafe :( I can't wait to get a decent cup out of my little machine.

Michelle aka skymija :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/11/2012, 05:34 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Michelle   :thumb:

Find a thread or start a new one on your particular machine and ask the hard questions
The friendly members will only be to wiling to help and assist you to get that perfect cup

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 04/11/2012, 08:00 PM
hey michelle/skmyija. there are options other than instant.  french press doesn't take that long. Aeropress is also really fast.
For a basic instant coffee, make some cold processed as a concentrate, keep in the fridge and dilute with hot water in the morning.  As quick as instant and much more pleasant IMHO

Feel free to ask questions or post your opinions - they are just as important as anything the rest of us might have to say.

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Post by: Brett H on 04/11/2012, 10:18 PM
hey michelle/skmyija. there are options other than instant.  french press doesn't take that long. Aeropress is also really fast.
For a basic instant coffee, make some cold processed as a concentrate, keep in the fridge and dilute with hot water in the morning.  As quick as instant and much more pleasant IMHO

Feel free to ask questions or post your opinions - they are just as important as anything the rest of us might have to say.

Spot on UMN  :thumb:

Welcome Skymija!  Preps are as low as I go in my teaching... Until I get home  :tearhair:  15 sub-two year olds eh.... You may need to make your cold press coffee using vodka in lieu of water  :rofl:

Welcome!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 06/11/2012, 08:59 PM
Ooooo another female, welcome, instant is shite and you won't meet a better bunch to learn from  ;D
Title: Welcome Flyerone
Post by: Flyerone on 07/11/2012, 01:20 PM
Thanks.

Found this forum while looking for a replacement drip tray for my EM4800. Over use and a reluctance to clean it after every use has left it severely corroded and all the chrome plating peeling of it. I saw some cool and interesting posts here and decided to rego and stay while.

I get my coffee beans from Cafe Bianchi in Leichhardt normally. I get it delivered as I don't get in there as often as I used to.
Looking forward to learning more about coffee.

Cheers,
Title: Re: Welcome Flyerone
Post by: Lacehim on 07/11/2012, 03:57 PM
Welcome Flyerone,

If you've got any questions get posting. :)  Have you ever thought about roasting your own?  I was amazed at how easy it is and it's very interesting because you can try many many different varieties of beans. :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: mulquemi on 10/11/2012, 04:19 PM
Just joined this well set up forum, reading and learning a fair bit about its operation and support,seems to be a good bit of knowledge out there,thanks to all of you experimenters and tinkerers!
My son introduced me to the delights of coffee makers about two years ago,as some members have already said "doesn't matter what sort of coffee machine one uses,it's the coffee beans that count towards the final product".
My coffee machine is a cheap >$50 model that never stops working and with nothing but clear rain water, never seems to need a clean out.
Just got a old sunbeam EM4800 that needs some work to take me to the next level,some seals etc and it will be good.
Thanks for the welcome,I hope I can be at least half as good a member as what I've seen /read so far.
Cheers
Mick
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/11/2012, 05:09 PM
A very warm welcome Mick.  :thumb:

Lots of people from all walks of life are members, with positive sharing we all benefit
So jump right in to the forum posts and participate so we can learn or share with you

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 10/11/2012, 09:55 PM
Welcome Mick.  You are spot on about the quality of the beans being the most important factor to a good cuppa. Don't be shy, we're a friendly bunch so jump right in!
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 10/11/2012, 10:09 PM
Hi all

Well my coffee journey started a couple of years ago, loved my kitchen and thought it deserved a shiny coffee machine, one problem I didn't drink coffee. The finance minister said no coffee machine unless I drink the liquid gold.  2 weeks later I had a breville on the bench and a rocky grinder, my first ever coffee was an espresso  :coffee2:.

Upgradits has been a couple of times and my kitchen now has a nice Alex Duetto ii and a mazer major.

I am a Captain at a urban fire station on a nasty bit of highway in Queensland which has helped me have a great appreciation for life.  I am an avid climber and mountainer and have travelled to some pretty amazing places on the planet with my partner Amanda pursuing this and learning about other cultures along the way.

I love coffee and am always in pursuit of perfection, im ready to take the next step and embark on roasting, so today I hit the buy now on a 1kg roaster  ;D

Let the journey begin and please may you all share your knowledge with me.

warm regards

Chester and Amanda

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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/11/2012, 12:31 AM
Welcome CC

Your going to love this hobby that doubles as a journey
It's also a hobby that actually gives something back  :thumb:

Come in , sit down , have a coffee and chat a little

KK
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 11/11/2012, 12:55 AM
Thanks KK

Looking forward to lots of advice.

We have met and chatted before, a couple of years ago down at Chris's shop, you gave me some help on perfecting my milk on a Bezzera.  Learned a lot since then but still a lot more to go.

Chester
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Post by: Flyerone on 11/11/2012, 08:56 AM
Welcome Flyerone,

If you've got any questions get posting. :)  Have you ever thought about roasting your own?  I was amazed at how easy it is and it's very interesting because you can try many many different varieties of beans. :)

Well I hadn't until I came here. Looks like some great information on this forum. Thanks for the warm welcome.
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Post by: Brett H on 11/11/2012, 12:52 PM
Welcome CC!  You have had the bug bad... What a fabulous way to cure it  :thumb:
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Post by: Mobocop on 12/11/2012, 06:58 PM
Hi!
My name is Mo. Have been enjoying making coffee for about 5 years. Grew up in The Dandenongs, living in Melbourne atm. I'm always wanting to learn more about, roasting, machines, grinders etc :)
Cheers :)
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Post by: bcspark on 24/11/2012, 10:11 AM
  :stir  :head:

HI           

Have been a coffee drinker ,black & strong for 30+ years .Moved to espresso making around 10years ago with basic machines .Finally upgraded to Bezzera in 2011. Tried all pre roasted beans but could not find a suitable flavour .Along came Baby FZRR700.Sourced greens and both hobby +passion began.Learnt to roast by time -colour which has helped my exsperience and led me to modded BBM Correto then KKTO.i have now converted Tiffany turbo top to be able to use commercial heat gun (airflow-heat electronically controlled) as heat source.My other interests are gardening and granchildren plus coffee. After a series of operations my sporting interests were curtailed.As you can see coffee and family are my source of enjoyment.


                                                         Thank you Barry&Kath
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Post by: Brett H on 24/11/2012, 10:22 AM
:stir    :head:

HI           

Have been a coffee drinker ,black & strong for 30+ years .Moved to espresso making around 10years ago with basic machines .Finally upgraded to Bezzera in 2011. Tried all pre roasted beans but could not find a suitable flavour .Along came Baby FZRR700.Sourced greens and both hobby +passion began.Learnt to roast by time -colour which has helped my exsperience and led me to modded BBM Correto then KKTO.i have now converted Tiffany turbo top to be able to use commercial heat gun (airflow-heat electronically controlled) as heat source.My other interests are gardening and granchildren plus coffee. After a series of operations my sporting interests were curtailed.As you can see coffee and family are my source of enjoyment.


                                                         Thank you Barry&Kath

Welcome Brisbane buddy!  You are certainly in the right corner of the Internet to feed your habit and we love innovation and ideas.  Pictures of your setup and innovations would be very welcome in the roaster threads.  I can't wait to see what you've done!! Welcome again mate!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/11/2012, 10:50 AM
Welcome Barry  :thumb:

We are happy to see you here on the Crema forum

KK
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Post by: Kelsey on 24/11/2012, 11:12 AM
Welcome! We Queenslanders are out in force. I smell a social.
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Post by: Ol Grumpy on 24/11/2012, 12:20 PM
Sniff?
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Post by: bcspark on 25/11/2012, 08:50 AM
Sniff?

Thanks for the welcome.Will definitely post comments and pics of my roast station.    bcspark
 :laugh:
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Post by: Strange Attractor on 25/11/2012, 10:45 PM
Hi all,

My coffee journey started when I was working in kitchens through university, got a bit of an education on the drinking of coffee! I was given a Cafe Roma some years ago that I used to use with supermarket beans and a spice grinder (don't think I need to say much more about that!), about a year ago I received a BCG800 Smart Grinder, and then modded my Roma's baskets to be single walled, and I finally was able to  produce coffee that wasn't undrinkable!

After a little while I started using a popcorn popper to roast coffee, and quickly moved on to a coretto style (Bread maker + heat gun). I've recently purchased a BES900 which is producing coffee a step above the old Roma, hoping I can get a few more espresso quality increments out of it!

I Think I'll have to adjust the OPV though, as it sits at 13bar with a blind filter.

Other than that, I use an Aeropress at work with a no-name hand grinder, and over summer I sometimes do cold brewed in a french press overnight.

Got two kids, work as a System Admin in Canberra and drink my coffee as espresso, no adornments or additions!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/11/2012, 11:17 PM
A very warm welcome
I'm sure that your coffee journey mirrors many others

We are glad to have you on board  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 26/11/2012, 10:42 PM
Welcome Strange....  :thumb:

Mosey on over o the threads.  There's heaps to read and contribute to and, we welcome all contributors.  We're a friendly bunch so jump on in  :coffee2:

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Post by: Strange Attractor on 27/11/2012, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll jump in soon, just reading up for now :)
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Post by: UNM on 27/11/2012, 09:39 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll jump in soon, just reading up for now :)

Don't be shy. Jump in anytime.

 You do same sort of cold process as me. Quite a few of us enjoy CP in the summer months so it is about time those threads got active again
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Post by: droaks on 06/12/2012, 12:54 AM
Hi All,
Newbie, and at 29 found a love for coffee that I can't seem to stop!  :tearhair:
Haven't ever been into coffee until recently, ironically I used to sell some consumer level machines (don't hate me too much!)...
Also I am very interested in where you buy your beans from, I just go to the supermarket but not sure where else to go?

Anyway cheers and drink up!
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Post by: LaSanMarco Melbourne on 06/12/2012, 09:32 AM
Welcome Droaks. 2 good options for beans.
1: go to your favourite cafe, they will usually sell you 250gm ($10- $15) of your favourite beans

2: save yourself a fortune, buy a small inexpensive roaster and green beans and DIY. I spent $400 on a Behmor roaster and now average about $17 per kg of coffee. This option also has the added benefit of having a new hobby but on the downside it becomes your coffee consumption will triple all in the name of research. I've been getting my green beans lately from beangreen.com.au

Enjoy
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Post by: mallacoota on 13/12/2012, 01:41 PM
Hi to all as my user name  says I am from Mallacoota inlet Victoria My name is Brendan I started out life as a wool classer sampler working for Australian Wool Testing Authority.I did not fit in with the culture of lunch at the pub and after work at the pub. I decided to get a pilots licence with view to commercial licence I loved the training but soon released I was getting bored with going from A to B. shortly there after I traveled Australia New Zealand and Fiji on returning I worked in exploration for mining companies where I got to see more of Australia in  places few would get to.From there Crayfishing in W.A. Masters ticket from there to Port Lincoln S.A. Tuna fishing on  Pole boats, Shark Fishing, in  off season working with a abalone diver My last Fishing was off west coast of Tasmania and Kangaroo Island deep sea Trawling for Orange Roughy. As you can imagine stove top with stale coffee was the best I could do for most off my time.From Lincoln to Grange/Henley beach where I used to walk my dogs on the beach to Joe's kiosk for a good brew of coffee. From there I moved to Pomona Qld for 7 yrs with my partner.She missed the burbs went back to them I moved to Mallacoota where I work part time interest are photography, Fishing and of course  coffee this is just the overview of my life so far. MY coffee gear is a breville dual boiler,  smart grinder,stove top with gauge and frother and french press looking to upgrade the smart grinder to a vario I think still doing the research.  I have been buying most of my coffee from "mycuppa" excellent beans and great service I am also on cs forum
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Post by: Brett H on 13/12/2012, 03:49 PM
Welcome mate... That's quite a journey you've had and coffee-wise, you're in great hands with Jeff at MyCuppa.  Get amongst the forum, we don't bite and we're a bit more relaxed than our counterparts on other forums.  Welcome mate!  :thumb:
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Post by: LaSanMarco Melbourne on 13/12/2012, 08:25 PM
You've been busy in life Brendan. Welcome and good to see you on this forum.
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Post by: mycuppa on 13/12/2012, 10:20 PM
Welcome Brendan.
Although we have quite a few Brendan's in our customer list, but I know who you are  :thumb:
Enjoy the forum and share you experiences.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/12/2012, 11:36 PM
A very warm welcome to the Crema forum
As Brett has said you are in good hands with mycuppas beans

KK
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Post by: Lacehim on 13/12/2012, 11:54 PM
Welcome Mallacoota, I live just down the road from Pomona at Peregian. :)  The little town has Tim Adam's coffee being sold at a few cafes up there.

Get posting and let us know the experience you've had with your Breville dual boiler.  There are a few forums mombers with these machines.
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Post by: C-man on 14/12/2012, 08:39 AM
welcome

the way I read it sounds like he moved back down south after 7 years in Pomona
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Post by: mtee on 14/12/2012, 02:55 PM
Hi Guys,

I see a few friendly, familiar names.

I'd just bought a used Anfim grinder on the eeb and was chasing some info on it. I turned a corner, became disoriented and ended up in here. I like it here, it seems quite nice.  ;D
 
Now, what was I looking for....?

Mark
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Post by: Brett H on 14/12/2012, 03:30 PM
Welcome Mark.  If you can't find what you're looking for, start a thread with some photos (http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/grinders/anfimecm-grinder/msg35046/#msg35046) and you'll soon be awash with info. 

 :thumb:
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Post by: macron1 on 15/12/2012, 05:17 PM
Hi! I am new here. Long time home-brewer (of beer) who has recently been turned on to the kind of similar art of cold brewing coffee. Figured I'd join here after reading some of the interesting posts over in the "other brewing methods" pages. Look forward to learning more.
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Post by: Brett H on 15/12/2012, 05:38 PM
Hi! I am new here. Long time home-brewer (of beer) who has recently been turned on to the kind of similar art of cold brewing coffee. Figured I'd join here after reading some of the interesting posts over in the "other brewing methods" pages. Look forward to learning more.

Welcome mate!  :thumb:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/12/2012, 05:44 PM
Hi! I am new here. Long time home-brewer (of beer) who has recently been turned on to the kind of similar art of cold brewing coffee. Figured I'd join here after reading some of the interesting posts over in the "other brewing methods" pages. Look forward to learning more.

Your very welcome macron
As with most things food and drink related we all know that the product in question has several ways that it can be made or prepared
Don't forget to also add your views in the beer and ginger beer threads  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: UNM on 15/12/2012, 06:58 PM
welcome mac

what sort of beers?

I confess my hone brewing is basic and amateurish, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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Post by: macron1 on 15/12/2012, 08:42 PM
oh hay thanks for the welcomes, everyone!

I have been brewing since high school (am now 30ish...) and I tend to favor the darker brews eg stout, porter, as well as  heavily-hopped Pale Ales that bash you over the head with hops. These styles are a bit more forgiving of technique and facilities available to the casual home brewer compared with more delicate styles eg. pilsner, dark lagers/dunkle that require lower temperature fermentation and more expensive ingredients to achieve decent results.

Getting into cold brewing has been not that much of leap from home brewing in terms of the much-longer preparation time required (compared to other coffee styles), and the capacity for experimentation in technique seem to be parallel eg. for home brewing using different amounts and types of hops and malts is similar to using different blends of beans and ratios of water for cold brewing, as well as fiddling with the brewing time.

Also, I tend to cold brew coffee in largish volumes, so the skills learned from bottling beer have come in handy...
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Post by: Beaker74 on 16/12/2012, 10:50 AM
Hello all. 
My name is David, and I am a Paramedic presently living and working in Townsville.  I have only recently moved there from Aspley in Brisbane.
I have several cheap Sunbeam and Breville espresso machines, and yesterday acquired an EM 6910 for free, so have been scouring this and the other forum for as much info as I can find to try and get it in good working order.
I also roast at home with a Behmor.
So that's me, hello :-)
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Post by: Brett H on 16/12/2012, 12:31 PM
Welcome again David.  I hope you get the 6910 up and running.  If you search for "6910 Anger Management" on google you'll find a plethora of info from Mark the guru!
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Post by: C-man on 20/12/2012, 03:07 PM
welcome aboard

 
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Post by: seamad on 21/12/2012, 06:55 PM
Hello all,

Lurked for a while and decided to join up.
Started with a stove top coffee maker as a uni student back in the late 80's complete with a propeller type bean smasher/grinder. First machine was the ubiquitous krups black box thingy once working. Had various brevs/sunbeams after that. Got myself an icoffee roaster a little while ago , and of course lead to further upgrades, now have a nice ECM mech IV profi and a mazzer mini, should cure the desire for any upgrades for a long time...
Pretty keen (all grain ) home brewer, pinotphile (get some strange looks with that one sometimes) and general foodie.
Inherited the "why buy that, i can build that " gene off the old man, and have recently sold my surgery and have become a boatbuilder. Building a 12.5m sailing cat in which will hopefully circumnavigate with the kids ( aged 6&4 at present) until they have to go to high school, although that seems to be stretching to grade 9 now, with some mumblings of boarding school. Have had a sailing vessel of some kind since I was 10, this is my first with more than one hull though. Might be able to make some money whilst cruising as a floating cafe ;D
Already thinking of ways of using my ramp/soak PID control box I made for brewing to control a bigger roaster, don't think I'll tell my partner about that yet  .
cheers
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 21/12/2012, 09:30 PM
A big Crema welcome  :thumb:
Hope you join us in making this forum a place with a wealth of good information

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 21/12/2012, 09:40 PM
Welcome Seamad!  What a great intro and story.  Get posing mate because I'm look forward to your contributions!
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Post by: UNM on 22/12/2012, 07:30 AM
pinotphile eh? Grey, black or both?

You might like to read 'Shapes on the wind', by David Lewis - just based on your introduction, you might find it interesting

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Post by: LydiaKitty on 24/12/2012, 11:45 AM
I am come back now,This is my second time to be here.  :coffee2:
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Post by: Kinggee on 26/12/2012, 12:37 PM
Hi guys,

Finally joined up to this forum!
I've been a home roaster for about a year now with my Behmor and love it.
Looking forward to having a friendly place to chat about all things coffee!

Currently using a Giotto PP with a Mazzer SJ, doing pretty well at a few years old, no break downs!

Hope to maybe catch up with people around Brissie!

Cheers,
Ben
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Post by: Brett H on 26/12/2012, 01:43 PM
Hi guys,

Finally joined up to this forum!
I've been a home roaster for about a year now with my Behmor and love it.
Looking forward to having a friendly place to chat about all things coffee!

Currently using a Giotto PP with a Mazzer SJ, doing pretty well at a few years old, no break downs!

Hope to maybe catch up with people around Brissie!

Cheers,
Ben

Welcome Ben!  Get ino the threads mate... There's lots of un-censored open discussions happening.  Perhaps even a machine review would tickle your fancy.  I don't think nyone has done the GPP yet despite it being a popular machine.  You'd be more than qualified to tell us about living with er, her??

Welcome!
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Post by: Sub-Ju on 11/01/2013, 07:45 AM
Hey there,
I stumbled across this site the other day and have found it extremely helpful so far as I start my new journey for the new year..
18 months ago I was a driver for a Mobile coffee van in Brisbane, I thoroughly enjoyed my job and since returning to NZ I have been contemplating getting myself set up to have my own business..
I would love to hear from anyone that has done just this with the low down on all the pros and cons that i will need to take into account..
To be honest I would turn up to work in the morning and the van was ready to go apart from topping up the usual bits and pieces..I wish now that I had bothered to take more notice of the complete set up of the vehicle and the running of it..as now Im in the dark alittle..We have just purchased a vehicle for which we are going to get all fitted out, what we would really appreciate is any advice anyone on here could please give us into doing just that..Thanks heaps.. :)
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Post by: Brett H on 11/01/2013, 09:57 AM
G'day mate and welcome!  Use the search feature in the forum to search out some fantastic recent threads on just this topic.  There are so e great posts by Fresh Coffee and Gary at Gala just to name two of many. When you are all set up and making a fortune we expect nothing other than pictures and to have a chance to say congratulations.  Stick around... There's lots to see and again, welcome!
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Post by: Sub-Ju on 13/01/2013, 07:38 PM
Awesome...thanks for the tips on how to find my way around the site..I will check out those posts you mentioned..I will definately post up pix once all set up..would appreciate the feed back on the finished product..its a work in progress but its gunna be worth it..
Can anyone fill me in on the way in which you set up water tanks in your van..obviously fresh water and waste water and needing to have a basin with hot water for council requirements..im  alittle in the dark on this..obviously you have an external water outlet in which to fill up..?? any info greatly appreciated..thanks guys.. :coffee2:
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/01/2013, 07:56 PM
Welcome to Crema sub- ju
If you have a list o questions - or a van fit out you should start a thread and we can all contribute   :thumb:

KK

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Post by: jj on 21/01/2013, 09:02 PM
Hi Folks
Long term coffee fan & recently upgraded from 15yrs on a La Pavoni europiccola to a Rocket Giotto PP V2, wow what a great idea :lamp: loving it! I have even converted the non-coffee drinking girlfriend to start drinking coffee. I really like cooking, sourdough bread baking, & making (standard & whacky) ice creams.

I work part time as a Community Palliative Care Nurse & live part-time in Bathurst & Sydney (work).

Got the roasting bug a little awhile ago & have been roasting on a popper, & now looking to upgrade to something bigger & that will yield better results.

Look forward to learning & the sharing ideas/experience's of those here.

Cheers
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 21/01/2013, 09:44 PM
Hi Folks
Long term coffee fan & recently upgraded from 15yrs on a La Pavoni europiccola to a Rocket Giotto PP V2, wow what a great idea :lamp: loving it! I have even converted the non-coffee drinking girlfriend to start drinking coffee. I really like cooking, sourdough bread baking, & making (standard & whacky) ice creams.

I work part time as a Community Palliative Care Nurse & live part-time in Bathurst & Sydney (work).

Got the roasting bug a little awhile ago & have been roasting on a popper, & now looking to upgrade to something bigger & that will yield better results.

Look forward to learning & the sharing ideas/experience's of those here.

Cheers

A warm welcome JJ to Crema forum
All Crema members are friendly and will advise on any subject related to coffee

Lots of home roasters as well on the forum also great advise on green bean offerings

KK
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Post by: luongie on 03/02/2013, 08:32 PM
Hi

I love to drink coffee. I discovered coffee when I started working full time in Sydney eight years ago. I've never had a deep interest in brewing or roasting my own coffee simply because I never had formal training and time in the morning. But now recently married and our impending move to our new humble abode, I'm really excited to buy my first semi automatic coffee machine and brew my first coffee.

So looking to learn and share experiences with everyone here.

Cheeers



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Post by: Kelsey on 03/02/2013, 09:35 PM
Welcome to the cult of the highly-caffeinated!

So you're on the hunt for your first machine? What did you have planned? Got a grinder picked out?
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Post by: GaryatGala on 04/02/2013, 12:53 PM
Welcome to the wide world of coffee for new members. It is a exciting journey.   :thumb:

The second highest traded commodity in the world.

Here is where we all discover there's more to instant and we also realize how easy it can be to make your own quality cup of coffee which can be a break from visiting your local cafe and you can make your own at home.

This is where we old coffee fellas n ladies can guide newbies on their journey.

Have a read. Ask questions. No questions are dumb. If you don't ask, you may not know.  ;)
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Post by: C-man on 08/02/2013, 05:01 PM
Hi

I love to drink coffee. I discovered coffee when I started working full time in Sydney eight years ago. I've never had a deep interest in brewing or roasting my own coffee simply because I never had formal training and time in the morning. But now recently married and our impending move to our new humble abode, I'm really excited to buy my first semi automatic coffee machine and brew my first coffee.

So looking to learn and share experiences with everyone here.

Cheeers


welcome aboard mate!

 some say the grinder is the most important piece of you coffee equipment
something to consider when getting started, the first thing I bought was a good grinder and just a plunger
then from there I changed machines a few times but always had the grinder.
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Post by: Hildy on 09/02/2013, 11:22 PM
Hello!

I've wandered here from the other forum (as it seems to be named) in an attempt to find other sources of green beans.  I did my first corretto roast today and waiting for me back home is a new Silvia and K3T.  I do love my aeropress, though (I've bought four in total, one for home, one for car, and two as gifts) and I am trying to spread love of coffee amongst my friends and coworkers.

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Post by: Kelsey on 09/02/2013, 11:33 PM
Hi Hildy!

Glad to have you with us!

We have several site sponsors who supply green beans at very reasonable prices. Most of us here are also roasters.

I personally have had great experiences with both Ministry Grounds and Bean Green - you won't go wrong with either.
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Post by: Brett H on 09/02/2013, 11:52 PM
Hi Hildy!

Glad to have you with us!

We have several site sponsors who supply green beans at very reasonable prices. Most of us here are also roasters.

I personally have had great experiences with both Ministry Grounds and Bean Green - you won't go wrong with either.

+1 adding to the welcome that I have purchased from all of our sponsors and they are ALL brilliant to deal with.  I too was a Coffee Snobs forum member Hildy and I enjoyed it and them very much.  Sadly I only have so many hours in the day and as good as CS was, Crema is better...  So I now live here.  Welcome Hidly!
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Post by: whoosha on 10/02/2013, 02:38 AM
Thought I should say Hi.

Names Whoosha - got it from a basketball training session where I took out 2 of my own team mates in scrimage games.

Got the taste for home coffee making about 2yrs ago with my purchase of a Sunbeam EM6910 and EM0480 grinder. Still have them but upgraditus is taking hold, only thing holding it back from actually occurring is paying for school fees.

I got the feeling this forum is great source of information and a great group of like minded people. Although I am not quite as passionate as most on here.

Married - still on 1.0 - i dont know how she can put up with me.
Kids - have 2

Grew up on the family farm - wheat, sheep, and pigs. Nothing like family slave labour, although it was some of the greatest times of my life (so far anyway).

Came to the big smoke for final years of school and uni. At Uni I enrolled to do accounting, failed the first unit so decided to do Marketing. Like many Marketting graduates I  ended up working in a call centre. Worked in banking for 15yrs, most of that managing projects. Then did a couple of years consulting/contracting and now look after wood poles for a utility.

Hope to fix up my tired (and neglected) old EM6910 - any tips/help would be great (doesnt backflush - blockage of calcium etc i suppose due to me neglecting it. But I want to make amends - I have started by now  supplying her with filtered water out of a Bombora set up.

Whoosha
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Post by: Kelsey on 10/02/2013, 07:38 AM
Welcome Whoosha!

Great to have you on board!

You'll find that forum member Anger Management is the Go-To guy for anything 6910. He knows them inside and out.

Just speak his name and like a genie he appears!

If you're in SE QLD then you're in luck - AM (along with a sizable number of other forum members are in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/02/2013, 08:29 AM
Welcome new members to the Crema forum   :thumb:
Get into posting and participating in the forum as its the best way to learn or offer advice from the collective

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 10/02/2013, 02:07 PM
Hello!

I've wandered here from the other forum (as it seems to be named) in an attempt to find other sources of green beans.  I did my first corretto roast today and waiting for me back home is a new Silvia and K3T.  I do love my aeropress, though (I've bought four in total, one for home, one for car, and two as gifts) and I am trying to spread love of coffee amongst my friends and coworkers.

Isn't this the other forum?
Also sometimes known as 'boat rockers' for historical reasons


Anyway, welcome all. 

Seems a few corettos are sneaking up on us. Nice to have a bit of variety in the roasting methods
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: jevvv on 14/02/2013, 12:36 PM
Hello Everybody

My name's jevvv and I live in EnZed  ;)

I love coffee made from ground beans rather than powder or granules so first I had a plunger (caffitiere or whatever in England ;) ) then I got an ElCheapo on FlyBuys points about 12 years ago... managed to make passable coffee in it until it got so scaled up it wouldn't work.  No I couldn't descale it as it was a cast aluminium something internal works :)  Resigned to being back with the plunger until I picked up a cheap stovetop moka style pot.... unless we were on the boat, then it was a scoop of grounds in the bottom of the cup, pour hot water over then wait for them to descend - and still refusing the instant.

Finally, for Christmas and birthday all rolled into one, and having to share with the rest of the family I now have a second hand Breville BES860 - not fab but WAY better than the Sunbeam I first had ;)

Other than coffee I'm a stay at home mum nearly completed home educating our two kiddos - one is moving out this weekend to work in the city, in travel; the other is now doing the study portion of year 1 electrical apprenticeship and hoping to find a job, meanwhile building with dad.  We also board a student or two from the local highschool.

We live in a fantastic part of EnZed, houses and shops handy but beautiful views of the sea and the 18 acre park next door.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/02/2013, 04:25 PM
A very warm welcome to the Crema forum Jevvv

We have many NZ expats on the forum and I am sure you will feel right at home

KK
Title: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: _coffeeboss on 14/02/2013, 08:55 PM
Hiya :)

I'm a Melbourne boy at heart, but I've been living in Brisbane for the best part of 8 years now, with a stint over in Canada working cafes. Much happier to be working back in the Aussie cafe industry now though.
I work at Java Coast on George street, and with some awesome coffee and workmate to learn off, my skills have come a long way in pouring :)

When I'm not there though, I'm in an office building working out of a kitchenette cafe. Lots of downtime to hone my craft and populate instagram.

Planning on having my own little set up one day... one day.

So yeah, looking foward to learning lots and chiming in on threads  8)
Title: Re: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: Brett H on 14/02/2013, 10:59 PM
Welcome mate!  :thumb:
Title: Re: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: Kelsey on 14/02/2013, 11:07 PM
Welcome coffeeboss! We have regular, if not frequent SE QLD socials.

Do you  have a home setup also?
Title: Re: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: _coffeeboss on 17/02/2013, 08:41 AM
Do you  have a home setup also?
I have a Brasilia 3 group that I'm restoring at the moment. With a lot of TLC I'll have her up and running soon, then it's a question of setting up everything else for it haha.

At work I'm on a LaMarzocco GB/2 with Mazzer Grinder.
Title: Re: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: derrilex on 17/02/2013, 09:33 AM
Welcome coffeeboss. Social numbers getting bigger  :thumb:
Title: Re: Welcome _coffeeboss
Post by: C-man on 17/02/2013, 10:08 AM
good to have you, welcome
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: ringo on 23/02/2013, 09:13 PM
Hello all.  Don't have any home gear but i've got a cafe in North Coburg.
We use La Marzocco GB/5 with a Mazzer Luigi.

Looking forward to reading and replying on here.

ps am I going to have to type in a verification for every post?
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/02/2013, 01:14 AM
Hello all.  Don't have any home gear but i've got a cafe in North Coburg.
We use La Marzocco GB/5 with a Mazzer Luigi.

Looking forward to reading and replying on here.

ps am I going to have to type in a verification for every post?

Welcome to the Crema forum Ringo
We hope you impart some of your knowledge in your participation

Once your first post/s are approved then you are free to post at will
This measure is to ensure that spammers don't get a chance to peddle there wares

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 24/02/2013, 12:09 PM
Welcome Ringo!  No more verifications mate unless you try to sell us time-shares or something along those lines.  :pan

P.s forgot to say, check out our sponsors.  They're the BEST in the business.  I've purchased from every one (anonymously) and their service was above and beyond... Even on small ticket items!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: ringo on 24/02/2013, 06:46 PM
thanks guys
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: C-man on 25/02/2013, 08:19 AM
Welcome Ringo!

We had a kiwi come to Noosa and start Costa Noosa Roastery years ago

he was really good and started it all up here,  last I heard he lives between NZ and Croatia now
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: ringo on 25/02/2013, 02:23 PM
How do you know i'm from nz?
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/02/2013, 02:57 PM
How do you know i'm from nz?

Hi Ringo
C Man probably confused your post with Jevvv ( from NZ ) see a few posts UP

May I take a stab and say that you are from Melbourne  :question:

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: ringo on 25/02/2013, 05:48 PM

May I take a stab and say that you are from Melbourne  :question:

KK

Living in Melbourne but i'm from NZ.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: UNM on 25/02/2013, 07:01 PM
C man probably picked up on your accent.

Welcome  from a fellow expat kiwi living in Melbourne
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: ringo on 25/02/2013, 08:52 PM
cheers mate.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: C-man on 26/02/2013, 08:43 AM
C man probably picked up on your accent.

Welcome  from a fellow expat kiwi living in Melbourne


yep, nothing gets past me.
Title: Welcome tristo
Post by: tristo on 28/02/2013, 08:28 PM
Hi,
Nice to be admitted thanks.  I have a BDB and am looking for tips and tricks and general home espresso goodness.
Thanks,
Tristo

Title: Re: Welcome tristo
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/02/2013, 09:34 PM
Hi,
Nice to be admitted thanks.  I have a BDB and am looking for tips and tricks and general home espresso goodness.
Thanks,
Tristo

You are very welcome to the Crema forum Tristo
Don't be shy to post away

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: beanut on 04/03/2013, 03:50 AM
hi guys just joined up because i'm becoming a coffee nerd after tasting some fine cups made by my coffee lover girlfriend 2 years ago.
Used to drink long blacks with 2 sugars because of the bitterness....so I never gotten into coffees. didnt know a perfectly balanced coffee would have so much flavor and natural sweetness just like a glass of fine red wine (been a wine lover my self). smell, tannins, body etc...
I have changed into a sugar less long black man :) hope i'll gain more knowledge into coffee making here.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/03/2013, 09:12 AM
Welcome BeanNut to the Crema forum  :thumb:

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: eggbert on 08/03/2013, 10:41 PM
Evening all.
Part Aussie part Pom here. Born in Aus, grew up in the UK, and been back here 12 years or so.
Have moved about a bit in my years here. Started in Melbourne, then went to Cairns, now in Darwin. I used to be at the green place under a different name but got fed up with it and haven't been there for a couple of years.
I started my coffee infatuation small with an ex cafe rancilio 26 (I think) 2 group machine, but passed that on to a friend when I moved out of Cairns. I also handed on the roasting setup to the same guy.

I then picked up a Bezzera Family lever machine from the 60s or 70s that I found in the UK for silly money and imported that back into Australia. Photos to come in the lever gallery thread.

I kind of fell out of love with the whole coffee roasting/ making process when I moved to Darwin. It's not much hotter than Cairns but it's enough to stop me wanting a sit first thing in the morning.

However autumn is approaching and there have been a few days when I have recently fancied a coffee in the morning.

Roasters up here are few and far between so I need to build up my roasting kit again. I have the bread maker and heat gun organised but need to sort out cooling and temperature reading so I can make sure I am roasting consistently.

Anyway after thinking a few of you had written essays I seem to have done the same. So I shall see you in the forums.

By the way should tapatalk have an icon for this forum on android? Only it doesn't seem to, to me. All I get is the text when I create a shortcut for this place on my android homepage.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 08/03/2013, 11:01 PM
Hi Eggbert, welcome to Crema!

The KKTO is probably a little more common here than the corretto, but I'm sure there are more than a few that could help out with any questions you might have. I personally use the food-safe Bunnings bucket with an exhaust fan crammed into it and a metal sieve as my cooling bin.

Not sure about the Tapatalk for Android - I don't have an Android phone to test on. Works fine on an iPhone, but I'll give a test when I have a moment.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 08/03/2013, 11:08 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Eggbert
Here is a link to google docks of my version bean cooler - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13D3gZIeqDROS6G6IAldPDMLCvpsXHQla4-4tGbG75tw/present#slide=id.i0
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: mycuppa on 08/03/2013, 11:15 PM
Welcome eggbert

Melbourne is currently giving Darwin a Run for the money in the "too hot to roast" stakes.

30 days at 30+ since the new year making it very hard to roast at midnight when its 31 degrees and stuffy humidity.

Roasting in the hot weather is like going to the dentist - not something you look forward to.
Title: Welcome htb
Post by: htb on 16/03/2013, 06:52 PM
Hi All,

I can't believe I only just found this forum. Some of you might recognize my username from CS. I noticed the Londinium forum is much much larger then the other site so hopefully that indicates an lively forum.

HTB

P.S Mods: Perhaps the password restrictions can be relaxed a bit. I know coffee is pretty important but it's not like internet banking.
Title: Re: Welcome htb
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 16/03/2013, 08:01 PM
Hi All,

I can't believe I only just found this forum. Some of you might recognize my username from CS. I noticed the Londinium forum is much much larger then the other site so hopefully that indicates an lively forum.

HTB

P.S Mods: Perhaps the password restrictions can be relaxed a bit. I know coffee is pretty important but it's not like internet banking.


Hi and welcome HTB
It's a pleasure to have you along on the Crema forum

FYI - the password restrictions are in place for spammers
Once your in and accepted you are free to express your considered opinion

So get posting  :thumb:

KK
Title: Welcome FinnFelton
Post by: FinnFelton on 19/03/2013, 10:22 PM
Thank you, Admin for such a warm welcome!

My name is Finn and I'm coffee lover. That's the major reason why I joined this forum. I hope we, the coffee drinkers have a gala time here by sharing our experiences and feelings with each other.

Thanks & Regards,
Finn Felton
Title: Re: Welcome htb
Post by: Kelsey on 20/03/2013, 09:59 AM
Welcome HTB,

As KK mentions, we get a lot of spammers trying to gain entry. It's easier to head them off at the pass.

Anyway, looking forward to your posts!

K
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: kazbah on 31/03/2013, 07:32 PM
Hi everyone, yep new here, but have been a silent observer a few times. 

Used to own a cafe about 14 years ago, love coffee, love good beans.  Owned a Baby Gaggia awhile back,  then last two years a Sunbeam em6910.  It was a faithful little beast, with no problems at all.  Own a Mazzer mini and LOVE it.  As I have just sold the 6910, been busy the last week researching the next new baby.  Think I've settled on the Nuova Simonelli Musica and about to lock the sale in.  Hoping it brings me double the years of happy, fault free brewing.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 31/03/2013, 07:54 PM
Hi everyone, yep new here, but have been a silent observer a few times. 

Used to own a cafe about 14 years ago, love coffee, love good beans.  Owned a Baby Gaggia awhile back,  then last two years a Sunbeam em6910.  It was a faithful little beast, with no problems at all.  Own a Mazzer mini and LOVE it.  As I have just sold the 6910, been busy the last week researching the next new baby.  Think I've settled on the Nuova Simonelli Musica and about to lock the sale in.  Hoping it brings me double the years of happy, fault free brewing.

Hi and welcome to the Crema forum Kazbah
May you have rich coffee flowing when you get the new machine

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 31/03/2013, 08:53 PM
Welcome Kazbah,

They are a pretty funky looking machine.  Are you getting the one with the lights or without?  From memory they similar to the Oscar inside, but with a nicer look outside, and an antivac which makes life easier.

Post up a piccy when you get it, in the Espresso machines section.  Everyone here loves photos! ;)

Enjoy the forum and don't be afraid to post. :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: nissanneill on 11/04/2013, 10:21 PM
Hi all,
yep another newby here to share my builds and experiences.
Just reached retirement age after being a TafeSA lecturer for 34 years, saw the light and took a package, Went into semi retirement, got bored and set up a one man band home maintenance business that has exploded, never been so busy.
Been building things all my life with a very comprehensive steel and woodworking workshop, 5 years ago built a wood fired oven, then an outdoor kitchen, purchased a Technica II espresso machine and a month ago a small lpg fired roaster out of an old lpg bottle as I wanted better flavour from roasted beans from a variety of suppliers.  Very cheap to build and control with thermocouple control, all under $50. Now about to power the drum/basket leaving the hands for recording the times/temps for future reference.
One of the wood fired oven members posted a link to my build and invited me to join this group.
I will list the build with photos when privilages are given.

Cheers.

Neill :thumb:
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/04/2013, 10:32 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum
Hope your contributions will be followed by coffee enthusiasts

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 11/04/2013, 11:18 PM
Hi Neill,

Glad you found us, there's plenty of info on here to keep you happy.  I look forward to seeing you post.

I'm not sure if you are aware of it, but there are DMMs that record temperature and log the data to a computer, for graphing etc.  I think the Victor 86B was the one I had, there is various software logging programs out there.  That might help you a bit with the consistancy and with the records.

By the way, your woodfired oven is amazing!  I wish I had the skills to build one like it!  I ended up buying a kit that I had installed, and it works very well.  Produced by a local company which means I get great support which is a bonus.  :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: nissanneill on 12/04/2013, 03:26 PM
Hi there are DMMs that record temperature and log the data to a computer, for graphing etc.

Quote
there are DMMs that record temperature and log the data to a computer, for graphing etc.

I'm not that interested in computerising my data as the temperature control is still manual, ie, continually adjusting the gas flow/flame intensity to maintain a +or_  5?C, and as I am only interested in a 250g roast, it really isn't worth the time nor effort to automate the system.
I find that now I have a repeatable system, it is very easy and as you have said before 'FUN" roasting.
How many posts does one need before you can post pictures?

Cheers.

Neill

 :thumb:
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/04/2013, 04:12 PM
Quote
I find that now I have a repeatable system, it is very easy and as you have said before 'FUN" roasting.
How many posts does one need before you can post pictures?

If you can see an attach " choose file" section under the text box, when posting - then you are right to go
I think it's 5 posts ?

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: nissanneill on 15/04/2013, 07:57 PM
Let's try some pictures. Made the new basket out of thicker perforated steel, it allows more chaff through and burns away but holds more heat so I need to dump the roasted beans quickly to stop them cooking.
I am very happy with the setup as it is all over and cleaned up per batch in 1/4 hour. I don't have a need for larger than 250g batches but i feel that a half kilo is more than capable of the unit.

Cheers.

Neill

 :thumb:
Title: Welcome altereco
Post by: altereco on 23/04/2013, 04:16 PM
Hi,

Glad to be part of best cafes.

Looking forward to having more friends here.

Thanks!


Altereco

Title: I'm new here...
Post by: coastalcoffee on 03/05/2013, 02:47 PM
Hi all,

My name is Ralf Hawley and I live with my family in Breaker Bay, Wellington NZ where I have been obsessing over the perfect coffee for the past 15 years.

I've worked as a Location Sound Recordist for the past 25 years, starting my career in Melbourne and moving to NZ in 98. Work in Wellington slowed dramatically at the start of the financial crises in 2008 and my role in the family then changed to house dad and I finally made the step to roasting my own coffee.

I have now taken this one step further with the recent purchase of a 3kg Stonka Mini Roaster and De-stoner with the intention of roasting coffee for my local neighbourhood.

My Coffee gear includes:
Dalla Corte Super Mini espresso machine, Mazzer Major Dosserless grinder, Blackbelt grinder timer,
Stonka Mini Roaster and De-stoner and a Climax Bag grinder which I use for cupping.

Regards
Ralf

Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 03/05/2013, 02:51 PM
Hi Ralf,

Welcome to crema!

We've got a few musos on the board and I used to work for the dreaded SAE back in the day.

We'd be interested to hear of your experiences with the Stonka as this brand was recently brought to our avid attention!

K
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 03/05/2013, 05:27 PM
Hi all,

My name is Ralf Hawley and I live with my family in Breaker Bay, Wellington NZ where I have been obsessing over the perfect coffee for the past 15 years.

I've worked as a Location Sound Recordist for the past 25 years, starting my career in Melbourne and moving to NZ in 98. Work in Wellington slowed dramatically at the start of the financial crises in 2008 and my role in the family then changed to house dad and I finally made the step to roasting my own coffee.

I have now taken this one step further with the recent purchase of a 3kg Stonka Mini Roaster and De-stoner with the intention of roasting coffee for my local neighbourhood.

My Coffee gear includes:
Dalla Corte Super Mini espresso machine, Mazzer Major Dosserless grinder, Blackbelt grinder timer,
Stonka Mini Roaster and De-stoner and a Climax Bag grinder which I use for cupping.

Regards
Ralf

Oh Hi Ralf

welcome to crema!

how do you find the stonka?

I've been obsessing over the Stonka roasters recently - they look greAt!

any chance you could post some pics in the roasting section and tell us a little more about your experience?

Cheers,

Pat
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: coastalcoffee on 04/05/2013, 04:40 PM
The Stonka certainly is a great Roaster. Very quiet, beautifully designed and engineered, Nigel has thought of form as well as function. Build quality is fantastic, it will probably outlast me and my son. ( Who's 6 at the moment)

 I checked out all the 3 kilo table top roasters currently on the market and the Stonka was for me the best bang for buck. Here are a couple of pics of my setup, can post more in the Roasting section.

Regards
Ralf
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: fishdmc on 06/05/2013, 09:01 PM
hi all,

 been on here every now and then over the past month and finally decided to join.
i live in the blue mountains west of sydney with the love of my life, my wife, and my 7 month old daughter.
i'm a die hard parra fan, so i know what torture is. i am shopfitter/cabinetmaker by trade.

i am a coffee lover.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 06/05/2013, 10:08 PM
hi all,

 been on here every now and then over the past month and finally decided to join.
i live in the blue mountains west of sydney with the love of my life, my wife, and my 7 month old daughter.
i'm a die hard parra fan, so i know what torture is. i am shopfitter/cabinetmaker by trade.

i am a coffee lover.


Welcome mate. Plenty of coffee lovers nd tradies here so you should fit right in!  Get posting my friend... You won't be doing too much sleeping. ;)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/05/2013, 10:28 PM
A warm welcome to Crema forum   Fishdmc :thumb:
Lovely part of the world you live in
Great place to sit and contemplate over a good coffee

KK
Title: Welcome goolstj
Post by: goolstj on 19/05/2013, 12:44 AM
Hi and thanks for the welcome. My wife and I run a small cafe in the north west of Western  Australia. This is our third business involving coffee and I must admit that I do not know as much about coffee as I should.
We currently use a Gaggia Deco and want to buy another two group partly to better serve our customers and partly in case of problems. There are no service people within 1500 klms of us. On price we are looking at the Nuova Simonelli Apposition and I am hoping for assistance by forum members on our choices.
Title: Re: Welcome goolstj
Post by: Brett H on 19/05/2013, 07:52 AM
Welcome mate... There's more info here than you can poke a stick at and some of our members and sponsors are the best in the business!  Enjoy the learning curve!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: AllanC on 19/05/2013, 04:50 PM
Hi there,
I'm Allan,
Im searching for info about expanding a current business and introducing coffee into a restaurant.
Im aware there are companies that will supply the coffee machine at no charge inside the contract to purchase all beans, equipment etc.
I was wondering who are these companies and how do they rate in terms of service etc?
I just need a few leads so I can speak to the reps about what they can offer. Who to avoid?

The location is William St, Kings Cross/ Darlinghurst Sydney.
Thanks Allan
0414 492 822




Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 19/05/2013, 06:40 PM
Hi and welcome to the Crema forum Allan
You have come to the right place that supports industry and enthusiasts alike

Please start a new thread with your short list of equipment levels you require
Alternately contact some of the long standing sponsors to Crema and to the coffee industry in general for assistance

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: bauepoppy on 05/06/2013, 02:22 PM
Hi, my name is Poppy Bauer and I am very happy to be a part of this forum.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 05/06/2013, 04:20 PM
Hi, my name is Poppy Bauer and I am very happy to be a part of this forum.

Welcome Poppy, tell us a bit about yourself.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: IMAWriter on 09/06/2013, 03:32 PM
Greetings to all.
My given name is Rob, or Robert, whichever you choose.
I'm a former CG (CoffeeGeek.com) moderator, and am pleased and honored to be part of this fine community. So far I've been enjoying one of the QM Achille threads. I'm friendly with a couple of the posters, both stateside and down under.

I was one of the original beta testers for the Behmor 1600 roaster, and have enjoyed home roasting for over 10 years. (Still learning, of course!)
I've owned the very fine QM Anita, a Millennium La Pavoni, and until recently a lovely 1981 '67 Olympia Cremina.
Vario-W, and Preciso Esatto grinders, after owning a couple of SJ's.

My younger daughter has several "Skype" friends in Adelaide, and is hoping dear OLD dad will purchase a ticket there (and, unfortunately BACK :laugh:) when she turns 17.

I will eventually "man up" and post here. For now, I enjoy virtually meeting new friends, and getting a feel of the place. It's beautifully run, IMO.
Sincerely,
Rob J

Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/06/2013, 05:55 PM
A warm Crema welcome Rob
We are very happy you found us as we are equally happy to have you

We would be happy to answer any questions you have about our fair land and all things coffee, and hope you can shed some of you wisdom back our way

Again welcome to the forum

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 10/06/2013, 08:26 AM
Hi Rob, we are truly honoured!!  :thumb:

Now get posting mate and share your wisdom... It will be very much appreciated.  :coffee2:
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Jonathon on 11/06/2013, 09:58 PM
Hi all. My name is Jonathon, I live in Melbourne, just around the corner from Foxy Brown, and no, I haven't tried his new Mirage yet, need to rectify that ASAP!

At home I have a Rocket Giotto and use both a Compak K3 (for me) and a Rocky (wife's decaf beans). 

I've just picked up a Behmor and tonight pulled the first shot of my first roast, and it was surprisingly good after only 2 days. (ok it was actually my second roast, I ditched the first batch when I confused rolling 1C for 2C.

Hopefully I can contribute a little.

Cheers
Jonathon
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/06/2013, 10:10 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Jonathan
Say hello to Pat @ Foxy Brown next time you visit and say Cmon the Saints from KK

 
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Pete39 on 12/06/2013, 10:57 AM
Hi All,

Been playing the coffee game for nearly 4 years now. Learnt a lot from a 6910 with the grinder that came with it (forgotten the model no.), currently using Alex Duetto II v3 with Breville Smart grinder (that I want to upgrade very soon!). Roast my own on a modded popper - roast about 120g green per batch, up to batch #316. Usually drink small flat whites with the odd straight shot thrown in here and there mostly for cupping purposes.

Live in Toowoomba, currently work as a stay-at-home Dad (they let me out sometimes ;)) and the odd paid job here and there when the timing works.

Pete
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/06/2013, 11:57 AM
Hi All,

Been playing the coffee game for nearly 4 years now. Learnt a lot from a 6910 with the grinder that came with it (forgotten the model no.), currently using Alex Duetto II v3 with Breville Smart grinder (that I want to upgrade very soon!). Roast my own on a modded popper - roast about 120g green per batch, up to batch #316. Usually drink small flat whites with the odd straight shot thrown in here and there mostly for cupping purposes.

Live in Toowoomba, currently work as a stay-at-home Dad (they let me out sometimes ;)) and the odd paid job here and there when the timing works.

Pete

Welcome to the Crema forum Pete
We have a very active member from Toowoomba so you won't feel all alone

Get to it and post as we thrive on it

KK

Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 12/06/2013, 05:23 PM
Live in Toowoomba, currently work as a stay-at-home Dad (they let me out sometimes ;)) and the odd paid job here and there when the timing works.

Welcome Pete.  I'm a stay home Dad too, and have been for the past 5 years, so it's good to know I'm not alone! :)
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Post by: admin on 12/06/2013, 06:09 PM
Warm welcome to Pete and Jonathon; also to Rob - it's always great to have forum members from overseas... given your experience Rob, the mods & I'll have to try and drag up a few of our more controversial threads for some input!

A :stir
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Post by: RichardM on 12/06/2013, 08:28 PM
Hi All,

Been playing the coffee game for nearly 4 years now. Learnt a lot from a 6910 with the grinder that came with it (forgotten the model no.), currently using Alex Duetto II v3 with Breville Smart grinder (that I want to upgrade very soon!). Roast my own on a modded popper - roast about 120g green per batch, up to batch #316. Usually drink small flat whites with the odd straight shot thrown in here and there mostly for cupping purposes.

Live in Toowoomba, currently work as a stay-at-home Dad (they let me out sometimes ;)) and the odd paid job here and there when the timing works.

Pete

Welcome. I'm the referenced "Very active member" also from Toowoomba :) - glad to have another Toowoombian on board.
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Post by: Pete39 on 13/06/2013, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome all.

Special hi to RichardM (perhaps we can get together sometime and compare brews?) and to Lacehim - this is my 6th year on the home-dad job, so its really nice to know someone else here is in the same boat.

Will pull my finger out soon and contribute some posts of substance (I hope).

Pete
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 13/06/2013, 12:56 PM
Lacehim is also a Thermomix wizard
Has a blog and all - http://www.thermoman.info/

KK
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Post by: harison on 15/06/2013, 01:10 AM
Hello fellow coffee lovers,

I'm just another coffee enthusiasts from Brisbane. Just a thought that I should drop a hi to everyone.

I have been wanting to learn more about coffee but I don't have extra cash to pay for barista training (it's getting really expensive). It's great to find this site where people are ready to share their experience and knowledge. Thanks to the admin and sponsors!

Cheers,
Harison
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/06/2013, 09:53 AM
Welcome Harison
Glad to have you on board
So I hear that you are going to Indonesia soon to live

KK
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Post by: IMAWriter on 15/06/2013, 03:30 PM
Hi Rob, we are truly honoured!!  :thumb:

Now get posting mate and share your wisdom... It will be very much appreciated.  :coffee2:
The hono"u"r (see, I'm already learning) is MINE.
Actually, as CG is run by a Canadian, the extra "u" is not so strange.
Thanks to you both for the warm welcome. A nice touch.
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Post by: UNM on 15/06/2013, 05:15 PM
The hono"u"r (see, I'm already learning) is MINE.


Your  effort to learn the language and use correct spelling is much appreciated.

You might wish to check out  the 'chat box' on the forum main page (if you haven't already done so). It can get quite lively at times although not all the chatter is coffee  related.


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Post by: harison on 15/06/2013, 09:49 PM
Welcome Harison
Glad to have you on board
So I hear that you are going to Indonesia soon to live

KK

Thanks KK,

Yes, I will have to travel to Indonesia in search of working opportunity. I have been out of work for sometimes, and I have decided to move back to Indonesia. Who knows I'll get a job there. Anyone knows where to get a good coffee in Jakarta? I might have to learn to roast my own supply  :D
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Post by: euaneggs on 17/06/2013, 07:30 AM
Hi all,

I'm from Sydney's Inner West, I've been in to coffee for about 4 years. Started with a Breville Ikon and Sunbeam EM0450. But the Ikon bit the dust last week after serving me well (amazing value in my eyes & I was getting some good coffee from this machine). I have purchased a brand new Rancilio Silvia, just waiting on delivery & have been looking for information on my new machine and happened upon this site.

Seems like a good source of info and discussion so joined up.

Look forward to chatting with you guys.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/06/2013, 08:31 AM
Hi all,

I'm from Sydney's Inner West, I've been in to coffee for about 4 years. Started with a Breville Ikon and Sunbeam EM0450. But the Ikon bit the dust last week after serving me well (amazing value in my eyes & I was getting some good coffee from this machine). I have purchased a brand new Rancilio Silvia, just waiting on delivery & have been looking for information on my new machine and happened upon this site.

Seems like a good source of info and discussion so joined up.

Look forward to chatting with you guys.

Welcome euaneggss to the Crema forum
Just start posting your questions about your new machine and the comments in answer will naturally flow

KK
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Post by: UNM on 17/06/2013, 09:10 AM
Welcome euaneggs.
Good to see we spell our names differently, avoids confusion. Ewan (or UN for easier typing)
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Post by: ThatsMyCoffee.com on 01/07/2013, 07:58 PM
Good day everybody,

My name is Scott.  I'm a coffee addict (so I think I'm in the right place), as well as an amateur travel photographer and blogger on my website:  www.ThatsMyCoffee.com    (Not a commercial venture.  Won't try to sell you anything!)

My gear includes a variety of mocha pots, french presses, a siphon pot (my fav way to do light roasts!) and a Gastroback (Breville) "Pro G", single boiler with integrated grinder.  Just enough that my wife complains about all the space it takes, but honestly I'd love to grow my collection 5 fold...

I confess to having a Latte most mornings.  If I have any good light or medium roast south/central american beans on hand, I'll do a siphon or french press in the afternoon.  Failing that, a long or short espresso.

I'm a Canadian expat now based in Europe, but I travel extensively for work.  I'm a resident of Poland, but currently staying in the Czech Republic.

Nice to meet you all...
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/07/2013, 09:01 PM
A very warm welcome to the Crema forum
You will feel you are amongst friends on this site so keep on posting

As a photogtprapher we also have a section for your talents as well

KK
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Post by: Sub-Ju on 05/07/2013, 06:25 PM
Hi there,
Its been a while since I've visited here, bean(haha) a little pre-occupied setting up our mobile van...now that its all up and running and totally finished...thought It would be a great idea to share some photos with everyone and get some feed back on what you think...
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Post by: Brett H on 05/07/2013, 08:41 PM
Hi Sub-Ju,  this looks awesome.  If i saw this van parked and serving coffee I'd be quick to line up! Thanks for keeping us posted. 
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Post by: Sub-Ju on 06/07/2013, 05:09 AM
Hey thanks for the that...We have a few lining up now...haha...have started to establish a bit of a regular run, and our customers seem to be very happy with the service and are loving the coffee...We sourced everything locally to deck the van out and use a local bean supplier too...so  in return the local businesses are only too happy to support a true local business aswel..Been on the road for nearly 2 months now and things are starting to pick up which is great..
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Post by: Lizzi on 09/07/2013, 06:27 PM
G'day people... long-time coffee addict, and Old Smokey at CS ( same handle: Lizzi).
Seen quite a few familiar names here, and since I (again :) ) have time to monitor a few sites, thought I'd become a member.
I'll make/drink  coffee any way, anywhere... but unfortunately it has now been restricted to AM only... :(
Dabbling with a bit of commercial roasting, with a GreenBean 600gm roaster; very local clientele only... good fun though ;) and a worthy successor to the roasting while travelling we did when touring AU ( see CS: 'Coffee on the road')
Gear: currently Alex Duetto , MD4, Zassenhausen Turkish grinder for the Avanti Plunger and Old European Chimney drip-pot.
Looking forward to once again quietly sitting with the laptop in the evenings reading interesting stuff from people who know a lot more about all things coffee than I do!
:)
L
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/07/2013, 07:17 PM
A warm welcome Lizzi to the Crema forum
You will find us more laid back here, so get to posting so we can al prisoner from the content

KK
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Post by: Lizzi on 09/07/2013, 07:29 PM
A warm welcome Lizzi to the Crema forum
You will find us more laid back here, so get to posting so we can al prisoner from the content

KK
have no intention of taking  prisoners, KK ;)
but thanks for the welcome :)
L
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/07/2013, 07:46 PM
have no intention of taking  prisoners, KK ;)
but thanks for the welcome :)
L

Blasted auto text on the iPad
For the record it was supposed to say so we can all prosper

But hey it is fun  :stir

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 09/07/2013, 09:00 PM
Welcome Lizzi.  It's lovely to have you over here with us at Crema!
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Post by: Lizzi on 10/07/2013, 09:36 AM
Thanks Brett :)
looking forward to getting back into coffee forums again, even if it is just lazily lurking  with one eye on the TV ;)
:)
L
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Post by: Janlab on 11/07/2013, 11:39 PM
Hello, I'm new too. I live in Albany, and saw a Diedrich Roaster at our local roastery(?), while buying what I think must be the best cup of coffee I've ever had in a shop.
I love coffee, and like to learn about new things...So I thought it would be a good idea to roast at home, and started reading, eventually landing here. Seems there is a lot to know!
A  Behmor and some beans are on their way from somewhere far. So I need to learn fast. Any advice (probably already given to others and in the archives) therefore appreciated! Is there a book?
Janlab
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/07/2013, 12:16 AM
Welcome Janlab to the Crema forum  :thumb:
A few members use the Behmor roaster and I am sure they will help

All you need to do , Is ask

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 12/07/2013, 07:17 AM
Welcome Janlab!  I'm vey glad to see you here ;)

Enjoy this great and relaxed forum.
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Post by: Janlab on 12/07/2013, 11:55 AM
Thanks Brett, KK,
Looking forward to read a lot and chat.
I'll be asking lots of questions, sorry..., but thats how I learn. Sure they have all been answered, but to find them would be a mammoth task in such an active forum! So please bear with me, and just direct me to the right place if necessary!
Jan
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Post by: JoeCoffee on 27/07/2013, 08:43 PM
Hello Everyone!

I'm new here. I live in New Jersey, USA. Been loving coffee since I was 19, that's 30 years ago and can remember my Dad drinking instant coffee when i was a child. I bought my first drip coffee maker then and converted him.

I have a hobby coffee roasting business call Joe's Famous Coffee, mostly friends an family buy from me.  I don't say this to advertise, just that it's part of who I am and what I do.
I have had a small computer business in the past.
I recently got laid of after 21 years at a semiconductor company.
I have not seriously looked for a new job, but have been working as a handyman since the layoff.
I am involved in real estate and have a few rental properties.

But my true love is coffee. About 15 years ago I began roasting my own coffee at home. I was on a search for the best coffee I could find at the best price. I used to think that some of those store bought canned coffees were the best until my search began. By chance, I stumbled upon a web site much like this one that talked about roasting green at home for the best coffee ever. Being scientific in nature and willing to try new things, I bought some sample greens, roasted them in a frying PAN, and I was hooked.

Anyway, Hello again everyone. I am happy ro be here.

            ~Joe
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 27/07/2013, 11:41 PM
Hello Everyone!

I'm new here. I live in New Jersey, USA. Been loving coffee since I was 19, that's 30 years ago and can remember my Dad drinking instant coffee when i was a child. I bought my first drip coffee maker then and converted him.

I have a hobby coffee roasting business call Joe's Famous Coffee, mostly friends an family buy from me.  I don't say this to advertise, just that it's part of who I am and what I do.
I have had a small computer business in the past.
I recently got laid of after 21 years at a semiconductor company.
I have not seriously looked for a new job, but have been working as a handyman since the layoff.
I am involved in real estate and have a few rental properties.

But my true love is coffee. About 15 years ago I began roasting my own coffee at home. I was on a search for the best coffee I could find at the best price. I used to think that some of those store bought canned coffees were the best until my search began. By chance, I stumbled upon a web site much like this one that talked about roasting green at home for the best coffee ever. Being scientific in nature and willing to try new things, I bought some sample greens, roasted them in a frying PAN, and I was hooked.

Anyway, Hello again everyone. I am happy ro be here.

            ~Joe

Very happy to welcome you to the Crema forum Joe
You have had a varied career in your many years
Coffee is the glue that keeps the world from spinning apart
We hope you can contribute often to impart some knowledge and in return learn some of the stuff we have absorbed and willing to share  :thumb:

Again a warm welcome to the Crema forum

KK
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Post by: Nancyc on 28/07/2013, 03:15 PM
I am looking at starting a market stall selling coffee.
 My thinking is a marquee with simple counter and maybe a second hand Wega and a Mazzo grinder.  I am not looking to make a fortune just a supplement to my income
I live just north of Brisbane and I feel there a few good possibilites around here,
 Any suggestions?
David
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/07/2013, 04:28 PM
I am looking at starting a market stall selling coffee.
 My thinking is a marquee with simple counter and maybe a second hand Wega and a Mazzo grinder.  I am not looking to make a fortune just a supplement to my income
I live just north of Brisbane and I feel there a few good possibilites around here,
 Any suggestions?
David

Hi Nancy/David and welcome to the forum
I suggest you start a new thread with as much detail as possible and the answer posts will come

Regards
KK
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Post by: 14g on 29/07/2013, 11:39 AM
Hello Everyone!

I live in Spain. I started with a French Press, then moved onto a Mokapot with a Compak K3T and have recently upgraded to my first espresso machine. I hope to learn a lot about espresso and home roasting.

Cheers from Spain!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 29/07/2013, 11:50 AM
Hola 14g
A warm welcome to the Crema forum
We all learn from each other we are all special members

KK 
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Post by: Alf on 05/08/2013, 12:08 AM
Hi,
My name is Alf.
I'm from Holland and have been making espresso's for over 20 years now.
I've owned a pretty large number of machines but the last were a Quickmill Andreja,some Ponte Vecchio's,a Strega and now a Izzo Pompei which I consider to be the best I've ever owned.
My current grinder is a new Mazzer Major.
Greetz
Alf
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Post by: C-man on 05/08/2013, 06:38 AM
Hi,
My name is Alf.
I'm from Holland and have been making espresso's for over 20 years now.
I've owned a pretty large number of machines but the last were a Quickmill Andreja,some Ponte Vecchio's,a Strega and now a Izzo Pompei which I consider to be the best I've ever owned.
My current grinder is a new Mazzer Major.
Greetz
Alf

nice!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 05/08/2013, 08:54 AM
Hi,
My name is Alf.
I'm from Holland and have been making espresso's for over 20 years now.
I've owned a pretty large number of machines but the last were a Quickmill Andreja,some Ponte Vecchio's,a Strega and now a Izzo Pompei which I consider to be the best I've ever owned.
My current grinder is a new Mazzer Major.
Greetz
Alf

Welcome to the Crema forum Alf
You will fit right in here, as we have all tread the same upgrade path you have
Long live the lever and big grinders

KK
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Post by: Lizzi on 05/08/2013, 09:09 AM
Goedemorgen, Alf :)

Dutchie here too, drinking coffee made every which way... regularly freaking the forum out by stating i often drink my espresso with... Carnation milk ( and some hot water).
Can't get the koffie-met-koffiemelk gene out of  me :D :D

;)
L
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Post by: Brett H on 05/08/2013, 09:25 AM
Welcome Alf!  Can't wait to see some pictures of your set up.  Were a friendly bunch here so get posting mate! 
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Post by: Kelsey on 05/08/2013, 09:43 AM
And we do love photos!
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Post by: Alf on 05/08/2013, 05:06 PM
Sure.I've got photo's
Here's my Pompei.

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Post by: Alf on 05/08/2013, 05:09 PM
Goedemorgen, Alf :)

Dutchie here too, drinking coffee made every which way... regularly freaking the forum out by stating i often drink my espresso with... Carnation milk ( and some hot water).
Can't get the koffie-met-koffiemelk gene out of  me :D :D

;)
L

Great.Living in Australia.
I've thought about  emigrating in my younger years.Fear of big White Pointers kept me away I guess. :D
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Post by: Brett H on 06/08/2013, 09:40 PM
Sorry we don't have a like button for your setup Alf... how about a LOVE button instead  :thumb:
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Post by: DrD on 20/08/2013, 10:09 PM
Hi everyone

have visited this forum many times and found it to be very friendly with lots of useful posts. Thought I'd better join up in case I ever had anything to contribute!

Been into coffee for a number of years now, and with a "full-on" four year old and a 1 year old running around the house, now find it absolutely essential in getting through the day! Have only this year given home roasting a crack, and am really enjoying it.

Dan 
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/08/2013, 11:46 PM
Hi everyone

have visited this forum many times and found it to be very friendly with lots of useful posts. Thought I'd better join up in case I ever had anything to contribute!

Been into coffee for a number of years now, and with a "full-on" four year old and a 1 year old running around the house, now find it absolutely essential in getting through the day! Have only this year given home roasting a crack, and am really enjoying it.

Dan

A warm welcome to the Crema forum Dan
Coffee is the glue that binds us all

KK
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Post by: Lacehim on 21/08/2013, 01:31 PM
Hi Dan,

You have some good equipment listed there!

You'll find a few other Behmor users on here too, so check out the roasting section!

Welcome.
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Post by: Brett H on 21/08/2013, 09:40 PM
A warm welcome Dan! Your kids are the same age as mine so I can thoroughly recommend sticking with the home roasting... as opposed to drinking the wine collection  ;)
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Post by: DrD on 22/08/2013, 02:06 PM
Thanks guys. Yes, I really spoiled myself this year after my Sunbeam 6910 had served me pretty well, but had one too many collar replacements in my opinion. Anyways, it was time to go to the next level  :) And yes, I have been searching through all the posts reading up on tips for the Behmor ... still a lot to learn and improve on. Brett, my 4 year old is the one where I get the biggest benefit from caffeine (me, not him). The 1 year old is very interested in the coffee making process, he watches the beans getting ground each morning and mumbles a lot of things during it all, probably pointing out where I am going wrong  ^-^
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Post by: Brett H on 22/08/2013, 08:35 PM
My four year old has taken to complaining about the smell of coffee.   I've told her that the coffee is necessary!  She bought it but let me know she still didn't like it! 
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Post by: C-man on 03/09/2013, 01:48 PM
the 1yo is most likely mumbling something like;

"dad stop grinding finer and finer, all you need to do is up- dose a little"  gurble gurble
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Post by: sidoney on 31/10/2013, 10:49 PM
Not new but been missing in action. :)

No updates on the equipment front, except maybe for the Aeropress and the Hario Slim grinder, for work, meetings etc.

Still roasting in the little Baby Roaster, using the Rancilio Rocky and the Silvia with the PID kit. Nothing flash but does me.

Play around with blends and beans, you know the drill.

May not be posting again for a bit, dunno, in the final stages of my PhD - finally.
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Post by: C-man on 04/11/2013, 07:02 AM
PHD...  no wonder your brain hurts
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Post by: Chaos on 06/11/2013, 12:33 PM
Hi,

I've been lurking here for ages. Thought it was about time to join up.

I've been home roasting for about 2 or 3 years. Mainly for espresso. But I do enjoy the odd syphon or aeropress.

At the moment I have an Oscar and a Eureka conical grinder.

Cheers,
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Post by: Lacehim on 06/11/2013, 02:32 PM
Hi Chaos,

I just bought an Oscar :) How do you find it?

Glad to see you joining up and I hope to see you in Chat and posting on the board.

There are equipment threads, and roasting threads, and we would love to see you posting about your experiences and what roasting equipment you use.

Michael
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Post by: Chaos on 06/11/2013, 03:36 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome.

I really like the Oscar... except for the noise. But since buying it I've given up on milk drinks. And now it seems like a bit of a time+energy waste to heat a big boiler full of water up to steam temp every time I feel like espresso. So I'm thinking of replacing it with something more suitable. Maybe a single boiler E61 but not really sure.
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Post by: Lacehim on 06/11/2013, 08:22 PM
The boiler isn't that big, and would help with temperature stability of the group and you never know when someone will turn up and want a latte. ;)
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Post by: UNM on 07/11/2013, 11:21 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome.

I really like the Oscar... except for the noise. But since buying it I've given up on milk drinks. And now it seems like a bit of a time+energy waste to heat a big boiler full of water up to steam temp every time I feel like espresso. So I'm thinking of replacing it with something more suitable. Maybe a single boiler E61 but not really sure.

A caravel heats the water to espresso temperature as do all open kettle design espresso machines. Worth considering. My caravel heats about 400ml in the morning for  two double ristrettos.

If, however, you are happy with the coffee from the Oscar, you night as well stick with it. Any machine takes time to heat up and cost difference is minimal for those extra ten to twenty degrees. Far less than changing machines.
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Post by: Chaos on 07/11/2013, 12:24 PM
Yeah Oscar will be hanging around for a little while yet. We're renting, building, and just about to move interstate. So spare cash is very scarce. But dreams are free  :)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/11/2013, 12:42 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Chaos
Did you by any chance watch Get Smart to have a forum name like that

KK
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Post by: Chaos on 07/11/2013, 01:19 PM
Thanks for the welcome.

Get Smart was ok but Inspector Gadget was more my style/era.

Chaos is the name of my mancave/garage.
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Post by: hiphipharrar on 07/11/2013, 02:13 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Chaos
Did you by any chance watch Get Smart to have a forum name like that

KK

In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/KAOS_logo_from_Get_Smart.gif)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 07/11/2013, 02:46 PM
In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/KAOS_logo_from_Get_Smart.gif)

Yes I knew that
But it is voiced the same
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Post by: Seeya Latte on 07/11/2013, 02:56 PM
In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/KAOS_logo_from_Get_Smart.gif)

Shtarker - ve don't pick pick here at Kaos
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Post by: Chaos on 07/11/2013, 03:42 PM
<< Fixed!  :)
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Post by: hiphipharrar on 07/11/2013, 03:42 PM
Shtarker - ve don't pick pick here at Kaos

Sorry about that Siegfried
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Post by: KimJ on 25/11/2013, 11:37 AM
Hi everyone and thanks for the welcome admin.

Well after reading through a lot of information on this forum, I'm now feeling way out of my comfort zone, we are far from connoisseurs of coffee (as guidelines below will tell) but know a good coffee when we come across one, which is rare as we don't go out for coffee as many do, so really only come across a good coffee at functions in places of good reputation.

Hubby and I have just purchased our first machine and are awaiting delivery this is it........
http://www.coffeeitalia.com.au/proddetail.php?prod=gaggia_classic_grinder

We are both in our 50s and almost empty nesters, so this was our treat for Xmas, after enjoying wonderful coffee for 6 days on a cruise, hubby decided that we needed to splurge and do away with the pods, we both almost spat out our first cuppa on arriving home and took us a long time to get used them again.

Now, apart from learning how to use this little wonder, we are looking for information on coffee (brands etc) to use and best grind, I know any information shared will be subjective so as a bit of a guide line as to what sort of coffee we enjoy.

When drinking instant we like Nescafe Expresso and Moccona.

Our pod system is from Aldi, my hubby enjoy Reggio (9) and I enjoy Torino (11) and Abruzzo (12)

I know, I know, don't choke on your coffees at the above likes!

We also don't mind the McDonalds Cafe coffee (double shot) don't choke on that either.

 The only other beans that I KNOW I have had and like is Manfredi and Piazo D'Oro but do not know anything else other than the name.
 For anyone that may be in the Castle Hill area of NSW, I loved the coffee I had at Trellinis Bar and Resturant, so if you know the name of what they use and if I can purchase it I'd be most appreciative.

We are on the NSW Central Coast which is where we would purchase our coffee but quite happy to purchase online if we found a bean we really like.

As I said earlier, we a real newbies when it comes to REAL coffee and I TIA for any information that you may share.

Cheers
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/11/2013, 12:07 PM
Best roasted beans to use is to purchase them from
MyCuppa and Ministry Grounds also Cosmorex coffee

Welcome to the forum  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: Lacehim on 25/11/2013, 12:33 PM
Welcome KimJ

 :D We all have to start somewhere!  I used to drink nescafe!  ???

Are there any local roasters near you?  I'll vouch for KK's list above too.  All excellent fresh beans, just stear clear of the supermarket offerings because they are 99% stale.  Look for coffee with a roasted on date, or talk to the roaster themselves.

Your new machine should be capable of a decent cup, but the most important thing is to have fun, and enjoy the coffee that you make yourself.  We are all here to help if you need any. :)
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Post by: UNM on 25/11/2013, 04:34 PM
Kimj, although I have  been through a few espresso machines, I still have my Gaggia classic and it is more than capable of making wonderful coffee.

If you need any advice once it arrives, start a thread and ask away, plenty of us will be only too happy to help where we can.

If you are wondering whether these machines are  reliable, mine was made in 1993  or 1994 and is  still going strong. If anything does go wrong, parts are easy to source.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 25/11/2013, 06:35 PM
Hello all

Although I've been making espresso at home for a long time on what was then quite good domestic equipment (we're talking mid-90's) it's only been the last 12 months that the real coffee journey began when I walked into a cafe and the owner stunned me with a dbl-shot macc that had as much complexity as wine.

Being a food and wine nut, this began yet a whole new adventure, and what a wonderful adventure it has been.

So new machine, new grinder, new filter/softener.

The R58 is a delight but not without its peculiarities.

The K3 is somewhat disappointing, good thing I managed to buy a used BNZ conical. It's fully dismembered at the moment awaiting re-powercoating, sothe K3 will go to a mate who is aware of my complaint but isn't as obsessed. Which is kind of weird as he was the one that started me on the wine journey 30yrs ago!

Anyway, I'm loving this coffee adventure, something my obsessive nature truly revels in.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 25/11/2013, 08:31 PM
Hi MOQ,

Welcome.  Nice bit of kit there.  Lots of $$$.  Did you buy your R58 new?

Check out http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/ because we would love a few photos and a bit of info about your R58 on there.  There is also a grinder section if you need help with your rebuild.  Another member has the same grinder and loves it!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 25/11/2013, 09:50 PM
Welcome MOQ.  I'm glad to read someone else on the internet that isn't fussed with the K3.  I was able to swap mine for a Rocky with my retailer here in Bris and was much happier.... Especially when I bought a K10 conical ;)

Welcome!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 25/11/2013, 10:55 PM
Hi MOQ,

Welcome.  Nice bit of kit there.  Lots of $$$.  Did you buy your R58 new?

Check out http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/ because we would love a few photos and a bit of info about your R58 on there.  There is also a grinder section if you need help with your rebuild.  Another member has the same grinder and loves it!

Welcome MOQ.  I'm glad to read someone else on the internet that isn't fussed with the K3.  I was able to swap mine for a Rocky with my retailer here in Bris and was much happier.... Especially when I bought a K10 conical ;)

Welcome!

Thanks guys, nice to join a friendly forum! I'm involved in a totally unrelated pursuit and hosted for a forum once upon a time, but had to close it down because the members behaved like a bunch of infants dosed up on something weird (definitely not coffee).

Compared to my enquiries on a GS/3 and 1Grp Synesso the R58 was a steal, although I still have my heart set on one of those. R58 was bought new, as was the K3.

I'll check out the machines section if there's an R58 thread (I'm guessing yes) and will post a photo once I get the BNZ rebuild done and it has pride of place next to the R58.

I'm comfortable with disassembling/reassembling intricate things, the BNZ grinder was easy and I took photos just in case. However if I need assistance I'll sing out for sure, thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

@Brett H ... what issue did you have with your K3? On mine the rotating collar is quite loose and can rock back & forth. If I wind it down slowly the burrs touch on one side, and if I push on the other side the touching stops. This leads me to think the burrs cannot be parallel ... in which case the particle distribution must be all over the shop.

Was yours suffering a similar problem?
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 25/11/2013, 11:05 PM
For anyone that may be in the Castle Hill area of NSW, I loved the coffee I had at Trellinis Bar and Resturant, so if you know the name of what they use and if I can purchase it I'd be most appreciative.

@KimJ looks like the place has been sold and the owners moved onto another venture. Just had a look at the website and it has a big apology posted. They list the details of their new venture so maybe shoot them an email and ask what they used at Trellini's.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/11/2013, 11:38 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum MOQ
Q - Do you home roast ?

As a fellow BNZ MD 74 owner I can vouch that its a great grinder

I have posted a reversible and non destructive mod to make it from a stepped grinder to metro metrical adjustment
Having said that - the MD74s steps are very fine and I use it in stepped mode

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 26/11/2013, 12:19 AM
Welcome to the Crema forum MOQ
Q - Do you home roast ?

As a fellow BNZ MD 74 owner I can vouch that its a great grinder

I have posted a reversible and non destructive mod to make it from a stepped grinder to metro metrical adjustment
Having said that - the MD74s steps are very fine and I use it in stepped mode

KK

No roasting, I have the very good fortune of being able to buy 5S beans at a very nice price, courtesy of the cafe owner that poured that mindset-altering macc. We became instant friends and I visit his cafe at least once a week despite being >25km from where I live, and we sometimes do lunch + cafe crawls on his day off ... just for something different!

I saw your mod on the MD74, thanks. I am thinking of making a vernier style adjuster, but first I have to finish reconditioning the grinder, install it, and play with it while I contemplate how to make it. I'm not that worried about drilling into the chassis as I know I can patch it and re-powerdercoat it, but if I can do it without having to drill it, of course that'd be preferable.

However, interesting to know you made your own micrometric adjuster, but that the steps are adequately fine for you. I have a mate who advised me to buy the BNZ and he is an awesome barista, he said the steps are no problem.

One mod I might contemplate is a doserless setup. I saw someone had done this by adapting the Mazzer stainless steel funnel to the MD74. Not convinced as I think the doser acts as a clump disperser, and we all hate clumps! It could be an experiment anyway as it'd be easy to revert back to the doser.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 26/11/2013, 12:38 AM
It can be converted to doserless as it's fairly straight forward

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: conikal on 26/11/2013, 08:52 AM

 The only other beans that I KNOW I have had and like is Manfredi and Piazo D'Oro but do not know anything else other than the name. For anyone that may be in the Castle Hill area of NSW, I loved the coffee I had at Trellinis Bar and Resturant, so if you know the name of what they use and if I can purchase it I'd be most appreciative.

 KimJ.
 Even some supermarket beans will be much better than instant or the Aldi capsule coffe you are used to.
 But For the best results, only use beans that have a  " Roasted On date" of no more than 3 weeks  before you buy them. That rules out most all shop bought beans.
 Look for a local cafe or roaster who will sell you small ( 250gm) packs,..but try his cafe  coffee first to see if you like it.
 There are some good roaster/cafe's  on the central coast,...get looking !

 Trellini's changed  owners  over 12 months ago. Now called  "Criniti's".. BUT,.. if anything the coffee is even better since they now have a nice Izzo "Pompei" Lever group machine ....(but sadly using Izzo's beans ?)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 26/11/2013, 04:50 PM
Hi MOQ,

The nice girl who sold me the K3 couldn't believe that I was upset about the slop in the collar but mine and the three others they had in stock all had lots of play in the collar.  Perhaps just a bad batch.  The Rocky was a much better experience!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 26/11/2013, 11:35 PM
Hi MOQ,

The nice girl who sold me the K3 couldn't believe that I was upset about the slop in the collar but mine and the three others they had in stock all had lots of play in the collar.  Perhaps just a bad batch.  The Rocky was a much better experience!
Hmmm, I'm really glad I am not the only one who has experienced this. Once I get the BNZ running I'll contact the importer to discuss options.

My fave cafe just bought one and I exclaimed "Oh NO!!" but when I went to demonstrate the fault I had it didn't seem to do it.

Roughly what date did you buy, do you know the date or manufacture? Mine was built 19 Nov 2012
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 27/11/2013, 04:57 PM
Hi mate, mine was much older like 2009.  I already had an old Rocky so just ended up updating it with a newer/same version.
Title: I'm new here... Alex from New Jersey, US
Post by: AlexNJ on 06/12/2013, 02:19 AM
Hello good people!

One of the reasons I am here is is my interest in the custom wood handles i saw elsewhere on the web for my Breville Dual Boiler.
They look luscious! And I would love to have one made for myself.
If someone can point me in the right direction, that would be great!

When work is not looming, I will write back with my story.

Sincere thanks.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Kelsey on 06/12/2013, 09:30 AM
Hi Alex,

Glad to have you with us! Unfortunately the member who created those handles is no longer with this community, but there are a number of other members who do do this sort of thing from time to time.

Derrilex is one, BLDRFX another.

Good luck!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 06/12/2013, 03:07 PM
Hi mate, mine was much older like 2009.  I already had an old Rocky so just ended up updating it with a newer/same version.
Sounds like the problems have been long existing.

Well I've put the K3 aside temporarily as a friend asked me to collect his used gear and it included a K6. Naturally I offered to clean it up and of course had to "test" it. After nearly a week I am convinced the K3 is not grinding properly as the shots from the K6 offer much more subtle flavours.

Can't wait for the BNZ to be put into action. What's the hold-up? I want to bead-blast the casings and powerdcoat them in a far more decorative way than standard powdercoats. While I can buy prismatic metallic flake powdercoat from the US (yes, it looks wild even in photos), my usual powdercoating company won't use an unknown product in case it screws up their gun, which is fair enough. Add to that the festive season when they all close down ...

Sadly, the K6 gets shipped to the owner next week, so I'm going to have to have to put up with the dodgy K3 for a while longer.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 07/12/2013, 02:13 PM
Sounds like the problems have been long existing.

Well I've put the K3 aside temporarily as a friend asked me to collect his used gear and it included a K6. Naturally I offered to clean it up and of course had to "test" it. After nearly a week I am convinced the K3 is not grinding properly as the shots from the K6 offer much more subtle flavours.

Can't wait for the BNZ to be put into action. What's the hold-up? I want to bead-blast the casings and powerdcoat them in a far more decorative way than standard powdercoats. While I can buy prismatic metallic flake powdercoat from the US (yes, it looks wild even in photos), my usual powdercoating company won't use an unknown product in case it screws up their gun, which is fair enough. Add to that the festive season when they all close down ...

Sadly, the K6 gets shipped to the owner next week, so I'm going to have to have to put up with the dodgy K3 for a while longer.

I'm sorry to hear of your plight mate.  Had you thought to take the issue up with your retailer?  I did and they completely refunded my money and no longer sell k3s.  They gave me a complete refund because they had to agree that my grinder didn't work as intended.  Lots of happy k3 owners out there so clearly it's only the occasional unit that slips through the cracks... As you'd expect with any huge product run.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: MOQ on 07/12/2013, 03:52 PM
I'm sorry to hear of your plight mate.  Had you thought to take the issue up with your retailer?  I did and they completely refunded my money and no longer sell k3s.  They gave me a complete refund because they had to agree that my grinder didn't work as intended.  Lots of happy k3 owners out there so clearly it's only the occasional unit that slips through the cracks... As you'd expect with any huge product run.
I did mention it to the retailer, all I got was "your beans must be old".

Once I get the BNZ running I will take it up with the distributor. I emailed Compak for the details, they were apologetic about the problem.

I might have found a local company to spray the metal flake finish, will contact them Monday. If so, I'll be one step closer to espresso bliss!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Barry barista on 05/01/2014, 12:30 PM

I live in Sydney & pretty much retired which has allowed me to start thinking about getting to understand things like making good coffee rather than just tossing coffee beans into the hopper, grinding some brand & pressing the go button on the coffee machine.

I just completed a barista course & found it very interesting & has certainly motivated me to become a good coffee maker. I have a Breville BES 900 which I think is a good machine but I am struggling with matching some of the concepts I learnt at my barista course with my machine, e.g. Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc. Does anyone have a similar machine to me that can give me some enlightenment please. I'm looking forward to participating in the coffee forum...
A
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Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 05/01/2014, 03:26 PM
Welcome Barry.  There is a very recent thread that will be interesting reading I'm sure! 

http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/how-to-improve-your-coffee/is-there-something-wrong-with-my-coffee-taste/

Particularly excellent are the posts by Fresh Coffee and MyCuppa. 

Again, welcome mate!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 05/01/2014, 03:29 PM
I did mention it to the retailer, all I got was "your beans must be old".

Once I get the BNZ running I will take it up with the distributor. I emailed Compak for the details, they were apologetic about the problem.

I might have found a local company to spray the metal flake finish, will contact them Monday. If so, I'll be one step closer to espresso bliss!

I'm just reading this now.  How very frustrating... I'd love a PM in regards to who your retailer was.  Just because I'm curious and very often asked to recommend good retailers of great gear.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 05/01/2014, 04:29 PM
Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc.

Welcome Barry.  It all comes down to what's in your cup.  If you like it you should be happy. :)  What grinder are you using?

I would personally pull doubles (the single basket is in the cupboard because it's much more difficult to get a consistant shot out of it), so I grind a bit finer and pull a ristretto which produces 40-50ml.

I've run shots past 30 seconds and into the 40s and they were great, so as far as I'm concerned, aim for 25-30 secs but don't pour it down the sink if it's 30.3secs if you know what I mean.  Taste it, see what YOU like.  Count prefusion or don't don't, it's only a few secs anyway.  When I used my lever machine I didn't count it.  I rarely use a timer now that I'm used to the machine.  Keep an eye on the pour more than the time, you can spot it about to blond before it happens and that's when I pull it usually.

Start a new thread under Espresso machines if you want.  I'm sure plenty of others will have advice for you.
Title: Welcome Mik i mean Stella
Post by: Mik i mean Stella on 24/01/2014, 06:36 AM
Thanks for your welcoming words!
My name ist Mik. I research coffee makers, meet family members of its manufacturers and post my results on a Blog:
www.giordanorobbiati.com
That's all there is to me!
Mik
Title: Re: Welcome Mik i mean Stella
Post by: Lacehim on 24/01/2014, 04:06 PM
An interesting website Mik, I hope to see you posting on the forum.  There are many threads that you could add information to on the forum I'm sure.  A few members collect all different types of coffee equipment so there should be plenty to interest you.
Title: Re: Welcome Mik i mean Stella
Post by: Mik i mean Stella on 26/01/2014, 06:45 AM
Thanks Lacehim! I have posted on the Thread i wanted to contribute to (About my Blog). It is a strange feeling: 3 years ago, Crema was the first website i visited as i was thirsty for knowledge!!! Things have changed... a lot!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Mean Bean on 06/02/2014, 01:35 PM
Hi all,
I am from Wynnum, east Brisbane and a coffee addict, so much so that I bought a mobile coffee business. Have had it now working since the middle of November 2013. slow and small beginnings but we are working hard to grow it. I hope to get a lot out of this forum including the making of some new like minded friends.
I look forward to chatting with you along the way.
cheers
Kevin :coffee2:
 
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/02/2014, 02:29 PM
Hi and welcome to Crema
We welcome your participation and any future questions

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 06/02/2014, 02:48 PM
Welcome mean bean.  I would be great to hear about your equipment and your experience with your mobile coffee business.  I'm sure you'll find a thread on here or start your own.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: shape_shifter on 06/02/2014, 05:00 PM
I live in Sydney & pretty much retired which has allowed me to start thinking about getting to understand things like making good coffee rather than just tossing coffee beans into the hopper, grinding some brand & pressing the go button on the coffee machine.

I just completed a barista course & found it very interesting & has certainly motivated me to become a good coffee maker. I have a Breville BES 900 which I think is a good machine but I am struggling with matching some of the concepts I learnt at my barista course with my machine, e.g. Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc. Does anyone have a similar machine to me that can give me some enlightenment please. I'm looking forward to participating in the coffee forum...
A

Barry I have a BES900 and can get really good coffee out of it, just ask away and I'll tell you what I know.  You might want to do that in the BES900 thread though :D

You can find that there here http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/breville's-new-dual-boiler-machine/600/  I'll PM you as well with it.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: LMZ on 06/02/2014, 09:25 PM
Hi Barry, as I started this very informative thread mentioned above (thanks for our sponsor knowledge and participants) I feel I can share with you my journey. So from my experience :

EQUIPMENT
Machine - main issue is not stating the pour too hot or with too high pressure. Shape_Shifter will help you there
Grinder - good one is so so important to get fine enough grind (I started 10yo with a cheap sunbeam and I never managed to get any crema out of a pour, then I upgraded)
Coffee - freshly roasted of course (anything past 6 weeks from roast is getting quite old and need to wait a degas period that varies 5-12 days from roast). If more question here KK/Jeff can help you. I also suggest you get roasted beans from mycuppa.com.au as you cannot go wrong there.

TECHNIQUE: 3 variables you need to control (Dose / Tamp / Grind)
Dose: use double basket as suggested before and maybe (to start with-as I did) weight each basket (should hold 14-19g) whatever you choose, stick with it and repeat again and again and again.
Tamp: usually 10-15kg. If you have bathroom scale use it to see what it feels like to do 15kg. As long as you tamp with the same pressure and evenly every time then you will be ok. The challenge here is to be consistent.
Grind: this is the only variable you are left with. Grind so that you get your 30ml in around 25-30sec. Once you get there then you can start playing with all 3 variables (one at a time) to achieve your taste.

As said above the 30ml in 25-30sec is a guideline to ensure correct Dose/Tamp/Grind. Personally I usually pour 30ml in 30-40sec.

Hope this helps as it did for me.

There are people on this forum far more knowledgeable than me so they are welcome to correct/add to this post. But this is what helped me when I felt a bit lost in getting a great pour.

Laurent

 
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: PeteC68 on 09/04/2014, 12:49 PM
Hi, my name is Pete and this is my first post. I am in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

I currently have a Bezzera Strega and Mazzer Mini combo.

Looking forward to interacting with other Strega owners in particular and learning how to get the best results in the cup in general.

Take care,

Pete
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 09/04/2014, 12:52 PM
Hi, my name is Pete and this is my first post. I am in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

I currently have a Bezzera Strega and Mazzer Mini combo.

Looking forward to interacting with other Strega owners in particular and learning how to get the best results in the cup in general.

Take care,

Pete

Hi Pete and welcome to the Crema forum
I have the first Bezzera Strega to arrive in Australia and it's been a wonderful machine to own and use

KK
Title: Welcome PeteC68
Post by: PeteC68 on 09/04/2014, 12:54 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the welcome.

As I said in the 'Hi I'm New' thread; I am in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

I own a Bezzera Strega and Mazzer Mini combo.

I am hoping to find someone in Brisbane or QLD to discuss/assist with some Strega modifications I have been thinking about.

Again thanks for the welcome and I look forward to learning lots.

Kind regards,

Pete
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 09/04/2014, 12:58 PM
Welcome Pete!  I don't have a Bezzera Strega but look forward to your posts!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: PeteC68 on 09/04/2014, 01:53 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the welcome.

I am hoping to discuss some Strega modifications I have been thinking about, after reading about them on the web. Ultimately, hope to find someone in Brisbane or QLD to assist with them if they turn out to be worth it.

Again thanks for the welcome and I look forward to learning lots.

Kind regards,

Pete
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 09/04/2014, 06:22 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the welcome.

I am hoping to discuss some Strega modifications I have been thinking about, after reading about them on the web. Ultimately, hope to find someone in Brisbane or QLD to assist with them if they turn out to be worth it.

Again thanks for the welcome and I look forward to learning lots.

Kind regards,

Pete

Okay Pete... Let me just warn you that by modding your machine it may turn out to be awesome so take lots of pics and start a thread!!! 

Title: Re: Welcome PeteC68
Post by: Lacehim on 10/04/2014, 05:39 PM
Kosmo Koffee is your man Pete.  He has't he strega and a contact for mods too I would imagine. :)

Welcome to the forum.  There's quite a few lever threads here http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/ for you too look over too.  Start a new thread about your mods and I'm sure KK and others will be happy to help you. :)
Title: Welcome Journeyman
Post by: Journeyman on 02/06/2014, 04:18 PM
 :coffee2: Hey, thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to reading/comtrinuting.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Journeyman on 02/06/2014, 04:25 PM
Hi to the members...

I've been a member on a different forum for quite some time but my serious coffee journey started early 2013 when I bought a used SB EM6910 and EM0480 grinder. I had some 'interesting' times with the grinder before I got it under control and only then could I begin to refine my process and produce decent drinks.

As of a couple of months back I now have an EM7000 and 3 x EM0480 grinders - 1 for decaf for the missus, 1 for my nromal brew of dark roast from a local roaster here in bendigo, and 1 for experiment beans. Latest have been a PNG med fair trade, a Costa med roast and a blend from a member of the previous forum.

Due to a chronic shortage of cash my next project is to find a way to roast on the cheap - got an idea or two that SHOULD work but you never know till you have a go. :D

See you around the forums...
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 02/06/2014, 06:24 PM
Due to a chronic shortage of cash my next project is to find a way to roast on the cheap - got an idea or two that SHOULD work but you never know till you have a go. :D

Hi Journeyman,

Welcome.  The best roaster IMO is the KKTO for a DIY build, it's easy to use, well priced, and can do small or large batches.  I'm not a fan of heatguns and breadmakers myself because the kids are usually around when I'm roasting.  You can build a KKTO yourself pretty cheap if you can sources the parts, and you can buy some off the shelf from Koffee Kosmo (KK).

Here's a starter thread.  http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/projects-rebuilds/kkto-home-build/ but KK is the designer and may well be able to sell you some bits on here.  http://koffeekosmo.com.au/

Start up a new thread here http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/roasters-different-roasting-equipment/ about your wants, needs and budget etc, and see what other members have to offer. :)
Title: Re: Welcome Journeyman
Post by: Moon on 02/06/2014, 06:58 PM

Hey instant drinker .. welcome aboard .. there's hope for you yet. We all started there  ;D
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Journeyman on 02/06/2014, 07:16 PM
Thanks Lacehim - will do that. Just exploring for the moment but as said, next I learn what I can about roasting - seems a much more economical way to get and store my addict... I mean beans... :D
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/06/2014, 09:33 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum JM
We all share the ideas to solve problems that in the end helps all that follow

KK
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Journeyman on 03/06/2014, 12:06 PM
Thanks KK. I appreciate the welcome. :D
Title: Re: Welcome Journeyman
Post by: Journeyman on 03/06/2014, 12:08 PM
"Instant Drinker" - not sure if that's meant to encourage me to post more or just tell me my place in the scheme of things... :( How many posts do I need before I can get rid of that epithet? :D

Thanks for the welcome. :D
Title: Welcome mwcalder
Post by: mwcalder on 24/06/2014, 07:23 PM
Thanks!

For some info, I've been working in a specialty coffee cafe on the Sunshine coast for 2.5 years so far and only started on the machine this year. Look forward to learning heaps more!

I have a Bezzera Mitica and Mini Mazzer at home. Using 18 and 22g VST's.

Can't wait to ask questions and contribute here!

Michael
Title: Welcome mwcalder
Post by: GaryatGala on 24/06/2014, 08:28 PM
Hey welcome Michael,

It's a friendly and laid back forum here.

Looking forward to sharing your latte art work here as well as your barista lifestyle input.  :thumb:

There's a few Bezzera fans here too.
Title: Welcome mwcalder
Post by: Lacehim on 24/06/2014, 09:08 PM
So where do you work on the sunshine coast?  There are a few members from the area. :)
Title: Welcome mwcalder
Post by: Brett H on 24/06/2014, 09:47 PM
Welcome mate!
Title: Welcome mwcalder
Post by: mwcalder on 24/06/2014, 10:03 PM
I work at Clandestino Roasters in Noosaville! Come visit if you're in the area :) I'm the young guy behind the machine

Michael
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 25/06/2014, 11:36 AM
I thought I recognise your user ID.  You were on the other forum when we had the last social a few years ago but couldn't make it, was that you? :)  I've probably met you a few times already, but didn't know who you were.  You've probably net C-Man from here to!

Clandestino has certainly raised the bar for coffee in the area!  The only place in Noosa that I've seen manual brewing methods!  It's just a pity they are so expensive! lol  I've had a few syphons there.

PS.  I moved this over to the welcome thread for you :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: C-man on 26/06/2014, 08:36 AM
Yep, that's him..... bit of a hipster Batista, knows his stuff.

always looks after me when I drop in.

Gave me a big bag of miss-roasted beans to help break in my HG one grinder

Good to see you here bud......
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: mwcalder on 27/06/2014, 12:03 PM
That's me Lacehim! Such a privilege to make coffee at one of the highest quality places in the area. And a lot of fun as well. Doesn't really seem like work most of the time.

Come in and say g'day :)
Title: Welcome jwiley86
Post by: jwiley86 on 03/07/2014, 07:36 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. I was surprised to see my name on the post. Cheers! :)
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Post by: jwiley86 on 03/07/2014, 07:48 PM
Hi Jason here!

Not really used to making introductions but I'll try my best.  :D

I live in California with my wife. I have a passion for coffee. Although my first coffee wasn't brewed but instant coffee that you can do yourself with just hot water. I was already well satisfied with it back then.  :laugh: Anyway but recently my friend introduced me and let me tried his own made espresso and it just started there.

The idea of making your own espresso and make it really great tasting, better than those instant ones and even Starbucks, I just had to get my own espresso machine so now I'm making my own and I use the Rancilio Silvia espresso machine.

It's hard waking up early in the morning for work, and I just can get through the day without drinking a cup of coffee. It's seems incomplete without one.

Aside from coffee, I like to listen to all types of music but not too much on rap. I'm not a fan of reading books, I like reading business news on newspaper. I like Sports and cars.

That's about it.  ;)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 03/07/2014, 08:14 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum Jason  :thumb:
We all walked a similar path to you at one point in our journey

A lot of members are also keen home roasters and if your interested then you have come to the right place

KK
Title: Re: Welcome jwiley86
Post by: Brett H on 03/07/2014, 10:16 PM
We are a friendly bunch here and look forward to your contributions ;)
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Post by: Concept on 12/07/2014, 12:35 PM
Hey Coffee Lovers,

Excited to meet and talk to peoples.

Bit about me, I've been a Barista and Cafe Manager. I love coffee (duh), and have a passion for small business and exceptional customer service. I just love walking into a cafe like it is a second home

Other things about me, I love drawing, writing and being generally creative. I find pleasure in getting to know people and helping where possible.

I look forward to talking to you all

Cheers

Nathan (aka Concept)
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Post by: C-man on 12/07/2014, 05:01 PM
From where Concept?  and where is the shop?
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Post by: Brett H on 12/07/2014, 07:58 PM
Welcome Concept!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 12/07/2014, 08:20 PM
Hey Coffee Lovers,

Excited to meet and talk to peoples.

Bit about me, I've been a Barista and Cafe Manager. I love coffee (duh), and have a passion for small business and exceptional customer service. I just love walking into a cafe like it is a second home

Other things about me, I love drawing, writing and being generally creative. I find pleasure in getting to know people and helping where possible.

I look forward to talking to you all

Cheers

Nathan (aka Concept)

A warm welcome to the Crema forum Nathan
Hope you can share you're knowledge with the members

KK
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Post by: denwol on 16/07/2014, 09:08 AM
Hi,

Im Dennis and I love a coffee (or two).
I have an NS Oscar but am looking to upgrade.
I grind with a Compak A8.

Thanks for letting me join,

Dennis
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Post by: Lacehim on 16/07/2014, 10:23 AM
Hi Dennis,

Welcome.  I just down graded to a NS Oscar! lol.  Great little machine IMO for the price.  Do you have any mods done to it?  Mine was second hand and came with the OPV mod, and anti-vac mod, and I'm only running BSG (Breville Smart Grinder) at the moment.

Michael
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Post by: Brett H on 16/07/2014, 12:45 PM
Hi,

Im Dennis and I love a coffee (or two).
I have an NS Oscar but am looking to upgrade.
I grind with a Compak A8.

Thanks for letting me join,

Dennis

Welcome Dennis.  I too have an a8 but it's sitting idle at the moment despite new burrs.  They're a terrific grinder and sooooo quiet!  Join in the threads... Th more, the merrier!
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Post by: denwol on 16/07/2014, 10:37 PM
I went from a smart grinder to the a8. World of difference. I didn't really know what it was when i first bought the grinder. So little information on the web about it but have found it really good. Hardly any mess and relatively quiet and fast.

The Oscar has been a good machine. No mods for this one. Was thinking about the anti vac mod but thought its just as easy to release the pressure. The OPV mod is interesting but just thought there is not enough out there to convince me it would make much of a difference. Better to save my dollars and buy a 'better' machine.

I do get some great shots with the oscar and a8 so don't really know what to expect when i get an upgrade. Time will tell.
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Post by: noidea on 25/07/2014, 12:19 AM
Hi All

Noidea's the current nom de guerre but my real name is Darryn and I used to go by something else at the snobby forum.
My coffee stuff is a EM6910 that I was give and brought back from the brink of death a few years ago and and are still using it with a EM480. I think I can pull a decent shot with it and do my best to get the glossy paint with my milk texturing but my latte art skills suck big time ;)
I used to home roast with a corretto for a while but since starting a family it's been easier to drop over to Dimattina's in Perth and pickup something fresh, but who knows I might start roasting again some day.

My current project is a Rancilio MD40 that I bought from that auction site which "runs but wont grind" which just turned out to have had the grind adjustment wound in too fine and the adjuster lock tab pushed in so you couldn't see it! I'm in the middle of trying to convert it to doserless and then maybe add some sort of a grind timer mod.

The next step of my journey is to acquire some sort of smallish footprint HX machine that needs a bit of TLC as whilst the EM6910 is fine for making a couple of coffees for my wife and myself when we get houseful of friend around it struggles to keep up on the milk front.

Anyway enough rambling from me!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 25/07/2014, 08:02 AM
Welcome another West Australian to the Crema Forum
Hope to see you're contributions on the forums   :thumb:

KK
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Post by: GaryatGala on 25/07/2014, 08:50 AM
From one sandgroper to another. Welcome to this friendly forum.
Hoping there is a few here who can help you with the grinder and choice of HX machine.
I have a Simonelli Oscar.

Enjoy your time here.
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Post by: Brett H on 25/07/2014, 05:21 PM
Welcome mate.  Sound like you've plenty of ideas and you're very welcome here!!
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Post by: Suzukiscottie on 29/07/2014, 03:14 PM
Greetings from Melbourne. I have an interest in all things coffee related. Looking to update my home machine from a Breville to something with a bit more oomph!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 29/07/2014, 03:32 PM
Welcome mate!  You've come to the right place to get unbiased advice that focuses on your needs.

Now...

How many millions were you planning to spend? :thumb:
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 29/07/2014, 04:46 PM
Nice to see new members trickling in, Hi to you all and please don't be shy over here, we don't bite!!

No question to silly, no problem to small, if we can help we will. Oh just mind D he can be grumpy first thing in the morning if he doesn't get a coffee.  ;) :rofl:

Fruitin cosmic_couple trying to be funny  :laugh: :rofl: :laugh: :rofl:

Chester
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Post by: C-man on 31/07/2014, 03:28 PM
Welcome mate!  You've come to the right place to get unbiased advice that focuses on your needs.

Now...

How many millions were you planning to spend? :thumb:

Welcome, in the mean time have you tried using a single floor basket? 

cheers!
C-
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Post by: Govi on 24/08/2014, 10:57 PM
Greetings. I live in Melbourne and have a passion for good coffee. While I used to love coffee for a long time and visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica, really got into it when I bought the Rancillo Silvia V3 and the Rocky. Love espressos and long black as the body can't handle milk. Next adventure is to get into roasting. Planning to get the Behmor 1600 Plus and looking to learn roasting and improve my coffee making skills. Looking forward to learning from this group and contributing in any way I can. Thanks.
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Post by: alex on 25/08/2014, 01:06 AM
hey guys..I am new here as well...do you know if there is a job offer section somewhere?
Cheers
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Post by: draeger on 10/09/2014, 10:25 AM
Hello everyone!  I'm temporarily based in Sydney but will be going back to the mothership early next year.  I was exposed to really great coffee here in Australia since 2008 but wasn't really aware about specialty coffee until about 2 years ago.  Since then my interest has expanded from just a consumer then a brewer and now home roaster.  It's such a fascinating hobby!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/09/2014, 03:35 PM
Hello everyone!  I'm temporarily based in Sydney but will be going back to the mothership early next year.  I was exposed to really great coffee here in Australia since 2008 but wasn't really aware about specialty coffee until about 2 years ago.  Since then my interest has expanded from just a consumer then a brewer and now home roaster.  It's such a fascinating hobby!

Welcome to the forum , stay a while and tell us some coffee stories  :angel:

KK
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 10/09/2014, 04:51 PM
Welcome draeger

Enjoy your stay and don't be shy.

Chester
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Post by: Ryadan on 11/09/2014, 08:43 PM
Hey Guys.

I stumbled into coffee at 17 when I left Adelaide and moved to Sydney. I hated coffee, but my 11 year older brother had a coffee cart in the UNSW and employed me as a L-plater barista and forced me to drink it every day until one day I actually loved it. We used to do about 120kg/week back in 1999. So after doing about a million coffees I opened up my own cafe at NIDA.

My first machine was a manual Rancilio z9 that I bought for about $1000 second hand. I think it was 13 years old when I bought it. It was a garish orange colour and looked more like a spacecraft wreck than anything else. But it made the most amazing crema and if you treated her right she would produce the most insane coffees.

I opened a second cafe just out of the Sydney CBD in Broadway which went off too. We were bringing Melbourne cafe culture to Sydney. There wasn't many cafes like it at the time.

After I sold those two off, I moved to Brisbane and stepped out of commercial coffee for about 10 years until I launched Coffee Beans Delivered, a  online marketplace that is designed to marry artisan roasters with the retail world.

I still have a 2 group La Cimbali at home but just about to upgrade and downsize to a single group machine. My wife says she wants her laundry back (the only place a 20 amp, 2 group machine fits.

I just also bought a new grinder the Fiorenzato F71EK because I was on this website and reading through the forum. I was impressed and so thoughtI'd jump on and grab one of my own.

I love debating the best ways to make coffee. I enjoy the journey for the best coffee more than the actual outcome.



Thanks for having me come on board.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/09/2014, 08:56 PM
Welcome to the forum fellow Brisbanian ( Is that the correct term ) 
We all like "the best way to make coffee debate" and welcome your contribution

KK
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Post by: Ryadan on 11/09/2014, 08:58 PM
Welcome to the forum fellow Brisbanian ( Is that the correct term ) 
We all like "the best way to make coffee debate" and welcome your contribution

KK

Yeah, I think Brisbanian is pretty good. That or Brisbanite. :)

I actually enjoy hearing other peoples theories about the best way to make coffee more than pushing my own. ;)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/09/2014, 09:01 PM
What about other styles and methods
I am great at making Greek / Turkish coffee  :thumb:

KK 
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Post by: Ryadan on 11/09/2014, 09:07 PM
What about other styles and methods
I am great at making Greek / Turkish coffee  :thumb:

KK

I love turkish coffee, although i can't brew it myself.

I've always been an espresso guy with my favourite coffee being a latte during winter and Romano during the summer. 

I'm going to get a Chemex I think so that I can start getting into other brewing methods. But usually I'm too lazy and I just brew a plunger. :)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/09/2014, 09:13 PM
I love turkish coffee, although i can't brew it myself.

I've always been an espresso guy with my favourite coffee being a latte during winter and Romano during the summer. 

I'm going to get a Chemex I think so that I can start getting into other brewing methods. But usually I'm too lazy and I just brew a plunger. :)

Well have a look at this thread
The full method I posted is about post #28
http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/other-brewing-methods/greek-turkish-coffee/25/

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 11/09/2014, 09:43 PM
Welcome fellow Brisbane-mate.  Great to have another pro on board to keep us home-enthusiasts in check!
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Post by: Ryadan on 11/09/2014, 10:06 PM
Thanks Brett,

It's a great forum.

Thanks KK, I'll read your post and start the learning process.

One thing, is there a forum for learning how to better your coffee art? Because I only make a few coffees a day now as opposed to the thousands that I used to make per day, I'd say my latte art skills are a bit rusty and whilst I can still do a heart and fern, I can't seem to get any of the 30 tulips or other insane designs I see today.

I used to do a swan, penquin and a dollar sign (i always gave it to snooty business men, just to make my point)
But I'll have to practice them again and more often than not, I'm making a coffee to take with me on the road so latte art is a little superflous.

Still, I'd love to learn how to create some of the great latte art that I see on here and all over instagram.

Any directions?
 
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 11/09/2014, 10:20 PM
Just start a thread and get us all involved  :thumb:

May improve my own technique as I have been very lax and now only pour hearts

http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/off-topic/show-your-heart/

KK 
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Post by: galumay on 12/09/2014, 08:16 AM
BTW its "Brisvegan" as in from Bris-vegas!

Welcome aboard mate!
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Post by: admin on 12/09/2014, 09:23 AM
Thanks Brett,

It's a great forum.

Thanks KK, I'll read your post and start the learning process.

One thing, is there a forum for learning how to better your coffee art? Because I only make a few coffees a day now as opposed to the thousands that I used to make per day, I'd say my latte art skills are a bit rusty and whilst I can still do a heart and fern, I can't seem to get any of the 30 tulips or other insane designs I see today.

I used to do a swan, penquin and a dollar sign (i always gave it to snooty business men, just to make my point)
But I'll have to practice them again and more often than not, I'm making a coffee to take with me on the road so latte art is a little superflous.

Still, I'd love to learn how to create some of the great latte art that I see on here and all over instagram.

Any directions?

Hi Ryan, just echoing the welcomes from above; also have resurrected the thread on Greek coffee that KK was referring to [for easy access]...

FYI we have a video on the home page of Crema [magazine] of Jack Hanna WLA Champ 2007 doing his thing under
'Crema TV' - must say it's a pretty slick demo, and well worth watching
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Post by: Ryadan on 12/09/2014, 01:31 PM
Thanks For the welcome, Admin.

I read through the Turkish coffee thread last night and it certainly seems good. I just need to get myself an briki and I'll start testing it out.

Jack Hanna is amazing!

Does anyone know what extraction time/ml he is using and milk, steamer and cup size and diameter? Or for that matter, anyone who can do that sort of insane latte art.

I can still do the skeletal p&n!s (at least, that's what I call it - the one with the love heart over the fern) but I can't do the pac man fire breather, or the multi fern one.

When I am allowed to post images I'll show you some of my work. No where near the level of these master baristas but still decent enough to put a smile on a pretty ladies face when she receives it. ;)
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Post by: SomeUser on 26/09/2014, 08:49 AM
Hi All, I thought I'd say Hello.. I joined this forum because I'm keen to learn Roasting. I did some roasting back in Germany ~15 years ago with a friend who started up a Roasting company and while I enjoyed it I chose a different path for my career. Now I am back in Australia I am reevaluating my career path and I thought I'd really like to give it another shot. I saw some advertisements recently for a Roaster in Canberra. I live in Sydney and I have young children and can't move out of Sydney but happy to do a day here and there out of state if anyone is willing to show me the ropes? Would anyone like to show me how to roast?
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 26/09/2014, 10:09 AM
Welcome to the Crema Forum  :thumb:
Plenty of home and commercial roasters with a variety of roaster brands that are more than willing to advise

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 26/09/2014, 10:18 AM
Welcome mate!  I reckon if you want to learn to roast get yourself a popcorn popper, KKTO roaster or a BehmorPlus, a heap of cheap greens from BeanGreen, and start being observant while you roast.  Sure, there's little comparison equipment/volume-wise to a commercial setup but the bang-for-buck by starting this way will teach you about:

- the fundamental changes to a bean during the roasting process
- Allow you to observe airflow, convected, endothermic and ectothermic effect on the beans
- stop a roast at any point for testing and tasting
- and all for under $500 with no time away from the kids if your setup is right... Check the prices of some roasting courses.

I'm an amateur home-roaster so my opinion is not based on anything other than my initial investigations into starting my own small-time roastery which, when I did the sums didn't stand a chance of making me a part time wage unless I invested greater than part-time hours!

Good luck and welcome mate!
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Post by: SomeUser on 26/09/2014, 06:23 PM
Thanks KoffeeKosmo, your response is appreciated. Where you wrote "Plenty of home and commercial roasters with a variety of roaster brands that are more than willing to advise", can you recommend any roasters for me to get in touch with? I am in Manly, Sydney and I am quite tempted to knock on the door of some of the Roasters in Manly Vale... But happy to hear from you on who you think I should be speaking to?

Thanks also to Brett H, some useful information also.. Of particular interest, you wrote "popcorn popper, KKTO roaster or a BehmorPlus", can you recommend any particular type of popcorn machine or will any do? I envisage a load of smoke and burnt beans, also can you let me know how I hear for the first crack in a popcorn machine, I've never done it and I assume it'll all just be loud noise?

You also wrote "Check the prices of some roasting courses" Please can you let me know where can I find these courses?

Thanks again all, is there a different part of the forum I should be asking this question to, conscious that someone might direct me to ask these questions elsewhere...

Thanks again :)
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Post by: pleuroman on 29/09/2014, 09:49 AM
Hi, total newb. Live on sunshine coast, retired.  Saw SB em7000 marked down to $398 from $900 at JM.  Bought it about 3 or 4 mths ago.  Was using lavazza preground.  Was ok.  Bought Sb grinder and then water would start leaking from group head(?) when I attached the portafilter(?).  Is in for repair.  missing the coffee.  Was working fine and really enjoying the difference between instant and espresso.  Thanks for including me.
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Post by: Brett H on 29/09/2014, 10:20 AM
Hi, total newb. Live on sunshine coast, retired.  Saw SB em7000 marked down to $398 from $900 at JM.  Bought it about 3 or 4 mths ago.  Was using lavazza preground.  Was ok.  Bought Sb grinder and then water would start leaking from group head(?) when I attached the portafilter(?).  Is in for repair.  missing the coffee.  Was working fine and really enjoying the difference between instant and espresso.  Thanks for including me.


Welcome mate, that's a brilliant price!! To the seasoned amongst us it sounds like an easy fix... Hope youre back in action soon mate!
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Post by: samuellaw178 on 04/10/2014, 08:43 AM
Hi all,

New here but not so new to the specialty coffee scene. Had been a very active member in HB/CG forum previously.  Admittedly I had looked at the Crema Coffee forum for some quick info in the past but never really thought of joining until yesterday. Beanz (Julian) came (to get his new toy) and reckon I should join here (while unabashedly promoting his writeup on the Hausgrind ;P great writeup tho), which I did! Looks like a more genuine forum than the other one (you know which).

Not originally from Oz, but have been here for a month. Currently staying in Melby, great city and coffee! Do home roast (corretto) and manual espresso setup (Rossa HC, Rosco Mini) and some whatnot coffee gadgets. A 99.5% espresso guy here.

Happy to join the family.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 04/10/2014, 09:41 AM
We are happy to welcome you to the Crema forum Samuel
Get in amongst the thread posts and put in your contribution

KK
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Post by: Beanz on 04/10/2014, 12:16 PM
Welcome Sam and thank you for joining. I am certainly looking forward to your posts.

Sam made me an outstanding Ethiopian Gambella espresso shot last night using a Rossa PG which I subsequentlty purchased from him. An outstanding shot from his home roasted beans. I will need lots of practice with the Rossa before I can pump them out as good as Sam's demo shot.
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Post by: Brett H on 04/10/2014, 01:04 PM
Wow... Lots of positives in this thread this morning.  Great stuff Beanz and welcome Samuel. 
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Post by: samuellaw178 on 04/10/2014, 02:59 PM
Wow guys, thanks for the warm welcome. Seems like I need to contribute heapsss to deserve the treatment I'm receiving here!  :P

Oh Beanz, you're too kind. I'm 101% certain that the shot could be better. But thanks. :P

Seriously though, once you get a hang of the PG, coupled with some of the pressure profile notes I sent you, I'm sure you will get killers shots untouchable by other machines. Meanwhile, enjoy the learning and new-toy excitement!
Title: Welcome madaxle
Post by: madaxle on 08/10/2014, 11:51 PM
Hi all, awesome forum. Look forward to chatting and sharing coffee stories.
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Post by: ArseneKnows on 31/10/2014, 02:39 PM
Hi all.... I only found this forum for the first time last night... Always good to have a place to come and discuss coffee and get advice and experiences from others too!

I just bought a Rocket Giotto V3 to replace my Breville BES900... My Breville was forever broken so they eventually replaced it with a brand new BES920 which I promptly sold to upgrade...
I still have the Breville Smart Grinder which I probably going to have to upgrade at some point Im guessing? At the moment its grinding well enough to get the shots coming out alright but I cant help but wonder just how much better it might get with a better grinder?

Cheers
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 31/10/2014, 02:47 PM
Hi all.... I only found this forum for the first time last night... Always good to have a place to come and discuss coffee and get advice and experiences from others too!

I just bought a Rocket Giotto V3 to replace my Breville BES900... My Breville was forever broken so they eventually replaced it with a brand new BES920 which I promptly sold to upgrade...
I still have the Breville Smart Grinder which I probably going to have to upgrade at some point Im guessing? At the moment its grinding well enough to get the shots coming out alright but I cant help but wonder just how much better it might get with a better grinder?

Cheers

Hi and welcome to the Crema forum  :thumb:
A great upgrade to the Rocket Giotto V3

I am in the camp of a grinders build quality and burrs fitted is very underestimated
I myself found out the hard way - and after several grinder upgrades I have found out that on every occasion the coffee got better with every jump until I stopped with a large BNZ MD74 conical

Again welcome to the Crema forum
Get into reading the wealth of information and don't be shy to post away

KK
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Post by: ArseneKnows on 31/10/2014, 06:55 PM
Hi and welcome to the Crema forum  :thumb:
A great upgrade to the Rocket Giotto V3

I am in the camp of a grinders build quality and burrs fitted is very underestimated
I myself found out the hard way - and after several grinder upgrades I have found out that on every occasion the coffee got better with every jump until I stopped with a large BNZ MD74 conical

Again welcome to the Crema forum
Get into reading the wealth of information and don't be shy to post away

KK

It seems to me that it really is the general consensus that the grinder has a higher importance than the actual espresso machine... And yet without being able to do a side by side comparison to prove it to myself its still somewhat hard to justify that big outlay! I think im ready for that leap of faith though!
Ive been looking at a Quamar Q50E which I quite like the look of and also possibly the ECM S-Automatik 64 both of which I haven't managed to find out a whole lot about but have short listed purely on aesthetics...
At the moment it is hard to set a budget as I have no idea what I gain from going up in price and whether I can justify or rather whether the grinder can justify to me its cost!
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Post by: gavinl on 10/11/2014, 05:10 PM
Hi all:)

Just joined the forum after looking through the wealth of information from contributors. Additionally, after looking at the sponsors ... I found I had purchased my Rancilio Silvia and Rocky from one, my Hottop B roaster and beans from another and my last batch of beans from one more of them.:) I have been very happy with all these purchases, so felt that it must reflect something good.

I am a Decaffeinator.:)

These days, my love for coffee is focused on having access to great decaf beans and roasting and extracting them well to produce a delicious decaf coffee.

Still in my newbie stage for roasting, but am thoroughly enjoying the process and the final product.

All the best

gav:)
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 10/11/2014, 05:24 PM
Welcome to the Crema Forum Gavin  :thumb:

I have to go on decaf periodically on doctors orders
It's hard to find a decaf bean that tastes the same or better than regular beans

And welcome to home roasting as well

KK
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Post by: GaryatGala on 11/11/2014, 03:06 PM
Welcome Gavin.

The Colombian decaf from Beangreen green bean suppliers are great to roast.
Some customers in my restaurant can,t believe they are drinking decaf.
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Post by: gavinl on 12/11/2014, 06:33 PM
Thanks GaryatGala and Koffee Kosmo for the suggestions and advice:)

I'm in the process of roasting Mexican Mountain Water Organic decaf at the moment, which to me is of equal standard to (if not better than) most cafe quality caffeinated coffee I've tasted .... and I'm a newbie roaster.:)

Maybe I'm a bit bias.:) Still, I know from firsthand experience that my wife doesn't suffer from this bias and has no problem letting me know if a roast tastes average. After 6kgs into this roasting experiment, I have a couple of roasting profiles that consistently produce good to very good coffee. I'm now ready to branch out to a new bean.

It's difficult enough sourcing good decaf beans, but to complicate things ... I prefer organic coffee if possible. The Columbian organic decaf (both SW and MW) seem to fit the bill and might be needed for my next roasting experiment - especially to compare/contrast and similarities/differences between the different decaf processes. A future project (although not organic), might be a couple of varieties at the ministry grounds ... looks like there a couple of interesting beans there as well.:)

Exciting stuff.:)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: C-man on 12/11/2014, 08:46 PM
forget decaff

now you can  get normal beans with only like 2% caffeine  they have been breed  that way rather then being raped
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Post by: gavinl on 12/11/2014, 09:22 PM
Hi C-Man

Good info mate. I read somewhere that there were Ethiopian varieties with very low decaf ... I think they were called "C arabica". I haven't been able able to find much more about them. Would you have any recent info or know anyone that sells them?

This would be the preference for decaf by far.

Thanks

gav
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: C-man on 14/11/2014, 06:50 AM
I can't remember but when my sister was prego I would buy low cafe for her and they lasted much longer and tasted better than decaf

I think green bean has a Brazilian one maybe.
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Post by: gavinl on 14/11/2014, 08:18 PM
Thanks C-Man:)

I had a look and the only info I found was about a Brazilian scientist that had developed beans from Ethiopia in 2004. Apparently, his decaf coffee strains taste good, but it wasn't suitable for cultivation. Then something about the project being taken away from him.

I'll ask greenbean too.


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Post by: gavinl on 17/11/2014, 01:27 PM
Brendan from GreenBean got back to me ... nice fella.

He said the coffee was a Brazilian from Daterra Estate, named Opus 1. He also mentioned that the caffeine percentage was just low enough to be labelled as a decaf coffee.
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Post by: Brett H on 29/11/2014, 08:08 AM
Brendan from GreenBean got back to me ... nice fella.

He said the coffee was a Brazilian from Daterra Estate, named Opus 1. He also mentioned that the caffeine percentage was just low enough to be labelled as a decaf coffee.

Opus 1 is a beautiful coffee.  I highly recommend it it you can get any!
Title: Welcome Naomi
Post by: Naomi on 04/12/2014, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the welcome.  :coffee2:
Im very much a newbie and would love to learn a lot more.
Naomi.
Title: Re: Welcome Naomi
Post by: Dry bean. on 04/12/2014, 06:04 PM
Thanks for the welcome.  :coffee2:
Im very much a newbie and would love to learn a lot more.
Naomi.

Hi Naomi,

Welcome to the forum, tell us a little about yourself and your coffee aspirations, equipment etc, as well as likes and dislikes.

Dry Bean. :)
Title: Re: Welcome Naomi
Post by: Naomi on 04/12/2014, 08:45 PM
Hi Dry  :)
Our family household has a sunbeam cafe series machine which is approx 7 years old.  Starting to use the machine now again and its playing up. 
Our family is looking into buying a mobile coffee van / coffee kiosk / coffee cart.  We are now looking to buy a semi automatic commercial machine for home so we can perfect our coffee making.

Dislikes - the fact that I thought I knew what I was doing years ago when using the home machine. I pity the family and friends that got served that muck.   :stir
Dislikes also paying good money for bad coffee.
Likes -  that I am developing my coffee knowledge and making skills.  Zarraffa's coffee drive thru's after a busy day.

Naomi  :coffee2:
Title: Re: Welcome Naomi
Post by: Dry bean. on 05/12/2014, 09:49 AM
Hi Dry  :)
Our family household has a sunbeam cafe series machine which is approx 7 years old.  Starting to use the machine now again and its playing up. 
Our family is looking into buying a mobile coffee van / coffee kiosk / coffee cart.  We are now looking to buy a semi automatic commercial machine for home so we can perfect our coffee making.

Dislikes - the fact that I thought I knew what I was doing years ago when using the home machine. I pity the family and friends that got served that muck.   :stir
Dislikes also paying good money for bad coffee.
Likes -  that I am developing my coffee knowledge and making skills.  Zarraffa's coffee drive thru's after a busy day.

Naomi  :coffee2:

Morning Naomi,

The Sunbeam sounds like it served its purpose, introduced you to better coffee and gave you an insight into the fact that there are better options available, obviously if your looking to start a small coffee related business there are a lot more skills needed than simply being able to make a decent coffee, buying a decent home machine and grinder is certainly a good start though.

The fact that you recognise your skills need improving is certainly a good beginning.

I don't think any of us like paying for below average coffee.

Plenty of experience and advice available here and on similar forums.

Good luck,

Dry Bean. :)

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Post by: aperfectcoffee on 28/12/2014, 06:24 PM
Hey guys just signed up thought i'd say hi
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Post by: Brett H on 28/12/2014, 09:48 PM
Hey guys just signed up thought i'd say hi

Welcome mate!  It's a bit quiet around here at the moment with many of us on holidays or spending quality time with alcohol (I meant family)! Nonetheless if you get amongst it, we'll no doubt be dragged out of the woodwork!  Welome again!
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 28/12/2014, 11:34 PM
welcome aperfectcoffee.

Let us know a little about your coffee journey. Enjoy the forum and get involved and as BrettH said, quiet through the Christmas period but they will soon return.

Have a safe new years

Chester
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Post by: macchiatome on 01/01/2015, 02:10 PM
Howdy,

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

I'm guessing a lot of people will be needing their caffeine hit this morning particularly, myself included.

A bit about me... I live in Brisbane. Have been involved in the hospitality industry since I was 4 years old. Yes 4 omg child slavery;) When it comes to restaurants I'm an all rounder or let's just say it's a comfortable environment for me, but I'd like to specialise and learn more about the cafe industry now as I have an opportunity to open up a hole in the wall, neighbourhood espresso bar in West Brisbane, April this year.

I look forward to picking your brains :)
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Post by: Brett H on 01/01/2015, 04:10 PM
Howdy,

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

I'm guessing a lot of people will be needing their caffeine hit this morning particularly, myself included.

A bit about me... I live in Brisbane. Have been involved in the hospitality industry since I was 4 years old. Yes 4 omg child slavery;) When it comes to restaurants I'm an all rounder or let's just say it's a comfortable environment for me, but I'd like to specialise and learn more about the cafe industry now as I have an opportunity to open up a hole in the wall, neighbourhood espresso bar in West Brisbane, April this year.

I look forward to picking your brains :)

Well mate you've come to the right place.  Welcome and ask lots of questions. 
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/01/2015, 04:28 PM
Welcome to the Crema forum
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Post by: Lacehim on 01/01/2015, 06:51 PM
Welcome macchiatome, great to see you on the forum.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Jade @ Creative Cafe Apps on 13/01/2015, 10:54 PM
Hi Everyone,

A bit about my self and why I am here.

I am not a cafe owner, altho I do hope to own one in the future. I am a proud coffee addict and study the cafe restaurant industry daily. I am looking forward to chatting with many of you and learn a great deal.

Currently I am a business owner, we develop mobile apps for cafes and restaurants and provide free mobile / online marketing advice. I am not going to pitch it to you, if you have quests just ask.

I am here to learn from this great community but I also want to help. So if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to contribute quality to this forum.

Regards

Jade
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Post by: Brett H on 14/01/2015, 07:40 AM
Welcome Jade!  We look forward to your contribution.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 14/01/2015, 10:10 AM
Hi Everyone,

A bit about my self and why I am here.

I am not a cafe owner, altho I do hope to own one in the future. I am a proud coffee addict and study the cafe restaurant industry daily. I am looking forward to chatting with many of you and learn a great deal.

Currently I am a business owner, we develop mobile apps for cafes and restaurants and provide free mobile / online marketing advice. I am not going to pitch it to you, if you have quests just ask.

I am here to learn from this great community but I also want to help. So if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to contribute quality to this forum.

Regards

Jade

Morning Jade,

Welcome to The Coffee Forum.

Thanks for your early posts, as you have gathered, we're certainly looking for contributions from new members, your posts and thoughts are most welcome.
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Chookz on 22/01/2015, 05:38 PM
Hey guys,
Chookz here. I've joined up because I can't start a day without a good coffee (or 3) and lately I've been thinking that it's what I want to pursue as a career. I live in Melbourne and work full time, but am looking to get a small roaster and start experimenting on the side. Who knows what could come of it?!? So just swung by to say hi. I guess to get the ball rolling here's some info I'm after to make a start on my journey:
- What are some good roasters to start off with? How much am I looking at spending? I'm the type of person loves to have the best of everything so would rather pay a little extra to get a good machine as opposed to something cheap to start on. Pay a little extra, not go too crazy - perhaps looking for a range of machines from cheap to the cream of the crop and I can see where my budget fits.
- Next up would be size. I'm thinking 1 kg as I'll be learning to roast from scratch and experimenting with different roasts. So expecting a few mistakes along the way and 1 kg would have the least wastage. So what do you guys think? Good to start at 1 kg? Or save a little more and grab a big boy?
- Lastly to get the conversation going, can anyone point me to a good source of information for beginner roasters, and also if anyone knows any good sources of info for setting up a roaster/coffee shop business.
I'm only very new to this site and am conscious of clogging up this introduce yourself thread with all my questions, so please point me in the right direction if any of these questions have their own threads on the forum.
Thanks guys, speak soon
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 22/01/2015, 06:37 PM
Hey guys,
Chookz here. I've joined up because I can't start a day without a good coffee (or 3) and lately I've been thinking that it's what I want to pursue as a career. I live in Melbourne and work full time, but am looking to get a small roaster and start experimenting on the side. Who knows what could come of it?!? So just swung by to say hi. I guess to get the ball rolling here's some info I'm after to make a start on my journey:
- What are some good roasters to start off with? How much am I looking at spending? I'm the type of person loves to have the best of everything so would rather pay a little extra to get a good machine as opposed to something cheap to start on. Pay a little extra, not go too crazy - perhaps looking for a range of machines from cheap to the cream of the crop and I can see where my budget fits.
- Next up would be size. I'm thinking 1 kg as I'll be learning to roast from scratch and experimenting with different roasts. So expecting a few mistakes along the way and 1 kg would have the least wastage. So what do you guys think? Good to start at 1 kg? Or save a little more and grab a big boy?
- Lastly to get the conversation going, can anyone point me to a good source of information for beginner roasters, and also if anyone knows any good sources of info for setting up a roaster/coffee shop business.
I'm only very new to this site and am conscious of clogging up this introduce yourself thread with all my questions, so please point me in the right direction if any of these questions have their own threads on the forum.
Thanks guys, speak soon

G'Day Chookz,

Welcome to The Coffee Forum.

Lots of options available for roasting, I started roasting years ago with an aluminium bowl, a wooden spoon and a heat gun,from there I progressed to a Coretto and have been roasting weekly 750 gram batches ever since.

The Coretto is a simple setup, cheap to make, excellent results and will give years of service.

The dog bowl works OK as well, the wrists get a little tired after a while.
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Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 22/01/2015, 07:02 PM
Welcome Chookz

Like to make an entrance with the big questions hey, can I point you to the roasters thread.

http://coffeeforum.org.au/roasters-different-roasting-equipment/

Lots of good information on the many roasters that you can get with budgets from what's in your kitchen to $30k upwards and everything in-between.

For advice on setting up cafes I would be looking at the information that mycuppa posts, amazing amount of knowledge on the industry and well worth listening too.

Enjoy the forum.

Chester
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Post by: Brett H on 22/01/2015, 08:36 PM
Welcome Chookz!  Get posting in the threads mate.  You'll be pleasantly surprised by the knowledge many of our members not to mention their generosity!
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Post by: Lacehim on 22/01/2015, 09:23 PM
Welcome Chookz
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 22/01/2015, 09:58 PM
Welcome to the forum chooky
I can't help you with large roasters but small ones not a problem

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Springbok on 16/02/2015, 08:11 AM
Hi all,

Good new format - Ive been working a FIFo for the last 2 years  in the Gas fields of Roma, Injune, Miles and Chinchilla - so yes Ive been out of circulation.

AM helped me by rebuilding my Hottop for which Im truly grateful - apparently I was supposed to clean it occasionally..

Since Ive been away - Ive had to invest in a Nespresso machine at home so that my wife and daughter and their friendscan at least have a coffee that they can make themselves - so my Lelit has been relegated to the garage.

Anyway to remind you all - Born in Northern Rhodesia ( Zambia) many years ago - relocated to Johannesburg with my parents where I did some of my schooling and my studies and started my career as an Electrical Engineer - emigrated to Brisbane in 1999 with my family   - "Africa for the Africans" they say nowadays and they can have it... Im a happy little Vegemite here..

Miss the gatherings we have had in the past and when I get back to Brisbane full time hopefully we can meet up again - good to see a few familiar names here.

All the best..
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Post by: Dry bean. on 16/02/2015, 09:07 AM
Hi all,

Good new format - Ive been working a FIFo for the last 2 years  in the Gas fields of Roma, Injune, Miles and Chinchilla - so yes Ive been out of circulation.

AM helped me by rebuilding my Hottop for which Im truly grateful - apparently I was supposed to clean it occasionally..

Since Ive been away - Ive had to invest in a Nespresso machine at home so that my wife and daughter and their friendscan at least have a coffee that they can make themselves - so my Lelit has been relegated to the garage.

Anyway to remind you all - Born in Northern Rhodesia ( Zambia) many years ago - relocated to Johannesburg with my parents where I did some of my schooling and my studies and started my career as an Electrical Engineer - emigrated to Brisbane in 1999 with my family   - "Africa for the Africans" they say nowadays and they can have it... Im a happy little Vegemite here..

Miss the gatherings we have had in the past and when I get back to Brisbane full time hopefully we can meet up again - good to see a few familiar names here.

All the best..

Morning Springbok,

Thanks for taking the time to log in and give us an update.

Lets hear more from you in the near future. :)

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 16/02/2015, 01:35 PM
Great to see you mate.  Yes I agree I feel the need for a social too!  They were always a great idea to get together and put a face to a name and enjoy a coffee or 2.

Hopefully Chester will be ready for one.  His place is amazing but a bit of a drive from Brisbane.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 20/02/2015, 09:26 PM
Hi Springbok,

Great to hear you again. How do you cope with FIFO coffee??
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/02/2015, 09:35 PM
Springbok got me hooked on Biltong
Good to see you posting again  :thumb:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: mwcalder on 22/02/2015, 11:18 PM
I am not new but been on hiatus for quite a while and a lot has changed. My head barista position pretty made me focus on rosters and ordering rather than actually making coffee which wasn't good for me at all. I'm now studying theology full time and unemployed for the moment.

Still keeping my skills in check on the Bezzera at home!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: cosmic_couple22 on 23/02/2015, 12:04 AM
Good to hear from you Michael, we are always heading where we are meant to be but sometimes we take the long way round. So seems you just needed a little push to get back on the chosen path.   :coffee2: :thumb:

Chester
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 23/02/2015, 09:32 AM
I am not new but been on hiatus for quite a while and a lot has changed. My head barista position pretty made me focus on rosters and ordering rather than actually making coffee which wasn't good for me at all. I'm now studying theology full time and unemployed for the moment.

Still keeping my skills in check on the Bezzera at home!

Morning Michael,

I certainly recall your name, perhaps from another forum, regardless, welcome back to The Coffee Forum.

Good luck with your studies and keep up the good work on your Bezzera. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 23/02/2015, 03:59 PM
Being the boss isn't for everyone and managing staff can be difficult at times.    At least you realised it wasn't for you early on and chose a new path.  So many people just put up and shut up and keep going and them many years down the track realise it's not going anywhere or making them happy.

Good to see you back here to say hi again!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 23/02/2015, 05:13 PM
Wonderful to see you back MW!  We've all suffered dodgy parish coffee in our lives so your coffee skills will do you and your parishioners proud someday soon. 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/03/2015, 12:49 PM
Hi all, new here and reasonably new to coffee.

I am currently plugging away with DeLonghi Icona, laugh and snigger if you must, get it out of your systems :laugh: and a Smart Grinder Pro.
However....an upgrade is in the not too distant future, I just need a few more $$ and more importantly I need to decide once and for all what I want so until then I'll keep on keeping on with the Icona  :P.

I look forward to nosing about.

Sue :).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 02/03/2015, 01:03 PM
G'Day Sue,

Welcome to the Coffee Forum.

I can assure you no one will laugh or snigger, we've all been through a similar learning experience.

Have a look around and don't be afraid to ask questions, we're a small and friendly band.

Just noticed in your profile, your from SA, what part of the state do you live? we're up at Moonta. :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/03/2015, 01:30 PM
Hi Dry bean and thanks for your reply. If no-one sniggers I may as well mention Master 16s coughDolceGustocough then as well  :D.
In all seriousness a nice shiny piece of stainless steel is planned, I just need to work out what I want but I am getting there.....slowly.

I am almost on the Fleurieu Peninsula in the Woodcroft/Reynella area  :).

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Post by: Dry bean. on 02/03/2015, 01:40 PM
"DolceGusto" once again, all part of the process Sue, I've had much worse than pod coffee.

Re the machine, when your ready ask for advice in the Espresso Machines forum http://coffeeforum.org.au/espresso-machines/ (http://coffeeforum.org.au/espresso-machines/)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/03/2015, 01:50 PM
Will do Dry bean thanks.

I have a reasonable idea of what I want although I would like a couple of other options to check out but they are proving rather elusive here  :-[.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 02/03/2015, 01:58 PM
Will do Dry bean thanks.

I have a reasonable idea of what I want although I would like a couple of other options to check out but they are proving rather illusive here  :-[.

What is it that your finding elusive Sue? :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/03/2015, 02:08 PM
I had to fix that typo, it was bugging me  :D.


I have pretty much narrowed my choice down to either the Isomac Tea or Millenium.

I would love to have a look at some Diadema and VBM machines before making a final decision but can't find any stockists in Adelaide- so if you know of any, shout out.

I'll check back here later, typing with a sleeping 2 yr old over my shoulder is too much like multi tasking for me  :).
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Post by: Brett H on 02/03/2015, 09:11 PM
Hi Sue

Nobody here would dare snigger at a multi-tasking Mum who autocorrects while providing toddler sleep and coffee research.  You're my new favourite acronym BTW: MTMWAWPTSACR!  It'll roll of the tongue of any 2 year olds who take a sneaky sip of your espresso!

When you do research proper start a thread and ask the question what do I need!?  There are things like water filters and back flush solution that cost a tiny bit more upfront but save a lot of money later.  When it comes to shiny Italian machines (they're the best ones) the one to get is the one you like the most.  It is fun to ask the question however and see the opinions fly!!

Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 02/03/2015, 09:21 PM
Welcome.  Great to see someone new.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 02/03/2015, 09:28 PM
Hi Brett :).

Ha, ha, sometimes these things just have to be done as no-one else will do them  :P.


I know I will need a few bits and bobs, particularly the water filter as Adelaide water is notoriously, well, crap to put it bluntly.

I have started a new thread in the section that Dry bean suggested but am yet to get a bite. Perhaps the mere mention of the Icona scared them off  ;).


Hi Lacehim and thank you, it's nice to be here  :).
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Post by: skinny_barista on 21/03/2015, 08:03 PM
Hey guys, my names Lachy and i have really discovered a passion for coffee. Always wanting to learn and better myself. Currently working at 'Ballarista' in Ballarat, Victoria. I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and machines. Just bought a Cold Drip system and wanting to get that up and running. Any guidance or tips or general info will always be appreciated!
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Post by: Dry bean. on 21/03/2015, 10:29 PM
Hey guys, my names Lachy and i have really discovered a passion for coffee. Always wanting to learn and better myself. Currently working at 'Ballarista' in Ballarat, Victoria. I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and machines. Just bought a Cold Drip system and wanting to get that up and running. Any guidance or tips or general info will always be appreciated!

Evening Lachy'

Welcome to the Coffee Forum.

Sorry, I'm of no use re advice on the cold drip process, strictly espresso myself, I'm sure there are others here who will be only to pleased to offer assistance. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Lacehim on 21/03/2015, 10:32 PM
Welcome Lachy.  Sounds like fun.  Start a thread in other brewing methods and I'm sure you'll get a few helpers.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 22/03/2015, 08:00 AM
Hi Lachy and welcome, I am new here too.


I have never tried a cold drip brew before although there is probably no excuse as a new cold drip brew cafe has opened not too far from me.
I will be brave one day :).
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Post by: Brett H on 22/03/2015, 08:51 PM
Hi Lachy, I've had good results using a 1:15 ratio of beans to water.  I found the standard 1:10 a little strong for my tastes and I prefer lighter roasts ground course... Similar to plunger/Dripper.

Welcome mate!
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Post by: deegee on 14/04/2015, 11:58 AM
Hello all, 

I'm new here , but not new to coffee.  Got serious about it when I retired a few years ago and found I had time to enjoy the flavors and aromas of good coffee instead of just making double strength instant to get a caffeine lift.

I also found that I had time to tinker with various coffee related hardware, so I now roast my own beans in a couple of modified poppers and my espresso machines have had some minor mods as well.

I'm currently into lever machines, mostly using a Pavoni Europiccola and a Gaggia Factory G106 at present, but a spring lever machine is on my wish list.

Cheers,    deegee.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 14/04/2015, 01:34 PM
hi deegee, welcome to the forum, many of us are in love with lever machines, in fact we've had a couple of super-active lever threads over quite some time... would love your input into any of those.

cheers
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 14/04/2015, 09:05 PM
Welcome deegee :).
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Post by: deegee on 15/04/2015, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the welcome aboard. 

I have been doing a bit of temperature profiling of my La Pavoni lever machines and when I'm a little surer of my findings I will post them for discussion.


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Post by: Brett H on 10/05/2015, 07:37 PM
Id love that mate!  I enjoy using the Pavoni occaisionally and I reckon I've got the temp thing sussed but it will be interesting to see if you confirm my suspicions.  My data is quantified... I'm more holistic (lazy) in my approach.  Welcome!
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Post by: Brett H on 03/06/2015, 08:35 PM
Welcome to our newest member Gerks!  Hope Gerks doesn't just lurk.... Welcome mate!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 03/06/2015, 09:33 PM
Welcome to our newest member Gerks!  Hope Gerks doesn't just lurk.... Welcome mate!

Welcome Gerks, looking forward to your posts :) drop a line and say hello.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: pdmarriott on 18/06/2015, 08:36 PM
Hello everyone
after many comfortable Sunbeam EM6910 years making ordinary coffee ordinary, then an interlude for a year or two with an automatic slurry machine, and now confined to a - gulp  - pod machine - it's time to straighten my life out and develop an improved tasting experience with a decent espresso machine and grinder.  So I'm joining the forum, and hopefully getting a few ideas along the way for making the correct decision in my current decaffeinated state.

The auto machine was for my wife to use - but I still made most of the coffees anyway.  The pod machine was a whim, and mildly successful taste-wise but not much of a buzzzzz if you know what I mean.  And the Sunbeam was loud, steam was poor, and after replacing the electronics and coping with the rust, I sold it along with my Bezzera grinder.

So I'm thinking Rancilio Silvia V4 package with Rocky, then I move onto an Expobar Leva, then I decide that the dual boiler Expobar Minore IV might be the better option.  All that for between 2 and 5 coffees a day (more on the weekends).

So that's me - approaching middle age (middle age is always ten years older than I am at any time) and a growing family (not yet old enough to appreciate coffee) and a wife who cannot function without a decent morning coffee (hence the dire need to get away from inferior solutions).  Most of my morning coffees follow a bike ride - and are coffee-shop based.

Well, that's probably enough for me for a first post.  Looking forward to joining the chat.
cheers
Phil
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Dry bean. on 19/06/2015, 09:36 AM
Hello everyone
after many comfortable Sunbeam EM6910 years making ordinary coffee ordinary, then an interlude for a year or two with an automatic slurry machine, and now confined to a - gulp  - pod machine - it's time to straighten my life out and develop an improved tasting experience with a decent espresso machine and grinder.  So I'm joining the forum, and hopefully getting a few ideas along the way for making the correct decision in my current decaffeinated state.

The auto machine was for my wife to use - but I still made most of the coffees anyway.  The pod machine was a whim, and mildly successful taste-wise but not much of a buzzzzz if you know what I mean.  And the Sunbeam was loud, steam was poor, and after replacing the electronics and coping with the rust, I sold it along with my Bezzera grinder.

So I'm thinking Rancilio Silvia V4 package with Rocky, then I move onto an Expobar Leva, then I decide that the dual boiler Expobar Minore IV might be the better option.  All that for between 2 and 5 coffees a day (more on the weekends).

So that's me - approaching middle age (middle age is always ten years older than I am at any time) and a growing family (not yet old enough to appreciate coffee) and a wife who cannot function without a decent morning coffee (hence the dire need to get away from inferior solutions).  Most of my morning coffees follow a bike ride - and are coffee-shop based.

Well, that's probably enough for me for a first post.  Looking forward to joining the chat.
cheers
Phil

Morning Phil, welcome to The Coffee Forum.

Sounds like you have an interesting coffee journey ahead of you, you've certainly come to the right place for advice, we all have preferences, however most of the advice you get here won't have a commercial bias, have a read through this thread, started by one of our newer members Sue
http://coffeeforum.org.au/espresso-machines/buying-a-new-machine/50/
it may well help with some of your questions. when upgrade time approaches ask the appropriate question and I'm sure the answers will be forthcoming. :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Cuir Beluga on 19/06/2015, 10:50 AM
Hi Phil and welcome :).

As Db pointed out it wasn't that long ago, a couple of months, that I was asking the same questions.

I had a little DeLonghi Icona, which I can't bring myself to part with, and was thinking of going the Silvia/Rocky route. I figured I probably wouldn't be happy with that for long and then started looking at the Isomac Zaffiro etc. and again figured as a milky cuppa drinker that wouldn't do it for me so I ended up spending the extra on a HX machine and couldn't be happier with it  :thumb:.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 19/06/2015, 03:12 PM
Hi Phil,

welcome to the forum and thanks for your first post - yep, sounds like you need a decent dose of 'upgraditis' and on to bigger and better things!

P
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Post by: GeekKopi on 19/06/2015, 06:52 PM
Welcome Phil. Great first post. Have a browse of the forum and feel free to ask questions. It is very exciting purchasing a new machine.

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Post by: Brett H on 19/06/2015, 10:59 PM
Hi Phil and welcome!  Middle age, growing family... Sounds like you need a decent coffee machine ;)

You've come to the right place mate.  I look forward to your contribution.

Cheers!
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Post by: huongmaicafe on 26/06/2015, 05:53 PM
Hi ! I'm new here. 1st thing I want to share is that I'm not Autralian nor living in that country, I'm from Vietnam and work as a coffee shop owner, I found this forum is very interesting yet I want to joint and to make new friends :)

I would love to share my experience with you guys, hoping that we will have a good time here :)

Have a nice day.
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Post by: Brett H on 26/06/2015, 09:35 PM
Hi HuongMai and welcome.  It's great to have another industry profession here in our midst. I'm looking forward to you sharing your expertise with us all. I'm personally a huge fan of Vietnamese coffee and have fond memories of Hanoi!! 

I've edited your personal text in keeping with our 'no commercial advertising' out of respect to our sponsors. Please feel free to change it to some thing more personalised but allowable.

Welcome!!
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Post by: GeekKopi on 27/06/2015, 11:10 AM

Hi ! I'm new here. 1st thing I want to share is that I'm not Autralian nor living in that country, I'm from Vietnam and work as a coffee shop owner, I found this forum is very interesting yet I want to joint and to make new friends :)

I would love to share my experience with you guys, hoping that we will have a good time here :)

Have a nice day.

Welcome friend,

We look forward to hearing about your experiences

Cheers
R
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 27/06/2015, 11:32 AM
Hi ! I'm new here. 1st thing I want to share is that I'm not Autralian nor living in that country, I'm from Vietnam and work as a coffee shop owner, I found this forum is very interesting yet I want to joint and to make new friends :)

I would love to share my experience with you guys, hoping that we will have a good time here :)

Have a nice day.

Hello and welcome :).
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Post by: LeroyC on 03/10/2015, 06:10 PM
I thought I'd already posted here, but I see that first posts are often deleted as an anti-SPAM measure (which is fair enough). I was posting via Tapatalk so it looks like I may not have gone about it the right way and my posted got trashed. So let's try again.

I'm Leroy. I live in a small town/satellite suburb called Woodend that is about 15km north of Christchurch, New Zealand. I've been a member on various other coffee forums for some time, but as I get deeper into my coffee journey I'm always on the lookout for a new source of info. I've been lurking around and reading some interesting posts here for a few months and look forward to visiting more and more.

Current coffee paraphernalia:

Brugnetti Simona Top DE, Compak K8 Silenzio (Australasian model), Anfim KS, Sunbeam EM4800, Bellman CX25, Hario Skerton, Cona 'Classic' stovetop vac pot, Tiamo drip filter and a variety of smaller stovetop and filter brew pieces.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 03/10/2015, 08:03 PM
Welcome fellow coffee lover

KK
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Post by: GeekKopi on 03/10/2015, 08:48 PM

I thought I'd already posted here, but I see that first posts are often deleted as an anti-SPAM measure (which is fair enough). I was posting via Tapatalk so it looks like I may not have gone about it the right way and my posted got trashed. So let's try again.

I'm Leroy. I live in a small town/satellite suburb called Woodend that is about 15km north of Christchurch, New Zealand. I've been a member on various other coffee forums for some time, but as I get deeper into my coffee journey I'm always on the lookout for a new source of info. I've been lurking around and reading some interesting posts here for a few months and look forward to visiting more and more.

Current coffee paraphernalia:

Brugnetti Simona Top DE, Compak K8 Silenzio (Australasian model), Anfim KS, Sunbeam EM4800, Bellman CX25, Hario Skerton, Cona 'Classic' stovetop vac pot, Tiamo drip filter and a variety of smaller stovetop and filter brew pieces.
welcome mate. You have more 'coffee' toys than Father Christmas!
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Post by: Brett H on 03/10/2015, 09:39 PM
Hi Leroy and welcome!  It's great to have another avid enthusiast on board.  Now get posting mate! ;)
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Post by: GaryatGala on 05/10/2015, 02:17 PM
Welcome Leroy.
It,s a friendly mob here.
Enjoy your journey here.
Have you thought about roasting your own coffee?
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Post by: LeroyC on 05/10/2015, 07:26 PM

Welcome Leroy.
It,s a friendly mob here.
Enjoy your journey here.
Have you thought about roasting your own coffee?

Oh yeah - and a Breville Crazy Popper with 2 can chimney for roasting. I'm a real noob roaster, I've only done 3 roasts so far. The 1st one was overdone and awful, the 2nd one underdone and not great, the 3rd one was a bit better. I'm just in the process of sourcing shorter cans as my roast time is too short, even with 90g of beans so I think I need a shorter chimney to stop it getting too hot too fast.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 07/10/2015, 01:03 PM
G'Day Leroy, welcome to the Coffee Forum, great to have you on board. :)
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 08/10/2015, 04:07 PM
Oh yeah - and a Breville Crazy Popper with 2 can chimney for roasting. I'm a real noob roaster, I've only done 3 roasts so far. The 1st one was overdone and awful, the 2nd one underdone and not great, the 3rd one was a bit better. I'm just in the process of sourcing shorter cans as my roast time is too short, even with 90g of beans so I think I need a shorter chimney to stop it getting too hot too fast.

i get good results with my popper without the cans I just do it outside and stop it at the end of first crack!
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Post by: LeroyC on 08/10/2015, 04:26 PM

i get good results with my popper without the cans I just do it outside and stop it at the end of first crack!

Thanks for the tip. I get the feeling that if you're only roasting 80-100g the chimney is unnecessary. I'll give it a go.
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Post by: NicoleAnne on 11/10/2015, 04:08 PM
Hello I am new here!

Just move to Australia from a small town in Michigan in July and decided to continue the positive changes in my life by pursuing a caffeinated life. I have a passion for coffee and cooking and always dreamed of opening my own cafe. I completed my degree in accounting after years of working and going to school part-time only to realize sitting behind a desk crunching numbers is not going to make me happy, though I do have a passion for business and numbers.

Here I am starting from scratch trying to learn about the industry and meet people who share the same interests. Being I am new to the country I do not know anyone outside my Husbands network of friends who are great, but I would love to meet new people who enjoy coffee as much as I do!

My first step was to enroll in a Barista course, which is exciting to me  ^-^. I have experience with stovetop espresso makers, drip coffee makers, and coffee press, so I think it's about time I learn!

I've just received authorization to work and have just started looking for a job, I am hoping to find a job in a cafe, but it seems my background in office management is going to make it difficult to convince someone to take a chance on me. Fingers crossed though.

Anyway, that’s a bit about me!  :coffee:
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Post by: Brett H on 11/10/2015, 06:39 PM
Welcome NicoleAnne!  Our Forum is a great mix of Professionals and Amateurs alike all with a passion for all things coffee. I'm sure you'll fit right in so get posting and let the Professional Development commence!   :thumb:
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Post by: cofficionado on 19/11/2015, 08:53 AM
Hello!

I am a former barista and commercial coffee roaster, now a passionate home coffee roaster and brewer on the unending search of the perfect cup of java!

Glad to be part of the community here!  :)
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 19/11/2015, 10:32 AM
Hello and welcome to Crema - we look forward to hearing about your experience in the coffee world !

Best,

Pat
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Post by: GaryatGala on 19/11/2015, 01:12 PM
Great to have another barista on board. Welcome.
Askthecoffeeguy and I are baristas as well as home roasters.
Will look forward to your tales of the cafe life.
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Post by: GeekKopi on 19/11/2015, 09:51 PM

Hello!

I am a former barista and commercial coffee roaster, now a passionate home coffee roaster and brewer on the unending search of the perfect cup of java!

Glad to be part of the community here!  :)
welcome to the community mate. Glad to have you on board. Will be keen to hear about home roasting journey.
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Post by: Brett H on 20/11/2015, 05:16 PM
Welcome Coff!  It's great to have another pro aboard!!
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Post by: petenank on 14/01/2016, 08:59 AM
Hi all,

I'm Peter ... most of my friends and work colleagues call me a coffee snob (although, after reading some posts on here I feel I have a long way to go before earning that title!!).

Currently living in Adelaide but I've lived in several towns in both Australia & New Zealand.

I have a love of all black coffees, and my wife is getting sick of my coffee gear taking over her kitchen. I am just starting my journey in roasting coffee and I'm excited to see where it takes me!
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Post by: Brett H on 14/01/2016, 03:30 PM
Hi Peter and welcome!

We're fairly laid-back here so get amongst it!  I love this forum because I get to rub-shoulders with the very best coffee professionals in the country right here.  These guys are as modest as they are generous and talented so ask away... The only bad question is the one unanswered!

Did I get that right??

Welcome Peter!
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Post by: petenank on 15/01/2016, 12:44 PM
I think the only bad question is the one not asked ... but in the end, coffee makes everything better  ;D

Thanks for the welcome!! Coffee anyone??
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Post by: GeekKopi on 23/01/2016, 08:33 AM
Welcome Peter. Enjoy the forum. We all love our coffee here. Without it I would be miserable. It's my way to start the day. Half asleep I'm pulling shots and once tasted  my day officially begins.
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Post by: BP on 02/02/2016, 06:34 PM
Welcome; this is the place to tell us a little about yourself... and even if you're not new, it would be great to have a bit of an update [especially for some of those recently migrated members]!

A
Hi there I am BP.  I live in Nha Trang, Vietnam.  Been here about 4 years.  Brought my La pavoni over with me.  Found good supply of beans.  They are so cheap here, strong coffee too.  I married here and we have a one 16 mth old boy, very cute. 

We will be opening a coffee shop on the beach where we live.  Viet 'cafe-fin' is the preferred drip brew method but western style coffee drinkers are around.  I want to buy a 2 group lever machine and looking to make a few comparisons. La Pavoni, Bosco and others I have seen on line.  I have had my la pavoni for about 20 years so straying from lever action is never a question, perhaps not even straying from La Pavoni:).  This intended purchase will be a bit pricey so I want to research and maybe find some helpful comparisons.

Would any one have suggestions re lever action machine comparisons?

Thanks very much...

BP
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Post by: shortblackman on 14/04/2016, 10:19 PM
Hi
I'm just starting to have a bit of a look around here and things are looking great! Good to see some identities from other forums, too!

So... I'm a teacher living in the Dandenongs with wife & 3 children. I got into specialty coffee when a place called Little Elixir opened in Mt D. It stayed open for one year only, sadly, but the guys changed my idea of coffee!

I upgraded from a GC to a Pavoni Professional and a isomac grinder. Now I'm onto an hg one and and Alex leva.

The classic is on the classroom bench with a lido grinder. Love doppio (single shots are what I call  "a de-caff" :) )

I like cold drip and pour over too. Waiting on the arrival of a trinity one, which isa very exciting. Anyone else getting one of these? I'll get back into filter / cold drip more when it arrives.

Thanks for Havin' me!

SBM
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 15/04/2016, 12:15 AM
Hi sbm

And welcome to the forum!

Sounds like you've got some serious coffee gear

Can't wait to hear more about the Trinity once it arrives !

Pat
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Post by: Dry bean. on 15/04/2016, 09:59 AM
Hi
I'm just starting to have a bit of a look around here and things are looking great! Good to see some identities from other forums, too!

So... I'm a teacher living in the Dandenongs with wife & 3 children. I got into specialty coffee when a place called Little Elixir opened in Mt D. It stayed open for one year only, sadly, but the guys changed my idea of coffee!

I upgraded from a GC to a Pavoni Professional and a isomac grinder. Now I'm onto an hg one and and Alex leva.

The classic is on the classroom bench with a lido grinder. Love doppio (single shots are what I call  "a de-caff" :) )

I like cold drip and pour over too. Waiting on the arrival of a trinity one, which isa very exciting. Anyone else getting one of these? I'll get back into filter / cold drip more when it arrives.

Thanks for Havin' me!

SBM

Welcome to The Coffee Forum Shortblackman, its nice to have another knowledgeable member join our small but growing band.

Thanks for taking the time to let us know who you are and what your interest/experience is in coffee, as Pat commented, you certainly do have some nice toys, will be very interested to hear of your adventures with your new Alex Leva.

Thanks for taking the time to sign on. :thumb:
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Post by: Brett H on 15/04/2016, 05:08 PM
Welcome SBM.  I saw the Trinity but decided I have enough coffee stuff for now.... Well... My wife is the decision maker in the family....

For those who don't know:

http://youtu.be/3RWlTHvUPbw (http://youtu.be/3RWlTHvUPbw)

Look forward to reading about your adventures fellow educator :)
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 17/04/2016, 08:48 AM
Hello and welcome SBM  :coffee2:.
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Post by: shortblackman on 18/04/2016, 11:22 PM
Thanks everyone!

Now for a sad story.

My Alex needs a repair. Yesterday I was cleaning the group & letting water run through . My wet hand lifting the lever .... Slipped! :( it flew back up and has caused some damage. I'll take it back to Northcote for repair when I can .

Nearly cried. Anyway. If you've got an unloaded spring lever, take extra care....For me .

 :'(
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Post by: Dry bean. on 18/04/2016, 11:30 PM
Thanks everyone!

Now for a sad story.

My Alex needs a repair. Yesterday I was cleaning the group & letting water run through . My wet hand lifting the lever .... Slipped! :( it flew back up and has caused some damage. I'll take it back to Northcote for repair when I can .

Nearly cried. Anyway. If you've got an unloaded spring lever, take extra care....For me .

 :'(
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Post by: Dry bean. on 18/04/2016, 11:34 PM
Thanks everyone!

Now for a sad story.

My Alex needs a repair. Yesterday I was cleaning the group & letting water run through . My wet hand lifting the lever .... Slipped! :( it flew back up and has caused some damage. I'll take it back to Northcote for repair when I can .

Nearly cried. Anyway. If you've got an unloaded spring lever, take extra care....For me .

 :'(



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Post by: Dry bean. on 18/04/2016, 11:34 PM
Thanks everyone!

Now for a sad story.

My Alex needs a repair. Yesterday I was cleaning the group & letting water run through . My wet hand lifting the lever .... Slipped! :( it flew back up and has caused some damage. I'll take it back to Northcote for repair when I can .

Nearly cried. Anyway. If you've got an unloaded spring lever, take extra care....For me .

 :'(

Oh dear! bloody bad luck SBM, I feel for you, hope it's not too serious, keep us informed. :(
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Post by: shortblackman on 18/04/2016, 11:43 PM
Thanks. Will do.

In the meantime, I've brought home my Gaggia classic (my main machine prior to the Pavoni) from school and the first shot I've got from it using the hg one was - too fast - but very promising. What a good grinder (and a couple of year's practise) can do!

The presso will step up to save the day at school...

Go, Presso (& kettle)!!!
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Post by: Brett H on 19/04/2016, 04:19 PM
Holy Toledo!!  That's terrible news mate.  Given the price of the thing there must be some redundancies yo protect moving parts.  Reckon it shouldn't be a biggie mate.  Thoughts are with you!!
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Post by: shortblackman on 19/04/2016, 11:36 PM
Thanks. Fingers crossed.
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Post by: Beanz on 20/04/2016, 04:51 PM
Sorry to read about your Alex, at least the handle did not catch you under the jaw. Can you tell what sort of damage has been done ?
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Post by: shortblackman on 20/04/2016, 09:41 PM
My jaw is grateful of that, yes! At this stage , I don't know the damage. It clicks, as though a bolt is pulling through a hole where it's loose. (That's what I imagine it to be , anyway). And I can see that the whole group pulls away from the machine if I go to pull it down . It pulls out a mm or two, but that's not pulling hard enough to actually even budge the lever. I dare not pull it any further in case. 

 I'm trying to work out how to get it in to Northcote...

When all this is behind me, I'm gunna save for a roasting set up!!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Werks on 24/04/2016, 09:29 AM
Hi all,

My name is Michelle and I'm really new to the whole coffee thing - apart from drinking it that is! I've had a trusty Jura Impressa E75 for around 13 years now, it's even done a couple of overseas postings with me to Asia. I've just bought a beautiful used BFC Lira and am keen to round out my public service working week with a day on Lira, and hopefully change the ratio in a year or two! I read a lot of posts here when doing research for my hubby's cafe that we're trying to get up and running. He has a mountain bike shop and always wanted to open a cafe in it, even before we actually opened the bike shop!

The posts here were always really informative, so I'm hoping that eventually, one day, I will have enough experience and knowledge to offer someone help like you all did for me.
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Post by: Brett H on 24/04/2016, 09:48 AM
Wow Michelle!  Welcome!!  They are both excellent machines you have and what a remarkably intelligent and informed choice to buy the BFC Lira!!  Lots of tips here and when you are an expert please continue to share your journey with us... we love coffee and coffee people.  What grinder did you pair and how many groups is the machine?
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Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2016, 10:19 AM
Morning Michelle, welcome to the coffee forum.

Have to admit ignorance of the BFC Lira, not a name that come up frequently, Google took care of my knowledge gap, looks like they certainly make some impressive machines, Brett has asked the first questions that came to my mind re number of groups and grinder you are using with it.

A photo of the machine would be of interest.

What type of espresso drinks do you make?

Sound like you and your husband have a pretty full schedule, good luck with the cafe, hope it all goes well.

Hope to see you here frequently, keep us up to date with your coffee journey. :thumb:
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 24/04/2016, 11:24 AM
Hello and welcome Michelle, from a fellow female BFC owner  :coffee2:.
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Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2016, 11:32 AM
Hello and welcome Michelle, from a fellow female BFC owner  :coffee2:.

Is the Unico Splendor a BFC machine Sue? :doh:
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 24/04/2016, 11:39 AM
BFC/ Diadema are one and the same DB  :coffee2:.

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Post by: Dry bean. on 24/04/2016, 11:48 AM
Ahhh so, old timers kickin in, all is now revealed. :coffee2:
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 24/04/2016, 12:19 PM
Ahhh so, old timers kickin in, all is now revealed. :coffee2:



 :thumb:
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Post by: Werks on 25/04/2016, 09:49 PM
The Lira is a 2 group, grinder is also BFC branded (MXA) but fairly certain it's Macap. Will try to remember to get a photo tomorrow.
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 26/04/2016, 08:41 AM
We love piccies, well I do any way  :P.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 26/04/2016, 10:09 AM
welcome michelle - ive owned a couple of BFC' both domestic and commercial, and they're solid, reliable machines capable of producing excellent coffee!

Pat
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Post by: Werks on 27/04/2016, 08:59 AM
This is my beautiful Lira, and there's also a glimpse of the Saeco Talea too, ok so we have a few more machines than the BFC and the Jura, there's also a one group Breville.....
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 27/04/2016, 09:11 AM
Omigosh, she is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing :).
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Post by: Dry bean. on 27/04/2016, 10:23 AM
This is my beautiful Lira, and there's also a glimpse of the Saeco Talea too, ok so we have a few more machines than the BFC and the Jura, there's also a one group Breville.....

Very nice looking machine Werks, the bullet proof Mazzer grinder is no slouch either. :thumb:
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Post by: Brett H on 27/04/2016, 08:14 PM
Fabulous looking machines.... Is that Macap BFC stamped??  Tricky!!
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Post by: GaryatGala on 27/04/2016, 10:44 PM
Great piece of kit, more than capable of handling birthday parties or any large group gatherings. You could even start your own cafe.
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Post by: West Village on 02/06/2016, 11:27 AM
Hi guys, am very excited to have joined this wonderful forum. Thanks for having me

A little about myself,

I was lucky enough to have grown up with coffee around me my entire life. My grandfather owned a coffee farm in Borneo near summatra, unfortunately he is no longer around and sold the land as a result. Both my parents have been coffee farmers/pickers in their various stages of life. My mum use to gather Kopi luwak in the wild as a small girl for extra pocket money . My dad has also farmed coffee back in the day in Lismore.
I was born in the coffee growing highlands of PNG in a place called Goroka.
Have had a few odd barista jobs whilst at uni. Corporate and family life took over but have now had a real urge to get back to my roots per say and live the coffee dream. I have just started home roasting on the behmor. My oh my is it addictive! Not enough hours in a day!!!

Look forward to getting to know you all and hopefully contributing something meaningful through my coffee journey .

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Post by: Brett H on 02/06/2016, 07:58 PM
Welcome WV!  Great to have you here.  Many of us are active home roasters so get amongst the posts mate!
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Post by: Cuir Beluga on 04/06/2016, 03:50 PM
Hello and welcome West Village  :coffee2:.
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Post by: sourdawg on 16/08/2016, 02:39 PM
Hi guys,
I'm a coffee enthusiast and home roaster from Melbourne. I post a bit over at cs. You seem to be a friendly bunch over here, nice to have a forum where you might be able to post a simple observation without being told a hundred different ways you're wrong ;)
Cheers
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 17/08/2016, 10:03 AM
hello and welcome!

yes were pretty casual in this neck of the woods and we welcome a diversity of opinion

what equipment are you running with at home?

I roast on a behmor plus and my home machine is a modded rancilio epoca!

best,

pat
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Post by: sourdawg on 17/08/2016, 10:46 AM
Hi Pat,
I believe we've met actually, did you have foxy brown in Northcote? I was friends with one of the baristas, I'm from hawke's bay if that jogs the memory.  I have a bfc dual boiler, currently paired with a robur. I've been through single boilers & commercial machines but I think the bfc will stay for a long while. Also have a moccamaster, hario syphon, chemex etc you could say I'm a bit of a nut!

Roasting on a correto,using a Bosch gun and breville big loaf, I'm pushing 1kg roasts, but can also go as low as 600g.(maybe lower, never tried). Have considered building a kkto but, irrational as it sounds, I don't want to learn a new roasting process.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/08/2016, 10:55 AM
Welcome SD
A KKTO can be used with a heat gun if you wish
Due to the flow through design of the heat source and better agitation you get a better more even roast

So when the BM breaks down you can build a KKTO  :thumb:

KK 
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Post by: admin on 03/09/2016, 12:42 PM
Hi guys, just a quick welcome to Abid Kashmiri, who's joining us as a member (just getting his registration through) and a sponsor - see his boutique green bean thread under Sponsors called 'CoffeeCurators'.
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Post by: Brett H on 03/09/2016, 09:37 PM
Great stuff!  Welcome fellow Brisbanite! 
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Post by: coffee_curators on 05/09/2016, 10:37 AM
Hi Brett and Coffee Forum community,

Thanks for the welcome! And thanks KK and A. from admin for setting it all up, much appreciated. :)
Apologies for the delay but I am now up and running and look forward to this new venture.

I'm in my early 30's and have been in the coffee/cafe industry for a little over 8 years.
The necessity for work whilst at uni was what started me on this little coffee journey.
I think it is a great industry and community and look forward to getting to know you all.


Cheers!
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 05/09/2016, 04:16 PM
Hi and welcome CC

cant wait to hear a little more about your coffee journey

all the best,

ACG
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 05/09/2016, 09:45 PM
Hi Brett and Coffee Forum community,

Thanks for the welcome! And thanks KK and A. from admin for setting it all up, much appreciated. :)
Apologies for the delay but I am now up and running and look forward to this new venture.

I'm in my early 30's and have been in the coffee/cafe industry for a little over 8 years.
The necessity for work whilst at uni was what started me on this little coffee journey.
I think it is a great industry and community and look forward to getting to know you all.


Cheers!

Welcome to the forum as both a sponsor and a member

What part of Brisbane are you located, because if you are close I may pay you a visit

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffee_curators on 06/09/2016, 10:48 AM
Hi KK,

I just run it out of home for the time being over in Moggill. What side of town are you in?

Cheers
Abid
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 06/09/2016, 12:13 PM
Hi KK,

I just run it out of home for the time being over in Moggill. What side of town are you in?

Cheers
Abid

Not a problem - Abid
I'm on the Southside inner CBD

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: coffee_curators on 07/09/2016, 09:14 AM
Hi ACG,

Thanks for the welcome and the well wishes. Happy to share any curiosities regarding my coffee journey thus far.

Look forward to hearing a bit about yourself as well.

Cheers
Abid
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: DizzBean on 30/01/2017, 01:20 PM
Hello to all,
Okay, I am a naive late starter, in south east Qld that is going into the coffee business, because it is a passion and a longing.
What I am hoping to find on this forum is a "Mentor" for my mobile business. I am aware of the pitfalls (well a lot of them) and the amount of hard work I am going to have to put in and although this is daunting, it is not too scary  ???. The scary part is the actual start up and all the hoops I have to jump through(some of those hoops are flaming).  :head:
I am determined for this venture to work because I want it to.... so very much.
Anyhoo, if there is some kind soul that will take pity on a poor, knowledge hungry, passionate, mature age entrepreneur, my (currently exploding) mind will be so very grateful.
Just askin'  ;D
Cheers
Dizzy  :coffee2:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 31/01/2017, 01:31 PM
Hi DizzBean, welcome to the forum; it's been a little quiet over the Xmas/New Year period but there are plenty of people who can help answer various coffee questions, although am less certain about the number of members who have a mobile coffee business... anyway feel free to ask questions; am sure we'll be able to help with most things coffee-related!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 01/02/2017, 12:33 PM
I can probably help out in a roundabout way
My extended family have run cafes and fast food for decades

But that depends on your location because I am in Brisbane

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 01/02/2017, 12:44 PM
Hello to all,
Okay, I am a naive late starter, in south east Qld that is going into the coffee business, because it is a passion and a longing.
What I am hoping to find on this forum is a "Mentor" for my mobile business. I am aware of the pitfalls (well a lot of them) and the amount of hard work I am going to have to put in and although this is daunting, it is not too scary  ???. The scary part is the actual start up and all the hoops I have to jump through(some of those hoops are flaming).  :head:
I am determined for this venture to work because I want it to.... so very much.
Anyhoo, if there is some kind soul that will take pity on a poor, knowledge hungry, passionate, mature age entrepreneur, my (currently exploding) mind will be so very grateful.
Just askin'  ;D
Cheers
Dizzy  :coffee2:

Hi Dizzy,

Im on the coast up Eumundi way, and Im actively mentoring / coaching a few coffee startups at the moment - and Id be happy to help!

I moved up from Melbourne a year ago after having run my own highly acclaimed cafes there for 12yrs (top 20 melbourne coffee destinations according to beanhunter and i was in the top 100 coffee destinations in The Age Good Cafe Guide for five years in a row!

good luck with your venture and feel free to PM if I can be of any further assistance!

best,

Pat
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: DizzBean on 03/02/2017, 10:34 AM
Thank you so much for the replies, I am happy to devour any advice that is thrown my way (buckets full are welcome).  ;D
I am situated half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast so pretty close to you Koffee Kosmo.
I am not familiar with forums as I rarely have much to say (except my worldly wisdom) so, lets just assume that I am completely clueless and tell me just how one would go about PM'ing someone here please.
Otherwise post your infinite wisdom on here and I shall wait with baited breath (never really understood that analogy  ::) )
Cheers
DizzBean  :coffee2:
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 03/02/2017, 12:07 PM
Hi dizz we're all constantly learning no matter where we are at in our coffee journey !

To PM someone you can click on the envelope icon under their name on one of their pets or else click through to their profile details and do the same

Best

Pat
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 08/02/2017, 01:29 PM
It's Paul here from K Bean Coffee.

I'm not new here, but I am new as a site sponsor.  It's great to be onboard and I really look forward to getting more involved.

Please visit my new website.

www.kbean.com.au

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 08/02/2017, 09:17 PM
Hi Paul and welcome aboard as a sponsor!!  We're really looking forward to your enthusiasm and sharing your passion!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 08/02/2017, 09:24 PM
Hi Paul, just repeating my earlier welcome - great to have you on board!

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 08/02/2017, 10:40 PM
Hi Paul and welcome aboard as a sponsor!!  We're really looking forward to your enthusiasm and sharing your passion!
Thanks Brett - I'll share my passion alright!
Cheers, Paul :)


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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 08/02/2017, 10:42 PM
Hi Paul, just repeating my earlier welcome - great to have you on board!
Thanks again for the warm welcome Ash.


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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: wfdTamar on 20/04/2017, 09:45 AM
Hi. I'm in Northern Tasmania near Launceston. Started four years ago with a Jura Ena One Touch (convenient, but weak). Have also had a Sunbeam 6910 which I eventually got to produce decent coffees by chucking the grinder that comes with it for a Breville SmartGrinder.

Now a Breville Oracle. I roast in a Behmor 1600, getting very good results.

Getting upgraditis and looking at good lever machines - up to the new fancy profiling machines. I really only make one or two coffees in a session (at most twice a day).
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 20/04/2017, 06:47 PM
Welcome mate!  Can you tell me... is coffee actually grown in Tasmania?   You see there is a local business here in Brisbane advertising Tasmanian coffee.   There no roast date but also no information about the provenance.  I'm not interested In stale coffee but the assertion intrigues me.  Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/04/2017, 08:30 PM
Welcome to the forum you Tassie Devil
Last year I visited Tasmania and stopped into Burnie and Hobart

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 21/04/2017, 07:54 PM
Welcome mate.
I love Tassie - especially that overland track :)
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 21/04/2017, 07:56 PM
Getting upgraditis and looking at good lever machines - up to the new fancy profiling machines.
If I can help cure that upgraditis get in touch. My K Bean Dream Machines website is right here: www.kbean.com.au

The Profitec Pro 800 is amazing. Here's a YouTube link showing me pulling a Pro 800 shot: https://youtu.be/OM9N385V0BQ

Take a look :)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: wfdTamar on 25/04/2017, 03:24 PM
Jeez, isn't coffee a tropical crop? I think limited to northern Qld etc if at all in Aust. wouldn't it be? I wouldn't have thought there would be any way short of a lit & heated greenhouse to get it to grow in Tassie and that would be very expensive. That ad was probably just for Tassie roasted coffee.

K Bean, been looking around your site. The Profitec 800 does look nice. Also seen that the (much more expensive - around $9000) ACS Vostok 1 group is coming soon (pre sales on some sites). Then I saw the ACS Vesuvius for under $4800 and it's interesting, but the Home Barista review didn't compare it well against the Profitec 700, but I suspect a bit of fiddling with the profiles may have changed that result.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 25/04/2017, 03:38 PM
Welcome mate!  Agreed that as far south as norther NSW would be coffee friendly but I'm happy to be wrong.  My big issue with the ACS machines is: insert Obi Wan:
(he's more machine than espresso maker), but that's an argument for another thread. 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Stan_the_man on 17/07/2017, 11:45 PM
Hey-hey, I am new here, my name is Stan, it is great to be part of a movement. Ta
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 18/07/2017, 07:31 PM
Hi Stan and welcome!  Lots of threads to post in so get amongst it!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 23/07/2017, 01:25 PM
Hey-hey, I am new here, my name is Stan, it is great to be part of a movement. Ta
Welcome to the movement Stan.
Enjoy this super-friendly forum :)
Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 24/07/2017, 10:32 AM
Heya guys! Am new here, also post in another forum, but thought I'd join this one if you'll have me :). Recognise a few friendly faces here too :D

Am 30 years old, live in Bannockburn, Victoria. Been coffee-ing for 8-10 years (honestly cannot remember haha...), have done a few years of barista work (chain and specialty coffee) in the past, love espresso but also filter brewing and roasting on my Behmor 1600. Much much more to learn for sure!

Look forward to chatting with you all :)

Simon

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 24/07/2017, 12:15 PM
hey mate welcome to the forum !

when do you find time to drink coffee after smashing down all the good pinot that comes from your region???


Pat
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 24/07/2017, 12:49 PM
Heya guys! Am new here, also post in another forum, but thought I'd join this one if you'll have me :). Recognise a few friendly faces here too :D
It's great to see you here Simon.
Enjoy this super-friendly forum ;)
Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: _maatt_ on 24/07/2017, 01:07 PM
About time I introduced myself recognise a few avatars and usernames; over there I'm Magic Matt (don't even order magics any more but kept the user name to annoy the grumpy old men of that forum ).

I'm a Taswegian living in Sydney via Melbourne and Canberra, mostly drink espresso at home with my ECM twins (Synchronika and V-Titan), but have been getting more into manual methods lately with Trinity One and pourover (have had an aeropress since forever).

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 24/07/2017, 03:40 PM
... I'm Magic Matt (don't even order magics any more but kept the user name to annoy the grumpy old men of that forum ).
Hi Matt.
It's really SO good to see you here. We have gained a few new members this week ;)
Cheers :)
Paul
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 24/07/2017, 04:10 PM
hey mate welcome to the forum !

when do you find time to drink coffee after smashing down all the good pinot that comes from your region???


Pat
Haha thanks guys great to be here. And unfortunately don't drink alcohol, so more wine for all others to enjoy, and more coffee for me :)

Welcome Matt great to have ya! Looking forward to some expressooo and cappa' discussion *...uggh cringing at those terms...* XD

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 24/07/2017, 04:37 PM
A big welcome to all new members
Let's get the conversation moving by participating in the threads
Or start a new one  :thumb:

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 24/07/2017, 06:35 PM
Hey Matt & Simon - welcome, hope you'll enjoy it here... one thing i've noticed is that peeps really seem to respond to photography, so if you've got some favourite espresso shots or perhaps a shot of your setup, feel free to post.

Once again, great to have you on board
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 24/07/2017, 09:28 PM
Ah for sure will do, thank you :)

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 24/07/2017, 09:35 PM
Haha thanks guys great to be here. And unfortunately don't drink alcohol, so more wine for all others to enjoy, and more coffee for me :)

Welcome Matt great to have ya! Looking forward to some expressooo and cappa' discussion *...uggh cringing at those terms...* XD

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bit like me i drank so much of the stuff as a wee tacker that i hardly touch it any more!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: ThePiccoloChaser on 26/07/2017, 06:02 PM
Thought I'd say a quick hello.  Hope you're all having a good mid week coffee or two.

Reasonably long time coffee drinker and occasional CF lurker. 

Quick history / coffee confessional:
My family were originally instant drinkers who stepped up to Mokka pot and caffe kimbo packs back in the 90's. ;-)  At the peak of my coffee crimes, my family gave me a 21st birthday present of a Miss Audrey (that's a colourful and plasticy version of Ms Silvia for those who have been spared).  In my poor uni student ignorance I used it with no coffee grinder, no fresh coffee or useful training aside from Rancilio's manual.  Needless to say the coffee produced was average at best.  Audrey died a mercifully early death and I went back to mokka pot/brikka for a decade.  Only been back to espresso land since about 2011.  Moved with my family from Qld to Mid North Coast NSW.  Started home roasting at that time due to a lack of local options and inspired by some Brisbane roasters.

Now by day I'm an IT project and support worker and by weekend a social enterprise / NFP coffee fundraiser barista on a NS Appia II 2 group compact. 

I'm fortunate to have work pay for the decent coffee beans I order for them there and get the opportunity to batch brew plenty of different roasters.  The weekend fundraiser budget is a bit tighter but am finding some tasty beans for espresso.

Hope to get to know some of you.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 26/07/2017, 07:47 PM
G'day mate and welcome! Join in the good discussions! (And totally get the piccolo chasing XD)

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: madaxle on 27/07/2017, 10:16 AM
Welcome..... :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 27/07/2017, 11:54 AM
welcome Im a mad coffee convert

didnt start drinking the stuff till I was 30yrs old and began managing fine dining restaurants pretty much around the clock averaging 4hrs sleep per night so naturally coffee was the only affordable legal way to stay awake

since then ive

* managed the first fully owned italian coffee franchise store in australia (segafredo zanetti espresso in hardware lane)

* multi site managed and troubleshooted for a bunch of coffee stores, restaurants, and bars for the ubiquitous Salvatore (the one and only)

* owned my own highly acclaimed cafes in melbourne for 12 years

* written for numerous industry publications

* now im consultation to cafes and producing my own (non coffee) range of products for cafes

* and im studying my cert 4 in TAE to become a hospitality trainer having moved to SEQ from melbs last year!

I still roast my own on a couple of bemore plus, and I just did a coffee catering job last weekend using my own gear for a local tennis club!

greetings and welcome from patrick aka askthecoffeeguy!


 
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 27/07/2017, 01:03 PM
Reasonably long time coffee drinker and occasional CF lurker.
Welcome TPC.
It's really great to have you here :)
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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: lordvader on 27/07/2017, 09:14 PM
Hey all !

My names Michael. Came here after purchasing a Profitec 500 off Paul (K-Bean).
Look forward to hanging out here !
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: beltranespinosa on 27/07/2017, 11:06 PM
Hello, I live in Miami, Florida, USA and I love coffee. After many years of drinking the regular coffee made in an italian espresso moka device, I asked myself, "Why can't I make coffee as good as in a Café, at home?". Well, I began with a DeLonghi bottom of the line machine, and from the first try, my coffee was incredibly better than the
dark beverage I used to drink. Then, things got complicated. I upgraded to Gaggia Classic and still grind my coffee with a Capresso grinder that I bought with the DeLonghi. I have one latte in the morning and a cappucino in the evening, and that was my problem, the milk didn't look as good as the coffee by itself was. I learned about single boiler, heat exchanger and double boiler. Now I have a Baratza Sette 270 and the Lelit PL60PLUST, model Diana with 2 boilers and 2 pumps. Sounds great, does it?. Well not so fast, in United States we have 117Volts 15Amp household electrical outlets and in order to cope with the power of the 2-1300W heating elements of the Diana, the current changes from one element to the other at the rate of 4 seconds at a time. Besides being happy to say hello to this wonderful forum, I'm looking for some input about this matter. I would like to know if I can override the PID and connect the steam boiler directly to a different outlet so that it can be on all the time with the logical limits of the thermostat of the heating element. All this is just about to be able to brew and steam at the same time without seeing the steam power  going to 0.4 bar. The latte that I make is really good, (I use Rwandan Dark Roast Hole Bean Coffee) and makes my life very happy, but the steam matter annoys me a lot.
Thank you for your welcome to your forum.
Beltrán
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 28/07/2017, 08:34 AM
Hey all !
My names Michael. Came here after purchasing a Profitec 500 off Paul (K-Bean).
Look forward to hanging out here !
It's really great to see should here Michael.
We've gained a few members over the last few weeks so thanks or hopping over with us.
I use the Tapatalk app to post. If you don't have it try it out.
I hope you're loving your Profitec Pro 500.
Cheers :)
Paul





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Title: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 28/07/2017, 08:36 AM
Thank you for your welcome to your forum.
Beltrán
Welcome Beltran.
What do you think of the Baratza Sette? I'm loving it :)
Cheers, Paul
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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 28/07/2017, 09:00 AM
Welcome Michael and Beltrán! (Good choice with the Profitec Michael! I bought one from Paul also and it has far exceeded my expectations for sure!)
Great to have you, don't be shy and post away! And yeah I use Tapatalk, really good, a few little kinks here and there but easy enough to use.
Beltrán maybe post your question in a thread of its own in one of the coffee topics, just so people will see it and hopefully try and help out :)

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: admin on 28/07/2017, 10:03 AM
hey Michael and Beltran, welocme, it's great to have you guys on board. Beltran iI see you're in Miami but if you travel in the US, please feel free to post pics of great cafes that you see a long the way...

A
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Taz B on 31/07/2017, 11:37 AM
Hi All,

I'm new  :)

I started a thread labelled "New HX machine + grinder - ideally transportable" as I thought there was too much content for this thread.

Look forward to being part of the club!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 31/07/2017, 11:39 AM
Welcome Taz
Give it time mate
Better to get good reflective answers then stupid ones

KK
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 31/07/2017, 12:19 PM
Welcome Beltran.
What do you think of the Baratza Sette? I'm loving it :)
Cheers, Paul
K Bean - Dream Machines (http://www.kbean.com.au/)

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great looking setup must be fun to play on for sure!

P
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 31/07/2017, 01:17 PM
Welcome Taz B :)


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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 31/07/2017, 03:56 PM
Hi Taz and welcome!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 31/07/2017, 10:56 PM
G'day Taz, have a great time here, enjoy the journey!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Taz B on 01/08/2017, 03:41 PM
Better to get good reflective answers then stupid ones

Thanks KK. On that note, would you care to comment on the separate thread I started called "New HX machine + grinder - ideally transportable"? I would greatly appreciate any useful thoughts and feedback.

TB
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mrh on 13/08/2017, 07:15 PM
Hi coffee people, I'm a newby

Iv been trying to make good coffee at home for a while now but still just an enthusiastic amateur.
I worked in kitchens for 20 years so I got to drink a fair bit of coffee...

Now I'm an architectural draftsman in an office with a pod machine  :-[

My set up at home is
 Lelit pl41 plus t and a  Fiorenzato f5
I'm keen to upgrade to hx machine....

Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 13/08/2017, 08:29 PM
Hello Mrh and welcome.  I love the F5! I haven't moved mine on despite the fact I on,y use it twice a year now.  All the benefits of a superjolly without the price tag!!  Welcome... lots of great HX machines out there including my favourite the Diadema Unico Splendor! Start a thread or join an existing one... and welcome!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Simon on 13/08/2017, 10:12 PM
Welcome Mrh! :)

Yeah pods.. I've actually managed to squeeze a semidecent result (relatively speaking, relative to the usual pod extractions..) on a pod machine when on a Tassie devil scientific expedition in Tasmania. Coffee felt incredibly necessary for those grueling days haha, the normal espresso button was usually far too much volume liquid for the mere 7g or so in each pod.. I used two pods consecutively, and pushed I think the middle extraction button for the first, and the shortest extraction button possible for the second, both into the same cup, was the best I could squeeze out of what we had haha.

Anyways enough about that! Enjoy the forums!
Title: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 14/08/2017, 08:24 AM
Welcome to the forum MrH.
It's great to have you joined up.
For some info on HX machines please take a look at my Buyer's Guide by clicking here (http://www.kbean.com.au/buyers-guide/)
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Mrh on 14/08/2017, 09:55 PM
Thanks for your welcomes guys,
Thanks kbean for the buyers guide, it is nice and concise with many questions answered.

Im trying to weigh up just how much better a shot I can get from an hx.  When I get my act together, I'm pretty happy with the double shots from the pl41plus
Possibly I just need an E61 group head to look at!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 15/08/2017, 12:33 PM
I'm glad you like it :)
I was in the same position many years back. I had a Silvia and was looking at a first HX.
I asked a retailer "will I notice a big difference between a PID'ed Siliva and an HX." He replied "if you have to ask that, you haven't experienced one."
At the time I thought that seemed a little salesy but when I got hold of my HX I quickly understood.
"Driving" an HX machine is an experience.
Single boiler:HX is like small hatchback:big V8.
Cheers
Paul


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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: fred1922 on 02/09/2017, 08:42 AM
Hi all, just joined. My machine is on the second floor of my shed. I will post a pic when I work out how.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 02/09/2017, 10:51 AM
Hi Fred and welcome!  Your shed has a second floor??  You'd better work out the picture thing because I'm intrigued and a fair bit jealous. Welcome mate!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 04/09/2017, 01:06 PM
G'day and welcome Fred :)
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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: fred1922 on 05/09/2017, 09:17 AM
(http://) I have workshop on ground floor and man cave second floor, where I fix computers and do some video / photography.
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 05/09/2017, 12:21 PM
awesome and welcome to the forum!

Pat
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Brett H on 07/09/2017, 04:21 PM
Great machine and grinder!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Spin addict on 12/09/2017, 03:57 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm new here :) and here is my first post.

Started with a Silvia and rocky
Got rid of the rocky and moved to a super jolly,
I move on to heavily modify the Silvia with every gadget and contraption I could.

In the end I couldn't do the things I wanted with it so I moved on to my next and current machine. The GS3 is lovely but i needed it modified to have the Strada gauge pretty much immediately. I also run a compak e8od. I hated the compak for a long time compared with the SJ but have now grown to love it.

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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 12/09/2017, 05:02 PM
oh thats a nice set up - must be fun to play with!

can you pressure profile with the paddle or is it more about controlled pre-infusion ?

Pat
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 12/09/2017, 06:05 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm new here :) and here is my first post.
Welcome CA :)
Nice gear.
Did you do those Silvia mods yourself? That reminds me of a heavily modded Silvia I saw several years back.
Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: Spin addict on 12/09/2017, 06:58 PM
Welcome CA :)
Nice gear.
Did you do those Silvia mods yourself? That reminds me of a heavily modded Silvia I saw several years back.
Cheers, Paul
Hi Paul,

Yep I did it all myself, including the internal changes.  I actually think we might have chatted about this on another forum a few years back as you mentioned.

The Silvia was a great learning experience plus I enjoy tinkering.

Stef




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Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 12/09/2017, 10:52 PM
Nice work Stef. Re Silvia tinkering, I only got as far as a slightly dodgy side mounted PID before I moved to an HX. Still, I also enjoyed the tinkering.


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Post by: admin on 13/09/2017, 10:07 AM
Hi Stef, welcome; must say that GS3 is a beautiful-looking machine!
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Post by: Spin addict on 13/09/2017, 01:16 PM
oh thats a nice set up - must be fun to play with!

can you pressure profile with the paddle or is it more about controlled pre-infusion ?

Pat


Hi Pat,

Yep certainly fun to play with and yes you can pressure profile with it. I have full control from 0-9 bar and anywhere in between. It's not necessarily repeatable shot to shot because you are doing it manually but for non commercial use it's great. Generally though mostly I use it for long preinfusions of 30s or so.

The modification is just replacing the parts on the group head with parts from the Strada MP - it's an expensive exercise but worth it for my use. 
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 13/09/2017, 01:50 PM
Awesome job Stef. Just amazing.


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Post by: Brett H on 14/09/2017, 08:15 AM
Wowee!!!  That's some pretty bling. I was looking at one of these a couple of years ago but after a play went in a different direction. lovely machine!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 14/09/2017, 03:29 PM
The place I go to have panels CNC cut for various projects like audio speakers has a
La Marzocco GS3 in the workshop office

I often gave them a gift of my home roasted beans for doing a good job  :thumb:

KK

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Post by: Barwonbeans.com on 20/09/2017, 05:49 AM
Wow.. some epic posts.
Coffee roasting for me keeps me sane.. I'm in a fairly high profile corporate gig working for the man.
My home coffee business keeps me mentally sane.. working for me.
I roast down the coast of Victoria in barwon heads.. I swear the sea air makes the roasts taste better.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 20/09/2017, 08:22 AM
Nice one Marc, and welcome to the forum!

what are you roasting on?


Pat
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 21/09/2017, 12:39 PM
My home coffee business keeps me mentally sane.. working for me.
Absolutely -  Nice fresh change from the corporate day-to-day.
Motivation behind K Bean is to eventually escape the 9-5 :)
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Post by: Simon on 21/09/2017, 09:36 PM
Wow.. some epic posts.
Coffee roasting for me keeps me sane.. I'm in a fairly high profile corporate gig working for the man.
My home coffee business keeps me mentally sane.. working for me.
I roast down the coast of Victoria in barwon heads.. I swear the sea air makes the roasts taste better.
Gday! Ahh Barwon Heads... so beautiful there.. I'm not too far from there, was there couple of weeks ago, love it. And yeah good stuff, tis a great fun hobby, welcome to the forum!
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Post by: shewey on 28/09/2017, 11:38 AM
Hi all, first post to this forum, I only just came across it after a recommendation from another member. :-)

I use a Sylvia with a Mazzer Kony E grinder and roast with an old Behmor 1600 which I would like to upgrade to a decent 1 or 2kg more commercial like roaster one day.

Cheers,
Shewey
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 28/09/2017, 04:28 PM
A warm welcome to the Coffee forum

Join in and share your journey with us in the threads or start a new one  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 28/09/2017, 05:11 PM
yeah cheers mate some nice gear that you've got there and welcome to the forum!

Pat
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 28/09/2017, 08:24 PM
Welcome Shewey. Enjoy the forum :)


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Post by: Simon on 28/09/2017, 08:43 PM
Welcome shewy ;D, it's a great forum here, enjoy!
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Post by: Brett H on 28/09/2017, 08:52 PM
Welcome Shewey!  Great to have you join us!
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Post by: coffee2018 on 25/10/2017, 07:42 PM
Hey all,

just a real coffee nut - good to be here ;-)


Gary
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 25/10/2017, 08:35 PM
hey Gary welcome to the forum - yep we're all pretty much coffee nuts here - welcome to the fanatics club !

Pat
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Post by: Simon on 26/10/2017, 07:55 AM
Welcome to the forum Gary, feel free to post away, it's getting a bit quiet here at times! :)
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 26/10/2017, 11:49 AM
Hey all,
just a real coffee nut - good to be here ;-)
Gary
Welcome to a community of fellow nutters Gary.
K Bean - Coffee Machines (https://www.kbean.com.au/)
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Post by: JamesH84 on 07/02/2018, 01:32 PM
Hi All,

Newbie here. I love coffee but I'm a real beginner when it comes to making coffee. My standard coffee order is either a magic or double espresso if I feel like lowering my milk intake.

I have just purchased my first coffee machine. I've got a Sunbeam EM6910 and Sunbeam grinder EM0430 (bought together second hand for a bargain!) Based on what I've read online the EM6910 is a good place to start, and I am also aware of the limitations of the EM0430 grinder. However, I just want to have a play around, learn from the start and if I get to the point where an upgrade is needed then I'm sure I will.

I'm very much looking forward to learning from those on this forums. Already I'm learning new words (basket, naked filter, knock, tamper) and I'm super excited to being able to produce a drinkable coffee in my own home in the near future.

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Post by: admin on 07/02/2018, 05:51 PM
Hey James, welcome, hope you'll find some of the answers in your coffee journey here.

best
A
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Post by: Simon on 07/02/2018, 07:37 PM


Hi All,

Newbie here. I love coffee but I'm a real beginner when it comes to making coffee. My standard coffee order is either a magic or double espresso if I feel like lowering my milk intake.

I have just purchased my first coffee machine. I've got a Sunbeam EM6910 and Sunbeam grinder EM0430 (bought together second hand for a bargain!) Based on what I've read online the EM6910 is a good place to start, and I am also aware of the limitations of the EM0430 grinder. However, I just want to have a play around, learn from the start and if I get to the point where an upgrade is needed then I'm sure I will.

I'm very much looking forward to learning from those on this forums. Already I'm learning new words (basket, naked filter, knock, tamper) and I'm super excited to being able to produce a drinkable coffee in my own home in the near future.

Welcome James! Yeah it's a great journey learning all about coffee and making it at home. Stick with the basics and keep things consistent and you'll be well on your way :). Yeah alot of people start with that combo so good call, have fun with it, and ask away :)
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Post by: rodneyr on 11/02/2018, 10:19 AM
Hi guy's,
I have been reading a lot of posts and love the site. Yes l'm a newbie to the coffee world and looking forward to finding answers to a lot of questions around starting a mobile coffee business.
Like many others, l'm tied of working for the man and l'm looking for a more satisfying move towards retirement.

Rodney.  ;D
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 11/02/2018, 06:40 PM
Hi guy's,
I have been reading a lot of posts and love the site. Yes l'm a newbie to the coffee world and looking forward to finding answers to a lot of questions around starting a mobile coffee business.
Like many others, l'm tied of working for the man and l'm looking for a more satisfying move towards retirement.

Rodney.  ;D

Nice one Rodney and welcome to the forum!

Im also in the process of setting up and managing a mobile coffee business for someone else - so we can compare notes!

I ran mobile coffee carts in Melbourne and my own cafes before that, so I feel like an old hand, but Im up for a new challenge!

Best,

Pat
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Post by: rodneyr on 13/02/2018, 09:42 PM
Hey Pat,
I haven't worked in the cafe/retail industry before but have run my own horticulture business and survived.

To make sure I'm heading down the right path, I'm attending a barista course this weekend to get as much information and instruction I can to ensure this is what I want to pursue.

I am not too sure about the equipment side of things as I was originally looking at the Fracino duel fuel but by the sounds of things it may run too hot for the area it will be situated in the unit I'm using.
Can you suggest a good coffee machine that is suitable for a coffee van? The dimensions need to be similar to the Fracino and the power output that I could run off a reasonable generator.
Anyway, I hope your project goes well.

Rodney
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Post by: Dimal on 14/02/2018, 12:35 AM
Hello All...  ;D

Have been a member for a while but haven't posted until today.
Looks to be a very positive coffee community and one that I hope I can make worthwhile contributions towards, over time.

All the best,
Mal.
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 14/02/2018, 01:47 AM
 Hey Mal

Welcome to the forum yes we try to be as positive and helpful as possible here without pushing our own agendas, so please feel free to contribute and ask away with any questions that you might have

And Rodney there's plenty of machines with a similar footprint as the Fracino and indeed the Fracino is in my experience a well built machine that makes good coffee and you can just run it in electric only mode of the outside temperature is too hot

Also I'd swap out the baskets in the coffee handles for something that has been lazer cut as the ones that come with the machine tend to gush coffee which I found was improved greatly by changing to baskets with smaller holes that had been lazer cut such as the VST ones

In terms of other machines its horses for courses. I'd suggest going to a machine showroom if possible and having a look at what's out there

If you're going to plonk circa $10k down on a machine then you may as well go the extra mileage and take a good look around for yourself

Trade shows are also a good way to stay up to date with what's happening with equipment

You can't go too far wrong really so long as the build quality is good and you'll probably end up upgrading equipment in a couple of years time anyway as this is usually how it goes

Maybe have a chat with Paul from K Bean coffee he's on the forum and one of our site sponsors he sells machines for a living so he may be able to help you with the decision making process

Or feel free to hit up any of our other sponsors for an in depth discussion!

Best,

Pat
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 14/02/2018, 10:10 AM
Welcome all.
It’s great to see more joining in and also, some old friends from other places.
I’m sure you’ll all enjoy this forum so please post away :)
Have fun.
Paul
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Post by: Simon on 14/02/2018, 11:18 AM


Hello All...  ;D

Have been a member for a while but haven't posted until today.
Looks to be a very positive coffee community and one that I hope I can make worthwhile contributions towards, over time.

All the best,
Mal.

Ah G'day Mal! Awesome to see ya here :) welcome! Yeah I quite enjoy this forum too, lovely folk!
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Post by: Dimal on 14/02/2018, 04:24 PM
Thanks much for the greetings...  8)

Mal.
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Post by: mycuppa on 14/02/2018, 04:49 PM
Welcome Mal.
It's great to see you spending some time over here.
I know you have been an active, high contributor to coffee forums for more than a decade, with a special kind of patience to help those newbie's navigate through their early home roasting journey.
We hope you can share some of that considerable coffee wisdom.
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Post by: Dimal on 17/02/2018, 12:07 AM
Thanks mate...  ;)

I really enjoy helping others to get the best out of this terrific pastime, and will definitely spend more time in Coffee Forum with the aim of doing that, and of course, learning plenty along the way for myself. Never stop learning things about coffee...  :)

Mal.
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Post by: admin on 17/02/2018, 07:15 PM
Hi Dimal, welcome, good to have you on board!
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Post by: Lukle on 16/03/2018, 10:27 PM
Hello Rodney,
i am working at the company which builds this carts. Please feel free use as inspiration about connection and everything this page

(commercial link removed by moderators you need to make an ongoing contribution to the forum before you can begin posting links)   

If you will need some advice how to build by your own, you can ask about anything. We will be happy to advise you.
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Post by: Brett H on 17/03/2018, 01:17 PM
I'm a bit slow on the uptake  being very busy with work... Welcome wonderful new members. Thanks in advance for your expertise and contributions.
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Post by: kratos on 31/05/2018, 09:52 PM
Greetings! Happy to be here, my real name is Harry. I'm a coffee lover, but not a big specialist, searching currently for a new coffee machine.

I joined the forum, because I need advice to choose coffee maker and also I want to know more about different types of coffee beans. Frankly speaking, I don't drink often a standard coffee, but I prefer drink based on coffee. For example, irish coffee, bicerin, marocchino etc.

Old reader of this community I see a lot of interesting people here, so, I will glad to become a member. Thanks!       
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Post by: NowCoffee on 02/06/2018, 12:51 AM
Hi Kratos,

Good to have you here with us.

If you require any advice about coffee or machines - then get in touch. We have many years experience and can help you find what you are looking for.

Mark
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 02/06/2018, 09:26 AM
Hey kratos

Welcome  to the forum

Let us kmow a bit more about yiurself like where yi are living so that we can point you in the right direction !

We're  all passionate  about coffee here so it would be good to here a bit more about your coffee journey also if you have a budget form your purchase that will help us to point yiu in the righ direction!

Best,

ACG
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Post by: Brett H on 02/06/2018, 09:46 AM
Hi Kratos and welcome!  Jump into the threads mate and ask questions... lots of folks here very keen to help.  Cheers!!
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 02/06/2018, 10:02 AM
Hi and welcome Kratos / Harry

I can also help you with instructions to make coffee on an ibrik if you are looking for something different  :D

KK
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Post by: Simon on 02/06/2018, 12:12 PM
Welcome Harry, enjoy your time here and don't hesitate to post :)
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Post by: Jnageb18 on 22/06/2018, 12:33 PM
Hi everyone!!  :D

I am new here.
havent been much of a coffee person until the past year and am keen to learn much more about it!

John
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 23/06/2018, 08:46 AM
Hi everyone!!  :D

I am new here.
havent been much of a coffee person until the past year and am keen to learn much more about it!

John

Welcome to the forum John
No question is silly - so have a read at all the great content and then post away

KK
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Post by: Simon on 23/06/2018, 09:07 AM


Hi everyone!!  :D

I am new here.
havent been much of a coffee person until the past year and am keen to learn much more about it!

John

Welcome John :), ah you've come across a great hobby! We love talking all things coffee so feel free to post away and ask away, it's fun world :)
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Post by: Brett H on 23/06/2018, 01:17 PM
Welcome John!!

Jump into the threads and get reading mate.  It's a slippery slope!!

Cheers
BH
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Post by: Dimal on 23/06/2018, 03:13 PM
Hi everyone!!  :D

I am new here.
havent been much of a coffee person until the past year and am keen to learn much more about it!

John
Welcome John...  ;D

A great bunch of like-minded people here mate, all happy to help you on your way to coffee nirvana...  :)

Mal.
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 28/06/2018, 06:50 PM
Welcome to the newbies.
Enjoy the forum :)
Paul
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Post by: Jnageb18 on 03/07/2018, 01:00 PM
thanks everyone!  :D
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 10/07/2018, 11:27 PM
thanks everyone!  :D
Congrats on post 1200 in the thread. Nice round number :)


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Post by: MJ74 on 15/07/2018, 01:14 AM
Hi everyone. Love a good coffee but am new to knowing what exactly goes into the making of one. I have read a lot and experimented a little in recent times. I've been roasting my own beans for a short time, progressing from a popper to a heat gun and a pot (dog bowl type method). This will then progress to a coretto type set up but without the bread maker. A story for another time.

I don't have any fancy machines, but make a coffee that I enjoy with a stovetop Mokka, sometimes French press,sometimes pour over with the latter being a rare occasion.

My main interest lies in the blending of coffee beans to create something that hits my preferred taste on the head for each individual brew method.

I am Australian but live in Northern Germany. I look forward to learning from you all and participating when I can.

Cheers
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 15/07/2018, 09:41 AM
Welcome MJ74

A tip or another method for non machine coffee brewing is the Greek / Turkish style
Get an Ibric and you are set to go
I have posted my step by step method if you care to search for it  :thumb:

KK
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Post by: Brett H on 15/07/2018, 11:03 AM
Great advice KK and welcome MJ!
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Post by: Simon on 15/07/2018, 12:22 PM
Hi everyone. Love a good coffee but am new to knowing what exactly goes into the making of one. I have read a lot and experimented a little in recent times. I've been roasting my own beans for a short time, progressing from a popper to a heat gun and a pot (dog bowl type method). This will then progress to a coretto type set up but without the bread maker. A story for another time.

I don't have any fancy machines, but make a coffee that I enjoy with a stovetop Mokka, sometimes French press,sometimes pour over with the latter being a rare occasion.

My main interest lies in the blending of coffee beans to create something that hits my preferred taste on the head for each individual brew method.

I am Australian but live in Northern Germany. I look forward to learning from you all and participating when I can.

Cheers
Welcome MJ74! Lots of knowledgeable people here so don't hesitate to ask. It's an awesome world to explore, look forward to your discoveries :)
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Post by: MJ74 on 15/07/2018, 07:00 PM
Welcome MJ74

A tip or another method for non machine coffee brewing is the Greek / Turkish style

KK

Yes KK, I read that thread and have spent a deal of time thereafter youtubing. It has piqued my interest. I have a Turkish friend who lives around the corner who I'd like to surprise with a traditional coffee when he next comes over. The Cezves are easy to come by here and aren't expensive. My biggest hurdle in the process will be the grinding. I have a hand grinder but the thought of setting that to fine and grinding enough for two Turkish coffees fills me with dread, although I haven't tried yet, it may not be that bad.. I have a question on grinders which I'll post over in that part of the forum after this.
Anyway thanks for the welcome.

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welcome MJ!
Thanks Brett

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Welcome MJ74!
Thanks Simon
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 17/07/2018, 03:48 PM
Yes KK, I read that thread and have spent a deal of time thereafter youtubing. It has piqued my interest. I have a Turkish friend who lives around the corner who I'd like to surprise with a traditional coffee when he next comes over. The Cezves are easy to come by here and aren't expensive. My biggest hurdle in the process will be the grinding. I have a hand grinder but the thought of setting that to fine and grinding enough for two Turkish coffees fills me with dread, although I haven't tried yet, it may not be that bad.. I have a question on grinders which I'll post over in that part of the forum after this.
Anyway thanks for the welcome.


The grind should be like flour or talcum powere
At first I suggest purchasing a jar or a local Turkish deli to grind some Turkish coffee then if you like it go for a grinder
Turkish delicatessens will have hand grinders

KK
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Post by: MJ74 on 17/07/2018, 11:19 PM
The grind should be like flour or talcum powere
At first I suggest purchasing a jar or a local Turkish deli to grind some Turkish coffee then if you like it go for a grinder
Turkish delicatessens will have hand grinders

KK

Thanks for the tips KK, much appreciated.

Operation 'Türk Kahve' is well underway. 😉

Just have to duck down and pick the set of Cezve up and I should be good to go.

Got some good ratio tips as opposed to the 'one teaspoon' measurement I've seen described.
I'll play around with it and see how I go. I anticipate I'll enjoy it.
MJ
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Post by: Vince Ong on 19/07/2018, 07:17 PM
Welcome; this is the place to tell us a little about yourself... and even if you're not new, it would be great to have a bit of an update [especially for some of those recently migrated members]!

I am new . My name is Vince. I have a problem with XP 7240 machine. The grinder unable to grind the coffee beans. I believe the inside of the grinder is stuck. I managed to dismantle my machine and took out the grinder. I tried to open up the bottom but screw would not moved at all. Can anyone advis
ed?
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Post by: MJ74 on 20/07/2018, 02:45 AM
Well, operation Türk Kahve went swimmingly. I was so impressed I zombied your old thread KK.
Thanks for giving me a prod in this wonderful direction. 👍💪👉☕
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 20/07/2018, 09:33 AM
Welcome Vince

We have a thread on that machine
https://coffeeforum.org.au/espresso-machines/anyone-know-how-to-dismantle-a-krups-xp7240/

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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 22/07/2018, 03:22 PM
Thanks for giving me a prod in this wonderful direction.
A huge welcome from me as well Vince.
Cheers :)
Paul
www.kbean.com.au
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Post by: bu1073 on 06/08/2018, 07:00 PM
Hey all... Was it time for a sea change? Well I took it to risk taking coffee to the next step and into what I expect my final run into retirement.... Not anything has taken my liking.

We have set up a small roasting company in the hills of Perth called The Jarrahdale Coffee Roasting Company. We are in the researching how and what direction we want to head in, either single origin beans or blended. The science is exciting me and the vast cupping techniques.

We are not that long into finilising our business plan and we are off. Kind of scary but so exciting at the same time. It has been strange seeing all what it takes to create a business and how to develop the business direction, without knowing what direction to take.

Not bad from an ex-copper eating doughnuts and coffee to roasting green beans. 16 years to retirement, hopefully I will gain enough knowledge to build a really great and exclusive business to eventually pass on the baton onto my 9 year old son. We all have to dream!!

I will take on any advice and thanks in advanced of everything you pass onto us.

Barry and  Dave
The Jarrahdale Coffee Roasting Company
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Post by: Brett H on 06/08/2018, 09:07 PM
Welcome Barry and Dave! What an exciting time. Be sure to keep us up to date with pictures and posts.
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Post by: Simon on 06/08/2018, 11:05 PM
Welcome guys! Ah nice, an exciting journey ahead :)
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 07/08/2018, 07:09 AM
well done Barry and Dave !

who's you're target market and how does your business strategy / roast profile aggressively target them? and what's your point of difference or leading edge in the market place ?

you're not obliged to answer any of these questions of course, it's all just food for thought!

best of luck and feel free to ask away if we can be of any assistance in your venture - many of us have been working in the industry a very long time

plus I think being an ex copper will stand you in good stead when it comes to customers who are late with paeny or who diss your product!

best,

Pat
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Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 07/08/2018, 01:20 PM
Go for it Barry and Dave.
I really hope you enjoy the industry as much as I do. I’m sure that you will :)
Cheers
Paul
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Post by: AgryIrish on 23/08/2018, 03:34 AM
Hello! My name is Mickey, I'm a New Englander living in MI for the time being with my beautiful wife! I have many interesting hobbies including miniatures and shaving my head with old fashioned gear. Some of the not-so-unique hobbies would be coffee and tea. I enjoy collecting them, and collecting brewing methods, in addition to experimenting with different ways to brew (IE put an egg white in the grounds while you brew.) I also enjoy all types of history and I'm into spirituality and religion. That's about all there is to me, I look forward to participating in this forum!
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 24/08/2018, 02:14 AM
 :(hi oh I've heard about this egg white thing and even seen video s can't say it looks too appetising!
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Post by: madpierre on 23/09/2018, 08:20 PM
Hey folks, somehow found a pathway back here. Not sure how I got lost, but it came to mind to drop in and say g'day. Still loving good coffee, still roast my own with the same Hottop I grabbed off AM way back in they day. Running Bezzera Galatea and Mazzer Major, and now adding my own coffee into a home brewed stout...just delicious.
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Post by: Koffee Kosmo on 23/09/2018, 08:24 PM
Mmmm — Like the sound of coffee stout beer 🍺

KK
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Post by: madpierre on 23/09/2018, 10:01 PM
How are ya KK? Yeah, it's a good drop, will give ya a yell with next batch mate.
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Post by: kawfee on 25/10/2018, 07:48 PM
Hi all,

I came here because I wanted some advice about a coffee grinder and thought the forum looked like a fun place to hang out and meet some nice people.  :)
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Post by: Brett H on 25/10/2018, 08:16 PM
Hey Kawfee and welcome. You’ve come to the right place for unbiased opinions and relaxed banter!
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 26/10/2018, 04:38 AM
Hey folks, somehow found a pathway back here. Not sure how I got lost, but it came to mind to drop in and say g'day. Still loving good coffee, still roast my own with the same Hottop I grabbed off AM way back in they day. Running Bezzera Galatea and Mazzer Major, and now adding my own coffee into a home brewed stout...just delicious.

sounds great mate how do you add the coffee to the stout ? just pour it in ?

p
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Post by: askthe coffeeguy on 26/10/2018, 04:40 AM
Hi all,

I came here because I wanted some advice about a coffee grinder and thought the forum looked like a fun place to hang out and meet some nice people.  :)

hi and welcome ! did you have a budget in mind for the grinder and what coffee machine or preparation device will you be using it with?
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Post by: admin on 26/10/2018, 08:16 AM
welcome kawfee, great to hear from you again madpierre!
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Post by: Brett H on 27/10/2018, 12:21 PM
welcome kawfee, great to hear from you again madpierre!

*gasp* welcome back old friend!!
Title: Re: I'm new here...
Post by: K_Bean_Coffee on 31/10/2018, 12:28 PM
Hi all,
I came here because I wanted some advice about a coffee grinder and thought the forum looked like a fun place to hang out and meet some nice people.  :)
Welcome to a nice relaxed forum Kawfee.
Enjoy :)