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« Reply #50 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!
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« Reply #51 on: 09/05/2011, 10:06 AM »

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

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« Reply #52 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??

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« Reply #53 on: 09/05/2011, 06:23 PM »

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

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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.

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??

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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.
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« Reply #54 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
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« Reply #55 on: 09/05/2011, 07:11 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
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That's quite intriguing KK...

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« Reply #56 on: 09/05/2011, 07:25 PM »
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That's quite intriguing KK...

I will send you the same PM
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« Reply #57 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  :)

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« Reply #58 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!
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« Reply #59 on: 11/05/2011, 06:14 PM »
Great read bf... ;)

Must hate your job now... ;D

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« Reply #60 on: 11/05/2011, 06:47 PM »
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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

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« Reply #61 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.

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« Reply #62 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...
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« Reply #63 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.

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« Reply #64 on: 03/06/2011, 06:23 PM »
Hi UNM - welcome to the forum, and thanks for perservering [in spite of spambot troubles]!

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« Reply #65 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.

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« Reply #66 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.
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« Reply #67 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 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  :)

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« Reply #68 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

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« Reply #69 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.

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« Reply #70 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

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« Reply #71 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




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« Reply #72 on: 07/06/2011, 01:08 PM »
Welcome Borat!

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« Reply #73 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

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« Reply #74 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  :)

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