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« Reply #550 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 ;)
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« Reply #551 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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« Reply #552 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:
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« Reply #553 on: 01/05/2012, 05:45 PM »
Good to see you here FP. Nice to have a fellow gaggia/pid owner join crema.
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« Reply #554 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.

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« Reply #555 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.

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« Reply #556 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!

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« Reply #557 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.

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« Reply #558 on: 14/05/2012, 10:32 PM »
Hi Ginny  :thumb:
Hope you will understand the Aussie humour and slang

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« Reply #559 on: 22/05/2012, 10:43 PM »
nice one thanks Joshua

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« Reply #560 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.

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« Reply #561 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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« Reply #562 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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« Reply #563 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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« Reply #564 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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« Reply #565 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! 
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« Reply #566 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....

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« Reply #567 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!!
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« Reply #568 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...
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« Reply #569 on: 17/06/2012, 10:11 AM »
Hi mate - fantastic read, and if that's just the abbreviated version... !!

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« Reply #570 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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« Reply #571 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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« Reply #572 on: 02/07/2012, 09:30 AM »
Welcome to the Crema forum  :thumb:Gulumay
We hope you enjoy the banter with the friendly members

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« Reply #573 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. 

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« Reply #574 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

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