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« Reply #825 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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« Reply #826 on: 04/11/2013, 07:02 AM »
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« Reply #827 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.

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« Reply #828 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.

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« Reply #829 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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« Reply #830 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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« Reply #831 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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« Reply #832 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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« Reply #833 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

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« Reply #834 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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« Reply #835 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

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In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos


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« Reply #836 on: 07/11/2013, 02:46 PM »
In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos



Yes I knew that
But it is voiced the same
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« Reply #837 on: 07/11/2013, 02:56 PM »
In Get Smart, it was KAOS rather than Chaos



Shtarker - ve don't pick pick here at Kaos
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« Reply #838 on: 07/11/2013, 03:42 PM »
<< Fixed!  :)

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« Reply #839 on: 07/11/2013, 03:42 PM »
Shtarker - ve don't pick pick here at Kaos

Sorry about that Siegfried

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« Reply #840 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........
newbielink:http://www.coffeeitalia.com.au/proddetail.php?prod=gaggia_classic_grinder [nonactive]

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.

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« Reply #841 on: 25/11/2013, 12:07 PM »
Best roasted beans to use is to purchase them from
MyCuppa and Ministry Grounds also Cosmorex coffee

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« Reply #842 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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« Reply #843 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.
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« Reply #844 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.
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« Reply #845 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!

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« Reply #846 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 ;)

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« Reply #847 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?
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« Reply #848 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.
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« Reply #849 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

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