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Have your say / Re: First, and definitely last, visit..........
« Last post by Koffee Kosmo on 19/08/2018, 09:48 AM »
What I meant was, the post before yours (ask the coffee guy) was a result of clumsy fingers on an iPad.   :tearhair: 

I was careful not to name names though.

Coffee deprivation - yea it’s got to be that  >:D

KK
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Have your say / Re: First, and definitely last, visit..........
« Last post by LloydM on 19/08/2018, 09:37 AM »
no need to delete no one has named any names I've complained to Center Management before about bad coffee (not at the airport) but my complaints have always fallen on deaf ears - I had a merlos coffee recently, but it wasn't a great experience, as it was burnt and over extracted - didn't bother complaining though I just threw it away and got another from somewhere else ...

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What I meant was, the post before yours (ask the coffee guy) was a result of clumsy fingers on an iPad.   :tearhair: 

I was careful not to name names though.
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Grinders / Re: Choice of grinder for a machineless coffee lover.
« Last post by Koffee Kosmo on 19/08/2018, 09:33 AM »
My first grinder was an Iberital Home grinder
Conical burrs and comes in doser model and doserless

It performed very well and then sold as I started going up the grinder ladder

KK
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Grinders / Re: Choice of grinder for a machineless coffee lover.
« Last post by MJ74 on 19/08/2018, 04:46 AM »
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, no chance of a play around. It'd be a six hour round trip for that luxury.

Your statement that it is "horses for courses" confirms my instincts as well. I've read a tonne of reviews and they all have good and not so good.  The not so good mostly being from those who strive for the perfect repeatable espresso.

The Ascano is appealing to me even with its stepless worm adjustment.
Those big steel/brass 54mm flat burrs are appealing though.

Hmm

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Have seen this documentary before and it's impressive.

Was utterly fascinating to witness such incredible investment into quality. It's just mind-blowing to see the scale and capabilities of their entire campus.

Puts every Australian coffee industry players to shame !

Their Super-Taster's are like the top of the temple in the world of coffee. Imagine the golden handcuffs on those rare, talented individuals - keeping the Illy secret recipe alive and enduring through the ages.

Considering the role of robusta in the Italian coffee scene, for Illy to produce a superior product using just arabica demonstrates Illy's supreme skill and above all perseverance. They really stand out alone in the Italian market and the world stage in terms of sheer quality.

I don't know enough about the Italian coffee industry, but I've often heard that Lavazza is the largest company, but its not clear to me the size differences between Lavazza and Illy and whether Lavazza's change in direction a few years ago to de-centralize it's operations means they have more international investments and remote facilities.

It would be interesting to know when the documentary was made and to understand if Illy's presence/footprint/volume has changed from greater competition with the rise of specialty coffee, the explosion in the number of roasted coffee brands and more importantly the changing tastes and preferences of coffee drinkers that enjoy trying or sampling new concepts and flavor experiences.

In my mind, it's a difficult proposition to focus the entire coffee spectrum on a single, unified outcome. These day's it would be a risk to play that game, but obviously for Illy it's worked out well - and deservedly so.


I heard that Segafredo was actually more prevalent throughout Europe, but that was a few years ago, not sure now who the market leader is...

pat
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it's horses for courses really in that price bracket they will all do a pretty decent job - the ideal thing would be to go somewhere where they're all set up on a bench top and to have a look and a play with each. not even necessarily to run a coffee through them (though that would surely help) but to get a feel for the 'action' of the equipment and the usability.

presumably you're going to be using  the equipment for awhile, so it makes sense to buy something that's easy to use, low maintenance, with little grind retention, and which doesn't make too much of a mess !

I've got a Mazzer Super Jolly on the bench at home and it makes damn fine coffee - but gee it sure is messy !

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and yes, that would probably be my dream home machine of choice!

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Oh yep. Just saw that repetition. Getting old my brain is....

but all that caffeine must keep you firing on all four cylinders !
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Have your say / Re: First, and definitely last, visit..........
« Last post by askthe coffeeguy on 19/08/2018, 03:39 AM »
no need to delete no one has named any names I've complained to Center Management before about bad coffee (not at the airport) but my complaints have always fallen on deaf ears - I had a merlos coffee recently, but it wasn't a great experience, as it was burnt and over extracted - didn't bother complaining though I just threw it away and got another from somewhere else ...

p
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Grinders / Choice of grinder for a machineless coffee lover.
« Last post by MJ74 on 19/08/2018, 01:32 AM »
Hopefully this forum is still visited, as I have an annoying question.

I don't have a coffee machine, nor am I likely to buy one in the near future. I like my stovetop Moka and that is what I use mainly. When I have visitors I make a jug using a pour over or sometimes drip machine. On other, rarish, occasions I'll go the French press route.

On a normal non visitor day I drink on average 4 mugs of coffee a day ( 2ish Moka pots)

My birthday just made a brief unwanted appearance and due to that trauma I've been given the opportunity to purchase a grinder. Now, as my grind settings only change occasionally and the obsessive repeatable grind size isn't as important to me as to those of you who have more advanced set ups, I won't be needing an overly expensive espresso grinder.

Grind size consistency in each grind is obviously important to me.

I was thinking an Ascano i mini 1 with flat burrs
Or the Lelit PL44
Or the Bezzera BB005
Or Baratza 30
Even the cheaper Graef cm800?

Any opinions on these choices? Any gentle nudges in any direction?

Cheers, Marcus
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