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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2002, 12:00am
Subject: The Dinner Party Challenge by Alan Frew
 

The Dinner Party Challenge
by Alan Frew

How to make 6 Cappuccinos in under 6 minutes.
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2002, 9:49am
Subject: nice write-up!
 

nice write-up! i always thought it was best to steam the milk then brew to max espresso freshness. i also guess that having a grinder w/ a doser wld be advantageous here given you can grind for 6 shots as you are getting ready to pull your 1st. but that napoletana sure is a beauty ;-) toto
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2002, 10:33am
Subject: Planning Ahead.....
 

Great article.  

I just finished a party with around 160 shots in a 4 hour period.  It took a lot of planning - grinding larger amounts of coffee for several shots at a time.  I have a Tea so I don't have the same problems that some of the machines have in regards to number of shots pulled repetively.  What I did have to do was think the evening through and have a plan to get the high number of shots moved through along with the frothing.  I pull the shots first because, while they lose heat, you will be adding hot frothed milk in  amounts large enough to compensate.

I was really tired after the party.  What with pulloing shots, frothing and washing cups, I got a feel for what a professional barista goes through.  The satisfaction really came out when my guests smiled and "ahhhed" on their first shot - then came back for 7 -8 more!

Again, thanks for reminding us that proper planning - even for a small number of shots - increases the "pleasure" factor a whole bunch.
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2002, 2:50pm
Subject: Nice one Alan
 

Nice one Alan, It all looks very familiar. Even down to the meridionale! I tell my guests that they are having short blacks 'cause I am a lazy ....so and so. Maybe its just because I don't have a big jug! Nice one.

Talk to you soon .. Cal
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2002, 10:20pm
Subject: Really good article - I'll try
 

Next week I give a birhday party for my brother - this fits ideally into my planning!
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Posted Fri Nov 1, 2002, 2:43am
Subject: No cappas after 18:00 H. :-)
 

Impressive effort!

Personally I refuse to serve my dinner guests cappas after dinner, referring to the italian "rule" of having no cappuccinos after 18:00.

Just espressos makes it a lot easier... :-)
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Posted Fri Nov 15, 2002, 8:38pm
Subject: Mike Milk First
 

If you use a glass jug for the coffe you can save a few minutes by preheating the milk in the microwave while pulling the shots. Personally, I froth the milf first, then pull the coffees, as the froth probably keeps the heat of the milk in better than the crema on the shots.
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