Posted Sat May 17, 2014, 8:00am Subject: Re: Espresso in Saudi Arabia
The voltage in Saudi Arabia is a little different than the USA. 127V and 220/230V. You might want to check where you will live and what voltage would be available, then you can judge whether your machines would even work in Saudi Arabia.
A european 220v La Pavoni would likely work okay there, and there are no picky electronics in the system. An arabic coffee grinder will grind to "turkish" levels, so you might be able to use one of those for espresso too.
Don't forget to explore the better arabic coffee places. Some will slowly cook it up until it looks like 100% coffee crema pudding.
heinemja Senior Member Joined: 21 Jul 2005 Posts: 13 Location: Buda, Tx. Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: LaPavoni Europiccola, LaSpaz... Grinder: MACAP M4 Doserless Vac Pot: Bodum Santos Stovetop Drip: Senseo and Braun Roaster: Air popper
Posted Mon May 19, 2014, 8:55pm Subject: Re: Espresso in Saudi Arabia
If you are going to live in an Aramco camp, the voltage is 120 and there is a decent coffee shop in the compound. There are a few coffee shops in Khobar that are not bad, Joffries is one store I can think of. I was in that area for about 22 years, but have been gone for 4 years now, so not sure if the coffee scene is still good. I used to by green beans at Tammimi Safeway and roasted beans at a store near the Sony shop in Khobar, can't remember the name of the shop, but you can ask around, most everyone knows the place. Good luck.
bamaster Senior Member Joined: 16 Aug 2010 Posts: 108 Location: Houston, TX Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Rocket R58 v2 Grinder: Mahlkonig ProM
Posted Tue May 20, 2014, 7:34pm Subject: Re: Espresso in Saudi Arabia
Great info. Yeah, I"m waiting on the offer from SA, so I'm at least 4 months away from going if it works out. Who knows which compound they'd put me in (bachelor status).
Sounds like I need to bring my own equipment. I was secretly hoping someone would say I could get a GS3 for half price over there, haha! I don't know how to roast, but maybe a Behmor would be a good idea if green beans are easy to be had. Or heck, I can just order US blends and have them shipped. I'm a Klatch junkie.
Posted Wed May 21, 2014, 5:29am Subject: Re: Espresso in Saudi Arabia
Make sure that you contact tamarian through homeroasters forum when you arrive in Saudi. He knows local coffee scene very well + started to sell coffee on-line. I know that his friend is selling some of his coffee equipment.
walkinghispath Senior Member Joined: 18 May 2014 Posts: 17 Location: Worldwide Expertise: Pro Barista
Espresso: Kitchenaid Pro Line (PID'd),... Grinder: Kitchenaid Pro Line (Mazzer... Drip: Krups grind and brew for the... Roaster: Dog bowl and a heat gun
Posted Wed May 21, 2014, 3:51pm Subject: Re: Espresso in Saudi Arabia
I got to have a bit of an extended vacation in the Middle East. Faced with the prospect of bad coffee for a year I took my Gaggia apart, shipped the guts in a large flat rate box, packed the housing in a duffel bag full of clothes, and sent the grinder (a Cunill Tranquilo) in another flat rate box. I became somewhat of a celebrity once word got around. I even started roasting my own beans in a stainless steel bowl using a heat gun. I had to be careful where I plugged in my stuff, though, because standards aren't exactly standard over there. You may want to bring a multimeter to check voltages before you plug in.
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