Heck, if you were looking for some coffeegeek help to justify buying some equipment to suppoet your coffee habit - you should have said so!!
You need a ditting, malkohnig, or the versaLab grinder.
You should also pick up a VST coffee refractometer.
Joe Behm, Behmor Inc. Has the hottest new coffee brewer (the BraZen). you'll need one of those too.
What kind of scales do you have, I think we can recommend some better ones...
(serously, tho, hope the new purchase helps. Your assessment of the Cuisinart is spot on. You're almost better trying to deftly use a whirlyblade - in fact I bet you could do pretty well with a 300 micron sieve and a 1.5 mm sieve and a whirlyblade)
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OB Senior Member Joined: 5 Apr 2012 Posts: 26 Location: Pace, Florida Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Rancillo Silvia V3, w/PID Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: Black and Decker Roaster: Fresh roast +8
Posted Thu Apr 26, 2012, 6:37am Subject: Re: What is going wrong?
I got throughly disgusted with the cr@p I had so thats why I bought the recommended (?) entry level equipment. Didn't need the Coffeegeek help to justify buying that equipment. I did it all on my own. Joe Behm's roaster and coffee maker are on my list for the next purchasing voyage into coffee paradise.
I'm looking forward to dialing in the proper settings on the Vario to grind for expresso, filter drip and press pot. Will be putting the Cusinart, steam machine and two aluminum Mokka pots on Craigs list today.
Stopped by the coffee shop at the local hospital and ordered a double shot. The Barista there didn't even know what "crema" was. That expresso came from an auto machine, it also tasted "BLEAH" (Yeah it's in caps).
Cya all later as I sit here watching out the window for the Brown truck.
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