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walkinghispath
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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 Mon May 19, 2014, 4:45pm
Subject: Longtime Gaggia Guy Seeking New Home
 

Hi all.  I've been a lurker here a while but would usually hang out in the Gaggia group on yahoo.  I've been into all aspects of coffee pretty seriously for about 5 years now and in that time have had 4 machines (2 Gaggia Coffees, a Rancilio Omicron Z11, and a Kitchenaid Proline) and two grinders (a Cunill Tranquilo and a Macap M4).  I put that I was a professional barista in my profile because my friend just opened a coffee house and I taught her and her staff how to dial in a grind and adjust the pressure on their machine; then made a couple lattes for customers.  That counts, right?  Anyway, I look forward to learning even more on here and helping out with the technical aspect of modding stuff where able.
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue May 20, 2014, 1:19pm
Subject: Re: Longtime Gaggia Guy Seeking New Home
 

Hi and welcome.
You can list any rating you wish on the interest ranking but in the past, we have had people call themselves professionals and they did not have a clue on what they were doing.
I chose to not say professional as I do not make a living in coffee but I have rebuilt several machines, grinders, water systems, helped a local coffee shop step their game up, loaned them equipment too. The choice is yours, enjoy :D

Do join in the conversations, most here are pretty friendly and some of us have our "buttons" that when pushed we need to check ourselves but the more you join in, the more you will get from the site. Enjoy

 
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walkinghispath
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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 Tue May 27, 2014, 5:15pm
Subject: Re: Longtime Gaggia Guy Seeking New Home
 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Wayne.  I had never thought of myself as a pro until registering for this site.  While I've never made a living as a barista, I had just finished training the crew of a new coffee shop my friend opened.  It baffles me how easy it is to make money selling coffee and not really know what you're doing.  Anyhow, I figured maybe I was a pro now that I'd actually enabled others to be.
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DawnM
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Joined: 19 Dec 2001
Posts: 69
Location: NC
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: KitchenAid Proline
Grinder: Starbucks Burr
Vac Pot: none
Drip: none
Roaster: none
Posted Wed May 28, 2014, 5:25am
Subject: Re: Longtime Gaggia Guy Seeking New Home
 

It baffles me that so many coffee shops charge $5 for a very poorly made latte that doesn't taste like coffee at all!  I wish your friend the best of luck with his coffee shop.

I have a Kitchenaid Pro (apart at the moment and I posted in the modifications forum for help).  It isn't the top of the line machine, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either, and I can still make far better lattes and espressos than most of our local coffee shops around here.
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