OLIVER1 Senior Member Joined: 27 Dec 2011 Posts: 26 Location: GREER, SC Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Tue Dec 27, 2011, 8:15am Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hi, my name is Jack and I am a coffeeholic. I go thru 4-6 double shots a day.
I have been using various espresso machines for over 40 years starting with a Pavoni hand pump which was purchased in Italy. Gravitated to a Gaggia and then got serious with the Rancilio Silvia and Rocky Grinder which I have now had for about 10 years. Very happy with them.
For coffee I have been using espresso blends from Porto Rico Importing for over 15 years but am now searching for something different.
My wife tells me I make a mean Cappucino. One of my little tricks is to mix a little demarrara sugar in the milk and then put the milk in the freezer until it begins to freeze. I find that I am able to get better control over the size of the bubbles in the foam and that the froth appears to come out thicker.
pittsbri Senior Member Joined: 9 Apr 2009 Posts: 55 Location: Santa Monica Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Olympia Maximatic Grinder: Fiorenzato T80 Roaster: Poppery 2
Posted Wed Dec 28, 2011, 4:28pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hello CoffeeGeek community. I live in Santa Monica California and coffee has quite suddenly aquired a new place in my life and consciousness!Currently I indulge my coffee obsession by consuming an espresso or two a day from any of the several excellent espresso cafes near Santa Monica ( Cafe Luxxe, Intelligentsia,the Conservatory and Cafe Profeta in Westwood) I think it was the first real ristretto that did it for me. I'd probably had one before and didn't appreciate it at all. But when you're ready , you're ready right? When my senses were finally in the right place and I was served a proper ristretto espresso my life was forever altered for the better. I'm a total newbie and am scrambling to get my home espresso pulling setup going. I've got a Krups XP4020 pump machine that I bought for $50 bucks with earnings from a jazz gig!) with a non-pressurized portafilter and am currently on the lookout for a proper burr grinder, hand or electric. So long as it's sufficient to grind for ristrettos. When my budget for a machine is sufficient I'll upgrade the machine of course. And it appears I'm destined to an assortment of grinders down the road and I look forward to every bit that. I've made a couple of contacts about grinders to forum members and so far the responses have been wonderful. I feel that I've stumbled upon a very very cool community that i'm going to enjoy for years to come. See ya round the campus!!
aceyilan Senior Member Joined: 15 Dec 2011 Posts: 7 Location: Kingston, Ontario Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Vibiemme Domobar Super Grinder: Mazzer Mini
Posted Fri Dec 30, 2011, 11:13am Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
My name is Ilan, and I am a complete newbie. I am another Canadian among your ranks - living in Kingston, Ont. but soon to return to Winnipeg. I'm doing a residency in internal medicine, and through the years have come to rely very heavily on caffeine to get through exams/call shifts/etc. Recently got into espresso during a trip to Europe - and now I'm hooked. I've learned a lot from this website/community over the last few months while researching machines (I am thankful to a friend who derailed my plans for a super-automatic and pointed me here).
I am looking at getting a used HX as my first machine. I have read enough - and know myself well enough - to know I would be frustrated with a SBDU. So with some rationalizing have determined to stretch the budget to what I expect will be a great investment. Wife is on board, so thats 99% of the battle won!
Anyway, thanks everyone for creating such an enlightening community.
Posted Sat Dec 31, 2011, 12:37am Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
So again welcome and please introduce yourself!
Hello All, My name is Steve. I'm a home roaster located in San Mateo Calif. I started roasting on my stove top with a manual spinning Popcorn popper, fooling around with green decaf beans. The wife cant drink caffine, neither can I.
3 years ago I graduated to a Gene Cafe (8 oz batches) hot air Roaster and have arrived at a blend of decaf beans that makes the wife smile. She's Italian and knows her espresso. I'm looking for an electric roaster (hopefully) that will handle a 1 pound batch, because Roasting 5 lbs twice a month (10 x 8oz.) takes all day!
I use a Saeco Magic Deluxe to make the coffee. It does a fabulous job.
Any one have any ideas where I should look for a bigger Roaster?
Oh, I am planning to attend the SCAA event in Portland Oregon in April of 2012 and maybe take a roasting course, because everything I know has been learned by the seat of my pants. That phrase ought to date me well!.
Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 1:42pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hi, I'm Charles in Stockton, CA. I've been roasting my own coffee for several years and have rarely been pleased with the results. I recently started reading coffee geek and I am impressed by the wealth of knowledge and experience that is available on this site. I bought a used Jura Impressa S9 and it makes great shots & coffee. I never was much on the milk based drinks until I started making them myself thanks to what I've learned on coffee geek I just bought a used Bezzera BZ02 and I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or the machine needs service but so far the results are bad. I'd like to learn to make my own drinks on this machine and develop some barista skills. I'm hoping to get some help and gain some knowledge as I really enjoy the home barista experience, even though I'm far from being anything like a barista. I'm trying to learn and I know I have a long way to go. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.
Bogart Senior Member Joined: 8 Jan 2012 Posts: 6 Location: Jersey City, NJ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Expobar III, CBTL Americano Grinder: Mazzer Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jan 8, 2012, 5:24pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hello. Andy here. I have been roasting for several years. I use a french press for brewed coffee. I have an Expobar espresso machine and a Mazzer grinder. I don't roast my own espresso, preferring to order from Vivace in Seattle. I've had to cut back on coffee lately because it aggravates a familial tremor. I don't use enough to keep a fresh supply on hand But I still wanted to be able to have a way to have some good coffee at home now and then so I thought I'd try one of the new systems. Years ago I had a Capresso automatic and I was not happy with the quality. So I was not expecting much from the new systems. I got the CBTL Americano because I wanted both brew and espresso. I understand as a new member I can't promote a product so I'll have to give my impressions of the CBTL sometime later.
I also love tea. I hope that doesn't mark me as a traitor.
Essprexo Senior Member Joined: 18 Nov 2011 Posts: 8 Location: Seattle Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Thu Jan 12, 2012, 8:14pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hi! I've been working as a barista in Seattle for about 4 years now, but only just recently started to really become intent on garnering knowledge and improving my skills in the coffeeverse.
I have been working on the project of setting up a permanent indoor coffee cart with a movie store here, and I would love any tips or advice anyone has to give me, especially in the technical aspects of the machine itself (we have not yet decided on a specific machine or make).
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