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Old 12-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #4826
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The coffee they make at work (dealership, in waiting room) is the WORST slurry I have ever tasted/smelled. I can't believe they serve it to customers, and they still drink it.

well...i got around that by bringing my own 'decent' preground coffee and a thermos and making a batch as soon as i got there, and straight into my thermos---they had a BUNN that made a carafe at a time....and then i just left them to their garbage coffee and had my themos at my desk
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #4827
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It does have a pump yes. I've been working on a lighter tamp, but then there's next to no crema with it de-pressurized, but I've been told that's because of the beans.

I hope that logic won't apply to the Abarth
Go buy a container of Illy pre-ground espresso. If you get it from somewhere with decent turnover, it won't be too old. Play with your tamp until you can pull a double in 25 seconds or so. Then, knowing a good tamp, tweak your grind with fresh coffee until you get a good pull in 25 seconds again.

There are so many variables to making good espresso, it takes a while to hone in on what works. Just play with one thing at a time until your shot times are in the right ballpark..

Edited to add: crema isn't the be-all and end-all of espresso. Yes, a nice frothy crema says you've got good fresh beans and a method that works, but the flavor of the shot is still key. Adjust your process based on flavor, not quantity of crema..

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #4828
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So, sheerly out of curiosity, is my espresso machine - a DeLonghi EC115 - worth a ****?

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:20 PM   #4829
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So, sheerly out of curiosity, is my espresso machine - a DeLonghi EC115 - worth a ****?

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An update, I found a good grind setting finally and with a 30lb tamp and a de-pressurized basket the pull is right at 25 seconds with okay crema from store bought beans.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:21 PM   #4830
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It's got a pump, not thermoblock steam-driven crap, so that's good. What grinder you using? What coffee?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:22 PM   #4831
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An update, I found a good grind setting finally and with a 30lb tamp and a de-pressurized basket the pull is right at 25 seconds with okay crema from store bought beans.
Ok, now buy good beans, and watch what happens. I'd love for you to buy from me, but there are lots of roasters who will do you right.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:24 PM   #4832
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Ok, now buy good beans, and watch what happens. I'd love for you to buy from me, but there are lots of roasters who will do you right.
Could you work out a NASIOC discount on a trial size of something good for espresso?
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #4833
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Could you work out a NASIOC discount on a trial size of something good for espresso?
You bought an espresso machine and can't afford Poison's prices for beans? A dinner out costs more than a pound of beans.

...he does occasionally do a NASIOC discount. You just missed one, but he might have another running.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #4834
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It's got a pump, not thermoblock steam-driven crap, so that's good. What grinder you using? What coffee?
Currently I have a blade grinder, waiting for the Capresso Infinity to go on sale. I haven't used the Espresso machine in months.
For Coffee I'm using stuff I get from a local roaster - I'm going to put in an order with you when I get back in town (I'm leaving in a few days for 3 weeks).
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:36 PM   #4835
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Could you work out a NASIOC discount on a trial size of something good for espresso?
The xmas sampler isn't the deal you are looking for?

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:40 PM   #4836
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Surprisingly, this is a hobby that can SAVE* you money! Based on what I am not buying, the new roaster should have paid for itself in 18 months. The 8 month old espresso machine has already paid for itself. If I buy an Astra Pro, that will take 3 years to amortize...


*Savings based on replacing a Starbucks/Peets/Caribou/BlueBottle/etc habit.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #4837
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YAYNASIOC is up for 2 days
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:55 PM   #4838
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:27 PM   #4839
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poison's coe honduras is phenomenal. it's very forgiving, too. seems like even i can't screw this up. i had a quadruple shot (2 doubles?) this morning and was craving more.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:52 AM   #4840
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poison's coe honduras is phenomenal. it's very forgiving, too. seems like even i can't screw this up. i had a quadruple shot (2 doubles?) this morning and was craving more.
Kick ass, thank you! I've pulled some insane shots as well. It's sweet, caramelly, tangy, fruity, got the full spectrum.

The Colombia Pedregal Lot 172 is SICK in a Clever.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:30 AM   #4841
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Nate...im S00000000000000ooooooooooooo pissed off....i got sent out on a job and didnt get a chance to get my coffee outta my mailbox before i left town :grum py:

im gonna hafta make a mad dash back to rescue it

tis only 110 miles back....i can make it round trip in....mmm two hours and 40 minutes if i dont get stopped
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:36 AM   #4842
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Nate...im S00000000000000ooooooooooooo pissed off....i got sent out on a job and didnt get a chance to get my coffee outta my mailbox before i left town :grum py:

im gonna hafta make a mad dash back to rescue it

tis only 110 miles back....i can make it round trip in....mmm two hours and 40 minutes if i dont get stopped
In Texas, a pickup with a ladder on the rack over the bed gives you all the same privileges as an emergency vehicle.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:50 AM   #4843
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Nate...im S00000000000000ooooooooooooo pissed off....i got sent out on a job and didnt get a chance to get my coffee outta my mailbox before i left town :grum py:

im gonna hafta make a mad dash back to rescue it

tis only 110 miles back....i can make it round trip in....mmm two hours and 40 minutes if i dont get stopped
Sorry man! Be sure it's there, if you can check, because USPS is slammed now. The bonus oughta make it worth your while though!

uh duh, round trip, lol.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:53 AM   #4844
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In Texas, a pickup with a ladder on the rack over the bed gives you all the same privileges as an emergency vehicle.
or a dirty/muddy lifted loud wrx driven by someone with a serious coffee jones goin on

they raised the speed limit on many of the rural roads to 75mph lately....and i usually keep it just under 90 when i need to make time.......200 miles in 2 hours isnt unheard of around here
i only get ~19-20mpg at that speed so thats refuel time anyway
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #4845
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Just started my coffee addiction about a month ago. (And at age 25, wtf) Now since we have this stupid crap going on at work, I've not had any coffee in a week. I NEED IT.
























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Old 12-14-2012, 10:35 AM   #4846
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You bought an espresso machine and can't afford Poison's prices for beans? A dinner out costs more than a pound of beans.

...he does occasionally do a NASIOC discount. You just missed one, but he might have another running.
I'm not trying to be that much of a cheapskate, just looking for a small-ish quantity to compare to see if my taste buds are really that good anyways
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:18 AM   #4847
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My fathers gift to himself for christmas this year is a roaster set up - where can I buy some good beans he can roast? does poisons place sell unroasted beans?
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #4848
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My fathers gift to himself for christmas this year is a roaster set up - where can I buy some good beans he can roast? does poisons place sell unroasted beans?
sweetmarias.com

Coffee is sorted by region or blend, and it does get VERY specific.

I usually get 8lbs when I order.

Also, what roaster did he get?
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Coffee is sorted by region or blend, and it does get VERY specific.

I usually get 8lbs when I order.

Also, what roaster did he get?
awesome, thank you. I dont know, but knowing the way he operates its way overkill and whatever the best one is with all of the addons available.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:20 PM   #4850
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awesome, thank you. I dont know, but knowing the way he operates its way overkill and whatever the best one is with all of the addons available.
If I were closer to the point of opening a coffee shop, I would have gotten the HotTop when my air-roaster died, but since I am not ready to do that, I got the GeneCafe.
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