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Old 05-11-2020, 04:28 PM   #4001
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I just saw an advert about roasted, ground and brewed cacao beans to be used like coffee, but it supposedly tastes like you are drinking dark chocolate.

Is this something new?
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:53 PM   #4002
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I'm considering trying this. I'm not convinced it'll matter: if you're preparing your pf right, and the grounds aren't contacting the screen, water distribution shouldn't be too critical. But I'm curious.

https://www.amazon.com/IMS-Baristapr...223518&sr=8-23
I don't see how it would help, if you're dosing, grinding, smoothing and tamping right, I don't see how a different screen will help.

but who knows, buy it and let us all know.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:02 PM   #4003
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I just saw an advert about roasted, ground and brewed cacao beans to be used like coffee, but it supposedly tastes like you are drinking dark chocolate.

Is this something new?
Not really, though ads for an actual product may be.


And yeah, I'm not buying the 'precision diffuser screen', but you never know haha.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:35 PM   #4004
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Ran out of paper filters. Thus, had to temporarily switch to the re-usable one I keep for emergencies. Around the same time, had switched to a "breakfast blend" of one of my favorite local roasters.
Not sure if it was the blend or the filter.. But after 4 days or so glad to be back to the regularly scheduled (paper + extra dark roast) programming.
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:53 PM   #4005
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Ran out of paper filters. Thus, had to temporarily switch to the re-usable one I keep for emergencies. Around the same time, had switched to a "breakfast blend" of one of my favorite local roasters.
Not sure if it was the blend or the filter.. But after 4 days or so glad to be back to the regularly scheduled (paper + extra dark roast) programming.
if you're out of filters, just get a sock, go with a more french press grind, fill the sock and go with the immersion brew.

advanced user tip: try using a clean sock.
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Old 05-11-2020, 07:09 PM   #4006
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Why clean? Extra flavor FTW!
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Old 05-12-2020, 08:37 AM   #4007
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Why clean? Extra flavor FTW!
..especially if you keep them where I can only assume someone named NutBucket does!
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:17 AM   #4008
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:21 AM   #4009
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I've used a paper towel for a filter and it worked fine...
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:26 AM   #4010
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RE: the precision screen and other "specialty" components, you guys need to hang out on home barista more often! Precision screens are almost a must if you're going to be taken seriously.

You'll either drink the koolaid and dive in and spend another $2k minimum on your setup, or get disgusted with the pretentious opulence and never visit again!
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:41 AM   #4011
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I used to hang out there hours, daily, but stopped a few years ago. The level of nitpickiness, coupled with false senses of self-worth, make it a serious pill. It has its uses, but I don't hang out.
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:55 AM   #4012
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Yeah, I visit from time to time, especially for roasting info, cause the Artisan guys are very responsive.

The best though are the guys that come in and post a thread saying, "Hey, everyone, looking for my first espresso setup. Budget is $15k. No clue what I'm doing, please recommend me the best." Those are always a good read.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:10 PM   #4013
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About right. They're a super anal-retentive bunch.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:42 PM   #4014
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Melitta paper and my lil Cuisinart gold tone as standby is about as retentive as I'll get. If neither available, canned or bottled monster coffee it is!
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:47 PM   #4015
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Melitta paper and my lil Cuisinart gold tone as standby is about as retentive as I'll get. If neither available, canned or bottled monster coffee it is!
Nothing wrong with that. The main points are simple:

Use good coffee, good water heated to 195-205, and grind before brewing. Everything else is 80% more effort for 20% improvement.
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Old 05-13-2020, 10:04 AM   #4016
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Old 05-13-2020, 11:18 AM   #4017
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And apparently some coffee:

https://sprudge.com/coffee-consumpti...on-163727.html



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A new study finds that coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from depression.

For the study, which can be found via the National Coffee Association, Harvard Medical School professor of neurology Dr. Alan Leviton performed meta-analysis of a variety of current research available on the topic and included over 300,000 participants, more than 8,000 of those experiencing depression. Dr. Leviton found that those who “consumed higher levels of coffee were at lower risk of depression than people who consumed less or no coffee,” with coffee’s “peak protective effect appeared to be among those who consumed 400 mL/day (i.e., 13 ounces).”

Of the research used in the meta-analysis, one study, performed as part of the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, found that those who drank two or more cups of coffee a day had a “32% lower prevalence of self-reported depression” than those who didn’t drink coffee at all. Another study, this one examining over 14,000 graduates at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, found that participants who consumed four or more cups daily had a “significantly lower risk” of experiencing “physician-diagnosed depression worthy of antidepressant medication.”

Though the exact mechanism(s) are unknown, Dr. Leviton suggests five possible explanations, many of which Sprudge has covered previously. Both coffee’s anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties are given as potential reasons for the phenomenon. The reasons being, per the study, are that “blood levels of oxidative-stress indicators are raised in people who have a major depressive disorder,” and that “depressed people tend to have higher blood levels of inflammation-related proteins than people who are not depressed.” Other potential explanations include caffeine, which in mice “reduces the occurrence of helpless-like and motivational behaviors that are characteristic of mouse models of depression.” Coffee’s positive effects on the gut microbiome as well as the bowels are mentioned as possible factors as well.
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:34 PM   #4018
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Old 05-20-2020, 10:43 AM   #4019
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I have a Gaggia Classic Pro now to go along with my Baratza Virtuoso. My first espresso machine!
I use the double shot basket that came with the Gaggia to pull all the shots. Instead of a tamper, I'm currently using a leveler only. I don't know if buying a tamper is necessary yet. I decided to buy leveler over a tamper from a recommendation I found on Youtube by Whole Latte Love who swears by it. I may get a tamper later on though.

Since I'm very new, I've created a spreadsheet to log my shots because my first few shots have been poor. The first logged shot came out great. (I bought the beans months ago but I've had it in the freezer. p.s. made a guess on the roast level)

I usually water down the double shot espresso with water so I added a water column too.

Going to be a fun journey
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:09 AM   #4020
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I have a box full of Nespresso pods with no Nespresso machine. To not let them go to waste I've just be using the pod with my french press with good results.

Thank
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:03 PM   #4021
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My 2.5 year old Mr Coffee espresso started making sad noises building pressure for the milk steaming, so I ordered the Gaggia and a stainless milk pitcher. Looking forward to joining the middle-tier of espresso snobbery.
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I have a Gaggia Classic Pro now to go along with my Baratza Virtuoso. My first espresso machine!
I use the double shot basket that came with the Gaggia to pull all the shots. Instead of a tamper, I'm currently using a leveler only. I don't know if buying a tamper is necessary yet. I decided to buy leveler over a tamper from a recommendation I found on Youtube by Whole Latte Love who swears by it. I may get a tamper later on though.

Since I'm very new, I've created a spreadsheet to log my shots because my first few shots have been poor. The first logged shot came out great. (I bought the beans months ago but I've had it in the freezer. p.s. made a guess on the roast level)

I usually water down the double shot espresso with water so I added a water column too.

Going to be a fun journey
Nice, but definitely get a tamper, the biggest one that'll fit. 58.35mm probably.

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lol, why not?

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My 2.5 year old Mr Coffee espresso started making sad noises building pressure for the milk steaming, so I ordered the Gaggia and a stainless milk pitcher. Looking forward to joining the middle-tier of espresso snobbery.
Congrats! You're gonna be blown away buy the difference. What grinder you got?
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Congrats! You're gonna be blown away buy the difference. What grinder you got?
I typically buy the coffee at the local starbucks and have the barista grind it one step coarser than espresso. It goes into the freezer after that.

awful, huh?
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I typically buy the coffee at the local starbucks and have the barista grind it one step coarser than espresso. It goes into the freezer after that.

awful, huh?
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Old 05-23-2020, 12:29 PM   #4025
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I typically buy the coffee at the local starbucks and have the barista grind it one step coarser than espresso. It goes into the freezer after that.

awful, huh?
Can I help spend your money to fix that?
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