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Siliconslave's how to make espresso thread

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Siliconslave, 17 Jun 2008.

  1. Snookums

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Mar 2013

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    Location: Nottingham

    Just a heads up for anyone ebay have 20% off again and XSitems are on the list so can grab a sage BE for a decent price
     
  2. Dj_Jestar

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,154

    Location: Back in East London

    New office... Stocked with pact coffee.

    Unfortunately they seem to have bought about a ton of the stuff, in whole bean, ground for cafetiere, and ground for Espresso, so it will go stale soon I expect but it's been nice having it on tap :) certainly better than the Nespresso pod garbage at the old office.
     
  3. shroomz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Feb 2010

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    Location: Glasgow, UK

    Folks I've started my journey, got myself an aeropress and I'm borrowing a hand grinder that's the Hunt Brothers one off the rainforest. I'd like to get a better grinder to get it done a bit faster with less sticking and more even grind. The one I want is the Knock Aergrind but it appears to be mostly out of stock and selling at a bit of a premium where it is available. The other option is the Timemore Chestnut but I'd really like something that fits with the aeropress so I can take the lot travelling. Any thoughts on either of those? Or shall I just get a porlex mini and save the cash?

    I've got a nespresso machine at home which I'm OK with for home use, if and when it dies I'll get an electric grinder and machine but the hand grinder is all I'm looking for for now.
     
  4. jpaul

    Capodecina

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    had seen this video from earlier discussion .. so the more expensive f2 stuck with static, but (interesting closeup/ugraph shots) had better grind
    ... I think they time the grind somewhere. .
    Feldgrind 2 overview (vs Porlex + Espresso)
     
  5. Egon

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

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    Location: Darlington

    What are your go-to super market 'emergency' beans, or even everyday beans? Struggling to find any with a roasted on date, just a best before.
     
  6. FTM

    Soldato

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    Location: South Shields

    my emergency beans are tesco finest sumatran

    if I have opened them I will then go and place my hasbean or other order and they turn up plenty quick
     
  7. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 35,328

    Union Hand Roasted or Grumpy Mule.
    Regularly seen it on a couple of supermarkets shelves around here. IIRC Union put a roasted on date and who roasted it on the bag.
     
  8. Siliconslave

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Dec 2002

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    Location: Darkest Norfolk

    tea

    or Union isn't too bad either.
     
  9. jpaul

    Capodecina

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    M&S, waitrose, asda there are some recommendations back down thread.

    Best before seems to be roast+3months, and you can also discern freshness by rapid de-gassing/bloated bags .. so just about onto October
     
  10. shroomz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Feb 2010

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    Location: Glasgow, UK

    Got myself some Pact beans and the Aergrind, bliss. Recipe I'm using is one I got from a chat with the guy at a filter/pour-over specialty cafe here in Bristol:
    Inverted method
    13.5g medium-ground, just smaller than grains of sand
    240ml
    95C
    2 min
    Stir when slowly pouring water then set lid and leave, pretty foolproof and seems to work nicely even with approximate measurements in the office (I thought scales as a regular thing at work would probably be a step too far)
     
  11. Egon

    Soldato

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    Don't remember seeing any grumpy mule or union in my local Tesco. Ended up getting a bag of Tesco Finest something or other. I'm going away for a few weeks soon so didn't want to place an order from Rave and have them go stale whilst I'm away.
     
  12. Begbie

    Caporegime

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    Bit late, but I have this; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Krups-Expe...+grinder&qid=1562748845&s=gateway&sr=8-6&th=1

    Had it for about 5-6 years now and it's been fine (apart from when the gf decides to grind spices in it....). Can't compare to expensive models, but the grind is always consistent.
     
  13. Begbie

    Caporegime

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    So I've found a 2nd hand gaggia classic for £95 and close by. It's the newer type and not the 'made in Italy' version. Is it still worth it at this price?

    I assume I'm not doing any better for £100 regardless of what version...
     
  14. jpaul

    Capodecina

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    potentially join coffeeforums where many deals are posted ... a quick scan shows they often go for £70 ... but if it looks nice.
    I don't know the gaggia line but this comment was interesting
    make sure it has a solenoid to release the pressure ... see it working. .... I think Raymond has one.
     
  15. Snookums

    Mobster

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    Iirc it's the post 2015 ones up until last year that people heavily try to avoid. They are supposed to have fixed the issues in this year's model however so it all depends on just how "new" it is.

    But either way I doubt you'd be disappointed. To just get a rancilo wand from amazon for about 20 as that seems like a much needed mod everyone makes.
     
  16. jpaul

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    can't remember who asked about new dual/hx machines ...but the ecookshop deal of £700 for a sage double boiler is pretty good .. in black
     
  17. jpaul

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    how much coffee are you now using(& personally drinking!) a week then ?

    picking your brains - so do you have a filtered/softened water supply for your machines .. what kind of maintenance schedule do you need.
    Still trying to optimise my scale/de-calcification process, but one of the problems, is making sure you have flushed out all the acid, before resuming normal service, so,
    I am currently syphoning the boiler .. what do the pro's do ?
     
  18. Begbie

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    Yeah we agreed to meet half way, so I won't be able to see it. Much like if I had to buy it from ebay I suppose.

    It seems in good condition and I believe its before 2015 going by serial number.

    At £90 and able to pick it up seems not bad.

    Ebay is all over the place with some starting with bids at £100.... :/

    Only one on coffee forums just now at like £120, collection only in Exeter. Too far.
     
  19. Begbie

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    Wow.

    What an upgrade from an aero press. Even with a cheap burr grinder, the difference is unbelievable!

    The only problem is staying away from lattes now!

    Anyone with a classic are the baskets 14g? Originally put 17g in and getting it closed wasn't really possible.
     
  20. jpaul

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