Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Siliconslave, Jun 17, 2008.
ok mate, thanks for the tips
Can you recommend a blend from Hasbean for use in a cafetiere?
Too many to chose from.
I do like these in a cafetiere:
The Breakfast Bomb
Try anything though - you may be surprised.
OOooooOOOoo a coffee thread, i love my real coffee and esp my Gaggia - not fully into the espresso hits but love the latte, americano + cappa !
A burr grinder is something i have been wanting to get for a while, have been looking at the Krups GVX2 unless there is anything better around that price mark ?
And where did you get your tamper from - the plastic gaggia one is pretty useless !! ?
Monsoon malabar is awesome, I couldnt get on with Gethumbwini tho.
Reg Barber ones are recommended but too much choice for me!
I paid £60 for my Dualit burr grinder from Whittards
Cheaper at £488..
Anyone had any experience of the Gaggia Baby (or Baby twin) rather than the Classic? It seems to give ok reviews but they're normally first time users (ie <1 month). I'm looking for something small that doesn't take much desk space.
I used to be a professional barista and this guide is not bad, if you really want to be anal I would say that the air pressure can effect the grind also so take that into consideration. A great resource for this and more importantly correct milk steaming is coffeegeek.com
Now if only people like you and I worked in high street coffee shops I could drink coffee again
Oh one other thing, using a spirit level, especially the round ones, is a good gauge of whether you are tamping properly and evenly. If you tamp one sided like alot of people do the water will filter through that part of the grind more easily and leave you with half used coffee and a potentially weak espresso.
I've been looking at the Gaggia Baby too, seems you can pick them up very cheaply refurbished.
I'm considering it because due to a change at work we're now hotdesking so I'll be spending more time at home.. Although the coffeegeek reviews seem to indicate the baby isn't as well liked as the Classic.. although later it appears as good (although shares the same steam wand problem).
Actually I'll raise you:
Thing of beauty! Although I think it's a bit OTT for a first espresso machine
Oh noes... I've got an itch.. it's just like a Julies Verne machine.. (La Pavoni Professional Brass & Wood version). Must.... Resist....
yer, i didn't really go into dialing in the grind in too much detail, and it gets a little hard to perfect for home users due to the (relative) small quantity of coffe we put through, but you do really need to constantly adjust the grinder to keep the grind right
interesting point about the spirity level, i'm always worried my tamps is a bit lop sided... might have to give it a go when the misses isn't around (she already thinks i go too far...)
Just to get the wheels of temptation turning..
As much as I`d love to do proper coffee I could never justify the cost.
Will probably try an Aeropress though.
Didnt know coffee degraded quickly though.
Heads up: Gaggia Classic is currently £199 at Whittards
If you have a naked basket you can tell by the colouring of the pour.
If you see blonde areas that's a good sign of channelling where the water has found the easiest path through the grinds leaving the other areas untouched. The blonde nature is because the excess channelled water has caused over-extraction leaving little to be extracted.
that machine looks great, always loved the idea of a manual but they are pretty hard work (both to get right and to pour....)
i am very tempted to get a nekid portafilter, can anyone reccomend a good Gaggia one? (will have to order a macro adapter for the camera at the same time )
How does the Aeropress compare to a stove-top, out of curiosity?
+1 for a request for info on a good naked PF for a Gaggia Classic. I've seen some Gaggia ones for sale (Happy Donkey I think) but they stated they were not for home machines (i.e. wouldn't fit).
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