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by boldstep
Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

UPDATE: Since getting home from the delicious coffee I had at Barefoot Roasters, I started playing around with some extraction parameters to see if I could do any better in terms of reproducing what I had tasted at the store. Surprisingly, I found a new setting which brings me much closer to the sto...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

What type of espresso do you enjoy most? Comfort food chocolate blends? Fruity S/O? I'd say chocolate blends but with some fruit tastes. The Boss blend I mention above is a good example of that. It has: Ethiopia Amaro Gayo natural Brazil Daterra Redcab Ethiopian Dominion Vilones Maybe I'll drop by ...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Btw, the Anfim Super Caimano is a serious burr grinder: http://www.home-barista.com/grinders/first-impressions-of-new-anfim-super-caimano-t9489.html I have to say, the poster's description of what he tasted out of the shot matches mine from Barefoot. It makes the flavors very distinct. I think this ...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Thanks JohnB. Yes Endo should be pleased... :grin: So what is the deal with burr size?? I see that as the biggest difference between the major and the SJ (amounting to a couple hundred dollars in list price). Is the argument that bigger is better :shock: and why? Also, I am guess that lower rpms are...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Endo wrote:Can you post a video of a bottomless PF shot? Sometimes that will reveal a clue.
Sorry, missed that. I can attach a video of my process and shot once I am home. Good idea
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Let's just remember that most of what we are taking about is just opinion anyway... :grin: So.... I went back to Barefoot Roasters this morning (my business trip will leave me in Santa Clara for 1.5 weeks) to see what kind of grinders they use. Here's what they use: Mazzer Rio -- not sure is this th...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Good list of suggestions! The suggestions which I haven't tried and stand out are: pressure adjustments and nutation. I will give them a go. However, I've never adjusted the internal pressure of my unit (which seems to hover at 9 bar. Have folks experienced a difference by playing with this? How do ...
by boldstep
Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Thanks again for all of the replies. I am not against dosers in general. I just don't like dosers that waste beans and are difficult to clean. It sounds like the Mazzer Super Robur Electronic Doserless would be my ideal grinder but I would need to get a mortgage to afford it. :cry: What I am thinkin...
by boldstep
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

First, thank you Jmanespresso for the informative write up on conical grinders! This is great info! BTW, I see JohnB has the K10WBC - one of the ones you listed. Regarding The Boss: Yes, I've tried them at home, opening the bag anywhere from 3-7 days after it was roasted. In fact, I've ordered hundr...
by boldstep
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Re: Taking it to the next level

Thanks! I am fascinated that a grinder can have that big an impact -- is it just they provide a more even grind? What type of big conical grinder do you have? By SJ you mean mazzer super jolly? I wonder how the mini doserless compares (I really don't want to deal with the hamper). Also, sorry what i...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 4735

Taking it to the next level

So I am out in Santa Clara on business travel and stopped by Barefoot Roasters for an espresso. They were using their blend, The Boss. I tried it and it was gloriously good. I mean amazing with layers of taste that lasted long after I finished. It got me wondering: Why I don't have that level of goo...
by boldstep
Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Clean your grinder!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1995

Clean your grinder!!!

I've been wondering for a while why my shots have not been tasting as good as they once had; i've been regularly doing back flushes, changing the filters, verifying temps with a temp meter, etc. This morning after getting to the point where I was about to throw up my hands, I decided to clean the gr...
by boldstep
Tue May 26, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

Why not just order the backflush puck itself from Chris' coffee? Shipping on that would be real cheap!
by boldstep
Tue May 26, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

Backflushing is done with a black rubber puck that should come with your machine. You place that in your portafilter (either single or double) which will stop the water from flowing out. Just press the group head water button until three yellow lights flash... BTW, you should be backflushing after y...
by boldstep
Sun May 17, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Cappuccino vs. Latte
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Cappuccino vs. Latte

I've heard it argued that the only difference between a cappuccino and Latte is the amount of milk, not the type of foam. I've also heard that cappuccinos have an airier foam compared to a latte. I am sure there are some opinions out there on this subject!!! Has anyone been to Italy lately to see ho...
by boldstep
Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

I pulled some black cat this morning and it *was* much better. I know this because my girlfriend, who usually doesn't say much about my espressos unless they are standout, said WOW!That's something she hadn't said in several months!
by boldstep
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

Hi JohnB,

I did four detergent flushes in all and each detergent flush was accompanied by five flushes. Then I did at least ten clear water flushes until I didn't see suds or grime. Now it is clear.

Thanks Endo for your latest reply too.

Jason
by boldstep
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

OMG, I feel so stupid that I ignored cleaning the unit properly over the past year! :oops: After using detergent and back flushing many times, all sorts of gunk started pouring out. Long (4 inches) strands of coffee nastiness came out!!! I continued this until the water came out clear. I will sample...
by boldstep
Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:37 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

Cool, I will try it tonight. When you say you let it "sit in the machine", do you mean: do a backflush with the detergent, the three lights blink, press stop, wait for 1 minute and repeat? I saw the thread you mentioned JohnB... as Shepard said: the thought of tearing it apart does terrify me but I ...
by boldstep
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Something isn't right

Thanks for your reply Endo! I cleaned the grinder once, several months ago. JohnB helped me to disassemble it and clean the burrs. I do clean the screens and dispersion plates once per week. I haven't descaled the machine. Mine is plumbed in. How do you do that? Also, I never used that Cafiza when I...
by boldstep
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Something isn't right
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Something isn't right

Hi guys, I've been happy wit my v2 for almost 1 year now but as of the last few months I have not been happy with the taste of my espressos. At first I thought it was the beans so I returned to several favorites but was still disappointed. My barista skills have only been getting better over this pa...
by boldstep
Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Headstrong from Great Northern Roasting Co
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Re: Headstrong from Great Northern Roasting Co

With a glowing endorsement like that, I had to order a pound! I will report back. Thanks John! Btw, just got done sampling Great Barrington's Espresso blend. It is very nice both in milk and as a straight shot. Pulled a ristretto this morning (after about 1 week of the bag being opened) at 94 C/18 G...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Let's hope she is! After all, it is my 40th... :shock: given that is a nice round number it should count for something! :grin:
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Great, thanks Niko! If I get the Hottop I would love to know your favorite setting with one of your favorite beans. Wouldn't it be amazing to have a collection of favorite beans with favorite hottop settings?? Ok, now I need to find out how much the B and P cost and how much my girlfriend loves me! ...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Great, thanks Niko! If I get the Hottop I would love to know your favorite setting with one of your favorite beans. Wouldn't it be amazing to have a collection of favorite beans with favorite hottop settings?? Ok, now I need to find out how much the B and P cost and how much my girlfriend loves me! ...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Thanks Chas! What do you lose with starting with the B model?
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Thank you so much Niko!!!! I knew you had something to say about roasters! :notworthy: Looks like I need to convince her to get me the Hottop. It seems like the clear winner. Where did you get yours from? Also, do you order your beans from sweet marias? Has there been a bunch of threads on this foru...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Oh, now I get the joke. :laughing9:
by boldstep
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

:lol: So is the Behmor your personal favorite? If so, why?
by boldstep
Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

She asked me for a price point and I threw out $500, but that was guesswork on my part.
by boldstep
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

Oops, corrected above. I meant roaster. Need more coffee... :oops:
by boldstep
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Home Roaster LineUp
Replies: 35
Views: 10724

Re: Home Roaster LineUp

I am resurrecting this old post hoping to find some recommendations on home roasters. My girlfriend has kindly offered to buy me one for my upcoming birthday :lol: and I was wondering: - what qualities do you look for in a roaster/what's important to you - what is your favorite roaster and why Any i...
by boldstep
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Schematics for the Vivaldi II
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Schematics for the Vivaldi II

Ok, this is what I was thinking. I took the intelligencia coffee course in new york city. (It was cool too.) In any case, I played with a fancy, latest issue marzocca machine and it had a feature which timed the shots automatically as soon as you clicked on the group head pump. When you'd click it a...
by boldstep
Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Schematics for the Vivaldi II
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Schematics for the Vivaldi II

Hi,
Does anyone know where I can find schematics for the vivaldi II? I want to have some fun inside! :-P
Thanks in advance!
Jason
by boldstep
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 2591

Re: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe

Hi Michael, I would let the beans sit for 5 days in the bag (unopened); you don't want them exposed to the air. As for your second question, I think it depends on when you will be using them. If it will be sometime before you consume them (i.e. 1-2 months), I would just put them in without waiting t...
by boldstep
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 2591

Re: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe

Well I got the beans a couple days back (amazingly, one day after it was roasted!). I waited 5 days and pulled some shots both straight and in a Macchiato. I like this bean. I did notice the lack of clumping. Much prefer it straight then with milk. Haven't experimented with other grams/temp/etc numb...
by boldstep
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 2591

Re: New Favorite from Atomic Cafe

Thanks for the tip! I will order a bag. Do you like it more that Toscanno?
Btw, you mention it yields "zero wet pucks" -- I wasn't aware that this is an indication of a bad pour. What is the current thinking about that?
by boldstep
Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: CCC Toscano
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: CCC Toscano

I tried the CCC Aficionado today; it is my least favorite of the three I tried. It is roasted in a northern italian style, i.e. light roasted. I found 94C to be a good choice for the bean but I still found it kind of uninteresting and blah. Any day of the week I'd pick Espresso Vivace's Dolce blend ...
by boldstep
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:07 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: back flushing sounds
Replies: 6
Views: 1834

Re: back flushing sounds

An interesting and plausible explanation. My usual routine (when I am done making espressos for the day) is to take out the portafilter and scrub it with a brush and then insert it back in with the backflush disc inserted. It seems to me that any air that would exist in the portafilter would therefo...
by boldstep
Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: CCC Toscano
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: CCC Toscano

Just got done with 1 bag of CCC La Forza: it is good but its no Toscano. First, I didn't find it getting better with age like Toscano miraculously did (like John B reported) -- La Forza just seemed to fizzle out. The bean really shines with Milk (and I don't say this often). It was almost like a dar...
by boldstep
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: back flushing sounds
Replies: 6
Views: 1834

back flushing sounds

Does anyone pay attention to the sound after ceasing back flushing? Sometimes it makes a little whooshing sound but other times it sounds really powerful. Is this any indication of how good a job it did in flushing the system? Should i push it a few times until i get a good one? :D Why does the soun...
by boldstep
Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: CCC Toscano
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: CCC Toscano

Great tip, thanks John. Just ordered two new blends to try including La Forza...
by boldstep
Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Steam Valve in Vivaldi
Replies: 3
Views: 1180

Re: Steam Valve in Vivaldi

I agree. I haven't heard of this being a problem (personally or otherwise)...
by boldstep
Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Preinfusion
Replies: 6
Views: 14242

Re: Preinfusion

Great video Niko! Thanks for posting it. A few questions as I start reading through all these p/i threads :read2: and jumping on the p/i bandwagon : (1) Do you count the 6 seconds in your total extraction time? I did notice you started the timer *after* p/i finished... (2) When you use 40 psi, I wou...
by boldstep
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

So I received the pressure gauge from CC today. Just curious how you guys set the gauge pressure. CC told me I should adjust it to 25 psi with the brew head open. Now, do I do this with a puck in place or not? Alternatively, it seems to me I could adjust it so that the gauge in the front of the V2 r...
by boldstep
Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

Yes, you are correct. With my original setting (what I called a 7.5) it is actually a 3 when read relative to the worm drive. Moreover, I get about 1.75 when I hear the ticking, using the same reference point. As a side note, I find it an odd place to read off the grind setting because it is behind ...
by boldstep
Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

It drops back in place at 7.5 so your ring is not mounted properly. Remove the 3 screws, lift the ring & place it back on the carrier with the #3 where you had the 7.5. Thanks! Actually, it drops back in three possible orientations with my current grind - all with different numbers: 1.5, 4.5, and 7...
by boldstep
Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

I think you will see an improvement in the cup once you get the pressure down around 9 bar. Where is the M4 set when you grind the Toscano? Dose? I'm typically on the #3 or 1 tooth past for 17g doubles. I hope you are right above the taste improvement... My MACAP doserless grinder is set close to "...
by boldstep
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder

It's clean as a whistle thanks to your help! Unfortunately, I now have one more coffee ritual to obsess about: religiously cleaning the grinder... :lol:
by boldstep
Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

I'm surprised that you are only seeing 10bar if your house pressure is 6.5 bar. The rotary pumps adds pressure to the house pressure. Chris Coffee adjusts the pressure to 9bar before shipment which would be relative to the water pressure they have at their store. You definitely need to adjust it do...
by boldstep
Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder

Very helpful, thanks. Now when I do that I see the lower burr which has three screws to hold it in place. Do you take that out too??? (I also see about six months of coffee residue. Nasty! )
by boldstep
Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What a difference a Niko makes!
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: What a difference a Niko makes!

I noticed the same thing... it was quiet without Niko... Cheers to Niko! :cheers:
by boldstep
Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

Hey JohnB,
Thanks.... I think I am reading it correctly. The units of the gauge are BAR, right? When I pull a shot the pointer on the gauge slams to 10 BAR. What does yours do?
by boldstep
Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

Thanks for the quick reply. It is a v2 and it is plumbed in. Sounds like I need a pressure regulator! :shock: I'll get one put on... but what do people use to set the input water pressure after the regulator. Do they put something inline permanently or is there some device which can be screwed on to...
by boldstep
Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Consistency
Replies: 59
Views: 10923

Re: Consistency

During the programmed interval before the pump kicks in the pressure is whatever your input water pressure is to the machine. After that it's the pressure you've set you pump to. Chris recommends you use a pressure regulator and pressure gauge before the machine to set the pressure between 20-25PSI...
by boldstep
Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder

Before I undertake this let me make sure I understand something: if I turn the upper burr assy out of the machine, will I have a problem knowing how tightly to put it back? I mean, if I turn it too tightly (counter-clockwise) then the burrs could touch when I turn it back on? How do you know when to...
by boldstep
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder

Thanks JohnB! Just what I was looking for. It seems I'm not the only obsessed one around here... :P I will give it a shot!
by boldstep
Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Advice on Cleaning a MACAP Grinder

Hi, Does anyone have any advice on how to clean my grinder (pictured here)? I always brush out the top (where the hopper sits) and the chute, but it seems like there might be a lot of residual coffee collecting internally... Should I open it up to give it a proper cleaning every so often? If so, how...
by boldstep
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: CCC Toscano
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: CCC Toscano

Thanks for the recommendation. Just placed an order for two bags! :D
by boldstep
Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Thanks JohnB for the info! So how did it taste compared to the 16+g double? Bluesman13: I also became curious about this subject when I observed my favorite coffee shop really overdosing their PF. It got me thinking perhaps that that is the key to their really exceptional espressos. I am going away ...
by boldstep
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Thanks. And do you find that by using 21g/2 ounce (compared to say a standard 16g/2 ounces), you get better tasting shots?
by boldstep
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Wow that's a lot of coffee! I would be going through coffee beans very quickly. How many ounces do you pull from 21grams?
by boldstep
Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Thanks for all your replies. So it seems most people weigh their beans... Has anyone experimented with differing grams of coffee on the taste of the final shot (keeping extraction time constant by changing the grind)? Steve, what do you mean by the Spaz is sensitive to overdosing? (I did get it by t...
by boldstep
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Filling your Portafilter
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Filling your Portafilter

Hi, I'm curious in knowing people's approach to filling their portafilters for an espresso. I've noticed two major approaches to this: one is to just dose until the portafilter is filled with a heaping mound of coffee, level it out, tamp, etc. Using the technique it would seem that the amount of cof...
by boldstep
Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:48 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Problematic Smit and Dorlas Bean
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

You guys are great! Thanks for all of your informative replies. I tried grinding finer and tamping lighter and to my surprise and delight it worked! What I got was still strange (to my eyes) but still a reasonable pull: the pour was quite thin and very black with very little crema. However, I saw ti...
by boldstep
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:04 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Problematic Smit and Dorlas Bean
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Hi Niko,
It's neither an overly dark or overly light roast. I'd say it's in the middle tending towards a dark roast. I'll try to post a video to show how it behaves...
by boldstep
Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Problematic Smit and Dorlas Bean
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Problematic Smit and Dorlas Bean

Hi, Has anyone experimented with these beans? http://www.smitdorlasusa.com/p-15-espresso-originale.aspx (Smit Dorlas USA - Dutch Gourmet Coffee) I read the rave reviews about these beans so I was excited to try them. Unfortunately, I've found that this bean behaves differently then anything else I'v...
by boldstep
Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Looking for an espresso blend
Replies: 19
Views: 3278

No problem, just needed to understand what you were after. I made a brief foray into SO beans and found them, as one might guess, very one-dimensional in taste. Each SO bean that I tried seemed to be too forward in one direction or too lacking in another directionand it tasted that way each and ever...
by boldstep
Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:16 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Looking for an espresso blend
Replies: 19
Views: 3278

I am confused by your question: the coffee you liked was a blend but the coffee you seek is single origin?
by boldstep
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Favorite Commercial Blends
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Yes, I think it should be a full pound for the price too. The beans were roasted and shipped the same day. 6 days from my order placement to receiving them. It makes me wonder how much better they would have tasted if I had got them earlier. Is it well understood/accepted when most beans peak in fla...
by boldstep
Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Favorite Commercial Blends
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Hi, Thought I'd report back on some blends I mentioned I would be trying. I ordered the Bigfoot and Sweetness blend from Barefoot Coffee: http://s1cafe.com/wforum/userpix/352_ScreenHunter_08_Feb_22_1226_1.jpg First off, I am amazed with how accurate their label description are! In both cases they re...
by boldstep
Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Coffee Shop
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

Nice arrangement!! I never saw the V2 with gray sides... I like it!
by boldstep
Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Favorite Commercial Blends
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Thanks. Will definitely give those blends a try and report back. I have an outstanding order placed for the "sweetness" blend which I should be receiving any day now. I've already tried Black Cat and was underwhelmed, especially considering the hype. Working through a bag of Blue Bottle Hayes Valley...
by boldstep
Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:10 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Coffee Bean Freshness
Replies: 76
Views: 9886

I'm definitely going to get one of those FoodSavers. Thanks for the great idea!
by boldstep
Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Favorite Commercial Blends
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Thanks Niko - will give that bean a try. I guess most people out there are home roasting...?

Jason
by boldstep
Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:21 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Favorite Commercial Blends
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Favorite Commercial Blends

Looking through the coffee bean topics I noticed that there aren't a lot of posts about favorite commercial blends. I would love to know what people are drinking out there! I know a bunch of you roast and perhaps do that exclusively but not having gone that route myself yet (no room in my condo), I ...
by boldstep
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Coffee Bean Freshness
Replies: 76
Views: 9886

Just wanted to thank everyone for their advice on storing beans... I am encouraged by what I am hearing about the freezer/vacuum packing option. Beans can be pricey and it kills me to see them go bad! :x
by boldstep
Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Coffee Bean Freshness
Replies: 76
Views: 9886

Coffee Bean Freshness

Hi, I am just wondering how long you folks find that beans stay fresh (i.e. good tasting) after receiving them, freshly roasted and vacuum packed from say, Intelligencia, under the following circumstances: 1- you leave them in the original vacuum packed bag 2- you open the bag and place the beans in...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: How long to wait between temp changes
Replies: 4
Views: 1313

John,
What are you using to measure temperature at the group head?
Thanks
by boldstep
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:02 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 200+ list subscribers
Replies: 20
Views: 2511

Hey guys,
Just getting around to reading this thread and wondering what was the GS3 fiasco? I heard about the machine but not about the fiasco... I thought the machine sounded (and looked) pretty awesome.
Thanks!
Jason
by boldstep
Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: black cat espresso
Replies: 41
Views: 10906

So, if I understand you, you are saying that it is meaningless for people on this forum to provide recommended S1 front temp settings (from the LEDs) for a given bean because that has no absolute correlation to group head temp? I haven't checked that so I don't know... I know Niko did some group hea...
by boldstep
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: black cat espresso
Replies: 41
Views: 10906

FYI: after some experimentation I found out that the recommendation on temperature for Black Cat above didn't taste good to me (94-95 C). This gave it an acidy taste. Down at 92 C this bean is smooth and rich. It's still not my favorite bean by far but much more enjoyable. (Other parameters I am usi...
by boldstep
Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Help! Back to drinking lattes!
Replies: 81
Views: 13013

Have you tried a bottomless porta-filter to see if you are channeling?
by boldstep
Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

Thanks Niko. I'll look those signs and try to shoot for keeping that transition region in the 18-23 second range. Regarding channeling: I look for this on every shot. I have a bottomless portafilter and I look at the puck for tiny holes after the pull. Usually when channeling occurs I see both: spou...
by boldstep
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

I use an intelligencia blend and I find shots that come out in 18 sec are weak. The ones that go on for beyond 30s are not tasty either, although I am not saying this is a rule. So as a general rule do you shoot for stopping the shot right after tiger stripping ends and blonding begins? Is that a be...
by boldstep
Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

Good info thanks. And what is the range you get on shot time? I am anywhere from 18 to 28 secs, which means many shots are crap. Very frustrating indeed[/quote]
by boldstep
Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

Weska, Thanks for your detailed and helpful reply. It's very encouraging to hear that you can maintain that tight a range on shot time. I put into action your suggestions, purchasing a scale that gives 0.1 g accuracy and distributed the grinds as you describe. I think my shot time range has now impr...
by boldstep
Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Scace Device Readings
Replies: 8
Views: 4456

Niko,
do you need to pull blank shots even if you leave your machine on 24/7?

if you do, can you just let the water run for like 30 sec through the portafilter (with no beans) to get it to temp?
by boldstep
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

Interesting... I especially like the tip about the vacuum canisters. Any brand in specific you can recommend? I know I sound like I am asking for a lot but all I really want is this: with the _same_ batch of coffee and with the grinder set exactly the same and assuming that your tamp is 30 lbs, you ...
by boldstep
Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

thanks for your reply. So how do you or I control the humidity and temperature of the beans?? What I'm after is a constant volume in a constant time with a constant tamp and constant grind. It should be doable. I leave the s1 on all the time, fix the grinder and use a 30 lb tamp(that clicks at 30lb)...
by boldstep
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Shot quality
Replies: 31
Views: 6283

niko mentioned earlier in this thread that the s1 is effected by weather. What do you speculate is the actual mechanism here? I thought it might be the grinder temperature that results in pull time diiferences. I leave the s1 on 24/7 so I assume it should be at the right temp; the grinder however is...

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