The Coffee Thread

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by Goobers, May 9, 2011.

  1. Lardman

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    I've got I think an inboxed offer for around 2300-2400, will double check - but it looks really neat (for the Key)

    That said, I use a compak F8 with 83mm burrs and it's a joy to use as long as I don't change beans. And it's a fun party trick to be able to pump out a bunch of coffees real quickly when people are over with a commercial grade grinder.

    Edit: 2235 $au delivered. First day preorders had 500USD discount.

    Not bad if it's only a few hundred more than a niche zero
     
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  3. Sledge

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    Well bought the BES920.. bought the Eureka mignon..
    Grinder is getting delivered today!
    So excited :)
     
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  4. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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  5. Groff

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    Thanks for that.
    Tempted to try.
     
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  8. BlueRaven

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    And I'm down to the last portion of Vittoria in the freezer, dammit, should have checked in yesterday. :upset:
     
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    Everyone I know who has tried to use a reusable pod has found them very annoying and not worth the effort.

    What is the motivation to go reusable?
     
  11. supasaiyan

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    Not a huge coffee drinker (1 cup per day), and I have an aeropress as my “main” machine. On the occasion I cbf using it, I’ll use the pod machine. So, if I didn’t have to buy a pack of 10 pods, I could just use my beans in the pod machine
     
  12. CHiMPY

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    If you can find someone to borrow one off it might be worth a crack.

    If you CBF using the aeropress then are you really going to want to fiddle with a refillable pod?

    I would personally find some decent compostable pods and just keep them in the cupboard. Do they really go "bad" with time?
     
  13. miicah

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    Not as bad as they start out as...

    I would just ditch the pod machine and if you want a slightly more enviro friendly option go with single use pourover thingos or coffee bags. There are some nice options, the Robert Timms ones from the supermarket go alright for what they are and go half price often (just keep all the plastic for the redcycle bins).

    Or something like this:

    https://www.thelaughingpug.com.au/p...gs-individually-foiled?variant=14840668454947
     
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  14. BlueRaven

    BlueRaven Brute force & optimism

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    These are the best tasting option I've found for ocassions occassions occasions such as camping/caravanning or motel stays when you want a reasonably decent cuppa without the hassle.
    (side note, I don't know why the hell that particular word always trips me up, it just never "looks right", even when spelled correctly. I need to come up with a mnemonic or something... :lol: ).
    And yeah, compostable aside from the outer wrapping.

    I used to be on pretty chatty terms with a girl at a local micro roastery near where I was working at the time, I got my morning coffee there every day. She was the one who sold me on the Aeropress.
    I asked her about the refillable pod option when I got an Expressi machine and her response was basically "don't bother, we keep them in stock for people who really want them but they're a PITA, stick with the aeropress".
    I have absolutely no reason to doubt this advice, since she could have locked me into another "sales ecosystem" for the reusable pod "system" along with the beans I was already buying, but instead she steered me away.

    My $0.02, YMMV, etc. etc.
     
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  15. Zee

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    A decent pod is OK if you get the right one, but an Aeropress is a better option.

    On a slight segue, I finally got my Acaia Lunar and Pearl scales today, after ordering them about 9 months ago (yeay Philippines!!!!). Looking forward to giving them a run with the GS3 at the shop tomorrow.

    Yes, they are stupidly expensive, but a know coffee shops that have had them for well over 5 years, still working like new. Our old Brewista scale, which is still working, lost all its water sealing membrane long ago, and I feel it's just a matter of time before it dies due to water, so it is being retired from the shop for home duty.

    Z...
     
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  16. miicah

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    I think I'm going to increase my timemore collection and get a one of these scales. Have been very happy with the C2 grinder and am sick of taking my scales too/from work, so I'll just get another one!
     
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    Any reason you got both of them? I've been looking at them and tossing up but have never managed to justify the cost. Or are you planning on returning/selling the one that you don't use and just wanted to see what they were like?
     
  18. Zee

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    They are actually for our coffee shop, and as we serve both espresso and manual brews, and the fact that I got them both as a package on sale, it wasn't *too* bad.

    I am considering modding the drip tray to build the Lunar in, with the Pearl doing the grind weighing duties. The Lunar really is a more specialised espresso scale, the "auto tare/auto timer start on first drip" setting, and "auto stop when the coffee flow stops", is pretty awesome when calibrating, and also makes it easier to notice when the grinder needs a bit of adjustment as temperature and air pressure change throughout the day (which happens a lot here at 1600m altitude in typhoon season).

    Though, now that I've used them both, if I had to choose, I'd cough up for the Lunar, the Pearl is nice, but the Lunar *feels* next level, and is a bit more versatile. Both are super fast to react, which is a bit of a weak point with the Brewista. To be honest, the Brewista is a great scale for home, it just isn't as durable in a commercial environment - even ours which is quite low in terms of turnover.

    The 100g calibration weight that comes with the Lunar is a nice little bonus, though, the Brewista is only 0.3g off over 100g, so in terms of accuracy at our 22g dose, the error is negligible, it is just a little slow to respond to small changes.

    Actually, there are also some super cheap ~$20 scales that are awesome, forgot the brand, but they are everywhere, accurate, and very responsive, though they would die in a week in a commercial environment (not water resistant), but do the job splendidly at home.
    Edit - We also have a Hario scale, it's not bad, but it was not much cheaper than the Brewista, and the Brewista is better in every way. It's supposed to be for pour overs and such, but I feel that it, too, is just a little too slow to react for my liking. I've studied both Chemical Engineering, and work in home theatre systems with high end cabinet makers, so for me, precision is a life choice - if it has to be 44ml in 30 seconds, then that is what it *must* be, and the Acaia scales do help my OCD in that sense.

    The reality is, coffee is probably a little more an art than a science (though still kinda both), and it probably doesn't really make much difference shot to shot. Messing around with a new roast is probably where it would help to dial in grind and time to get the best out of that specific bean.

    Z...
     
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  19. theSeekerr

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    These things, which are available under 1000 different names?

    [​IMG]

    EDIT: As discussed downthread, you can find these by searching for "0.1g scale" on eBay/Amazon/Ali
     
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  20. BlueRaven

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    Looks like they are simply a larger version of the cheap digital "pocket" scales used by jewellers, or for weighing small electronic/mechanical parts, or for... shall we say "a variety of other uses".
    And you can have one for $20? Must look into that, useful for checking postage costs etc... or I guess you could also weigh coffee with them. :)
    Cheers
     

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