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All Things Coffee Club


By cooked71

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#1 2 years ago

So another expensive "hobby" of mine is coffee. Just thought I'd start this as a place to show off your coffee setup and talk coffee. Like pinball, it's a hobby where we buy commercial grade equipment for home use.

I've had my La Marzocco GS3 for about 10 years. It's a phenomenal piece of equipment. Originally I had a Cimballi Max grinder, but recently upgraded to the Mythos 1. The Mythos 1 is amazing.

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#2 2 years ago

Hi,
Also coffee lover, but I prefer simple machines without electronics. As for the EM pinball machines, it is very robust and it never breaks down. I own a "Miss" SILVIA from RANCILIO (and of course, a coffee grinder worthy of the name):
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Perfect for preparing foamy coffee (Malabar India AA) - my favorite.

#3 2 years ago
Quoted from noflip95:

Hi,
Also coffee lover, but I prefer simple machines without electronics. As for the EM pinball machines, it is very robust and it never breaks down. I own a "Miss" SILVIA from RANCILIO (and of course, a coffee grinder worthy of the name):

Perfect for preparing foamy coffee (Malabar India AA) - my favorite.

Classic machine. Used to own a Baby Gaggia, and was only OK. Should have bought the Silvia.

Funny thing is I've never had an issue with the electronics on the GS3. They are pretty simple. Any issues have Always been the mechanical stuff, but that's easily fixed and parts are easily accessible (especially if u know how to work on a pinball. Had no idea how many solenoids are used in a coffee machine). The benefit of the electronics is the amount of control you get and the stability and consistency (though not all due to electronics).

This Mornings coffee....

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#4 2 years ago

Coffee maker: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Vario

I also roast my own beans with a Behmore 1600+ drum roaster. I buy my green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's in California.

http://www.sweetmarias.com

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#5 2 years ago

Changed name to all things coffee.

Quoted from klr650:

Coffee maker: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Vario
I also roast my own beans with a Behmore 1600+ drum roaster. I buy my green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's in California.
http://www.sweetmarias.com

Haven't had a go at roasting yet, but would love to eventually.

#6 2 years ago

My morning cup with my Saeco xsmall fully automatic.
I’m also ready for the rice cooker thread with the zojirushi!

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#7 2 years ago

Wow you guys are high tech! I am just hooked on Starbuck Espresso Blend.

#8 2 years ago

Despite the high cost of "pods", Nespresso machines also make an acceptable (and consistent) espresso. I often forget to warm up the Rancilio in the morning so the Nespresso machine still comes in handy!

#9 2 years ago

Another coffee geek here. Had a Silvia for 7 or 8 years, (still have it, great machine), then I got the Mini Vivaldi from La Spaziale. Needed a double boiler machine for my morning flat whites. Of course the grinder is by far the most important component in an espresso set up. Mine is the tried and true Mazzer Mini. Cheers!

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#10 2 years ago

Never use to like or drink coffee.
After my last heart surgery, I developed a taste.
These days, it starts every morning, and the heat and caffeine kick start the ticker.

Its amazing the difference in my day, with coffee, and without!

I can tell bad coffee, but havent spent enough time to differentiate great coffee!

(I grew up with Turkish Coffee and cup readings in my home as a child...maybe that smell turned me off for a while)

#11 2 years ago

Yeah coffee did not smell good when I was a kid. But it was the 70's and my dad was drinking Maxwell House. Took a long time for me to appreciate it as well.

#12 2 years ago

Finally, someone started a coffee thread. Here is my setup and we do pour overs as well. These super automatics make great espresso and cappuccino.

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When we travel to pinball shows we always take good coffee and our grinder and pour over stuff. Once you have really good coffee it is hard to drink anythinf else.

#13 2 years ago

I need a Pinball to play in the morning that dispenses coffee, and The Beer Dispensing Game for the evening!

(either that or rig Liors TZ gumball dispenser to kick out my meds!!!)

#14 2 years ago

Sorry guys, I’m Canadian. All we usually need is a good cup of Tim hortons

#15 2 years ago

For 98% of the world who doesn't live on the Northeast coast of the United States, you're missing out on what I believe to be the best cheapest cup of coffee money can buy: Wawa Coffee. The elixir of life.

Wawa is a small convenience store chain that got famous for selling made to order sandwiches and other run-in-run-out things. But unlike 7/11, it's more "upscale" (if you can even use that word to describe a convenience store).

Anyway, it's available 24/7, and they have a huge selection to choose from, Kona Blend, Cuban Roast, Dark Roast, Regular, French Vanilla, Decaf (for some reason), Pumpkin Spice in the fall, and everything in between. You have to make it yourself though, but their creamer and sugar selection is just as vast: Irish Cream, light cream, almond milk, skim, whole, 2% milk, and so on.

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$1.50 will get you a 20 ounce, and if you buy their reusable thermos cup, $1 buys any size you want.

It kicks the ass of Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's "McCafé" and I think it's even better than Starbucks--only because Starbucks is pretty expensive.

#16 2 years ago

Here's mine...
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wait...this is the dishwasher thread right?
HA! Jokes on you! EVERY thread is the dishwasher thread now!

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#17 2 years ago

Read em and weep boys!
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#18 2 years ago

Jura Impressa F8. We had another Jura machine that made 12,000 shots of espresso before it died. Great, Swiss made machines.

I also like French pressed cold brew.

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

Sorry guys, I’m Canadian. All we usually need is a good cup of Tim hortons

As an American who's in Canada once or twice a week, I agree with this 100%. Timmy's by a mile.

#20 2 years ago

Love good coffee, and it's fun to try different beans (current favorite is from a micro roastery nearby, cafe lusso). I bought the Breville oracle about 18 months ago it makes awesome lattes and cappuccinos, dual boiler is a must.

It's my first 'serious' machine, I think I'm ready to graduate to dedicated grinder and machine next but it's the best waste of money I ever made

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#21 2 years ago

One of these years I'll have fancier equipment too.

Until then ..................

LTG : )

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#22 2 years ago

some of you guys have a pretty sweet setup. (not you Grysz. ). I've had to limit myself to 1 cup (huge soup bowl mug) a day. Which I was drinking 2-4 soup bowl mugs of espresso every day. Which the coffee isn't the part i have to watch out for. It's the amount of delicious hazelnut creamer I need to add to it, to make it taste good. If my coffee doesn't taste like a dessert, I don't like it. Since my creamer is chalked full of sugar, fat and chemicals. It's been screwing with my system and noticed a lot of changes happening.

I used to have just a standard espresso maker. But then I was given a Ninja for xmas. Which does the same thing my espresso maker did, except it takes twice as much coffee to make it happen. But I can't, not use it, as it would hurt the feelings of the person who gave it to me. So coffee is twice as expensive as it used to be until this thing dies. I am going deluxe maker like you guys have going on, for my next one tho.

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

For 98% of the world who doesn't live on the Northeast coast of the United States, you're missing out on what I believe to be the best cheapest cup of coffee money can buy: Wawa Coffee. The elixir of life.
Wawa is a small convenience store chain that got famous for selling made to order sandwiches and other run-in-run-out things. But unlike 7/11, it's more "upscale" (if you can even use that word to describe a convenience store).
Anyway, it's available 24/7, and they have a huge selection to choose from, Kona Blend, Cuban Roast, Dark Roast, Regular, French Vanilla, Decaf (for some reason), Pumpkin Spice in the fall, and everything in between. You have to make it yourself though, but their creamer and sugar selection is just as vast: Irish Cream, light cream, almond milk, skim, whole, 2% milk, and so on.

$1.50 will get you a 20 ounce, and if you buy their reusable thermos cup, $1 buys any size you want.
It kicks the ass of Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's "McCafé" and I think it's even better than Starbucks--only because Starbucks is pretty expensive.

Yup, Gotta have a WaWa!!

#24 2 years ago

Great idea for a O/T club. I'm in! I've been trying to learn more about vacuum presses. Does anyone here use one?

#25 2 years ago

Ive tired them all and nothing works better than the Aeropress!

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#26 2 years ago

Love my Jura with La Colombe Nizza beans

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#27 2 years ago
Quoted from shock_me:

Another coffee geek here. Had a Silvia for 7 or 8 years, (still have it, great machine), then I got the Mini Vivaldi from La Spaziale. Needed a double boiler machine for my morning flat whites. Of course the grinder is by far the most important component in an espresso set up. Mine is the tried and true Mazzer Mini. Cheers!

Nice latte art! Need to work on mine. Always say I'm going to, then the urgency for caffeine takes over and I give up.

#28 2 years ago

Shit. Just sat down with my afternoon cup of coffee, so this thread caught my attention. I was feeling pretty good about myself till I saw the hardware you all have. Anyway, this is my setup. Bunn every morning and sometimes in the afternoon if enough is left in the pot Fire up the Senseo for an afternoon or evening cup.

But now you guys have me thinking

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#29 2 years ago
Quoted from woody76:

Finally, someone started a coffee thread. Here is my setup and we do pour overs as well. These super automatics make great espresso and cappuccino.

When we travel to pinball shows we always take good coffee and our grinder and pour over stuff. Once you have really good coffee it is hard to drink anythinf else.

SAECO make a great automatic. Have had the same one at work for about 10 years and it's still going strong.

#30 2 years ago

The Jura...

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#31 2 years ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

Sorry guys, I’m Canadian. All we usually need is a good cup of Tim hortons

Yeah, I think the key word here is "need."

That caffeine is a cruel mistress and she will make you do some very shameful things. For example, I still drink the coffee at work. It's bitter, nasty sludge that will burn a hole through your stomache. Sometimes there are even chunks of "skin" floating in it...But I still drink it...cause it's free

Just try drinking Tim Hortons BLACK on an empty stomache and see how much you like it! BTW, the only people I know that can actually drink Timmies black are ALL smokers and their taste buds are pretty much toasted.

Tip: If you can't drink it black, you should never go back!

#32 2 years ago

Do you guys have International Roast? Was the coffee of choice when I was a poor student. Used to drink it black. Was like battery acid.

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#33 2 years ago

Got to experience one of these recently at a factory I service:

$8K!! Otherwise I'd have one.

#34 2 years ago
Quoted from ericthehalfb:

Love my Jura with La Colombe Nizza beans

Been thinking about a Jura since I can't afford a De Jong.

What is the best bang for buck Jura to research? I like espresso's, the wife Cappuccino. The kid likes flavored hot chocolate if that's an option.

#35 2 years ago

Spark up the caffeine and nicotine binge
and that's pretty much the pattern of how the day begins.

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#36 2 years ago

I use a Ninja coffee maker when I need a coffee in a hurry. That usually tends to be weekdays when I'm running out the door for work. On weekends, I usually do a pour over coffee set up.

#37 2 years ago

I still use a standard style coffee maker but the coffee I put in it varies day to day. I travel a lot and usually find myself in Central America. I love the coffee in Costa Rica and Panama. When I go to Panama I buy lots of Duran coffee as my everyday drinker. I can get it in the US but it’s way cheaper in Panama. This December I’m going back to Boquete, Panama and there I will pick up some Giesha coffee at the Janson Family Farm. Its expensive coffee but it’s cheap when you get it where it’s grown. I honestly don’t care for it but it impresses my coffee snob friends. When in Costa Rica I pick up their Britt coffee. Anyone else try buying coffee at the plantation where it’s grown? It always tastes so much better the buying it off the shelf.

#38 2 years ago

Well I thought I had it going on till this thread...wow, amazed at people roasting their own beans and those that have full on coffee shop machines. Very cool!

I will say though grinding your beans adds so much to the experience then drinking already ground coffee! My humble set up...I am like CaptainNeo and my coffee preference is for it to taste like ice cream.

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#39 2 years ago

I'm old school when it comes to coffee, and I've been drinking it since I was 12. I always wanted a coffee vending machine to go with my 1950's restored candy machine, and after 3 years I found one. Only 634 plays (cups) on the counter!

It's in my restore queue right now...

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#40 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

Coffee maker: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Vario
I also roast my own beans with a Behmore 1600+ drum roaster. I buy my green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's in California.
http://www.sweetmarias.com

Do you add flavors to the beans you roast?

#41 2 years ago

Not something I've tried yet.

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#42 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

Coffee maker: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Vario
I also roast my own beans with a Behmore 1600+ drum roaster. I buy my green coffee beans from Sweet Maria's in California.
http://www.sweetmarias.com

I was also personally tempted by roasting, but I prefer to have it done by a professional, because it's a real job that requires a lot of experience. Finding green coffee is also not so easy and the choice is limited.

On the other hand, I look for some months for another coffee machine, even more "manual" than my Sylvia...
...a La Pavoni with lever. Of course, I want a model with an eagle on top, the Italian elegance !
La Pavoni Italia
For sure, this is not a "press button" coffee machine.

Several years ago, during a trip to the Czech Republic, we went to a bar at Prague, only because we had noticed there was an outstanding machine inside: an Elektra. I can not afford, nor the use, but we must recognize that at the aesthetic level and for coffee machines, the Italians are still very strong. This "steam engine" is finally not that complicated to master, and for a bar, it's really a plus to attract customers.
Elektra - Italia
There are several models and I wonder if anyone has one? the price is not so exorbitant compared to some pinball machines.

#43 2 years ago

Wow, very cool! Maybe once I retire I might look into getting a lever machine. That other machine sort of reminds me of a really old electron microscope!

#44 2 years ago

I have an old military grade stainless steel coffee machine In storage I’ll post later.

#45 2 years ago

I’m a French Press guy, haven’t branched out to the cappuccinos yet but have looked at some of those machines and definitely appreciate what goes in to them.

I currently grind with a Baratza Encore and brew with an Espro Press, can’t say enough about both. Never any silt!

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#46 2 years ago

French press in cold water and then a cold brew for 12 hours is also very nice.

#47 2 years ago

I’ll eventually get this out, cleaned up and put back together!

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#48 2 years ago

My ghetto $5 garage sale coffee maker.

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#49 2 years ago

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#50 1 year ago

This thread could use a bump. Here’s some coffee porn for those that get off on it. My new setup......

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