HomeRoast Digest


Topic: New toys (or am I too caffienated yet?) (3 msgs / 108 lines)
1) From: Dean
For the last about 1-1/2 years I've been playing at this coffee thing.  
I got a Rosto and some greens and started to have at it. 
So far I've only made a few really bad batches, some Centrals that I 
held too light and were weak and sour.  The rest has been between "ok, 
it's caffiene" and "Wow!".  Mostly Indonesians, some Ethiopians, a 
little Yemen.  It all went thru the Rosto and then a auto-drip machine.  
Yeah I know, it's lousy, get over it.  My vac-pot attempts have all 
stalled on the return from too much dust in the grind.  French press--I 
haven't gone there in quite a while.  I should, tho.......soon..........
I do also do a little straight espresso--I've been using an ancient 
(~10year old) thermoblock combi brewer/grinder/doser (but not a 
superauto!) called an "Estro Profi" (actually a Saeco rebadged for *$), 
and if I time-surf and fool around a lot it can make something that was 
no worse than the average shop-made espresso.  Sometimes better. 
Well after years of reading alt.coffee and the list, concluding that the 
Gaggias were pretty much that I already had, seeing the posts on the 
mighty efforts people have gone thru to make Sylvia great, reading the 
reviews, how-to's, whys and what-fors, and lusting after an Isomac Tea, 
or one of it's E-61 kinfolk, upgrade fever finally hit too hard and I 
took the leap.  Wednesday, last week I got a shiny new toy.  A QuickMill 
Anita, (Andrea's little sister), and a Mazzer mini.  This baby is huge!  
Like Tom says about the Andrea--the mothership.  I never saw an E-61 
machine up close before, and in the photos, you really lose the 
perception of scale.  And what everybody says about the MM--yup.  
Sweeet.  Good thing I had some Donkey Blend roasted.  Man, it seems to 
really have an appetite!  I'll need to get some more. 
I think I'll be putting a few kilos of coffee thru this before I figure 
out the quirks.  It's a bit frustrating (daunting, too) to have such an 
great  machine and a klutz like me driving it.  Engineer in me says 
"alright, I have a little flush-surfing to cool the group head to figure 
out; I have the boiler pressurestat to fiddle with (some day); I have 
roast level and bean blend and rest and is it caff- or decaf, dose and 
tamp and grind and age and Arghhh.  Wait--I could do a designed 
experiment.  Let's see about 8-10 factors 3-5 replicates, 2 or 3 
repetitions (per point) full factorial, that's upwards of about 5-10,000 
cups of coffee. I can do that.  Might take me a few months"  Maybe I 
should do some more research and see what factors to cut from this 
first. Or just play with it!
The Mazzer needs a doserless mod (or at least some mods in the doser for 
scavenging). 
I should really get a tamper.  The thing that QuickMill puts on the back 
of the coffee-scoop is a freakin' joke. Yeah, they told me.
I will try to post from time to time as I figure this new beastie out.  
I expect it to be fun.
Meantime--any advice from the general espresso bunch, the E61 crowd, or 
Dr. Crema?
I might even have to get a logon over on CG and write a little review in 
a few weeks.
Best to all,
Dean

2) From: Les
Dr. Crema says you need a good tamper! You have the equipment, now you just=
 
need to get it working in concert! Have fun! Don't get so caught up in the=
 
details you forget to have fun.
 Les
 On 7/31/05, Dean  wrote: 
<Snip>

3) From: john kahla
Welcome to the "lets take the leap" crowd. Recently got myself an
Isomac Rituale and still on the learning curve. Got a Simonelli MDX
grinder to go with it. Dont ask why not a Mazzer, got a really great
buy.
Anyway, I thought I would hate the doser and had a difficult time
getting used to it. Now would not trade it. Grind just enough for the
shot I'm going to pull and flip the doser lever until the basket is
full. Not half the mess I would exprect a doserless model would be for
the same task. Keep the doser for awhile, you might like it.
Kept the SM grinder for all the other grinds so that I can leave the
MDX at the same grind all the time for espresso.
Get you to Les as fast as you can and get yourself a great tamper.
Makes the world of difference. Also get a bottomless portafilter. Did
you know you can also send Les a portafilter and he will make it
bottomless for you? Got the tamper from Les and the bottomless PF and
have never used the regular ones since. Now I know just by looking
while the shot is pouring if I did it right or not. Get rid of the
single basket, get a triple from Tom and keep using the double. Order
yourself some extra gaskets now so you can have them on hand, mine
went bad right after I got the machine. You will need one about every
6 months anyway or so I am told.
Have fun with the machine and enjoy all the varietal espressos you can have=
.


HomeRoast Digest