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Topic: Anita- Update (15 msgs / 221 lines)
1) From: Jeremy DeFranco
     Well, I got my Anita in the mail yesterday, and it's beautiful! I
haven't even touched the stock portafilters, though, as I'm using a
bottomless to make sure I don't commit any beginners' bad technique to
habit. The first day's shots were with Monkey blend. They were all bitter,
though. I found out I was using too high a temp setting. I also realized the
brew pressure was way high (upto 12 bar). I fixed the pressure problem last
night, though by opening up the machine, and realizing the tubing was
twisted badly right below the brew pressure adjustment nut. This morning, I
dialed in a lower temp setting, recommended by the person who installed the
PID, and I have to say I ended up tasting the best shot of espresso I ever
had in my life! Very sweet and rich, with only a very small hint of
bitterness- just enough to balance all the flavors out. I had one blond
gusher. I tuned the Rocky to a finer grind, and problem was fixed. All the
other shots appeared beautiful looking up at the bottomless portafilter.
They lasted anywhere from 24-29 seconds after pump activated. Crema filled
up 4/5 of the shot glass during the pour, and it immediately started to
settle like a well poured pint of Guinness. I've got a lot to learn yet, but
I'm really loving this machine. I've been having some trouble on frothing
the milk, though. I want to start doing latte art, but so far all my steamed
milk has been either too thin, or thick on top and watery on bottom. Anyone
got any tips for steaming milk? I've been following instructions from
Schomer's professional techniques book, and the CG guide. I've been making
some headway- I've gone through almost a gallon of milk this morning, and
I've gotten to the point where nearly all the milk is homogenous texture
from top to bottom- But I just can't seem to get the milk thick enough. Any
suggestions? I also hear a lot of folks on this list raving about
Americanos. Is that different from a "lungo"? How do I go about preparing an
Americano? Thanks in advance for all your help. BTW, Welcome all ye lurkers
(most of whom have been members of this list way longer than me!)
     Jeremy

2) From: RK
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Congradulations Jeremy you have a nice espresso machine the Anita is a =
Andreja Premium on the inside, I have had both and found them to be =
great machines for the home.
Im now back to  a La Spaziale
enjoy
RK

3) From: Eddie Dove
Congratulations Jeremy!
Eddie
On 12/7/06, Jeremy DeFranco  wrote:
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4) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Thanks for the congats- I'm really excited to say the least! Makes me think
of that phrase in the movie, Field of Dreams, "Is this Heaven?" Cheers!
---Congradulations Jeremy you have a nice espresso machine the Anita is a =
Andreja Premium on the inside, I have had both and found them to be =
great machines for the home.
Im now back to  a La Spaziale
enjoy
RK
---Congratulations Jeremy!

5) From: Les
Jeremy,
Congratulations!  You have a lot of steaming power.  Your frothing will take
a lot less time.  Try less movement on the pitcher.  Take care stretching
the milk and tap and swirl the pitcher on the counter before you do your
pour.  It should take 30 seconds for 8 ounces of milk.
Les
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6) From: Eddie Dove
I'm jealous ... I can't wait for Christmas!
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7) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Thanks, Les. You're right on with the froth time. Takes 20-30 seconds- may
be one reason why it's initially hard to get the hang of, because it's such
a quick process...
---Jeremy,
Congratulations!  You have a lot of steaming power.  Your frothing will take
a lot less time.  Try less movement on the pitcher.  Take care stretching
the milk and tap and swirl the pitcher on the counter before you do your
pour.  It should take 30 seconds for 8 ounces of milk.
Les

8) From: Jeremy DeFranco
Eddie,
I'm curious, what's on the list?? Don't worry- until then I'll drink a shot
each day on your behalf : )
---I'm jealous ... I can't wait for Christmas!

9) From: Vicki Smith
I wonder if our hosts might consider stocking the Anita. It's a price 
point they don't have reflected on the site.
vicki
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10) From: Eddie Dove
I believe my wife got me my first espresso machine (Gaggia Carezza?).  Of
course, ALL of the other requisite espresso related items were on the list
too ...
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11) From: Sheila Quinn
If you open it early and try it out, will she call the police and have 
you arrested? (Like that little kid on the news a few days ago....)
Sheila
Eddie Dove wrote:
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12) From: Eddie Dove
This is not outside the realm of possibilities for me and it sounds exactly
like something I would do ... "I just wanted to make sure it was okay before
Christmas so that there wouldn't be any warranty issues ..."
The only problem is, I know how much it means to her to give me this
espresso stuff for Christmas this year ... I just can't take that away from
her ...  She is my Princess!
Eddie
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Oh, and Congrats on Anita!!! Enjoy the journey to the dark side!
 
miKe  
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jeremy DeFranco
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:54 AM
      Well, I got my Anita in the mail yesterday, and it's beautiful!
 

14) From: Jeremy DeFranco
That's awesome...
---I believe my wife got me my first espresso machine (Gaggia Carezza?).  Of
course, ALL of the other requisite espresso related items were on the list
too ...

15) From: Michael Guterman
Sheila Quinn wrote:
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Probably not.  That kid did have a prior record for assaulting a law 
officer, so this was probably just the last straw for his mother.  A 
charge of assault on a LEO is pretty serious for a twelve year old.
Michael
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