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Topic: =?US-ASCII?Q?RE:_Gaggia_+_Rocky_on_the_way_-_what_coffee_to_try_first=3F?= (3 msgs / 96 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Congrats and enjoy the journey to the dark side!
When learning espresso technique it's best to stick to one blend/bean,
preferably a forgiving blend. Monkey fits the bill. Roast anywhere from
City+ to FC+. If possible a profile in the 13 to 15 minute total time range
with 4 to 5 min' start of 1st to end of roast. Advise minimum 3 days rest, 4
or 5 better for espresso shots.
Also, do you know approx' how many pounds have been ground with the used
Rocky. Advise replacing Rocky's burrs every 75 to 100#s ground to maintain
high quality grind. 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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2) From: Coffeenut
Carole,
I guess it depends upon what you are willing to sacrifice while you are
learning, but I'd go with the espresso blends right now.  They will likely
already have beans that work well together in espresso and can produce nice
crema.  Some of the SO beans (while excellent) can come up a bit thin when
using them for espresso.  You will find which SO's do well in espresso
because you will try them all just to see how they hold up.  Sulawesi does
hold up very well as an SO as do many other SO beans.  I've used most of the
Sweet Maria's espresso blends and they have been excellent.
Prepare yourself (if that's even possible) to peel your head off the kitchen
ceiling after going through very many shots.  I was buzzin' pretty good
while learning, but it's all fun and oh so much pleasure when you get that
first good pull.
Rick

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ray I disagree 1000% percent, terrible advise. Buying pre-ground to learn
espresso portafilter build technique is asking for nothing but headaches and
badly timed shots (not to mention bad tasting espresso). There is NO ONE
correct espresso grind and hence buying pre-ground for espresso even worse
than pre-ground for other brewing methods.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of
raymanowen
	Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 2:52 PM
	
	Carole, search the web to find a source of espresso parts and coffee
supplies.
	There is some coffee preground for espresso brewing.
	
	Before you start roasting , grinding and brewing your own coffee,
start with coffee that is already roasted and properly ground for espresso
brewing, and learn to pull good shots from the brewing end.


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