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1) From: Brett Mason
Carole - great GET !
What's your favorite bean so far, i.e. for drip?  WHy not start with
what you know and like best?
Cheers,
Brett
  RWA
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2) From: Carole Zatz
My favorite by far is virtually any Sumatran. I love that funkiness.
Do I need to let the beans rest longer?
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3) From: Carole Zatz
Good idea about the decaf  my timing isn't great though as I just
placed an order this morning! Should have asked sooner for help!
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4) From: raymanowen
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.
As you gain experience, you can start adding variables like the grinder,
using SM's custom roasted espresso blends. Actually any coffee from SM may
be espresso brewed. Their espresso blends are easier to get good shots.
Kudos on the Gaggia and its commercial sized porta filter. Unless you step
down after this, the 58mm tamper will work on subsequent machines, along
with many of your accessories and packing technique.
Don't go off on me here, but I believe the Gaggia boilers are cast aluminum
and are somewhat prone to leak. Don't worry, though- the brewing water never
touches the boiler proper.
Here's a Prime Hint from der alte Fortz- If you're inclined to carry Rocky
around from place to place, stifle yourself! I'm fortunate with the Mazzer
Major- it absolutely doesn't invite being carried around. Even Brown was
sweating when he delivered it nearly two years ago.
At 45 pounds or so,  it never needs to be moved, and I never have to search
for it.
Cheers -RayO,aka Opa!
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5) From: Carole Zatz
Actually, the Gaggia is coming with 2 pounds of Lavazza so that will
certainly help.
I've tried calling SM to change my order and can't get through  busy
signals all around. Also, I already got the shipping notification
email so I think changing my order may be a lost cause. But I'll keep
trying.
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6) From: Carole Zatz
Thanks for all the tips!
I'm still undecided on the bean - either a Sumatra or Monkey Blend, I
think (at least at this time). It's going to be really hard to just
stick to one initially, but I'll try ...
I was really torn between doser or doserless so in one way I'm glad I
didn't have to decide. Also as I was going to get the MDF the point
was moot. I don't plan on using this grinder for anything other than
espresso so that aspect wasn't important. I plan on doing all the mods
you've recommended except for removing the metal plate from the doser
chamber. I'll probably then use that Weiss Distribution Technique
mentioned earlier. (Now I need to buy some yogurt so I can get the
container  I make my own.)
When you premeasure your beans do you use weight or volume? I guess I
need to figure out what that measure should be as well.
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7) From: Brett Mason
I would recommend you use several beans.
One bean might be a bit thin in the shot....
Brett
  RWA
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8) From: Carole Zatz
Thanks! I use a volume measure when I brew in my Technivorm so I'm
glad to see that it should work for the espresso as well. I definitely
measured by weight when roasting in either the Freshroast or the iR2.
My timing today was great. I decided the weather report looked a
little dicey so headed out, hooked up the bread machine, and roasted
about 12 oz of Monkey Blend and then finished up with a roast of the
Panama Boquette (which we adore). It looked like that would be my only
window until Wednesday and that'd cut it very short. As soon as I
finished and got everything back inside it started to snow! My
backyard is a sheet of ice so I was hoping for rain (as originally
scheduled) to wash it away before I had to carry everything out but
then they changed the forecast to snow. I was very careful to not go
flying along with a strainer or two full of beans.
BTW, I'm a math major but it was soooooo loooong ago it doesn't really matter :)
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