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Topic: Best shots in some time from a "Crazy" blend (5 msgs / 258 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Pulled some excellent bitter sweet chocolate, caramel with a bit of
blackberry shots today from quite the bizarre blend. Monday morning took =
on
running a small espresso/deli café. They use Caffé D'Arte Capri for =
their
espresso. (Alderwood drum roasted up in Seattle in a lighter Southern
Italian style, but darker than Northern Italian, 'bout Full City ++ to
Vienna, but have no idea the blend components.) Yesterday before closing
knew supply precariously low and the owner was down in San Fran' for a =
day
biz trip so couldn't find out when more was scheduled for delivery. So
roasted a couple 1/2 pounders of Winter Solstice blend to bring in today
just in case. Normally I roast it to FC+ but took it 5f darker to be =
more
like the Capri though still was roasted a tad lighter, couldn't help
myself:-) Any by 10am grinder running out so dumped in a 1/2# of Winter
Solstice. Funny thing happened a couple minutes later. Caffé D'Arte =
guy
walks in with some bags-o-beans! But no Capri espresso blend, just the =
drip
coffees. So I asked about the Capri and he had a 5# bag in the truck. =
Rather
than dump the Winter Solstice I added about equal part Capri and mixed =
it
up. Then dialed it in. Excellent shots, better than either by themselves =
I
think!
FWIW pulling on a 2 group La San Marco. Didn't take much to get used to =
it's
55mm deep PF, but still working on getting micro-foam texture just right
with it's large boiler and 6 hole tip! Was a bit disappointed couldn't =
use
my Reg tamper (58mm), getting by at the moment with the 55mm aluminum =
POS
tamper they had there! But the tamp is the least important part of the =
PF
build anyway so shots are singing just fine. After spending 3 full hours
cleaning the machine Friday afternoon that is. That was directly after =
my
interview and was going to pull him a test cappuccino, but took one look =
up
at the group and explained I couldn't without cleaning the machine and =
PFs
first. So while he was continuing to interview other people I got the La =
San
Marco in working order. Supposedly he was going to make a decision and =
call
people Saturday, he just told me to be there bright and early 6:45 =
Monday:-)
Oh, I finally made him a "test" cap' Monday which he thought was very =
good!
I disagreed and even said so, it was mediocre at best. Shot was fine but
milk texture was weak.
I'm having a ball. Working my butt off and pay relatively sucks but who
cares, if I was chasing dollars I'd still be in IT! It's a small café =
in a
big biz building complex, one person show at the moment. People have =
already
begun to notice and comment on the quality improvement, both in the =
espresso
beverages and flexibility/creativity in deli sandwich/pannini grill
creations rather than sticking rigidly to the menu etc. And it's already
begun to show in the tips doubling today compared to Monday.
So far have talked two drip drinkers into trying my shot Americanos, =
both
loved 'em saying they've always been bitter before! (Same coffee, same
grinder, same machine, go figure:-) Oh, and while a cappuccino isn't =
even on
the espresso menu, been making a number of them by chatting with =
customers.
(Current espresso menu offering more along the "typical" *$ starting =
with a
"regular" size 12oz latte with only ONE single shot etc.) Travis, stick =
to
your soda pop shop and I'll get this place squared away in no time!!!
This is a/may be "temporary" 2 to 4 week gig. Travis is in the middle of
stalled sales negotiations and his previous employee quit so he had to =
run
the place himself the past week. His main 'biz is a gourmet soda pop =
shop,
way cool stuff. This café was hoped to be an extension but the gourmet =
soda
angle didn't take off. We've already discussed some early possibilities =
of
my taking over running the place and/or buying on time. We'll see in a
couple weeks where we both stand or if the sale goes through. 
But my milk poor art is still just that, but hopefully will get better =
now
with ample practice! Once I fully tame that six hole steam sucker and =
get my
texture better that is:-( Currently much better texture with my Bric'...
I'll quit rambling now. This post was about the crazy blend shots today =
but
got carried away:-) Now time to switch hats, get off the keyboard and =
figure
out what's for dinner...
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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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2) From: Eddie Dove
miKe,
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Eddie
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Didn't mention that in the middle of cleaning the machine etc. late =
Friday
afternoon made customers a couple espresso beverages before I even got =
the
job and while he was still interviewing people the other side of the =
café:-)
Obviously had gotten one group and PF cleaned up already AND the worked =
on
getting grind dialed in. Man, first shot from where grinder was =
initially
set was a ~10 second gusher!!! And that was with tap settling multiple =
times
while filling for an overdosed PF! Uh, no way humidity/temp changes day =
to
day or during the day could make it that far off...
He still hasn't ordered the new group gaskets yet I told him he needed
Friday though, said been too busy. I even emailed him with EPNW Url and =
PN #
for the gaskets when I got home Friday! I'm going to order them myself =
when
I get paid if he hasn't by then... (Currently too flat broke to afford =
two
stickin' group gaskets plus shipping 'till then, no biggy.) I'm having =
to
lock those suckers in with about all my strength to keep top of PF from
leaking during the shots, both groups. Seriously, using both hands to =
power
lock those PFs in, almost afraid I'm gonna snap a PF handle or rip the =
group
right off the machine! Those gaskets are gonna be "fun" to chisel/get =
out,
gotta be rock hard.
Timer just went off, so off to dish up dinner. (Gotta love FoodSaver for
pull out of the freezer low and slow smoked beef and gravy to go with
noodles, artichokes and salad:-)
Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur 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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4) From: Michael Dhabolt
miKe,
I've done some work on three different LSM machines over the last year, all
three had different steam wands and tips.  The toggle type steam valve can
be adjusted a little (not much) to cut down on the steam volume.  I dropped
the boiler pressure substantially and welded two holes closed on the steam
tip for one guy and he was pretty happy with the results.  It dropped the
brew temp a bit, which is an added benefit in a location where no one
remembers to pre-flush.
If you don't have those gaskets by the time we do the gathering, let me
know.....I'll bring a couple.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Jason
Mike,
That was an enjoyable post to read.  I am glad the blend came out
good.  From when I ordered my roaster I ended up with several (prob
about 6-8) ends of some bags of various beans from sample packs that
got dumped into one ziplock bag.  Well I had all these leftovers and
decided to "play" one day.... Well I actually made a pot of coffee
from this mishmash or random beans... which was actually kind of
drinkable.  No way in heck could it ever be duplicated... LOL, at
least yours you could do again, and it sounds better on top of it.


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