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Topic: Exceptional Bourbon and aged Sumatra. (10 msgs / 224 lines)
1) From: Michael Dhabolt
As I type this, I am enjoying an exceptional Cap pulled from two of the
recent offerings and one that has become an old friend.  You gotta feel
sorry for those folks without access to coffee experiences of this superb
quality.
The blend is 50% Rwanda Butare Bourbon, 25% Aged Sumatra Mandheling and 25%
Ethiopian Misty Valley.  All three beans roasted to C+/FC, EOR bean temp
between 438 and 442 with profiles resulting in total roast time in the 13
minute range (roasted with the Ubber-Popper).  The roast has rested two
days, another day or two may benefit the coffee a bit - - but it is hard to
believe it could be any better.
Mike (just plain)

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Sounds like an excellent straight shot and cap' blend indeed. Have all those
beans but none of them roasted at the moment!
Just finishing first cup of the morning Panda's Bamboo Rancho Kona
Americano. Going to follow it with an SO cap' of LFC roasted WP Late Harvest
Yirg'. BTW, since using that 6 hole tip on the La San Marco for a week, have
gone back to the large bore 3 tip with the Bric' for steaming the ~3oz milk
for our caps with much better texture results. (4 hole with one blocked)
Just couldn't put up with the slow steaming from the restrictor GP2 style
tip!
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	Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007 8:29 AM
	
	As I type this, I am enjoying an exceptional Cap pulled from two of
the recent offerings and one that has become an old friend.  You gotta feel
sorry for those folks without access to coffee experiences of this superb
quality. 
	 
	The blend is 50% Rwanda Butare Bourbon, 25% Aged Sumatra Mandheling
and 25% Ethiopian Misty Valley.  All three beans roasted to C+/FC, EOR bean
temp between 438 and 442 with profiles resulting in total roast time in the
13 minute range (roasted with the Ubber-Popper).  The roast has rested two
days, another day or two may benefit the coffee a bit - - but it is hard to
believe it could be any better. 
	 
	Mike (just plain)

3) From: Michael Dhabolt
miKe
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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I found myself making similar adjustments to my steaming regime with the
Astoria after spending a little time frothing with La Marzocco's recently.
Mike (just plain)

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Just finished making our caps'. Delish creamy floral citrus cup as I type.
Pretty good milk texture on both. (Steaming each individually of course,
almost said great texture but I'm picky;-). Really cool starting the pull,
then purge wand and start steaming, and have the steaming finished at
virtually the same time the shot finished. Just like "downtown"! My Bric's
hot blooded nature may make flushing to accurate temp regimen a bit extreme,
but sure love the power for hammering back to back shots with no wait and
ability to steam while pulling without shot temp drop:-)
 
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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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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Michael Dhabolt
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007 8:52 AM
miKe
miKe mcKoffee wrote: 
have gone back to the large bore 3 tip with the Bric' for steaming
I found myself making similar adjustments to my steaming regime with the
Astoria after spending a little time frothing with La Marzocco's recently.
 
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Les
Mike,
I am glad you are so pleased with the Bric.  I pulled 6 double caps this
morning on my Olympia Cremina.  For a 900 watt machine, it is an awesome
steamer.  I have a 3 hole and the milk texture is always very
predictable.  It  has me totally spoiled.  As much as I enjoy the simplicity
of my lever, I still dream of a nice LaSpaziale S1 sitting next to a Mazzer
Kony.  The Kony will arrive before the Spaz I am sure.
Les
On 5/28/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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6) From: MichaelB
Les,
3-hole Cremina steam wand? I have a 3-hole but that's because I plugged the
4th hole to get more steam power and better microfoam. Is yours really a
stock 3-hole? Or an OEM wand? Or what?
6 doubles plus frothing milk are possible on the Cremina, but I wouldn't
want to drink the last two shots. In my experience they are usually much too
bitter due to grouphead overheating. Perhaps the addition of milk cuts the
bitterness a bit, but I'm glad I don't need to pull that many shots in a row
anymore.
On 5/28/07, Les  wrote:
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MichaelB

7) From: Les
Michael,
Mine is a 3 hole.  I bought the machine used, but there isn't a
plugged hole.  After shot four, a wet wash cloth with some ice cubes
does wonders to cool the grouphead down for shots five and six.  I
should also qualify that these were single shots to make 3 cappos.
When I pull a double shot, I pull two singles.  I almost always use
single shot baskets now.  I have six of them.
Les
On 5/29/07, MichaelB  wrote:
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8) From: stereoplegic
why is that? from what i've heard and personal experience, it's nearly 
impossible to pull consistent singles (though i've heard good things 
about LM single baskets). my Gaggia single basket as well as the Faema 
single my old boss had are both PITA's.
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9) From: MichaelB
IMO you'll never get a consensus on this question (as if you would on any
question on the web) but mainly here because there are a number of different
factors at play here. The basic factor IMO is skill and experience. If you
always pull doubles and perfect the art you will pull excellent doubles;
however, you may have trouble with the occasional single. But if you put
away your double basket and persist with the single, you will pull equally
wonderful singles. But most of us don't persist. We read about how wonderful
singles are, try a shot or two, and report on our disappointing results and
our conclusions that singles are inferior. That IMO explains the
disagreements.
But there are other key factor at work too, especially for some lever
machines; that's what Les and I are referring to. They may have certain
limitations, for example, smaller baskets and delivery of less water per
lever pull, so it may actually be easier to pull singles, or if not easier,
then at least more in line with the machine capabilities, and easier to
perfect the single than the double. I know from personal experience that the
Cremina can pull world class doubles and believe that Les is pulling similar
quality singles. I've owned my Cremina for over 20 years and never used the
single basket! So don't ask me abut the quality of singles. Now I've never
used the single basket to pull a shot, but I've got a great use for it - a
stand for my custom Thor tamper!
On 5/29/07, stereoplegic  wrote:
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MichaelB

10) From: stereoplegic
sounds like my Gaggia single basket: holds my backup tamper (see my 
posts in the link below, with this update: the now former "boss" 
referred to ended up being a tool right before Christmas, so i split and 
kept the would-be gift tamper for myself):
snipurl.com/cheaptamp
the tamper in turn holds my bottomless yogurt container for Weiss 
distribution method. the single basket also sees duty with the stupid 
"perfect crema" disc for pseudo-backflush PF wiggles (can't always get 
the double to fit w/ the disc underneath).
espressoperson wrote:
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