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1) From:
I took the occasion of the pre bed Cappuccino to shoot and upload some
pictures to the galleryhttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId000
david
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
David,
Were you looking for critiques? Of course most important is that you enjoy
both the process and the result. I might suggest you spend some time on
home-barista.com forums, believe you'll be able to improve both your shots
and milk texturing and hence quite possible elevate your cup enjoyment.
I will say unsolicited that I cringed seeing the very stiff meringue cotton
like milk. Appeared very over stretched (injected too much air and likely
continued as milk got too hot), looked extremely stiff and dry. The taste
and mouthfeel of properly micro-foamed milk is so sweet and smooth. Really
good milk texturing is still something I struggle with but never close to
that stiff, I'd "sink it". Also tough to tell from a still pic' for sure but
I suspect that shot ran fast and possibly was pulled with too young coffee. 
Regardless enjoy the journey! It's a marathon not a sprint. 
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3) From: Brett Mason
David,
I might offer the same critique - except for this...  I haven't figured out
microfoam myself, and your pix look just like a lot of what I seem to be
able to produce...  In my case, it's not the machine, it's the guy standing
in front with the bucket of milk and hitting the buttons...  I hope that
MiKe guy comes back with some pointers that might help refine the
technique....  I can learn from this...
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Agreed the milk is my biggest problem some times I can get it and others
well...but it is an enjoyable journey, and even when it is not right I enjoy
it more than from a chain shop
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
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  In my case, it's not the machine, it's 
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Dear Brett,
I did give a pointer, Home-Barista.com. But since you are being lazy and not
looking for yourself here's a few links from the H-B resource page which is
herehttp://www.espressovivace.com/archives/9512scr.htmlhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-114864128046903041http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/frothingguideOr how 'bout the H-B Tips & Techniques forum, like maybe this thread:http://www.home-barista.com/forums/latte-art-challenge-t3827.htmlAnother good "pointer" is go to a good local espresso shop that does latte">http://www.home-barista.com/resources.html:-)http://www.espressovivace.com/archives/9512scr.htmlhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-114864128046903041http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/frothingguideOr how 'bout the H-B Tips & Techniques forum, like maybe this thread:http://www.home-barista.com/forums/latte-art-challenge-t3827.htmlAnother good "pointer" is go to a good local espresso shop that does latte
art, which means they must steam properly, hang around and watch.
It's not magic but it doesn't just magically happen, it does take effort to
get good at anything.
Pacific Northwest Gathering VI
Hmmmm, is it going to happen... And the other day Debi brought it up and
even asked me if we're hosting again... Couple months ago Mike (just plain)
offered to host at his spread in The Dalles but got no feedback from
Listers... Not sure I can full blown host but of course would be inviting a
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6) From: Brett Mason
Lazy?  If I call you up, will you read it to me?
Hey thanks - the URLs you provided are a huge help, and very much
appreciated...  One of my problems is in not finding the posts from the
general Website address, so this is truly a help...
Will read, test, and report back.  Sunday, after the brewer throw-down and
after filing tax return, and after reporting on brewing...
But truly appreciated,
Brett
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7) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ok, lazy may have been harsh. Re-phrase to lacking initiative. It took me
time to find the same links anyone with initiative to improve their espresso
and or milk steaming techniques could have searched for, sought out, googled
etc. and found. The Sweet Maria's "HomeRoast" (somewhat) focused List is a
VERY small resource compared to other resources out there when it comes to
all things espresso.
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As for the steaming of milk the coffee geek podcast that I just listened to
(#61) deals with it a bit.

9) From: Brett Mason
I don't quite agree...  I find MANY articles, but don't always "get" the
result they describe.  I have had one NAMEDPERSON from "NAMEDPERSON COFFEE"
tell me that it's just a matter of technique.
OK so I agree.  But that didn't help....  Accurate, but useless...
So when I said "Thanks for the links", what I meant was, "Thank you, because
what you found correlates to what you know..."  You validate the links.  All
I found were many links, and had yet to really get it done....
We saw the same pages - and I bet I saw more.  But I couldn't make heads or
tails from them, and the sites themselves don't all agree...
So, not lazy, not lacking initiative.  I do LACK EXPERIENCE MAKING GOOD
MICRO FOAM - and that you brought to the search...
I am practicing for my right-wing dogma radio show...
Brett
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10) From: miKe mcKoffee
First of course you don't agree, we both know what our agreeing could do to
the time space continuum! (On reflection I don't agree we me either, but
I'll never cop to it:-) Indeed amount of information out there can be
daunting. Bottom line for most beginning home baristas it's not necessarily
being lazy or lacking initiative but rather being CHEAP. Now Brett I'm sure
you'll cop to that one! What I mean is how many have said ok, I'm gonna
spend an afternoon with a couple pounds of beans and a couple gallons of
milk and do nothing but pull shots, steam milk and practice! And keep
pulling shots and steaming milk and pouring until getting it just right!
That is what it really takes. Practice, practice and more practice. Just
like getting good at anything it takes lots of doing, not just reading about
it or watching videos or watching someone else in person, lots of practice.
And just when you start getting pretty good steaming on your home 1.5L
boiler machine switch to a 12L boiler monster steamer and begin
learning/practicing your technique all over again! (Can you say steam for a
cap' in 10sec flat, and with excellent texture:-) Much of steaming has to do
with matching the tip to volume of milk to be steamed to available steam.
Often tips have too much total hole area opening for given steam boiler
capacity which doesn't generate enough velocity for good texture. And the
same tip may not work as well steaming 3oz milk for a cap' as it would
steaming for 16oz milk baby latte. (Which of course is why have two
different tips on the Linea's two steam wands, matching tip to volume of
milk.) Then there's using the same restricted tip for a 3oz machchiato or
6oz cap or 8 or 12oz latte and then adjusting how far you open the valve for
each size. Get the picture? No quick and easy this is how! Practice practice
practice!
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11) From: Brett Mason
Oscar has a 2.3l boiler, and Diva has a 6l boiler...
I have spent the 1gallon of milk and 2 hours, trying to get the microfoam
just right...
I am looking forward to trying Schomer's technique - the drawings look
really helpful...
Cheap?
When the geese fly over our neighborhood, you hear them honking...  until
they hit my property line.  Then they switch to "Cheep, Cheep, Cheep", and
then once past, they go back to honking...
Brett
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12) From: jon morgan
How do I  post pictures. I cant figure out how to register
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