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Topic: Espresso journey (2 msgs / 195 lines)
1) From: John Despres
I've begun to play with espresso a bit. The gallery where I show my =
sculpture has added a small coffee shop with fresh roasted coffee. Part =
of it is an older La Pavoni espresso machine. I've always enjoyed =
espresso and Kurt lets me play with the machine. It's very fun and =
someday I will have a nice machine at home to brew my own fresh roast in.
Years ago I had a Krups espresso scalder that made decent lattes and =
that's about all. My wife brought to the marriage a DeLonghi Caffe =
Lattina. Both of them went into the basement.
After playing at the gallery coffee shop, I decided to try these =
basement relics out again. The Krups was kicked right back to the =
basement immediately. But the DeLonghi, while not a Silvia or an Oscar =
or Gaggia or anything else of superior quality, isn't bad at all.
I played, fussed, read Barista.com, played and fussed some more, ground =
lots of fresh roast at various degrees of fine and found what I thought =
worked pretty well. The shots are coming fairly quickly and are not as =
fully developed as a better machine will do, but they ain't bad - they =
ain't great, either, but most drinkable.
The portafilter (fully clothed) comes with two cups for single and =
double shots. But Lea lost the tamper years ago. In the meantime, I'm =
using an inverted McCormick 4 oz spice jar. The lid fits almost =
perfectly. Just a tiny bit too small. About two millimeters, but it =
works for the moment until I find a proper tamper. In addition to which =
the tamp isn't perfect because there's a slightly raised ring on the lid =
of the jar which I know isn't helping much, either.
Finding the grind was fun but then I remembered Tom's note about Illy =
espresso grind. I bought a can yesterday, and upon opening it, I =
discovered I was awfully close in my own experiments.
The only thing I cannot figure out is why the puck is nice and dry after =
some shots and soupy after others. I don't detect any difference in =
flavors after either, but it is puzzling.
Until I get another machine and can get very serious about it, this =
thing doesn't suck. And it can only improve when I get a real tamper.
There's no manual anymore, so I can't say what type of machine it is. It =
has two buttons, one for the pump (which is noisy) and one for steam.
Anyway, that's my fun for the past few days. When I can afford a better =
machine, I'll upgrade. Actually, I consider the move from the Krups to =
this one an upgrade...
John
-- =
John A C Despres
Hug your kids
616.437.9182
Scene It All Productions 
JDs Coffee Provoked Ramblings =
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2) From: John Despres
I've begun to play with espresso a bit. The gallery where I show my =
sculpture has added a small coffee shop with fresh roasted coffee. Part =
of it is an older La Pavoni espresso machine. I've always enjoyed =
espresso and Kurt lets me play with the machine. It's very fun and =
someday I will have a nice machine at home to brew my own fresh roast in.
Years ago I had a Krups espresso scalder that made decent lattes and =
that's about all. My wife brought to the marriage a DeLonghi Caffe =
Lattina. Both of them went into the basement.
After playing at the gallery coffee shop, I decided to try these =
basement relics out again. The Krups was kicked right back to the =
basement immediately. But the DeLonghi, while not a Silvia or an Oscar =
or Gaggia or anything else of superior quality, isn't bad at all.
I played, fussed, read Barista.com, played and fussed some more, ground =
lots of fresh roast at various degrees of fine and found what I thought =
worked pretty well. The shots are coming fairly quickly and are not as =
fully developed as a better machine will do, but they ain't bad - they =
ain't great, either, but most drinkable.
The portafilter (fully clothed) comes with two cups for single and =
double shots. But Lea lost the tamper years ago. In the meantime, I'm =
using an inverted McCormick 4 oz spice jar. The lid fits almost =
perfectly. Just a tiny bit too small. About two millimeters, but it =
works for the moment until I find a proper tamper. In addition to which =
the tamp isn't perfect because there's a slightly raised ring on the lid =
of the jar which I know isn't helping much, either.
Finding the grind was fun but then I remembered Tom's note about Illy =
espresso grind. I bought a can yesterday, and upon opening it, I =
discovered I was awfully close in my own experiments.
The only thing I cannot figure out is why the puck is nice and dry after =
some shots and soupy after others. I don't detect any difference in =
flavors after either, but it is puzzling.
Until I get another machine and can get very serious about it, this =
thing doesn't suck. And it can only improve when I get a real tamper.
There's no manual anymore, so I can't say what type of machine it is. It =
has two buttons, one for the pump (which is noisy) and one for steam.
Anyway, that's my fun for the past few days. When I can afford a better =
machine, I'll upgrade. Actually, I consider the move from the Krups to =
this one an upgrade...
John
-- =
John A C Despres
Hug your kids
616.437.9182
Scene It All Productions 
JDs Coffee Provoked Ramblings =
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