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Topic: Morning Coffee Routine & New to Espresso (11 msgs / 597 lines)
1) From: Tree House
Hi All,
I have been roasting and brewing for about 8 years as a result of first
visiting Tom's site.
This is the most enjoyable hobby I have ever been involved with. My friends
and family know I am a coffee snob and respect me for that.My coworkers
actually make comments about the aroma of my cofee. I tease them from time
to time with fresh roasted beans for the 'Swirl Maker" at work. My wife does
not drink coffee but does like the occasional cold coffee drink from *$$. We
are empty nesters.
I have posted a little on this site over the years and have gained a wealth
of information and help from all of you. Roasting mods and challenges and
brewing methods all come to mind. I am about to significantly increase my
investment in this hobby and would like some opinions.
I just this week picked up a used Super Jolly grinder. I am now about to
purchase a Semi-automatic Espresso machine.
It's my weekday morning ritual that I am confused about and would like to
know how those of you with espresso machines organize yours.
My mornings include a 40 minute drive to work so this is what I typically
do;
Fresh roasted beans from the stash
Zass hand grinder
Large French Press
1/2 of the FP goes into a travel mug for the trip to work
1/2 of the FP goes into a good stainless thermos and I enjoy this while at
work.
Now if I introduce an Espresso machine into this, how should it change?
I enjoy drinking the coffee on the way to work, it relieves the stress from
all of the traffic here in Hotlanta.
I also enjoy drinking my coffee at work. No longer drink "Swirl"
I am excited about the espresso and want to introduce it into my morning
ritual but not sure of the best way.
Should I plan on making americanos to fill the thermos?
I'd probably start with a dbl shot for the road, but then what.
I'm thinking that some of you have already dealt with this and could make
some suggestions.
Thanks in advance, I can hardly wait to get started and enjoy the nuances of
the coffee I read so much about. I have been very disciplined this year
towards stash reduction as some of the beans were approaching 14 months. I
am now down to less than 10#s.  I am only drinking about 1/2# per week now
so I have to be careful when I read the reviews on the new beans. I expect
the consumption will go up once I start with the espresso.
Also, I am hoping to win my bride over to the "enlightened side" with
Espresso drinks.
Gary
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2) From: Phil Palmintere
Here's one good way to incorporate espresso into your morning coffee ritual.
Step 1)  Make & drink a double espresso when you get up.
Step 2)  Call in sick.  Stay home.  Drink good coffee.
Next day:
Step 1) Make & drink a double espresso when you get up.
Step 2) Retire.  Working for a living is highly over-rated anyway.
Hope this helps,
Phil
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3) From: Dean De Crisce
I am not sure about a semi auto...I imagine others will have opinions
about that. But as for routine, although mine varies, its generally,
Wake up, stumble over and turn on the saeco espresso machine
Grind beans for either an aeropress single mug or a full french press.
Boil water for the FP, or use the steam wand on the saeco for the AP.
Drink one mug while I get morning stuff ready (emails, study,
paperwork). If I make a FP, pour half in a nissan backpackers thermos
for early work day.
When the machine is well warmed, make a double shot in a 4oz shot
glass with two cubes of ice. Drink that while getting dressed.
Grab an apple and off I go.
It works well. The reg coffee is for survival and the shot is pure pleasure.
Good luck.
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4) From: Sandy Andina
My morning routine (or that performed by the first one up):
Check water level in Andreja Premium (aka LaCora), top up with Crystal  
Geyser, and flip switch on.
Fill Technivorm carafe with hot tapwater; draw filtered water and fill  
tank, grind and fill filter, dump hot water and brew a pot.
Make sure Keurig's tank is topped up. (Stays on--in evening we use it  
for teas and cocoas, insomniacs use it for herb teas).
Midday--pull myself a double, then make a couple of cappas or lattes  
for self and my assistant.
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Peace & song,
Sandy
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5) From: Richard Webber
Gary,
I can't advise you on your morning routine - it's different enough from mine that I think I'm not qualified to comment. I have, however, had a morning espresso-based routine for more that fifteen years now that I am happy to share for what it's worth.
Firstly, my wife loves coffee - it's frequently a joint experience - always so in the morning. I started off making my espresso drinks on a La Pavoni Professional, and moved to a Pasquini Livia 90 about five years ago. Although I experimented with roasting coffee about 10 years ago - I have only been consistently roasting my own since Christmas. And, much like you, it was Sweet Maria's that got me hooked all those years ago.
Our morning drink has always been a milk-based - I have, for a long time, called it a latte. In fact, it is a double shot plus about 5 oz of milk and the equivalent of about 2 oz of foam. I suppose it's somewhere between a cappuccino and a latte. Either way, it's what we both like to drink in the morning.
I have never drunk coffee on the way to work - even though I also have a similar commute time to you. My morning drink sees me through to the afternoon at work - sometimes all the way to the evening. I am fortunate that I have a 2 group head, commercial machine at work so that I can make myself an afternoon espresso drink if I wish. In the evening I have taken to drinking a single or double espresso after dinner, often with my wife. On the weekends I have recently started brewing with a vacuum pot for my afternoon cuppa (Bali Blue Krishna and IMV most recently).
I am not sure how much this really helps you - but it certainly defines the relationship between espresso and mornings (and more) in my household.
BTW - I have just finished  2lbs of Liquid Amber. I had bought it expecting I would like it mostly in milk drinks, which are indeed very good. My biggest surprise was how fantastic it is as a straight shot. Since it is so "potent" I had thought it would be too much for me. However, at a Vienna roast, and well rested, it is simply SUPERB as a straight shot. It is strong, but it is also very, smooth. No bitterness, minimal acidity - quite exceptional. I also brew this stuff on the cool side. Starting from cold I wait til the temperature of water coming out of the grouphead is 195F. Then I brew - so it's probably somewhere between 195 and 200F. The amount of crema is astonishing - wow. I am about to order 20lbs of this stuff. 
Good luck on your journey
Richard
From: Tree House 
To: Homeroast Sweet Maria List 
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 9:52:39 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] Morning Coffee Routine & New to Espresso
Hi All,
I have been roasting and brewing for about 8 years as a result of first
visiting Tom's site.
This is the most enjoyable hobby I have ever been involved with. My friends
and family know I am a coffee snob and respect me for that.My coworkers
actually make comments about the aroma of my cofee. I tease them from time
to time with fresh roasted beans for the 'Swirl Maker" at work. My wife does
not drink coffee but does like the occasional cold coffee drink from *$$. We
are empty nesters.
I have posted a little on this site over the years and have gained a wealth
of information and help from all of you. Roasting mods and challenges and
brewing methods all come to mind. I am about to significantly increase my
investment in this hobby and would like some opinions.
I just this week picked up a used Super Jolly grinder. I am now about to
purchase a Semi-automatic Espresso machine.
It's my weekday morning ritual that I am confused about and would like to
know how those of you with espresso machines organize yours.
My mornings include a 40 minute drive to work so this is what I typically
do;
Fresh roasted beans from the stash
Zass hand grinder
Large French Press
1/2 of the FP goes into a travel mug for the trip to work
1/2 of the FP goes into a good stainless thermos and I enjoy this while at
work.
Now if I introduce an Espresso machine into this, how should it change?
I enjoy drinking the coffee on the way to work, it relieves the stress from
all of the traffic here in Hotlanta.
I also enjoy drinking my coffee at work. No longer drink "Swirl"
I am excited about the espresso and want to introduce it into my morning
ritual but not sure of the best way.
Should I plan on making americanos to fill the thermos?
I'd probably start with a dbl shot for the road, but then what.
I'm thinking that some of you have already dealt with this and could make
some suggestions.
Thanks in advance, I can hardly wait to get started and enjoy the nuances of
the coffee I read so much about. I have been very disciplined this year
towards stash reduction as some of the beans were approaching 14 months. I
am now down to less than 10#s.  I am only drinking about 1/2# per week now
so I have to be careful when I read the reviews on the new beans. I expect
the consumption will go up once I start with the espresso.
Also, I am hoping to win my bride over to the "enlightened side" with
Espresso drinks.
Gary
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6) From: Tree House
Richard,
Thanks for the response. WOW an espresso machine at home and at work. You
are truly blessed.
I appreciate your sharing of your routine. I will be searching for a new one
for me I am sure.
It has taken me a long time to get to the point where I am willing to spend
so much on an amenity for just me as my wife does not drink coffee. I am
sure she will warm up to some milk based coffee drinks though. I have been
very confused about which machine, single boiler, HX unit, double boiler,
etc. Don't know what I don't know and didn't want to position myself with a
machine that had to be upgraded to get to milk based drinks that require a
fair amount of steam. In the words of my son, "Dad, buy cheap, buy twice".
With so many different models and manufacturers to choose from I finally
decide to go with a Quickmill "Anita" model. I am sorry that Tom doesn't
sell that model or I would buy from him. I feel kind of unfaithful since I
have purchased almost all of my coffee and related items from him. He has
the next model up but it has features I really don't need and is $350 more.
I will be ordering it as soon as I modify the cabinets to provide clearance
above the unit.
On a related sort of ironic humorous note; we have been married almost 33
years and how understanding is my wife. When I shared with her the selection
of the espresso machine and told her the model name, she laughed a bit. You
see, the name of my ex-fiance from 35 years ago was Anita. I have not seen
her since 1976 and interestingly enough my wife bumped into her in a Kohl's
store in Phoenix two years ago while she was visiting my Mom.
Anyway, irony is ...irony. Too good not to share.
Thanks again for your insights. I'll keep you posted.
Gary

7) From: Allon Stern
On Apr 27, 2009, at 6:08 PM, Tree House wrote:
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I don't have an espresso machine at home.
I do, however, keep one at work.
Typical morning routine is wake up my six-year-old son, get his  
breakfast made, make an Aeropress cup of coffee, have breakfast, see  
him off to the bus, then hop in the car and drive to work....
Then at work, turn on the espresso machine. Let it heat up, catch up  
on email.
Pull a shot for my office-mate, then one for me.
Then maybe another one for me.
I have my desk in an L configuration, with the espresso machine on a  
table behind me.
I've been thinking of upgrading to a Silvia; I hope our circuit can  
take it - we have a single 20A duplex between our four desktop  
machines and two laptops, and assorted embedded targets (which don't  
really draw very much).
(We share an office that was probably originally intended to house a  
single exec, not two engineers)
If I do upgrade to the silvia, I would probably keep the RR45 grinder  
at the office and get a Virtuoso or similar for home, and bring my  
venerable Krups thermoblock machine home. I'd probably only make  
espresso on the weekend at home.
-
allon
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8) From: Lynne
My routine (although I don't have espresso - usually opt for my French
Press, unless I'm making some for someone else - then I use the Chemex):
Wake up, stumble to take the dogs out the backyard (since the [delete#$*&%]
landlord now has yet ANOTHER pit bull upstairs, and since I don't want one
of my dogs to get attacked AGAIN, I started walking them today... which
means I stumble around the block a a couple of times, being careful not to
fall - again. I would win the Clumsy Award if there were such a thing].
Get home, put together their morning meal, feed them, give Emma her meds
(somewhere along there give myself mine, too, lol). Put the water on the
stove, rinse out the FP w/hot water and fill my cup (which is black -
significant, as you will soon tell) w/hot water.
1.) Grind my homeroast and be careful not to drop the plastic top (whirly
grinder here) in the FP (it fits perfectly, as I found out the hard way...)
2.) Pour water in the FP.
3.) Set the timer for 1 minute
4.) Stir.
5.) Set the timer for 2 minutes.
6.) Pour coffee into cup.
7.) Make mental note to make sure to EMPTY water out of cup next time...
8.) Mop up coffee off of floor before Emma drinks it all.
9.) Go back to step 1....
sigh, I've also poured unground beans into the FP, but that's less of a
problem...
It's the problem of needing coffee in the morning in order to make my
coffee...
After all this, I usually finally get to sit down at the computer. This
morning, however, I ended up roasting a few batches first thing, since I ran
out - again. I never can keep up ahead of running out.
Boy, oh boy - it is so worth it. Having a cuppa half decaf, half - something
else, I forget. Think it's Brazil Oriente. Whatever it is, it is SO delish,
even w/out a rest!
Lynne
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9) From: Yakster
Ok, so Lynne opened this up to coffee so I'll put my 2 bits in.  This
doesn't really help work espresso into the morning routine since I drink
black coffee 99% of the time.
1.  Wake up late, get out of bed, wake the youngest and prod her to get
dressed and jump in the shower.  More encouragement for my daughter after
the shower to brush hair, go downstairs and eat, etc. and I get dressed
myself.
2.  Run downstairs, clean out the Aeropress (popping spent grounds into a
pan for the garden) and put the tea kettle on.
3.  Grind three scoops and load the Aeropress while trying to grab a bowl
and cereal for a quick breakfast if I have time
4.  Pull of the kettle when boiling and wait a bit before pouring into the
Aeropress, stir, and press into a small stainless steel milk frothing
pitcher with a handle (that I couldn't get to work as an Ibrik but works
well for the Aeorpress).
5.  Fill up the pitcher with the tea kettle and stir, pour half into my
travel mug, add Splenda to the balance and pour into Pavina cup for the
Wife.
6.  Dash out the door with the kids to drop them at school and then off to
work and call the Wife and remind her to drink her coffee.
I used to lug the Aeropress back and forth to work, but when my father broke
one of my two Pavina 9 oz tumblers, I ordered another Aeropress along with
the replacements so I have a kit at work, but I use a whirly blade at work
and the hot water tap off their coffee maker instead of a kettle.
My Wife's family is amazed that I drink coffee black.  It sure makes it
important to have good coffee... never could drink Instant.  When my folks
come into town, they see it's all in the family.  Her parents like the
sweetened condensed milk and Splenda (and chicory).
The few times I play with my toy espresso machine (modified De Longhi
portafilter with my dremel to replace the pressurized PF basket with a Lever
basket) is usually on the weekend and usually if I have company.  Even then,
half the time I use it it's an Americano or soy drink.
-Chris
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10) From: raymanowen
"...Silvia; I hope our circuit can take it - we have a single 20A duplex
between our four desktop machines and two laptops."
The 20A duplex outlet is probably the only wiring device supplied by the 20A
breaker in the panel box. Put the data processing equipment on the same
circuit as a high current on-off heating device at your own peril.
Silvia will make spikes as it switches the heat on and off-- OK, not Silvia,
but the 12ga wire and the breaker have resistance. Current surges on small
resistances will make spikes of several millivolts' magnitude. CPU might not
like it.
If Silvia and the desktop computers all happen to draw full power
simultuously, it could exceed the 20A circuit capacity. Put Silvia on its
own circuit elsewhere, and lose the outlet strips.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 7:43 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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11) From: Allon Stern
On Apr 28, 2009, at 11:12 PM, raymanowen wrote:
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Exactly why I'm concerned.
And I'm just an enginerd here, I can't actually run additional  
circuits in this building....
though I have thought about tapping onto the filtered water supplying  
the cooler down the hall, and running tubing down to my office :D
Would be easy, actually, but I'd get into a world of trouble if it  
leaked.
-
allon
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