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Topic: Newbie greetings (7 msgs / 184 lines)
1) From: Bill Crew
Hi all,
Just wanted to introduce myself to the list, and say how much I've 
appreciated reading the amazingly informative posts over the last few 
weeks.  I'm fairly new to homeroasting - my roommate and I got a Rosto 
about 4 weeks ago, and I've been practicing my roast techniques, producing 
the occasional extremely good cup of coffee.
And now, we've finally taken the plunge and entered the world of espresso - 
our Silvia/Rocky combo arrives tomorrow!  I'll admit, I'm a bit nervous and 
daunted by the descriptions of what it takes to pull a good shot :) but 
I'll see how it goes.  I saved Jim Gundlach's tips on how to start with the 
Rocky and Silvia, and am perusing the Rancilio FAQs from the 'net, so at 
least I don't think I'm starting totally from scratch.  I may have 
questions soon, though.
Happy Holidays to all!
Bill Crew
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2) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Bill Crew" 
espresso -
Welcome! You may want to check out Randy's Miss Silvia site if you haven't
already...http://www.quiknet.com/~frcn/Coffee/Coffee.htmlMM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Miss Silvia brewin'
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3) From: John Abbott
Hey Bill, Welcome to both the list and the REAL coffee experience. You will
have some mundane drinks along the way, but its worth it all for that one
perfect shot you get every now and then.
John - the retired in Texas variety

4) From: Andrew J. Lynn
Don't be too worried - remember, people here are crazy, so what gets 
referred to as a good shot here is way beyond what you might think of as 
a good shot.  Get a bit of practice with the grind, tamp and timing and 
you'll have good results.
Andy Lynn
Bill Crew wrote:
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5) From: Ben Treichel
Andrew J. Lynn wrote:
True; until your taste buds force you to join CSA because they have been 
trained to be spoiled by nothing but the best.
(p.s. not there yet but working on it.)
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6) From: Wendy Sarrett
My Rocky/Silvia will hopefully arrive tomorrow as well...We'll have to
compare notes

7) From: Les & Becky
Way to go Bill!  The first advice I would give is that you don't have to
charbuck the beans.  Espresso is a drink, not a roast.  So those roasts that
have been tasting good, would be the place to start with your Miss Silvia.
Many on the list like Americanos.  An Americano is the same strength as a
good cup of  "normally" brewed coffee.  I mix and equal part of hot water
with a double shot!  What you get is all the complexities of the coffee at
"normal" strength.  So, a Kona that will blow your head off because of the
high notes as an espresso, tastes wonderful as an Americano.  Have fun!  You
are in too deep to pull out now!
Roasting and turning tampers in S. Oregon

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