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    #31
    This thread has stirred up MEMS… After reading through this a few more times, I’ve started reading elsewhere about some of the equipment I’m using. I realized I have a pressurized basket, so that will be replaced by Sunday. Also, looking at the portafilter and wondering if a bottomless is just for a bit of show compared to a double spout type portafilter. Regardless, I’ve spent some time looking at all these fancy machines on some of the sites that were mentioned earlier (Seattle, Whole Latte, etc.)

    and, tomorrow I’ll be weighing my espresso pulls to see how I’m doing with my grind and tamp ……

    last question - anyone do a mail order service for beans they can recommend? For years, I’ve gone to Cost Plus World Market and purchased a variety of their whole beans. I ran out yesterday and went there to restock and like many things these days, supply chain issues. So, tried a few other varieties as well as a new brand - Dallmayr Espresso de Oro. See how these taste.

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    • Old Glory
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      (2) ...are not strong enough for me. I think they are 4 oz cups and I pull the cup out once the flow turns clear during the last half ounce or so. So for each Keurig cup I use two pods and get about 7 ounces of coffee. For espresso I tried to find a local roaster but outside of Boston I could not find anything I liked. I shopped around online and tried all kinds of beans. Currently I like the Klatch espresso that I posted earlier.
      Last edited by Old Glory; December 12, 2021, 06:06 AM.

    • Old Glory
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      (3) I was working my way through this list: https://www.home-barista.com/coffees...rs-t12125.html

      I don't use a tamper any more. I use this https://www.wholelattelove.com/colle...ler-zebra-wood

      Article about levelers:
      https://www.wholelattelove.com/blogs...ew-way-to-tamp
      Last edited by Old Glory; December 12, 2021, 06:18 AM.

    • Old Glory
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      (4) George Howell is in Boston and when I worked in Town I would grab a bag every so often. Amazing stuff! Though again I am looking for a consistent blend that I can dial in and be my everyday cup. Their coffee is all about small farms and different regions changing constantly. Sometimes outstanding sometimes not for me. I prefer med-dark not full dark roasts.

    #32
    Originally posted by barelfly View Post
    last question - anyone do a mail order service for beans they can recommend? For years, I’ve gone to Cost Plus World Market and purchased a variety of their whole beans. I ran out yesterday and went there to restock and like many things these days, supply chain issues. So, tried a few other varieties as well as a new brand - Dallmayr Espresso de Oro. See how these taste.

    Two thoughts: First, there's a lot of good info in https://reddit/r/coffee, esp their weekly 'what are you brewing' threads. Second, SCG sells a variety of coffees https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/coffee.

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    • barelfly
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      Thank you! I was on Seattle Coffee a bit yesterday and enjoyed their site. I’ve even watched a few of their videos they have produced for the Bambino Plus machine I Have. THanks for the links!

    • rickgregory
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      barelfly You're welcome. If there's something they advertise as not available online and you really want it, lemme know. I live a few miles from one of their retail outlets.

    • MrSkimo
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      If you are in Seattle, they have a selection and will pull a shot to let you try some of them

    #33
    barelfly This guy is pretty slow to listen to, but this is how you adjust the dose on the Breville Oracle.


    It took me about 7 discarded cups, but I now (with the Starbucks Espresso Roast beans we are using; if we change beans I would have to recheck, and likely recalibrate) have an 18 gm dose of grinds in the portafilter, and with a 25 sec run, draw 40 cc (gms) of extraction.

    Fun for those of us with a healthy (?) dose of OCD!

    Daniel

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    • barelfly
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      YES! If anyone would understand the OCD, this group would! So, this morning’s pull turned out great when timing and weighing the extraction. 25 seconds on the run time did put out 40g of liquid. Gave about a 2:1 ratio with the 18g dose. I did adjust one click on my grinder this morning, seemed to be a bit more golden color in the crema. A great pull! Then I jacked up the milk trying to be fancy and froth on my own rather than letting the machine do the work. but thank you for the video
      Last edited by barelfly; December 11, 2021, 08:13 AM.

    • barelfly
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      Pt 2 - will give it a watch. It’s all I can do for a bit until the temps get over 30* so I can go ride

      - edit - now that I think about this, my machine is set from factory for these times, so, that’s the repeatable part of this. I just have to ensure the grind and my tamp are consistent.

      Thanks Daniel!
      Last edited by barelfly; December 11, 2021, 08:22 AM.

    #34
    I pulled the trigger and bought an inexpensive DeLonghi that was on sale at Costco.

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      #35
      Excellent! And how is the espresso? Looks like it can do great stuff for you!

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      • Draznnl
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        Dunno yet. It arrived last night, six days early, and my neighborhood, non-Starbucks coffee roaster is closed on Sundays. I wait...
        Last edited by Draznnl; December 19, 2021, 12:22 PM.

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