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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.

  • Beefchop
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    Good suggestions. I got mine from SCG, but Whole Latte Love is another good place. Both have buyer's guides and advice you can trust.

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

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

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  • 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.

  • 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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    (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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    1 MrSkimo barelfly I used to get coffee from Sweet Maria's as well really good stuff. I was on a regular subscription service from them for a while. I just found that they became inconsistent with the flavor profile I liked. Good quality super fresh but it was hit or miss flavor-wise. For Donut Shop blend, to me it is just ok but my wife likes it. I think it has low acid and is good for her stomach. When I use the Keurig I make two of the smallest cups because the pods...
    Last edited by Old Glory; December 12, 2021, 06:05 AM.

  • barelfly
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    Old Glory the sample pack she orders has that Donut shop blend. Have you had it? Is it me or does that stuff taste off? I don’t know, I just don’t drink drip coffee, so maybe that’s it.

  • barelfly
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    MrSkimo thank you for the comment on the naked portafilter. That helps a bunch - Perhaps saves me a bit of money, just keep using what I have. Although, there’s a plastic piece within that has channels that moves the espresso to the outlets. I’ll have by single wall basket tomorrow, see how that works out for me with a side by side taste test on Monday. And thanks for hte talk on Sweet Marias. Appreciate it!

  • 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

  • MrSkimo
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    Improve their quality, and then held local, regional and National auctions to reward the best. One of the first roasters to reliably offer CoE was George Howell’s Terroir Coffee. It was a Christmas tradition to order some special coffee from them. More expensive than most, but we recently started buying in 5 lb bags and portioning and freezing them.

  • MrSkimo
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    A naked portafilter (bottomless) is really just for showing off, but it does help you with perfecting your tamp and draw. It was also easier to fit doubles, triples and even quads into.

    I try lots of different espresso, and like finding local roasters that know their craft in different areas. I also got into roasting and buy most of my green coffee beans from Sweet Marias. They got me into the Cup of Excellence program before Fair Trade was really a thing. CoE taught farmers how to

  • 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.

  • Old Glory
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    link to Dunkin

    https://www.amazon.com/Original-Donu...85&sr=8-5&th=1

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