Who is obsessive about their coffee??

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by narcdor » 06 Jan 2018, 21:19

I've got some cheap gear too, Breville BCG450 conical burr grinder, and DeLonghi EC680. I'm sure I could do better but I don't really make espresso that often, probably because of the gear I'm using. The grinder does a good enough job, and I usually only fire up the espresso machine when people are visiting or I run out of filter papers. The DeLonghi is decent for what it is but is limited due to having a pressurised basket, no replacement group heads that will fit it, and is semi automatic.
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by blizzard » 06 Jan 2018, 22:08

Maybe we should start listing our coffee equipment in our sigs too. :p

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by BazzBass » 07 Jan 2018, 12:22

what's the best bean for metal?
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Petebass » 07 Jan 2018, 14:00

blizzard wrote:
06 Jan 2018, 22:08
Maybe we should start listing our coffee equipment in our sigs too. :p
Dude I was drinking coffee when I read that, and it came out my nose. Thanks :)
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by CyberPunkie » 08 Jan 2018, 09:41

After reading this thread, I have switched to green kale juice...
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by narcdor » 08 Jan 2018, 12:09

Had one of those the other day, disgusting flavour, had to have a coffee to get the taste out of my mouth :D
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by RickG » 11 Jan 2018, 11:55

Not quite obsessive but getting there. I sold my my cheap home espresso machine in a garage sale so have been making do with an aldi pod machine (the thing won't die s I can't replace it!) and old-school plunger.

I'm looking to upgrade to a better espresso machine when I can afford it.
Can any of you recommend any good, mid-priced home machines? DeLonghi seems to be a popular brand. Probably should consider 2nd hand too ...

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Rocksolid » 11 Jan 2018, 13:02

If you are talking delonghi, I assume you are looking at an automatic machine?

Personally I would be looking at a manual machine if you are looking for excellent coffee. Starting point for me would be the sunbeam twin thermo block EM7000 or what ever the current model is, or the Breville twin boiler BES920. Both have separate brew and steam systems, and have excellent temp control. As for grinders, the Breville smart grinder is by far the best bang for buck IMO.
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by RickG » 11 Jan 2018, 13:11

Rocksolid wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 13:02
If you are talking delonghi, I assume you are looking at an automatic machine?

Personally I would be looking at a manual machine if you are looking for excellent coffee. Starting point for me would be the sunbeam twin thermo block EM7000 or what ever the current model is, or the Breville twin boiler BES920. Both have separate brew and steam systems, and have excellent temp control. As for grinders, the Breville smart grinder is by far the best bang for buck IMO.
Yeah, I was thinking about automatic, but don't mind manual either. I only drink coffee at home on weekends anyway so doesn't matter too much. Thanks for the info!

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by narcdor » 11 Jan 2018, 18:44

What is considered manual and automatic? I consider anything the machine does for you automatic, even timing the shot like mine. That might be going too far though? I guess most people think automatic as dosing packing and pulling the shot for them? I want a completely manual machine but this delonghi will probably last forever before it needs replacing.
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Rocksolid » 11 Jan 2018, 19:40

I would say timing the shot is the exception. I had a Sunbeam EM7000 prior to what I have now, and even though the shot is timed, I could still adjust that.

Auto machines grind and tamp, and usually the basket is well under size so to pull a normal size shot, your have usually over extract.
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Lukaas3 » 12 Jan 2018, 08:08

The more manual the better, as long as your technique is up to scratch

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Petebass » 12 Jan 2018, 08:15

Lukaas3 wrote:
12 Jan 2018, 08:08
The more manual the better, as long as your technique is up to scratch
First we were listing our coffee equipment in our sigs, now we are heading for a separate Instructional and Technique forum! :)
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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by irvinz » 13 Jan 2018, 08:28

Rocksolid wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 13:02
If you are talking delonghi, I assume you are looking at an automatic machine?

Personally I would be looking at a manual machine if you are looking for excellent coffee. Starting point for me would be the sunbeam twin thermo block EM7000 or what ever the current model is, or the Breville twin boiler BES920. Both have separate brew and steam systems, and have excellent temp control. As for grinders, the Breville smart grinder is by far the best bang for buck IMO.
That’s exactly what I started with (2 years ago) does the job well. I need to give this a proper clean soon!

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Re: Who is obsessive about their coffee??

Post by Rocksolid » 13 Jan 2018, 09:43

irvinz wrote:
13 Jan 2018, 08:28
Rocksolid wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 13:02
If you are talking delonghi, I assume you are looking at an automatic machine?

Personally I would be looking at a manual machine if you are looking for excellent coffee. Starting point for me would be the sunbeam twin thermo block EM7000 or what ever the current model is, or the Breville twin boiler BES920. Both have separate brew and steam systems, and have excellent temp control. As for grinders, the Breville smart grinder is by far the best bang for buck IMO.
That’s exactly what I started with (2 years ago) does the job well. I need to give this a proper clean soon!

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Great set up! And a perfect start for anyone IMO. Once we had this set up dialed in, my wife purchased paper take away cups and made her coffee for her commute before leaving home as she felt 95% of the time it was better than what she purchased.
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