Coffee Appreciation

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  • squaremileblog.com/2009/01/21/videocast-4-stove-topmoka-pot/

    There's more options shown here (thanks bombcup for the orginal link):
    brewmethods.com/

  • Just watched that video, thanks, I shall try that tomorrow and hopefully all shall be well.

    One concern- I did buy Espresso coffee, pre-ground stuff as I have no grinder.

    If the grind is too fine then what is the best way of using it up?

  • lower the dose/tamp until it works or do what i do and use it in the cafetiere.
    never had anything that's been so fine that my machine can't cope with only stuff that's not fine enough.

  • Bicycle Coffee dude (from SF) is back in town. Pretty good stuff. If you're by 14 and ask they have some. Good for Americana.

  • what are the ones with a convex base like? can't really stretch to a reg barber one so it will be one of the espresso gear ones. it's going to be used with a cubika

    Isn't convex vs flat base a matter of preference? So I'd heard anyway.

    Would be interested if you find a place to get a tamper as I need a new one and would like to buy somewhere in town if possible.

  • I heard tell that it depended on the shape of your basket. The closer the surface of the tamper matched the shape of the bottom of the basket, the more even the tamp.

    This is the kind of thing I tend to take with a pinch of salt though. My tamper is flat. Sits nicely on my counter without rolling around.

  • what the double post?

  • I've just been given an espresso gear convex tamper as a gift and I love it. Nicely ergonomic powder coated alu handle with a very heavy stainless piston. I just really like the convex base as it seems easier for me to get the tamp nicely level. With my dose in a Synesso double basket the top of the piston finishes level with the rim of the basket so by feeling your fingertips across the top of the tamper and the basket rim you know it's square all around. I've now replaced my flat Reg Barber with it.

    For the coarse ground espresso problems - if you want to bring the coffee to Maltby St I will check it has been ground correctly and replace it. We calibrate the espresso grind on our commercial machines, but some home machines have their pump pressure set very high, particularly if they originally used a crema-enhancing basket. If the grind checks out OK it may be worth investigating how to turn down the over-pressure valve on your machine.

  • it felt grainy in between my fingers even though visually it looked quite fine.
    we have talked about this before and i appreciate the grinder gets set at different grinds as people order stuff so it gets moved about a lot during the day.
    i think my machine is fine as stuff that espresso room grind is perfect as is monmouth it's just that about 1 in evry 5-6 bags i buy will be off (i do check they grind it for espresso, and asked again as i paid today)

    if i have time i will pop some round but what i usually do is just use it in the cafetiere if it's too coarse, it's actually really nice brewed this way

    the real solution is to buy a grinder :-)

  • yes grinder yes. sorry it's not right :(

  • ^Yeah...........if you are taking the time and effort to get really good coffee then buying it ground is just wrong. The Hario Skerton is a fantastic hand grinder, great for everything bar espresso, and is £37 at Hasbean. If you are willing to throw down the monies for Square Mile, at least do the coffee justice and grind it fresh

  • I broke a cafetiere today. :-(

  • Just had a cracking mug of Mellow Birds.

  • it felt grainy in between my fingers even though visually it looked quite fine. we have talked about this before and i appreciate the grinder gets set at different grinds as people order stuff so it gets moved about a lot during the day. i think my machine is fine as stuff that espresso room grind is perfect as is monmouth it's just that about 1 in evry 5-6 bags i buy will be off (i do check they grind it for espresso, and asked again as i paid today) if i have time i will pop some round but what i usually do is just use it in the cafetiere if it's too coarse, it's actually really nice brewed this way the real solution is to buy a grinder :-)

    I've had this problem with monmouth too (not exactly a problem, but anyway) – my assumption is that they don't want to risk choking people's machines so they set the grinder to the coarsest setting they can get away with for an espresso grind. The last batch I bought I asked for slightly finer than what they would normally do for espresso and it's come out OK, could maybe go down another notch or two (extractions are about 10-15 secs) and that was at 2.0 on their machine. The girl was happy to adjust to my needs and told me to ask them for 2.0 in the future, so just talk to them about it next time you go in, I'm sure they would be happy to advise.

  • Can anyone help me —I want to buy an espresso machine for my house - but I don't want it to cost the earth, budget of below £200.

    I know a fair bit about coffee and have worked as a barista in the distant past, but I know nothing of consumer coffee machines, I know at that price point it's not going to be incredible coffee, but I want something better than a stovetop or cafetiere.

    p.s - I'd rather avoid nespresso, we had one in my last office and it was fairly good but I don't think I'd ever get round to buying those silly capsules. I also hate how much un-recyclable waste they create

  • ^ and it's dull as fuck to use

  • worse are the cafe ricard machines... we've just switched to them at work. The little pods are wrapped in their own packets. total joke.

    so that video further up the page recommends a coarser grind for stovetops. I thought the received thinking was fine like espresso?

  • stovetops need to be coarser than espresso to allow water to pass through the coffee bed without burning it. Espresso grind will offer such resistance that the water temp required to produce high enough steam pressure to drive the water through the coffee will scald the coffee on the way through and give a bitter brew.

    The brew in that vid looks a bit pissy to me, if you you're not going to get a bit of viscosity from a stovetop brew then there's not much point IMO, but you need to be somewhere inbetween.

  • yeh, I've got the hang of finishing the brew before the last bits come out (starts bubbling and hissing and yes, tastes v bitter), but I'm just using shop bought ground espresso.

    Next step = grinder and experimenting. No space for a rancilio silvia and a rocky grinder in the kitchen (according to the wife, that is), but I can probably squeeze just the grinder in.

  • Nice new logo you've got for your business there bombcup… :^] ![](http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4154/5063022130_51656008fa.jpg)

    This is lovely Wayne, really lovely.

    What typeface is that?

  • cheers Dan - the font is based on 'Buttermilk' by veer

    bit of fiddling on the P and I've thickened the face a smidge so it's a tiny bit beefier…

    [need to tail off the bottom of the 'l's to match the top, sort out the spacing round the ampersand and then it'll be finished properly]

  • ahhh.. Veer :D

    I was looking for something similar for an I.D I'm doing at the moment, so ta for the lead

    I LOVE their typefaces... I used to get lots of free stuff from them at Grafik, alas no more.

  • The brew in that vid looks a bit pissy to me,** if you you're not going to get a bit of viscosity from a stovetop brew then there's not much point IMO**, but you need to be somewhere inbetween.

    Totally agree

  • no suggestions for affordable coffee machine? Or should I just stick to the stovetop?

    I do realise that asking if a sub £200 machine is more-or-less the same as asking someone to recommend you a geared bike for less than £200, but still....

  • something second hand.
    i paid less than £100 for a baby D (some parts missing) and £150 for a classic with all the bits.

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