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Anyone for Espresso?

OK folks: I've been slowly collecting photos for a pictorial on what a GOOD espresso shot should look like. The bitter water that *-bux markets as "espresso" (or EXpresso for the linguistically challenged) is why most people think they don't / won't like it... Gotta admit they have a helluva business model, though! :biggrin:

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Here's a few pics of my 2 month old machine with my tried and true Malabar Gold espresso blend. I really like this blend in the fall and winter months. It's got a great "kick" and you just can't beat the monster crema.
Being fresh roasted helps, too... :wink:

This is a 25 second pull, double ristretto.

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Here are some pics of a shot being pulled:

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Here's a pic of the same blend - but in a latte. The "rosetta" pattern is a result of the pour only (no toothpics or other gizmos). It takes a helluva lot of practice (and the moons to align during a month with a "R," etc. :rolleyes: )

This is what I drink every morning after my "wetshave ritual." Talk about ME time, eh? :thumbsup:

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Who's comin' over for coffee!! :a29:
 
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The electic Santos or the one that sits on the burner? I've had both and liked 'em both.

Vacuum brewing is awesome (and the results match).:a26:

The electric Bodum Santos (that Star$'s marketed for a while) got a real bum rap... I never had any issues with mine. I lent it to a buddy and never got it back!! (that reminds me... :a6:)
 
Wow.

I'm with Ron on this one....

I sure hope you made enough for the rest of the class!!!

-Nick
 
Wow.

I'm with Ron on this one....

I sure hope you made enough for the rest of the class!!!

That's the beauty of roasting your own coffee as well. It's quite easy to supply a lot of folks! Bring it on!!! :wink:

Ron said:

Good grief, look at that crema!

How's THIS for crema, Ron?? LOL There's basically no espresso for about a minute until it settles out. The stuff is like Guinness on a nitro tap!

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Actually, the shot suffered from a little channelling; but the amount of crema this blend can produce is nothing short of unbelievable!
 
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I had to run out for a coffee after this one. Of course it paled in comparison, but WOW.
I know it was those pics, I had NO desire for coffee until after I looked at them. That stuff looks so good in the pictures you can almost SMELL it!
John P.
 
howard,
i have the manual (glass) bodum santos. it's easy to use, i just hope that i don't drop it one of these days (knock on wood).

i was in a store recently where a salesperson was pushing one of these "nespresso" machines on me. basically you take a capsule, put it in, and out comes espresso. the results were pleasant, but i think that really takes the fun/science out of making your own java.
 
The glass model will always have a special place in my heart. It was my very first vacuum pot. Fantastic to watch and excellent results!

It's also fairly economical; so, in the unfortunate event that it does get dropped you don't have to take out a second mortgage (like the Cona pots).

My absolute favorite non-espresso coffee method... vacuum brewing ROCKS!!
 
Ooohhh, another espresso fan. Looks like a great pull and may I comment that your setup is spectacular. Mine is not quite so nice as I use an Andreja premium and Rocky. The Malabar Gold is what I have been pulling the past few weeks and it does indeed provide a nice kick.

Your rosetta skills are far superior to mine, oh wait, I don't have any.

I have been roasting my own beans for a little more than a year and I purchased my setup about 11 months ago. Between the espresso and the shaving, my wife thinks I am nuts. She does have a point...
 
Hi Dripp -

I don't know why I only just noticed your post today (3 weeks late...:blushing: )

The Andreja Premium is an EXCELLENT machine, and was actually my first choice. Then, I started talking to Chris Nachtrieb over at Chris' Coffee and he really got me excited about a rotary pump (quiet in the morning)!

Thanks for the comments. Malabar Gold is a great blend. I got a little burned out on it and have recently gone to Intelligencia's "Black Cat" blend for a bit. Good stuff - not as much crema as MG... but then again does ANYTHING have that much? LOL

Here was my shot at pouring a Christmas Tree (for the holidays) complete with gifts... LOL not that great...:blush:
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Wow Howard. That stuff looks just fantastic!

I drink my usual 3-4 cups of bodum french press coffee every morning and I thought I was living it up... seeing your set-up just reminds me how ordinary my brew is... Might you recommend a good espresso starter kit for someone without much kitchen or counter space and not a ton of bucks to spend... or am I just dreamin?

Regards,

RVG
 
Beautiful shot!

Is that a Reneka machine? Or a Spaziale? And, who makes the grinder? Thats one that I absolutely don't recognize.

Joel
 
reginald-van-gleason said:
Wow Howard. That stuff looks just fantastic!

I drink my usual 3-4 cups of bodum french press coffee every morning and I thought I was living it up... seeing your set-up just reminds me how ordinary my brew is... Might you recommend a good espresso starter kit for someone without much kitchen or counter space and not a ton of bucks to spend... or am I just dreamin?

Regards,

RVG

Reg -

I sent you a PM with some answers to your questions.
 
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