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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

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    Can you please come make me an espresso!!!
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    May I suggest we make espresso the OFFICIAL FOCUSING FLUID of MF users?

    After a long stay in the bowels of the ER on Friday night and Saturday (not me), I have been in bad need of something. Just made a nice cup of coffee, turned on some classic vinyl music, pulled the H5 (with Velvia loaded) to check battery and daydream a little now that our Anniversary Trip this week has been cancelled, and I am uplifted somewhat! Temporary, I know, but after 72 hours, it is much appreciated. I am feeling the rhythms in sync now.

    I am focused!
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    It's a rainy night in Georgia.

    Cold wind and rain... a warm wood fire and a cup of coffee. What more does one need to enjoy processing some MF images?

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Stocks View Post
    More espresso machine porn though not an especially high-end machine. Snaphot with an XF / IQ4 150.
    I use a Chemex mostly, but sometimes I change it up with French Press. I also have the Technivorm MochaMaster drip coffee machine for when I'm lazy.

    If I were to buy an espresso machine, I think this is the one I'd go for (The La Spaziale S1) based on reading up on these. I could also be very tempted by a lever Electra, especially a schmancy copper one.

    I also read the grinder is equally if not more important than the machine.

    I use a conical burr grinder everyday, even for my pour overs.
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    I need some advice! My Delonghi Magnifica XS finally gave up the ghost, so I took a different path. Today an Aeropress arrives along with a Baratza Virtuoso+ grinder.

    Any recommendations on how to start out? Mid-grind, coarse, fine? Their website recommends setting at 12. Any other tips on how to get started? I did find this video:
    https://vimeo.com/140715216.
    Temp 205 deg F
    18 gm beans
    med-fine grind
    ~2:00 brew time

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    I have yet to find anything that beats my Jura Impressa S9. I have set the temp up to "hot," grinder at 3rd fine dot, and espresso strength at 5 beans for a 1oz/30ml cup, Americano at 4 beans for a 5oz/150ml cup. My favorite beans are Peet's Major Dickensons or Arabian Mocha Java.

    I am currently without any MF camera however, so IDK if that perhaps limits my opinions value on posting of this ( )
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    I need some advice! My Delonghi Magnifica XS finally gave up the ghost, so I took a different path. Today an Aeropress arrives along with a Baratza Virtuoso+ grinder.

    Any recommendations on how to start out? Mid-grind, coarse, fine? Their website recommends setting at 12. Any other tips on how to get started? I did find this video:
    https://vimeo.com/140715216.
    Temp 205 deg F
    18 gm beans
    med-fine grind
    ~2:00 brew time

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    Dave,

    Those are good starting parameters. You don’t want too fine a grind or the Aeropress will choke and a messy explosion may result. Otherwise play around with everything- especially how much water to add after expression. The AP makes truly awesome Americanos.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dchew View Post
    I need some advice! My Delonghi Magnifica XS finally gave up the ghost, so I took a different path. Today an Aeropress arrives along with a Baratza Virtuoso+ grinder.

    Any recommendations on how to start out? Mid-grind, coarse, fine? Their website recommends setting at 12. Any other tips on how to get started? I did find this video:
    https://vimeo.com/140715216.
    Temp 205 deg F
    18 gm beans
    med-fine grind
    ~2:00 brew time

    ?
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    Hi Dave,

    That's the exact same setup I have here at work. You will like the grinder, the timer function really helps get close to the amount of coffee you need preventing waste. Still I would recommend a small digital scale if you want consistency and get the 18 grams, no more, no less. I got this one from amazon for cheap and it is very small and accurate (.01 gr.): https://www.amazon.com/STree-Digital...9016014&sr=8-1

    I have tried both fine and coarse grounds and have not noticed a huge difference in flavor but decided to finally settle on the fine ground, looks close to granulated sugar and not super powdery. I left it at setting 16 for now.

    What I have found best is to brew the coffee with the aeropress upside down so it doesn't start dripping through the filter right away. I put the plunger in and leave it at the edge of the tube, then put in the coffee and water. I take 10 seconds to pour it, I stir it for another 10 seconds, put on the filter and let it sit and when my timer is at 1 minute 45 seconds I flip it over my cup and press it down in order to be completely done at 2 minutes. I found this releases the flavor better than if I do it with the aeropress standing up.

    This guy here shows the inverted method for a concentrated shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMqjk2jZ4AE

    Hope this helps and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mexecutioner View Post
    Hi Dave,

    That's the exact same setup I have here at work. You will like the grinder, the timer function really helps get close to the amount of coffee you need preventing waste. Still I would recommend a small digital scale if you want consistency and get the 18 grams, no more, no less. I got this one from amazon for cheap and it is very small and accurate (.01 gr.): https://www.amazon.com/STree-Digital...9016014&sr=8-1

    I have tried both fine and coarse grounds and have not noticed a huge difference in flavor but decided to finally settle on the fine ground, looks close to granulated sugar and not super powdery. I left it at setting 16 for now.

    What I have found best is to brew the coffee with the aeropress upside down so it doesn't start dripping through the filter right away. I put the plunger in and leave it at the edge of the tube, then put in the coffee and water. I take 10 seconds to pour it, I stir it for another 10 seconds, put on the filter and let it sit and when my timer is at 1 minute 45 seconds I flip it over my cup and press it down in order to be completely done at 2 minutes. I found this releases the flavor better than if I do it with the aeropress standing up.

    This guy here shows the inverted method for a concentrated shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMqjk2jZ4AE

    Hope this helps and have fun!

    Rodrigo
    Very clever. As a 10 year veteran of the Aeropress, I concur with Rodrigo's process. Also note, there is a reusable bayonet filter by Fellows with a valve at the bottom to keep it from dripping until pressed. Great for backpacking too.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    What a glorious sunrise this morning!

    I managed to spend a whole minute to fix a cup of blonde roast coffee this morning just to enjoy the event.



    But, I have located a store not far from here that sells the 3-cup Bialetti at a good price. Tempted to forego a dinner out, and just pick it up this week.

    However, what coffee/grind, etc. should I get for the first pot of mocha?
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    What a glorious sunrise this morning!

    I managed to spend a whole minute to fix a cup of blonde roast coffee this morning just to enjoy the event.



    But, I have located a store not far from here that sells the 3-cup Bialetti at a good price. Tempted to forego a dinner out, and just pick it up this week.

    However, what coffee/grind, etc. should I get for the first pot of mocha?
    Hi Dave,

    I'm a dark roast medium grind guy for moka pots, but almost anything works. It's a forgiving workflow

    Best,

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    Hi Dave,

    I'm a dark roast medium grind guy for moka pots, but almost anything works. It's a forgiving workflow

    Best,

    Matt
    It would be nice to pick up something local to start...Starbucks French or Italian roast? Or maybe a local coffee shop that has Medium and Dark roasts of their own, I tried their Guatemalan roast and loved it.

    What grind? They always ask...
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    It would be nice to pick up something local to start...Starbucks French or Italian roast? Or maybe a local coffee shop that has Medium and Dark roasts of their own, I tried their Guatemalan roast and loved it.

    What grind? They always ask...
    Go local! Start midway between espresso and drip. That's what I do, anyway.

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    Hmmm.... diverted by several emergencies so I have yet to get the Bialetti. Still unsure which coffee to start with.

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    All we really need is a Matt-hematician ...

    From the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-engla...presso-formula
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    All we really need is a Matt-hematician ...

    From the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-engla...presso-formula
    This has been a cause of much amusement in the coffee community. It's not even worth rebutting.

    There's a wonderful short story called "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything". They bring magnificent gifts to human-kind, but they're insufferable. They declare Hyacinths to be the best flower and fill the Kalahari desert with them. Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is the best classical piece, but the score to Dr. Zhivago is the best music. It goes on and on.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment to get a snapshot of my overall health. I do not know if he is a coffee or even a MF type of person. So, it is best to have this discussion before my appointment.

    Discussion topic: Dark, medium or light roast coffee.

    Which has the lowest amount of caffeine? Yes, I realize this like starting a thread in car forums about the best engine oil use.

    Further discussion: Espresso, mocha, regular coffee etc. Which is... ahem!... "healthier"?
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

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    Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment to get a snapshot of my overall health. I do not know if he is a coffee or even a MF type of person. So, it is best to have this discussion before my appointment.

    Discussion topic: Dark, medium or light roast coffee.

    Which has the lowest amount of caffeine? Yes, I realize this like starting a thread in car forums about the best engine oil use.

    Further discussion: Espresso, mocha, regular coffee etc. Which is... ahem!... "healthier"?
    Hi Dave!

    The darker the coffee, the more similar they all are. This can be good if you want a "comfort shot", which is dark, but not bitter. Lighter roasts are trickier to get in the sweet spot. VERY interesting when you get it - floral, fruit, but not sour or bitter.

    Caffeine varies, but quantity is, I believe, the determining factor. A blend called Blue Thunder is more likely to be more caffeinated .

    Healthier? Coffee, despite decades of attempts to find a health problem, is benign. It's all a question of what you add. Sweeteners are worst, dairy fats depend on your system.

    In short, drink what you like and don't worry. If a light roast is proving hard to dial in, try a darker one.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    The final solution is indeed quite simple: "Il Caffè del Professore" in Naples, Italy.
    They say it is one of the best Espresso ever made, but unfortunately I haven't been there, yet...
    I'm carefully planning a very close-focused mission: taking a flight in the morning, being there at lunch time, taking a flight to be back home by the evening of the same day. No distractions of any sorts will be allowed, just taste the coffee, interview the barman and come back.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment to get a snapshot of my overall health. I do not know if he is a coffee or even a MF type of person. So, it is best to have this discussion before my appointment.

    Discussion topic: Dark, medium or light roast coffee.

    Which has the lowest amount of caffeine? Yes, I realize this like starting a thread in car forums about the best engine oil use.

    Further discussion: Espresso, mocha, regular coffee etc. Which is... ahem!... "healthier"?
    I have a weakness for Vietnamese coffee, particularly when consumed at on tiny chairs at street cafés in Vietnamese cities, with or without ice. Coffee purists keep telling me that it doesn't actually taste good and that it's the ambience and my naive brain, but I don't care.

    As for caffeine, I've found that I sleep well after an espresso or two, while instant coffee keeps me awake for days. That's probably by design. There's no other reason for drinking instant coffee than staying awake.

    Medium format and coffee? I never take drugs while creating photos. That includes coffee.
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    If you fancy 3rd wave Italian espresso not dark bulk roasted robusta then it’s worth tracking down Gardelli roasters who sell a lot outside of their home market in Italy but the big cities will have a few cafes that use it.
    He was world roasting champion recently and all the coffees I have tried have been great, I was lucky enough to try some Wush-Wush from Columbia which is on par with Gesha from Panama and similar in price (£100/kg) but a much bigger body and mouthfeel, not as delicate as Gesha but I actually prefer it even though Gesha is supposed to be the best coffee available. (This was as a V60)
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Coffee has been a love of mine for a long time now, many years spent using a Bialetti stovetop and enjoying the coffee from such a simple device. I knew I'd eventually own an espresso machine, so after much research two years ago I bought a Rocket Mozafiatto and started a more complicated morning routine!



    Took a few months to really start converting my research and learnings into making good coffee, but can now adjust to different scenarios and beans very quickly and get a good shot into the cup without any hassle. Love using the Rocket and the Profitec T64 grinder has paired well, I call in to get fresh beans from one of the local roasters once a week and keep them in a wine cooler fridge due to the heat and humidity of where I live.

    Threw the P1 in there to tick the Medium Format box
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunQ View Post
    Coffee has been a love of mine for a long time now, many years spent using a Bialetti stovetop and enjoying the coffee from such a simple device. I knew I'd eventually own an espresso machine, so after much research two years ago I bought a Rocket Mozafiatto and started a more complicated morning routine! ...
    Lovely equipment! Sadly, I don't have any room for such extravagance in my kitchen.

    But ... I lost my classic Bialetti in 2016 when I went to an inductive cooktop (it was aluminum and no manner of messing about with magnetic adapters seemed to let it work properly as it had been on the old gas or electric range). I'd signed off on it, going for espresso coffee to the local cafes—which I quite like anyway since it gives me an opportunity to chat with baristas and other cafe sitting folks, etc. But I missed the simple pleasure of a cup of espresso in the morning.

    And then I found the Bialetti Venus and life returned to normal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post

    The darker the coffee, the more similar they all are. This can be good if you want a "comfort shot", which is dark, but not bitter. Lighter roasts are trickier to get in the sweet spot. VERY interesting when you get it - floral, fruit, but not sour or bitter.
    .......

    In short, drink what you like and don't worry. If a light roast is proving hard to dial in, try a darker one.

    Enjoy!

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    A year ago I was on a coffee plantation in Colombia.
    Believe it or not, it is almost impossible to get a decent cup of coffee in Colombia - they have no coffee drinking culture in their country;
    all the good beans are exported!
    Most of the coffee that is drunk by the Colombians is called Tinto and is made from reject beans and swept up grindings.

    On the plantation they told me that the best method was to use a filter paper as it removes certain oils that would spoil a good light roast.
    There should also be a specific ratio of water to coffee used, but I can't remember what it should be .

    They told me that marketing, pointed people towards darker roasts as a darker roast makes it easier to get away with poorer quality beans. You cannot mask a poor bean with a light roast.

    The Colombians told me that the best beans are produced in ............................... Ethiopia :.

    I use a French Press, a dark roast and beans from coffee producing countries that I've bean to .
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    After working on several projects with Ducati and MV Agusta (Italian motorcycle companies) back about 20 years ago I became addicted to really great coffee.

    My solution; bought two machino's from here: https://www.salvatore-espresso.com/

    Roast our own coffee in small batches with a small table top air roaster and mixing our secret blend of Malabar, Columbian and Brazilian.

    It's an amazing way to start the day and keep going.


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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    My three formats: MF, APS-C, and Coffee. This wasn't posed. I just noticed it from where I was sitting out of the sun. You can see the horribly necessary card reader dongle, as Apple has long abandoned the built in SD slot.

    GFX 100, 50mm/3.5.





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    Minimalistic approach to medium format and coffee. Hasselblad 500C/M, Planar 80 @ 2.8, IQ1 60.
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    Comman-Dante ! What a nice grinder for a medium format photographer
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinN View Post
    Comman-Dante ! What a nice grinder for a medium format photographer
    Apart from the name and price tag (must be Dante-approved), this is also the finest manual grinder that can be found. Highly recommended!

    PS: also delightful to see how well the IQ1 60 which I just got works with the V-lenses. No sharpening applied, I think the result is very nice. Just a bit of CA, but nothing to worry about. Impressive lenses, I think they might even resolve more!

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee



    GFX|110/2

    I've had to retire my previous machine because after 7 years of use its boiler gave up the ghost and no spare parts available. I replaced it with a 'La Marzocco' - which is basically an industrial machine for home use, same parts and availability as the machines made for coffee shops with 4 cups...and very easy to maintain oneself - highly recommended - the frothing tube is also always cool to touch so no accidental burns possible - great technology. Couldn't help myself putting my SL2 and Nocti in the shot - no apologies!
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    Which scale is that?

    Very nice and simple!


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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Overkill

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    Ye Gods! A 0.1 µg balance. Yes, that's a tenth of a microgram. 0.0000001g. Only "$50,256.93 & FREE Shipping" from Amazon. It will only weigh up to 6.1 grams, so not useful for coffee. And I thought a milligram balance was overkill...
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennedens View Post
    Which scale is that?

    Very nice and simple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennedens View Post
    Which scale is that?

    Very nice and simple!
    It's a very cheap and basic scale:
    https://www.amazon.de/AMIR-K%C3%BCch...4394145&sr=8-8

    For my purposes it works fine: it's small, lightweight, it bears up to 3kg. However, the 0.1g precision limit is virtual - in reality, it seems more that 0.3g could be accurate. Good enough for me - I would buy it again.
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    Medium format and a lack of coffee (I'd just finished it).

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    I was finding puddles of water under my machine in the morning. The problem was not subtle. Here's a macro shot of the old tank (replaced this morning). Leica S(007), S120 Macro @f/8



    This wasn't the worst crack. Just the most photogenic

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    Who knew?

    Photogenic crack...
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    Coffee in times of stress has an amazing comfort factor.

    It should be in everyone's Virus Care Package. And when realize you can not smell or taste it... then you know.

    Wishing everyone a safe passage through these treacherous times... and a cup of coffee, frequently!
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    It is time to discuss roasting your own coffee!

    Who is doing it and how does one get started?

    On the Fun with Medium Format thread, that M3 amongst the coffee beans is so cool in a lot of ways, maybe we can find some more images of Leica and espresso?
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    I tried roasting. First with a popcorn popper style, then with a toaster-oven sized drum. It's not for apartment living unless you have a restaurant or laboratory grade fume hood. If you have a garage or, better yet, a separate building in which to roast with a large vent directly to the outside, it's much easier.

    So, I made a lot of smoke, got ok but not great coffee, and eventually gave up and went back to ordering fresh-roasted beans from people who were much better at it than I was ever going to be.

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    P.S. If you want to try, the Sweet Maria's site has a lot of info, equipment, and green coffee.

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    Roasting ?

    No, somewhere there is a limit for me. I was happy to discover decaffeinated beans (by the help of this thread) and now my stomach even accepts 50/50 mixture of plain and decaffeinated. My stomach is indeed playing games for me, sometimes able to take anyting and other days giving severe upset signs.

    Thanks for making my brains work and thinking about decaffeinated.

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    BTW, one can roast coffee in a frying pan. Before Maxwell House, this was how most people made coffee at home. There's also the heat gun and metal dogfood bowl method. I'm not making that up.

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    BTW, one can roast coffee in a frying pan. Before Maxwell House, this was how most people made coffee at home. There's also the heat gun and metal dogfood bowl method. I'm not making that up.

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    I am not making that up either!



    Oh, you mean you are being honest...

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    I have had a busy week with a lot of instant coffee. Today we have a holiday here in Finland, and I have just started my Espresso machine and am waiting for the special enjoyment.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    I hope this is not against the guidelines, but dave.gt pointed to this thread to me, and I had already written up on how I make hand roasted coffees...here is the link.

    https://deployant.com/chillout-tgifr...ur-own-coffee/

    Not a medium format image, but here is a rather recent roast. Bolivian Bird Friendly Superior AA. About 8 mins to completion of drying phase from charge. 8 minutes further to first crack, and about 4 minutes of roast development to completion. The charge weight was about 180g, and final coffee weighed about 150g. I have been hand roasting for about 20 years, a bit longer than my medium format habit, so may have some tiny experience with it. I have been tempted with a more professional roaster, like the Hottop and run Artisan software, but so far have resisted.

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    The La Marzocco Linea is a beaut. I have a Mazzer Mini too...I assume yours is also a Mini, or is it a larger one? If you are interested in a cool and very clever doserless solution which is very neat, let me know. I have no commercial interest in it, but am very happy with single dose grinding, with no mess.

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    I've had to retire my previous machine because after 7 years of use its boiler gave up the ghost and no spare parts available. I replaced it with a 'La Marzocco' - which is basically an industrial machine for home use, same parts and availability as the machines made for coffee shops with 4 cups...and very easy to maintain oneself - highly recommended - the frothing tube is also always cool to touch so no accidental burns possible - great technology. Couldn't help myself putting my SL2 and Nocti in the shot - no apologies!
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    It is time to discuss roasting your own coffee!

    Who is doing it and how does one get started?

    On the Fun with Medium Format thread, that M3 amongst the coffee beans is so cool in a lot of ways, maybe we can find some more images of Leica and espresso?
    Dave:
    I have been roasting for a few years. I love the quality and the ability to experiment with various coffees, blends, roasting times and temperatures. It is also economical: I can order excellent green beans for as little $6/lb. (the beans lose about 15% of their weight during roasting, so the roasted bean cost is about $7/lb.). It is, however, a lot easier to just order roasted beans and the quality and type available nowadays is excellent. Years ago, my wife and I brewed beer, but in those days there were few beers beyond Miller, Bud, etc.; we don't bother now that so many wonderful beers are available. Roasting your own needs to be something you want to do, otherwise it's just another chore. I use a simple, inexpensive roaster which basically is a modified heat gun that uses a heating element and fan to heat and agitate the beans. I have been using an older model of this one: https://coffeeproject.com/roasters/f...e-roaster.html
    Matt is correct about the smoke. I roast in the garage with the rear door ajar and the garage door as least partially open. The Coffee Project is an excellent source of information and beans, as is Sweet Maria's mentioned by Matt.

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