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    Medium Format and Coffee

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

    What are you going to do with this wonderful gift?

    This morning, upon reflection of that profound question, I was overwhelmed with the choices and decided I needed a cup of coffee. My 7-year old Kitchen-Aid machine just died. So, no coffee today and my profound quest to plan for the rest of my life will wait a little while. This catastrophe must be resolved first!

    I went online looking for a small coffee machine. Somehow I ran across a reference to International Coffee Day(s). It seems different countries have different days. In fact, my birthday falls on one of them. Cool!

    I have settled on a few choices of machines to buy, now to decide. It is probably going to be a Keurig mini.

    But like some photographers, I like to make items of interest, and passions, the subject of my work.

    Since the Full Moon a couple of days ago, it appears that others need to enjoy a different topic of discussion, so I offer this:

    Please post some medium format images of YOUR coffee passion!

    I will gladly reciprocate when I can make my own once again.
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    I think I will try.
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    Dave

    We believe that nothing beats your own coffee brewed your own way versus electric do it alls. In this spirit of advice:

    --Can't beat the French press and you can use any coffee of your choice (as opposed to someone else's choice) in it. Various sizes and prices, but nothing to break except glass which is easily replaceable.

    --Then there is the Italian Bialetti Moka Express 6 cup which makes 2 good sized cups for two of us in the morning (and you can use any coffee of your choice again) for under $30 on Amazon last week. Our old one lasted us about 15 years after using it every day we were home. We replaced it because we forgot to clean the valve periodically after not reading the instructions. Heck, that's .005cents/day. Not bad.

    Just my 2c.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

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    Dave

    We believe that nothing beats your own coffee brewed your own way versus electric do it alls. In this spirit of advice:

    --Can't beat the French press and you can use any coffee of your choice (as opposed to someone else's choice) in it. Various sizes and prices, but nothing to break except glass which is easily replaceable.

    --Then there is the Italian Bialetti Moka Express 6 cup which makes 2 good sized cups for two of us in the morning (and you can use any coffee of your choice again) for under $30 on Amazon last week. Our old one lasted us about 15 years after using it every day we were home. We replaced it because we forgot to clean the valve periodically after not reading the instructions. Heck, that's .005cents/day. Not bad.

    Just my 2c.

    Lou, thank you for reminding me!

    Actually, you are reading my mind... I am longing for something a little different and cannot afford an espresso machine at the moment. Besides I enjoy the rare espresso at a cafe periodically.

    Both sound really good!... can you give me a lead on the French Press "equipment"?
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    Kalita Wave 155 dripper gets my vote (with unbleached Melitta filter papers). French Press a close second. Both make great coffee, but remember - it's all in the grind.

    Anything that uses those environmentally disasterous plastic 'pods' should be given the order of the boot. The coffee is not even that great. It's just 'convenient' (to the user that is, not the planet). Hell, even the guy that invented the damn things regrets it.

    Ok, time for a coffee...

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    Mmmmm.... Espresso
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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Dave

    We believe that nothing beats your own coffee brewed your own way versus electric do it alls. In this spirit of advice:

    --Can't beat the French press and you can use any coffee of your choice (as opposed to someone else's choice) in it. Various sizes and prices, but nothing to break except glass which is easily replaceable.

    --Then there is the Italian Bialetti Moka Express 6 cup which makes 2 good sized cups for two of us in the morning (and you can use any coffee of your choice again) for under $30 on Amazon last week. Our old one lasted us about 15 years after using it every day we were home. We replaced it because we forgot to clean the valve periodically after not reading the instructions. Heck, that's .005cents/day. Not bad.

    Just my 2c.
    Amen to the French press. Truly the best!
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    A good quality grinder with real grinder discs is essential. It should be capable of grinding everything from large granules to dust flour. A good grinder still cost only about 1/10 of a good but basic boiler espresso machine. Sad, I have both but my stomach can't take the double espressos anymore (divine tasting) so I have to drink the crap normal coffee
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    Preparing for coffee at the last Pigs in Lake Tahoe 2019.

    Gotta start with coffee before heading out to shoot sunrise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    Preparing for coffee at the last Pigs in Lake Tahoe 2019.

    Gotta start with coffee before heading out to shoot sunrise!

    Interesting. I avoid coffee before an early a.m. shoot because I don't wish to be stuck in the middle of nowhere while my bowels are seriously acting up. Don't wish to be crude, but I've learned this from experience. However, might have a cup or two on the way back. Cheers.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    It is interesting... never thought about those who have stomach issues with coffee. The caffeine does make pit stops a necessity and that is why I like a single or double shot espresso early... not much liquid to carry around.

    And a scone. or otherwise sweet delight. Like an acoustic guitar, certain simple pleasures are to be enjoyed frequently!!!

    Craig's heavenly delight is a joy to behold. And Ken, what kind of coffee(s) were you offering to the gang? That is a sight to behold early in the morning.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    I'm Italian, thus for me it is always and only "espresso".

    This little machine accompanied me for the last 15 years now, without any failure or special maintenance. It is nothing special, but after all those years I know how to squeeze the maximum IQ out of it.
    The coffee powder is freshly ground for each cup. The fine-coarse setup is changed according to the current weather humidity and pressure. I had to customize the grinder a little bit in order to have more reach to the "fine" levels.
    A good cup of espresso must have a dense gold-cream on the surface, and the poured sugar (if any) must stay for a couple of seconds on the surface before sinking down.

    Now I'm thinking of moving a step further by getting a coffee roaster, in order to personally curate that step as well.

    You know what? It is time for a cup of coffee!

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

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    Lou, thank you for reminding me!

    Actually, you are reading my mind... I am longing for something a little different and cannot afford an espresso machine at the moment. Besides I enjoy the rare espresso at a cafe periodically.

    Both sound really good!... can you give me a lead on the French Press "equipment"?
    The French presses we have (2 different sizes) are from Bodum-the original French Press-so they say. If you want espresso though the Italian maker is perhaps better for you.

    We use the French press in the am and then the stronger Itailian one after lunch when the stomach is full for easier digestion.
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    Freshly roasted beans, a course grind with a burr grinder, water at the right temperature and a French Press. I usually only drink one cup a day, but a proper cup starts my day off properly.
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    In 2007, I had to take a three month leave between jobs. My self-appointed task during that period was to understand why the worst cup of coffee in Italy was better than the best cup of coffee in the US. I quickly found the serious online coffee community, and learned that, as good light is to photography, so freshly roasted beans are to coffee. It doesn't guarantee a great shot (ho ho), but without it, you're screwed.

    I also learned that fancy equipment had nothing to do with great coffee. But we're in the MF forum, so when did that stop us? This is my third espresso machine (the last one, similar to the current one, was with me for over 10 years.) The grinder is my 5th? 6th? You can't get a too good grinder. After the beans, it's the most important tool. There is an Italian saying that the four important elements of coffee are (they all start with the letter "M" in Italian) Machine, Grinder, Beans, and Barista, and the first is the least important.

    To put these beasts in Camera terms, the machine is Leica M10 territory, and the grinder is Sony A7RIII.

    If you want non-espresso coffee, which is much more versatile, a good drip (Kalita Wave), French press, Moka pot, or Aeropress will do spectacularly. But GAS...



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    It's said by experts (who also happen to sell coffee equipment) that the grinder is at least as important as the machine. My own experience (having gone through a number of grinders as well as machines) has been that it's true.

    https://clivecoffee.com/blogs/learn/...coffee-grinder
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    Apparently some here take Dante's Inferno to heart and have applied lessons learned from Medium Format Digital to other aspects of their lives.

    I need to step up my coffee-game.


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    Thanks for starting this thread,

    I will now immediately order decaffeinated beans and see if I can tolerate that better. And if no espressos with that either anymore I could do Americano with variyng amounts of water and possibly even mixing capuccinos with that.
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    More espresso machine porn though not an especially high-end machine. Snaphot with an XF / IQ4 150.
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    I like tea. Usually dark with some kind of citrus fruit added.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    Apparently some here take Dante's Inferno to heart and have applied lessons learned from Medium Format Digital to other aspects of their lives.

    I need to step up my coffee-game.

    If my wife would tolerate its height, I would have a professional lever machine. Half the price, quiet, and tasty espresso! Next kitchen remodel...
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    A friend of mine owns a magazine called ĎCaffeineí and I have shot many a cover and feature in the past, Iím also a coffee aficionado and working for the mag over the years has given me a taste for Ethiopian natural processed beans and Panama Geisha (especially when itís free :-) )
    I have also shot for coffee machine manufacturers from links gained shooting for the coffee mag.

    Last week we shot at a cannabis farm for a feature on CBD coffee, will share the images one evening they have been published.

    Too many images to post from past issues, a few of them are found here: www.garysmithphoto.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    It is interesting... never thought about those who have stomach issues with coffee. The caffeine does make pit stops a necessity and that is why I like a single or double shot espresso early... not much liquid to carry around.

    And a scone. or otherwise sweet delight. Like an acoustic guitar, certain simple pleasures are to be enjoyed frequently!!!

    Craig's heavenly delight is a joy to behold. And Ken, what kind of coffee(s) were you offering to the gang? That is a sight to behold early in the morning.
    Not to get too far off the subject, but as a physician, photographer and coffee drinker, I can tell you that the gastrocolic reflex is a powerful one, especially when initiated by caffeine. Enough said.
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    For me, minimalism suits well, and I go for filter coffee: a good hand-grinder (with adjustable ceramic discs), a filter-holder (my choice is Hario), and filter paper. Also the right pot is needed to pour the water evenly over the coffee. And then I like micro-lots of coffee which are not mixed together, but come from one farmer. Picture to follow
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    there is no perfect solution

    What works for a lunchtime cup is often not what I'd want at 6am - namely noise and faffing about with grinding, tamping, ensuring correct bar pressure etc etc

    grinders always make a mess, no matter how much you spend.
    then there is always a risk you become one of "them"; someone who talks about extraction, milk texture and process to everyone else who couldnt care less as long as its hot and tastes ok


    all in all, the best machine I found to cover most of what I need is the DeLonghi Magnifica bean to cup

    1 button, auto grind, nice crema and very little mess - if looked after, will last for many years with daily use
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    I've been enjoying my Pasquini machines for years. With apologies for the quality of this iPhone snap (and for the afficianados among you, yes the shot is blonding but a leaky gasket that I've been too busy to fix prevents me from packing the basket with an appropriate amount of coffee), here's the little Livietta that sits on my kitchen counter.

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    For Art - Bernini
    For Espresso - Pasquini


    Gotta love it.

    Thanks, Dave, for keeping things light, interesting and human around these parts.

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    I'm game...... I would be lost without my morning espresso's. I don't drink coffee much anymore but when I do I prefer to use an aeropress. The grinders are dedicated with the left for espresso and the right for coffee.

    Dave..... try an aeropress as it makes a spectacular cup of coffee and it has a cult following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Si View Post
    there is no perfect solution

    What works for a lunchtime cup is often not what I'd want at 6am - namely noise and faffing about with grinding, tamping, ensuring correct bar pressure etc etc

    grinders always make a mess, no matter how much you spend.
    then there is always a risk you become one of "them"; someone who talks about extraction, milk texture and process to everyone else who couldnt care less as long as its hot and tastes ok


    all in all, the best machine I found to cover most of what I need is the DeLonghi Magnifica bean to cup

    1 button, auto grind, nice crema and very little mess - if looked after, will last for many years with daily use
    Despite my rather silly gear, the ONLY thing that matters is "does it taste good?" I also have trouble with the digital refractometer crowd, but if they enjoy it, Į\_(ツ)_/Į . I've had good coffee from a large boiling pot of water with coffee grounds in it. (Cowboy coffee).

    Come to think of it, the parallels with photography are striking. The calculations and measurements may be fun, they may be helpful, fancy equipment may help (or hinder), but in the end, what matters is that you have a good picture.

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    Victor, wow! That looks professional and divine all at once.

    So, an Aeropress... more homework piling up!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jng View Post
    I've been enjoying my Pasquini machines for years. With apologies for the quality of this iPhone snap (and for the afficianados among you, yes the shot is blonding but a leaky gasket that I've been too busy to fix prevents me from packing the basket with an appropriate amount of coffee), here's the little Livietta that sits on my kitchen counter.

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    This little guy's big sister Livia does duty at work and bears the following inscription on its side:

    For Music - Puccini
    For Art - Bernini
    For Espresso - Pasquini


    Gotta love it.

    Thanks, Dave, for keeping things light, interesting and human around these parts.

    John
    Thanks, John,

    Music.
    Art.
    Espresso.

    Pick two. Be happy!!! But I would miss a coffee of any type for my quiet time each morning.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    This is a very serious matter with a very simple answer. We have no bench space for a full blown coffee machine, but we both like a really good espresso. The answer therefore is the the Portaspresso Rossa. Team that up with a simple old fashioned grinder like the Mazzer Super Jolly or for a completely portable solution the Orphan Espresso Lido and you have the bees knees of coffee. If you need milk then get a Bellman.
    This is the result.

    (I can't remember how to post pics )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelorus View Post
    This is a very serious matter with a very simple answer. We have no bench space for a full blown coffee machine, but we both like a really good espresso. The answer therefore is the the Portaspresso Rossa. Team that up with a simple old fashioned grinder like the Mazzer Super Jolly or for a completely portable solution the Orphan Espresso Lido and you have the bees knees of coffee. If you need milk then get a Bellman.
    This is the result.

    (I can't remember how to post pics )
    Really interesting concept. I never saw this one. Doesn't seem to be available in Europe. I also like good Espresso, but couldn't afford a decent machine, neither cost- nor space-wise. Would love to try it out!

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    Ross, the guy who makes the Portaspresso is in Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. He makes every part and the waiting time can be 2-3 months, but they are a work of art. Email him. The espresso we make at home with the Rossa is at least the equal of anything that you can buy in Melbourne...and Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. Great, freshly roasted, beans are important. We've got some excellent PNG beans at the moment.

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    Really interesting concept. I never saw this one. Doesn't seem to be available in Europe. I also like good Espresso, but couldn't afford a decent machine, neither cost- nor space-wise. Would love to try it out!
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    Really great thread, thanks for posting images of your setups and sharing your daily routines.

    I am a French press guy, I use the Bodum ones. I keep one at home and one at work and for me getting the right beans roasted within a couple days has been key. I also have two grinders, for home/work and I am very particular about the grind and the amount of coffee I put into the press. I like consistency so I always weigh the coffee that will go in the press. I have my 4-cup prescription every morning and it always makes me feel amazing.

    I had an espresso machine for about 7 or 8 years that worked admirably, failed once and had it repaired but when it went kaput the second time I figured it was time to invest in a new one sinxe the cost of repairing it made no sense. I never got to revisit the idea as I get very good results with the french press so my guess is that I may not get another one. My wife does not drink coffee any longer so the motivation to replace the machine has somewhat diluted.

    Besides, I would not have a crema before getting in the car to go to work as the risk of being on the freeway for 45 minutes is way too high. After a couple of close calls I had to discontinue that practice and wait until I am at my office. The roaster where I get my beans from is closer to work, so I have it there when I restock.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Si View Post
    there is no perfect solution

    What works for a lunchtime cup is often not what I'd want at 6am - namely noise and faffing about with grinding, tamping, ensuring correct bar pressure etc etc

    grinders always make a mess, no matter how much you spend.
    then there is always a risk you become one of "them"; someone who talks about extraction, milk texture and process to everyone else who couldnt care less as long as its hot and tastes ok


    all in all, the best machine I found to cover most of what I need is the DeLonghi Magnifica bean to cup

    1 button, auto grind, nice crema and very little mess - if looked after, will last for many years with daily use
    Ah yes...



    But I don't like the grinder so much, and it is getting pretty long in the tooth. I am thinking of getting a separate grinder and an Aeropress to try something different. I just need to research grinders. Are hand grinders worth anything?

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    Dante's reach seems to go beyond MF gear in this forum...
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Hmmm..,

    I wonder if Dante would put in a good word for me at Starbucks on National Coffee Day? A Latte would be a nice birthday surprise!
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    Ah ha!

    Just found my first coffee appliance... only 2 miles from home!

    https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-...=0076753067997

    I think I will pick it up tomorrow after we return from the hospital.

    Pictures later!!!
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    And just for fun.., not MFD but lifestyle related:

    a video I love to watch simply because it has a Leica, a Harley Davidson, a beautiful mountain setting, and.... espresso!

    Can you find them all?

    https://vimeo.com/54009835

    If one is allowed to have a dream, this is one for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Ah ha!

    Just found my first coffee appliance... only 2 miles from home!

    https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-...=0076753067997

    I think I will pick it up tomorrow after we return from the hospital.

    Pictures later!!!
    Just a warning Dave
    The 3 cup expresso machine does have counterfeits floating around. The six cups seem to be OK.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    In Maine, we used a stainless steel percolator to make coffee. If our power went out in snow storms (and with six months of winter, it was a common event), we could always make coffee on the wood stove--we heated our house with only wood and a Newfoundland dog, although the dog could not make coffee, but we love her none the less.

    I quit coffee on July 6, 2019. But that was not the fault of the percolator...

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    My best coffee has been made in a small Bialletti stove-top coffee maker, with a bean roasted and ground to my specs by the local roasting house. The way I make it is a 19 minute exercise for two cups of espresso.

    But most of my coffee these days is brewed by a Keurig machine, using Boyd's bio-degradable pods. Their coffee is excellent and the Keurig is convenient.

    Such it is.

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    Coffee makes my heart pitter-patter too much whereas tea does not.
    When I do make coffee, I mix 50% regular + 50% decaf and I grind the beans.
    My grinder is nothing fancy, but it works.
    This is my french press. I like the color.

    Great conversation thread!

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    As said above, spend money in a nice burr grinder. Achieving a consistent and repeatable grind without generating too much heat is more important than the coffeemaker.

    The Aeropress (already recommended above) is neat and easy to use, and has a small footprint. Depending on grind size, water temperature, and pressure applied, it can basically replace a pourover, a French press, and a Moka pot all at once--and produces a cleaner coffee, both in taste and in lack of particles. It can even sort of produce some crema if you use a very fine grind of an oil-rich bean. It costs nothing and is unbreakable. Can't go wrong with it.

    The so-called "Third Wave" coffee culture has saturated the more serious cafes with fruity, floral, acidic light roasts, and baristas who belittle you for asking for cream or godforbid sugar. I really dislike this trend.

    Dark roasts get a bad rep because of their association with Starbucks etc. But a well-done dark roast that's rich and punchy while retaining a rich texture is wonderful. If that's your thing, Japan is the place to go, with its own coffee tradition dating back from the late 19th century.
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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Ah ha!

    Just found my first coffee appliance... only 2 miles from home!

    https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-...=0076753067997

    I think I will pick it up tomorrow after we return from the hospital.

    Pictures later!!!
    You probably want a real burr grinder. It is essential with different coffee equipment to get the appropriate grind and experimenting with the taste and strength of different grind grades can be fun. The best thing however, with a grinder
    is that you can get a fresh grind every time and don't have to rely on the coffee companys grind. Ground coffee gets stale
    quicker than beans and if you buy some pre-ground to start with that moka pot, it could be advisable to buy only 250gr
    packets. I too started with a moka pot, and one great thing with it is that you get real piping hot moka. It is much more
    difficult to keep the coffee hot from an espresso machine. The supposed cup warmer tray is not so effective on machines.

    Happy drinking, but don't overdo it

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    Ah yes...

    But I don't like the grinder so much, and it is getting pretty long in the tooth. I am thinking of getting a separate grinder and an Aeropress to try something different. I just need to research grinders. Are hand grinders worth anything?

    Dave
    An aeropress is very forgiving with respect to grind. The latest aeropress championships are using a very coarse grind with around 20 grams to 8 ounces of water for a cup of coffee. You can find recipes on the aeropress site if you visit the championships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aly324 View Post

    The so-called "Third Wave" coffee culture has saturated the more serious cafes with fruity, floral, acidic light roasts, and baristas who belittle you for asking for cream or godforbid sugar. I really dislike this trend.

    Dark roasts get a bad rep because of their association with Starbucks etc. But a well-done dark roast that's rich and punchy while retaining a rich texture is wonderful. If that's your thing, Japan is the place to go, with its own coffee tradition dating back from the late 19th century.
    I think this trend has revolutionised coffee and resulted in a better product, coffee is a fruit, coffee cherries are picked not beans (itís this outer layer that makes for Ďnaturalí processed coffees) floral fruity notes are an improvement on burnt bitter ashy ones. That said a well pulled robusta espresso from an Italian train station cafe is still something to enjoy.

    Thing is a lot of roasting used to have very little in the way of profiling and was just taken to first crack and beyond, now itís more of an art/science and resulting in a more refined product.

    Burnt over roasted commodity coffee isnít going to go away, itís 99% of the coffee business but seeing as this forum is at the 1% of image making then itís only fitting to look at high grade coffee as defined by the SCA
    They are just tools for a job.
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    ............My 7-year old Kitchen-Aid machine just died. So, no coffee today ...........
    Dave:

    Good luck with your new coffee appliance, but there is never a reason to forego coffee if you can heat water. You could have made "cowboy coffee": ideally a coarse grind added to a pan of heated water the allowed to seep and then decanted. If you object to small pieces of bean you can also pour through a filter or even a paper towel. I've used this on many backpacking trips and it's good, similar to that from a French press. My current coffee maker is pictured below, another vote for DeLonghi. The beans in the container were roasted in my garage yesterday and home roasting is something I highly recommend if you have a good exhaust hood or somewhere to roast where the smoke is not a problem. Roaster prices vary considerably. Mine was inexpensive and paid for itself in a very short time since green coffee beaans are much less expensive than roasted. Want a light and fruity roast? You can have it in 10 minutes; if you prefer dark and robust, it takes 12 min.

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    Re: Medium Format and Coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Ah ha!

    Just found my first coffee appliance... only 2 miles from home!

    https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-...=0076753067997

    I think I will pick it up tomorrow after we return from the hospital.

    Pictures later!!!
    Bialetti? Approved!
    But this is not espresso, this is moka. Great taste, and wonderful smell all over the rooms by the way.
    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aly324 View Post
    As said above, spend money in a nice burr grinder. Achieving a consistent and repeatable grind without generating too much heat is more important than the coffeemaker.

    The Aeropress (already recommended above) is neat and easy to use, and has a small footprint. Depending on grind size, water temperature, and pressure applied, it can basically replace a pourover, a French press, and a Moka pot all at once--and produces a cleaner coffee, both in taste and in lack of particles. It can even sort of produce some crema if you use a very fine grind. It costs nothing and is unbreakable. Can't go wrong with it.

    The so-called "Third Wave" coffee culture has saturated the more serious cafes with fruity, floral, acidic light roasts, and baristas who belittle you for asking for cream or godforbid sugar. I really dislike this trend.

    Dark roasts get a bad rep because of their association with Starbucks etc. But a well-done dark roast that's rich and punchy while retaining a rich texture is wonderful. If that's your thing, Japan is the place to go, with its own coffee tradition dating back from the late 19th century.
    Once upon a time I tried the "third way" coffee,
    Never, ever, ever more. Definitely not for me.
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