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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #800 on: January 10, 2018, 09:24:24 AM »



My Saeco Via Venezia has officially died.
I resurrected her 6 months back but now the pump has given up.

It's probably time for a new machine and to continue my coffee journey to match my beer snobbery.

Anyone selling a simple manual espresso machine or recommend one?
Need something small with a similar footprint to the Saeco.

Budget? What type of coffees do you make?

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$500
I just make coffee. Espresso/long blacks. No time for anything fancy but a machine that could do it down the track would help convince the wife to spend a little more...
You can pick up a 2nd hand Rancilio Silvia for under $500. They're built to last. I saw a few listed interstate on gumtree, for $400 there was a Silvia and a Rocky which is a very good buy. Just need to convince them to courier it here.

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Hmmmm I'll look into them. Cheers.
http://coffeesnobs.com.au/showthread.php?t=48415

Here's a Rancilio Silvia V3 in excellent condition in Gawler for $450.

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Missus wants to avoid second hand and buy a cheap Sunbeam.
I mostly drink pre packaged beans.
Good or bad idea you reckon mate?

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #801 on: January 10, 2018, 09:30:38 AM »



My Saeco Via Venezia has officially died.
I resurrected her 6 months back but now the pump has given up.

It's probably time for a new machine and to continue my coffee journey to match my beer snobbery.

Anyone selling a simple manual espresso machine or recommend one?
Need something small with a similar footprint to the Saeco.

Budget? What type of coffees do you make?

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$500
I just make coffee. Espresso/long blacks. No time for anything fancy but a machine that could do it down the track would help convince the wife to spend a little more...
You can pick up a 2nd hand Rancilio Silvia for under $500. They're built to last. I saw a few listed interstate on gumtree, for $400 there was a Silvia and a Rocky which is a very good buy. Just need to convince them to courier it here.

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Hmmmm I'll look into them. Cheers.
http://coffeesnobs.com.au/showthread.php?t=48415

Here's a Rancilio Silvia V3 in excellent condition in Gawler for $450.

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Missus wants to avoid second hand and buy a cheap Sunbeam.
I mostly drink pre packaged beans.
Good or bad idea you reckon mate?
False economy IMO. Cheap, domestic units are built to last. Throw away items.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #802 on: January 10, 2018, 10:03:36 AM »



My Saeco Via Venezia has officially died.
I resurrected her 6 months back but now the pump has given up.

It's probably time for a new machine and to continue my coffee journey to match my beer snobbery.

Anyone selling a simple manual espresso machine or recommend one?
Need something small with a similar footprint to the Saeco.

Budget? What type of coffees do you make?

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$500
I just make coffee. Espresso/long blacks. No time for anything fancy but a machine that could do it down the track would help convince the wife to spend a little more...
You can pick up a 2nd hand Rancilio Silvia for under $500. They're built to last. I saw a few listed interstate on gumtree, for $400 there was a Silvia and a Rocky which is a very good buy. Just need to convince them to courier it here.

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Hmmmm I'll look into them. Cheers.
http://coffeesnobs.com.au/showthread.php?t=48415

Here's a Rancilio Silvia V3 in excellent condition in Gawler for $450.

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Missus wants to avoid second hand and buy a cheap Sunbeam.
I mostly drink pre packaged beans.
Good or bad idea you reckon mate?
False economy IMO. Cheap, domestic units are built to last. Throw away items.

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Ill work on the missus then.
Want this coffee journey to continue on an upward slope. Cheers

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #803 on: January 12, 2018, 11:38:29 PM »
Yep. You guess it.
Thanks for the heads up Smurto


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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #804 on: January 13, 2018, 09:44:40 AM »
Yep. You guess it.
Thanks for the heads up Smurto


Now you just need to get some Cirelli roasted beans and a good grinder....

The coffee journey never ends 🤣

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #805 on: January 13, 2018, 10:17:44 AM »
Yep. You guess it.
Thanks for the heads up Smurto


Now you just need to get some Cirelli roasted beans and a good grinder....

The coffee journey never ends 🤣

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It feels like homebrew all over again.

Gutsy machine. Makes a better coffee than the old one.
The grinder will have to do till Xmas though.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #806 on: January 15, 2018, 06:59:18 AM »
Yep. You guess it.
Thanks for the heads up Smurto


Now you just need to get some Cirelli roasted beans and a good grinder....

The coffee journey never ends 🤣

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It feels like homebrew all over again.

Gutsy machine. Makes a better coffee than the old one.
The grinder will have to do till Xmas though.
Look up advanced temperature surfing to get the most out of your machine. Once you've done it a few times it will become 2nd nature. Or PID it.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #807 on: January 15, 2018, 08:03:08 AM »
Roger that.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #808 on: January 15, 2018, 10:24:44 AM »
Another thing that has helped with my Silvia and I am sure any machine is to weigh the coffee each time.
I was using my tiny hop scales with just the basket on them and then got some coffee scales for Christmas.
I found being able to repeat the dose took out one more variable & has led to much more consistent coffee.
Second the temp surfing, after a few times it just becomes second nature.
Enjoy.
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #809 on: January 15, 2018, 01:12:12 PM »
Another thing that has helped with my Silvia and I am sure any machine is to weigh the coffee each time.
I was using my tiny hop scales with just the basket on them and then got some coffee scales for Christmas.
I found being able to repeat the dose took out one more variable & has led to much more consistent coffee.
Second the temp surfing, after a few times it just becomes second nature.
Enjoy.
Cheers
Robbo
What coffee scales are you using?

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #810 on: January 15, 2018, 01:19:51 PM »
I think the brand is coffee gear. They are from caffiend in Hahndorf. Will double check tonight
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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #811 on: January 15, 2018, 05:26:42 PM »
Alright. I've sorted my grind using the  'golden rule method' and have read up on temp surfing.

Looks like if I catch the temp on the way down about 45 seconds after lights out I'll be sweet.

110C this sucker gets to. Makes a machine with a heat exchanger all that more appealing.
Looked into the PID thing but can't be bothered ATM. Baby steps.

Beans and roasts next.

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« Reply #812 on: January 15, 2018, 08:34:40 PM »
Alright. I've sorted my grind using the  'golden rule method' and have read up on temp surfing.

Looks like if I catch the temp on the way down about 45 seconds after lights out I'll be sweet.

110C this sucker gets to. Makes a machine with a heat exchanger all that more appealing.
Looked into the PID thing but can't be bothered ATM. Baby steps.

Beans and roasts next.
Use the hot water button to dispense hot water through the steam wand into your cup. This pre-heats your cup but also allows you to trigger the light so you know the machine is at it's lowest temperature. Grind coffee, fill PF. At this point the light will be close to turning off if it hasn't just done so. Do a cooling flush for 2-3 seconds by pouring water out of the group head. Put PF in place and pour a shot.

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« Reply #813 on: January 15, 2018, 10:02:26 PM »
Alright. I've sorted my grind using the  'golden rule method' and have read up on temp surfing.

Looks like if I catch the temp on the way down about 45 seconds after lights out I'll be sweet.

110C this sucker gets to. Makes a machine with a heat exchanger all that more appealing.
Looked into the PID thing but can't be bothered ATM. Baby steps.

Beans and roasts next.
Use the hot water button to dispense hot water through the steam wand into your cup. This pre-heats your cup but also allows you to trigger the light so you know the machine is at it's lowest temperature. Grind coffee, fill PF. At this point the light will be close to turning off if it hasn't just done so. Do a cooling flush for 2-3 seconds by pouring water out of the group head. Put PF in place and pour a shot.
Perfect. Thank you.
Now I'll keep practicing my grind and tamper.
Next week I'm heading to the roaster to get some fresh as beans.
Coffees are slowly getting better, now it's the old beans that are the problem.

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Re: Coffee. Machines, grinders, roasters etc
« Reply #814 on: January 16, 2018, 09:56:19 AM »
Here is my old version for weighing

Vs the new method

New method is much more practical but both work. I normally work on 17.5g to get a nice double shot.
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