Posts uit november, 2018 tonen

#2 of the Cheap Little Fluid Bed Roaster

Before moving on to #3, Tije de Jong and Jan van der Weel checked out the status of #2 after the recent updates. Bean results are fine but next version will charge at least 500g and it will have a transparent roast chamber again. YouTube version:

Super Clean Dream Machine

A coffee pal on the Dutch forum mentioned a cleaning agent he uses for the chrome on his espresso machine and I ordered a bottle of it: Last night I tried it out and got carried away, cleaning and polishing not only the Londinium-R but also a little milk frothing jug and a whisk. The whisk has a bass handle which had a golden shine when I bought it but turned dull and diry looking real quick. Look at that!

Peter de Goede wooden tamper station pucks and coffee liquor

Coffee pal Peter de Goede sent me a very early Santa surprise box filled with hand made tamper station pucks from wood which he retrieved from the forest near his homestead, PLUS a first bottle of his coffee liquor: Thank you Peter!!!

Tije's tamper

Tije de Jong made this beautiful tamper for a La Pavoni:

Comparing, deciding and being happy

Frequently, friends in the coffee world ask me for advice on what new product to buy and the advice is both simple and hard to give. Since it all starts with getting delightful beans from an excellent roaster, the subsequent choices often yield wonderful coffee, even if the grinder may not be the absolute best or when the espresso machine is sub-optimal. Still it is a great joy to get the best tools one can afford as it becomes so much easier to crank out the divine shots time and time again if the machinery is up to par. When you have the budget to acquire what's currently considered the best, or the latest cutting edge piece of technology, this is extra thrilling but it can make some folks anxious as well -- what if I make the wrong choice? Considering the high price, how sick and awful will I feel when buyer's remorse hits me and a new latest machine is launched, way out of my reach? Take this: with practice , you will find that making the choice actually makes that

Guatemala V60 by Bob

Bob van Geffen sent me a picture of a delightful coffee he made with beans that I sent him. Since they were a little on the dark side for filter (and in the lighter spectrum for espresso), he ground relatively coarse, used 250g water at 95ÂșC over 15g of coffee grounds. Poured 30ml before bloom, stirred, waited for the grounds to be dry for the 30s pour up to 60ml, and at 30s the start of extraction by calmly pouring on until 250ml extracted (total brew time 1m:55s): Picture by Bob van Geffen Artisan roast profile (meanwhile the Panama beans I sent Bob earlier also work well, as espresso:)