Great idea! I've already started!
Posts made by mark
RE: Photos of your coffee bench in your Cafe or at home
I will start. This is a photo of part of my bench at home. Heaps of other equipment lying around which didn't get into the photo.
Machine is a Gaggia Classic which has never done me wrong. Grinder is a OE Lido E hand grinder which is simply amazing and I take it everywhere. Tamper is a Pullman espresso tamper.
RE: Wanting a good quality, serviceable Espresso machine for ~$2000-$2500
That is a pretty good price point to get a nice home machine.
I'm a huge fan of the Bezzera, in particular the BZ10 model. You may also want to consider the following in your price range which are all very good quality machines.
- Vibiemme Domobar Junior
- Expobar Minore IV
- Rocket Appartamento
- Vibiemme Domobar Piccolo
- ECM Manufacture Classika
Let us know if you have any further questions.
RE: Experience with ordering beans from coffee.com.au?
I've not tried them myself but after reading their website I'm a little wary. They use an air method of roasting and not the traditional drum method. I've tried beans in the past roasted with this method and they just didn't cut it for me. However, I have only tried one roasters air roasted beans and you cannot rule out the roasting method based on that. Their beans cost approx $10AUD for 250g including shipping, you can't really go wrong by giving them a go at that price.
RE: Why do my shots seem sour with lightly roasted beans
Sour coffee almost always means underextraction.
You should be playing around with grind settings to ensure the grind coarseness is such that the coffee has time to extract for a longer period of time. If the coffee is pouring through too fast this generally means it will be weak and sour. It's likely your issue is not related to bean roast and is more likely the cause of underextraction.