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#1 goon-heaven

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:30 AM

Always on the lookout for recommendations..

 

Here is one of my regular purchases:

http://www.hasbean.c........-Bold.html

Despite being low in acidity, I find it very nice using a CleverDrip.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:27 AM

Hehe, Hario v60 fan here :) 

I usually order singles from doubleshot or from one local roastery, coffeeproficiency - Guatemala Huehuetenango,Finca La Bolsa Maragogype is my favorite.

 

BTW - what grinder do you use? 
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:32 AM

Enjoying a fresh cup of coffee as I write this.   I use a Dualit EL60 burr grinder. It is a bit plasticky, but does the job. Plus points are good grind granularity, very easy(tool-less) to dissemble burrs to empty retained grounds and clean, which I do after every grind. I weigh the beans for each brew, grind, brew, enjoy.  I grind quite coarse for the CleverDrip - there is virtually no dust or fines. Dont make expresso, so the grinder is not challenged. I roast about once a week.   I will ask Doubleshot if they do green.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:06 AM

Green beans from http://www.sweetmarias.com/index.php  ship from US to Ireland using USPS flat rate box.

 

Roast in popcorn maker like this http://www.lidl-serv........pcornmaker

 

Ground in a http://www.amazon.co........038;sr=8-2  . This grind is too rough for espresso so it is necessary to remove burrs and insert a homemade spacer of cardboard to get a fine grind but simple enough.

 

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:16 PM

Thanks Ken for telling us about Sweet Marias shipping deal. Never thought to investigate, having sources within the EU. I will try a 12lb taster and to get some idea of import duties.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:08 PM

Using USPS (US Postal Service)direct to Ireland doesn't incur any import duties. There may be some if you use UPS. I have used USPS for years without duties or any other problem and the delivery comes in a few days. This also applies for audio stuff like cables etc and Canada Post is equally good. KM
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:58 AM

http://www.dutycalculator.com suggests the gods are smiling on you.

 

For us mortals in Brittany, it appears we will be liable to 5.5% TVA by the French Occupation, which I'm not too unhappy with, but the collection charge will hurt.
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:34 AM

goon-heaven said:

Enjoying a fresh cup of coffee as I write this.

 

I use a Dualit EL60 burr grinder. It is a bit plasticky, but does the job. Plus points are good grind granularity, very easy(tool-less) to dissemble burrs to empty retained grounds and clean, which I do after every grind. I weigh the beans for each brew, grind, brew, enjoy.  I grind quite coarse for the CleverDrip - there is virtually no dust or fines. Dont make expresso, so the grinder is not challenged. I roast about once a week.

 

I will ask Doubleshot if they do green.

I use Eureka Mignon, also for drip methods (v60, aeropress), weigh beans before and after grinding, measure temperature and time of brewing. I start brewing at 85*C, tiny uninterrupted stream. No mixing. All takes 3 mins including preinfusion. How about you?

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:16 AM

I won a new Eureka Mignon on Ebay.de for a nice price, but the seller failed to come up with the goods. Not found another one anywhere near that price. Is it good for coarser grinds? Any fines?   I use paper filter, pre-soaked with off-boil water. I dont weigh beans after grinding - I remove top burr plate and tap retained grind out every grind - 10second task. At the moment, I use kitchen electric kettle and guess temperature - this is an area I need to improve on. No preinfuse. No mix. 4minutes infusion then put CleverDrip on cup, to let coffee drip through filter.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:40 PM

I think it could do better or my technique is not great, because my favorite cafe serves better. I have a problem with a bit to much bitterness. I've been trying to figure out what's the problem, but couldn't on my own. I'll take all the equipment to the cafe and we'll try to reproduce and find the solution. I'll let you knowm if that is the grinder or my hands :)   I see that cleverdrip is different and needs even coarser grind.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:55 PM

Does your cafe serve same bean? If so, try their grind. Is your grind too fine? Try coarser to see if bitterness goes away.   Yes, Cleverdrip is frenchpress without having to forgo the last mouthful. I find it fuller flavoured in a good manner than straight drip. Very much coarser grind works well for me, but dont use more beans. You can fake the CleverDrip infusion using a jug, then ever so gently pouring through a filter.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:08 PM

Same beans too. I've tried everything, believe me. Coarser grind is even more bitter :) Temperature, dose, technique, various water sources (I buy water for coffee). Sth isn't right here. But my barista says coffee is not Windows, it'll always tell you what's wrong :D Haha, I wish I could optimize brewing coffee as much as I can optimize Windows LOL   I've tried various brewing methods during coffee workshops: french press, hario v60, aeropress, syphon. I find v60 the most balanced. French or even chemex is to 'thick' to my taste. I prefer lighter aromas and lightly roasted beans - no black pearls if you know what I mean :)

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:29 PM

OK. Good luck diagnosing the bitterness at your cafe. Let me know what you find.   I know this "thickness" of French Press - and its good to my taste. No black pearls here neither, in fact I have moved to roasting lighter since moving from straight drip. This lighter roast seems to let more of the gentler flavours come through.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:32 AM

I've found the culprit of bitterness: never boil water for a drip! Water should be heated to 90* and that's it. I can safely  recommend you the eureka grinder now - coffee has never tasted better. I'm enjoying a cup of Esmeralda Bouquet's Geisha now. It was roasted 2 days ago. Piece of heaven :)

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:45 AM

Great news that you have resolved and thank you for reporting back...   What do you do? stick a thermometer into the kettle? It would be good to find an automatic kettle with adjustable thermostat and meter. 

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:10 PM

Yes, that's exactly what I do :)

Sth like that would be perfect for our needs, but the whole ritual is gone

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:14 PM

And of course kettle needs to be clean of any sediment and water as clean as possible without minerals. I buy spring water and then run it through brita filter :D It's important to use freshly filtered water for brewing

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

Ah.. yes, the ritual. I'll will muster some virgins to go collect some rainwater - plentiful right now. Rain that is.




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