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HlSheppard
11-13-2005, 09:18 AM
OK folks: I've been slowly collecting photos for a pictorial on what a GOOD espresso shot should look like. The bitter water that *-bux markets as "espresso" (or EXpresso for the linguistically challenged) is why most people think they don't / won't like it... Gotta admit they have a helluva business model, though! :biggrin:

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Here's a few pics of my 2 month old machine with my tried and true Malabar Gold espresso blend. I really like this blend in the fall and winter months. It's got a great "kick" and you just can't beat the monster crema.
Being fresh roasted helps, too... :wink:

This is a 25 second pull, double ristretto.

http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=313

Here are some pics of a shot being pulled:

http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=314
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=315
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=316
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=317
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=318

Here's a pic of the same blend - but in a latte. The "rosetta" pattern is a result of the pour only (no toothpics or other gizmos). It takes a helluva lot of practice (and the moons to align during a month with a "R," etc. :rolleyes: )

This is what I drink every morning after my "wetshave ritual." Talk about ME time, eh? :thumbsup:

http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=614

Who's comin' over for coffee!! :a29:

Scotto
11-13-2005, 09:23 AM
Make mine a double, and don't skimp on the crema!

I'm jealous...

robofunk
11-13-2005, 12:00 PM
wow. some day when i get a kitchen with some space, i'd really like to get an espresso machine. for right now i have to settle for my bodum santos coffee maker.

HlSheppard
11-13-2005, 12:28 PM
The electic Santos or the one that sits on the burner? I've had both and liked 'em both.

Vacuum brewing is awesome (and the results match).:a26:

The electric Bodum Santos (that Star$'s marketed for a while) got a real bum rap... I never had any issues with mine. I lent it to a buddy and never got it back!! (that reminds me... :a6:)

roughrider
11-13-2005, 12:42 PM
Hmmm, very nice.

guenron
11-13-2005, 03:36 PM
Howard,
Those pictures constitute cruel and unusual punishment. I am drowning in my own saliva! Good grief, look at that crema!:w00t:
When should I come over?

Nick
11-13-2005, 04:31 PM
Wow.

I'm with Ron on this one....

I sure hope you made enough for the rest of the class!!!

-Nick

HlSheppard
11-13-2005, 06:44 PM
Wow.

I'm with Ron on this one....

I sure hope you made enough for the rest of the class!!!

That's the beauty of roasting your own coffee as well. It's quite easy to supply a lot of folks! Bring it on!!! :wink:



Ron said:

Good grief, look at that crema!

How's THIS for crema, Ron?? LOL There's basically no espresso for about a minute until it settles out. The stuff is like Guinness on a nitro tap!

http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=617

Actually, the shot suffered from a little channelling; but the amount of crema this blend can produce is nothing short of unbelievable!

JohnP
11-14-2005, 12:43 AM
I had to run out for a coffee after this one. Of course it paled in comparison, but WOW.
I know it was those pics, I had NO desire for coffee until after I looked at them. That stuff looks so good in the pictures you can almost SMELL it!
John P.

robofunk
11-14-2005, 01:00 PM
howard,
i have the manual (glass) bodum santos. it's easy to use, i just hope that i don't drop it one of these days (knock on wood).

i was in a store recently where a salesperson was pushing one of these "nespresso" machines on me. basically you take a capsule, put it in, and out comes espresso. the results were pleasant, but i think that really takes the fun/science out of making your own java.

HlSheppard
11-14-2005, 04:15 PM
The glass model will always have a special place in my heart. It was my very first vacuum pot. Fantastic to watch and excellent results!

It's also fairly economical; so, in the unfortunate event that it does get dropped you don't have to take out a second mortgage (like the Cona pots).

My absolute favorite non-espresso coffee method... vacuum brewing ROCKS!!

Austin
11-14-2005, 04:34 PM
Very nice Howard! I love coffee. Unfortunately, I only drink it in the morning or with dessert at a nice restaurant. I should drink more.

Dripp
12-17-2005, 10:03 AM
Ooohhh, another espresso fan. Looks like a great pull and may I comment that your setup is spectacular. Mine is not quite so nice as I use an Andreja premium and Rocky. The Malabar Gold is what I have been pulling the past few weeks and it does indeed provide a nice kick.

Your rosetta skills are far superior to mine, oh wait, I don't have any.

I have been roasting my own beans for a little more than a year and I purchased my setup about 11 months ago. Between the espresso and the shaving, my wife thinks I am nuts. She does have a point...

HlSheppard
01-08-2006, 07:00 PM
Hi Dripp -

I don't know why I only just noticed your post today (3 weeks late...:blushing: )

The Andreja Premium is an EXCELLENT machine, and was actually my first choice. Then, I started talking to Chris Nachtrieb over at Chris' Coffee and he really got me excited about a rotary pump (quiet in the morning)!

Thanks for the comments. Malabar Gold is a great blend. I got a little burned out on it and have recently gone to Intelligencia's "Black Cat" blend for a bit. Good stuff - not as much crema as MG... but then again does ANYTHING have that much? LOL

Here was my shot at pouring a Christmas Tree (for the holidays) complete with gifts... LOL not that great...:blush:
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=1197

reginald-van-gleason
01-08-2006, 11:43 PM
Wow Howard. That stuff looks just fantastic!

I drink my usual 3-4 cups of bodum french press coffee every morning and I thought I was living it up... seeing your set-up just reminds me how ordinary my brew is... Might you recommend a good espresso starter kit for someone without much kitchen or counter space and not a ton of bucks to spend... or am I just dreamin?

Regards,

RVG

uofi1963
01-09-2006, 01:10 PM
Beautiful shot!

Is that a Reneka machine? Or a Spaziale? And, who makes the grinder? Thats one that I absolutely don't recognize.

Joel

HlSheppard
01-09-2006, 04:45 PM
Beautiful shot!

Is that a Reneka machine? Or a Spaziale? And, who makes the grinder? Thats one that I absolutely don't recognize.

Joel

It's a La Spaziale S1 and a Mazzer Mini grinder. I just have the bean hopper removed... :biggrin:

guenron
01-09-2006, 04:52 PM
Good grief what a beautiful brew! Argh, drowning in saliva again..:yikes:

HlSheppard
01-09-2006, 05:47 PM
Wow Howard. That stuff looks just fantastic!

I drink my usual 3-4 cups of bodum french press coffee every morning and I thought I was living it up... seeing your set-up just reminds me how ordinary my brew is... Might you recommend a good espresso starter kit for someone without much kitchen or counter space and not a ton of bucks to spend... or am I just dreamin?

Regards,

RVG

Reg -

I sent you a PM with some answers to your questions.

reginald-van-gleason
01-09-2006, 06:16 PM
Got it. Thanks Howard!

RVG

Dripp
01-09-2006, 06:53 PM
I am just happy to be getting concistently good shots every morning, much pulling beautiful espresso-porn like that. Well done, and I certainly have something to strive for. As for the rotary puomp, I am sure my wife thinks I should have gone that route but the dual grinders (1 for espresso and one for drip) that fire up at precisely 6:30 every morning defenitely stirs things up:biggrin:

HlSheppard
01-09-2006, 06:57 PM
Yeah. Good point about that. I have a Solis Maestro that I use to bring my "work" grind working along with the Mazzer...

It's OK, bud... My wife thinks I'm nuts, too... :a47: