Espresso Enthusiasts

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  1. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    #11401
    I asked for and received the Barazta Encore. It’s an electric burr grinder that is largely considered the gold standard for affordable and reliable home burr grinders.

    For a year, I used the Porlex JP-30 manual burr grinder and was pleased with its results, but I unfortunately dropped and destroyed the ceramic burr a month or two back.

    The new machine is much larger, but is electric and has a hopper, so it can grind more beans much more quickly.

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  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Thanks for this; do, please, let me know how the machine works for you.
     
  3. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    Enjoying a nice cup Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hot milk and sugar.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I used the Encore for a while, and I found it to be an excellent grinder. I now have the Baratza Virtuoso, which I would highly recommend. It has finer steps for the grind settings and processes the beans much faster too. The Encore doesn’t work so great for espresso grinding, although I don’t think you’re going for that anyway.
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    One can't do much better than that, the describing and discussing coffee.

    Do enjoy.

    Ah, thank you.

    Do, please, tell me more about the Baratza Virtuoso.
     
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Well I mentioned the major differences, already. I think they claim a better burr too, but I also understand these can be bought and ‘upgraded’ anyway. I think the best feature over the Encore is that it has smaller grind steps to let you find that perfect grind size. I also find it grinds more evenly (not that the Encore is bad, but this one is improved). Baratza also has higher end grinders, which have received very good reviews too (from what I recall). I can’t recall the name, but I’m sure it’s easy enough to find if you look for the whole line up. I believe their top end one will automatically grind to a set dose by weight and has an even finer stepping system. This may not be super important unless you’re perfecting espresso pulls.

    at any rate, I’ve had mine for several years now, and it’s still going strong and grinding well.
     
  7. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Ginger tea. And also the realization I forgot to put cherry sours in the cart at the store today.
     
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    Tsk, tsk.

    What do you mean - you forgot to put cherry sours in the cart (trolley) at the store today?

    Is this an offence for which forgiveness can be offered lightly?

    And, if not, what penance might you consider offering by way of recompense?
     
  9. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    I got a call and placed it back onto the shelf. Obviously forgot to pick them up again. In hindsight, this may have saved my tongue from feeling raw for days.

    I didn't take up my scotch from earlier, so I'll have double of what I planned on drinking as extra punishment.
     
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    I like to sit down and enjoy a nice Ethiopian cup, or even Brazilian. Always a great way to start the morning.
     
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    And about to prepare another cup of Ethiopian coffee this afternoon. Served with a shortbread biscuit. Or two.
     
  13. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Headache.
    Two David Lynch espresso today early AM.
     
  14. RootBeerMan macrumors 65816

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    Skipped coffee this morning in favour of having a nice cold coffee milk, instead.
     
  15. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Coffee Milk as in the Rhode Island's drink?
     
  16. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Pray tell, what on Earth is coffee milk?
     
  17. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    It's a traditional drink of Rhode Island - and its official drink. Basically a mix of coffee syrup (possibly Autocrat) and milk. It's is tasty, but it will give you a sugar overdose!
    Trivia: H.P. Lovecraft was addicted to it.
     
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Thank you for the explanation.

    To be honest, it doesn't really sound like my cup of tea, er, coffee.
     
  19. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    If you ever happen to visit RI, I'd suggest to give it a try while you enjoy Providence. It's different than anything else I ever tasted :)
     
  20. arkitect macrumors 603

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    #11420
    Reminds me of when I lived in Singapore (mid '90s), my co-workers would buy little plastic bags of sweet condensed milk and tea or coffee… walking down the street with the bag swinging from a finger, sipped through a straw.
    Aaaargh! :)
     
  21. RootBeerMan macrumors 65816

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    Yep! I just received a new shipment of coffee syrup from Dave's Coffee in Providence! While we used to use Autocrat when I was a kid, they changed the recipe to use high fructose corn syrup and I don't care for the taste of it. Dave's is crafted from really great coffee that they brew themselves and uses cane sugar. If you like coffee milk or coffee syrup in cocktails or on ice cream, this is the one to use. It's pricier than Autocrat but it tastes way better! My son and I usually end up going through about 2 bottles of it ever month and a half or so. I also get about half of our coffee from them, too. They are a superb coffee company and roast to order and ship to my door with 2 day shipping.
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    If you wouldn't like it in milk, then you might like it over ice cream or in a nice cocktail! The brand I use is truly well crafted in small batches using excellent, fresh roasted coffee. Here are some recipes using it.

    https://www.davescoffee.com/pages/syrup-recipes
     
  22. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Ah! I **MUST** try Dave's Coffee then!
     
  23. RootBeerMan macrumors 65816

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    Of all the coffee companies we've tried over the years, (local and delivery) we've finally found 2 who meet our needs and wants when it comes to great coffee, and we have coffee subscriptions with both on a monthly basis. Dave's Coffee and King's Coast Coffee, (out of Long Island, NY). Both roast in small batches and ship immediately to your door, (whole bean or ground). They cost a bit more than stale store bought coffee, but it has really been worth it! The staff at both of these companies is top notch when to comes to roasting and blending. And they both go out of their way to get the finest beans they can find. I don't even look at store bought coffees any more. Between the two companies, I will admit to liking Dave's a bit more. They have fewer varieties but they grind my coffee fine to match the standards of my Melitta filters and let me get every last bit of goodness out of each scoop!
     
  24. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    Fantastic suggestions!
    I loved Walla Walla's Roastery's coffees if you want to give them a try.
     
  25. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Yes, some cultures have an interesting twist on coffee. The Vietnamese have an interesting preparation method. You either like it or want to die from the flavor profile.
     
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