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  Reply # 1302662 12-May-2015 11:50
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It's ground coffee. The quantity is the necessary for a traditional espresso.

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  Reply # 1302665 12-May-2015 11:54
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I enjoy most things coffee, except coffee flavored foods (coffee cake, iced coffee etc) they're just wrong.

Have been home roasting for about 5 years, first 4 using a breadmaker and a heatgun, last year or so on a Behmor 1600plus.

Green beans cost about $15 or so per kilo (expect +/- 800gr roasted from 1kg of green), so the savings over store bought beans is significant, plus the Behmor is very simple to use and produces outstanding results. I have really enjoyed trying different varieties of beans, its surprising how different they taste from various regions. South American is predomiantly my "go to" varieties, either Brazilian or Colombian.

Once roasted, coffee is "fresh" for about 3 weeks (depending on storage methods, +/- a week). Coffee should be rested for a few days after roast as the flavours won't have developed fully yet and the beans need to de-gas. The flavour will change over this period, around 7 days post roast is generally accepted norm resting period (variety dependent).

Once ground, coffee is fresh for about 3 minutes. Grind a few days worth of "fresh" coffee and see how the flavour changes over time.

Extracting a single (25-30ml) or double (50-60ml) shot should take 22-30 seconds, the rest of the "art" is in the milk. Clearly NZTechFreak has some skills (nice Rosetta), with micro foam being the goal to produce silky smooth Capps/Lattes/Flat Whites (minimal foam for the flat white).

But as above, everyones tastes are different, if you are happy with a pod style coffee, or even instant, great.


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  Reply # 1302666 12-May-2015 11:59
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A single shot should contain 7 - 9 grams of ground coffee, a double about 14 - 18gr of ground coffee.

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  Reply # 1302717 12-May-2015 13:05
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MikeB4: There is probably more "snobbery" regarding coffee as there is for wine or other drinks. Beverage snobbery gets up my nose, a drink is a drink, each and everyone of us has individual tastes, what is crap for one is heaven for another.
Drink what tastes good for you, if you like the wine in $10, 2 litre casks, go for it.  If you prefer $150 bottles, same go for it. The same applies to coffee, tea, Coke....., try them and use the ones your palate says to you yum drink it.   

Your responses are always so sensible - probably not what most people want to hear. I come from Holland, which has the best coffee in the world on its supermarket shelves. Personally I don't like espresso and never have. I only drink filter coffee and I make it by the cup. I also prefer cheap Spanish and Italian rotgut wines. Local products are generally too smooth for my taste. And I don't pretend to be knowledgeable about any of this, just reporting what appeals to me.

Now that dinner party you two are hosting - terribly sorry, but I just realised I'm already committed to another engagement.

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