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Old 05-16-2018, 01:10 PM   #1
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I have a Breville Café Roma and I think I have had it for about 10 years and its still kicking *** but lately I have been wanting to up my game and pull some real good extract.

For those with a home system what are yall using and what would you recommend. Something in the 500 or under range is where Im comfortable.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:26 PM   #2
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My blood pressure just shot up from reading this intro.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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I've got the same machine, probably same age. Until it dies and is broken, don't fix it.

My suggestion, buy green beans from Sweet Maria's or similar source and start roasting your own beans. Buy an Aero Press and you will have some unbelievable tasty java. I roast my beans in a hot air popcorn popper.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/
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Love it.. you guys know your coffee/expresso... Yum...
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:21 PM   #5
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I have this one and it is pretty awesome
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I prefer to go out for my morning perc...

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Men drink coffee. Sweet ladies drink "espresso"
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:50 AM   #8
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Men drink coffee. Sweet ladies drink "espresso"
Those confused about their sexuality take positions on what types of coffee others drink.
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I've got the same machine, probably same age. Until it dies and is broken, don't fix it.

My suggestion, buy green beans from Sweet Maria's or similar source and start roasting your own beans. Buy an Aero Press and you will have some unbelievable tasty java. I roast my beans in a hot air popcorn popper.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/
Im going to look into this. I bet it makes the house smell great.

Have you ever used the ese pods in your Roma? I bought some Illy brand ones hoping to save time in the morning but they clog up the system making for slow low quality pours. Now I can buy the Illy in a can and tamp it myself and it works perfect. I thought maybe my system is just getting to old and weak but maybe its just the pods.
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I've got the same machine, probably same age. Until it dies and is broken, don't fix it.

My suggestion, buy green beans from Sweet Maria's or similar source and start roasting your own beans. Buy an Aero Press and you will have some unbelievable tasty java. I roast my beans in a hot air popcorn popper.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/
This^ J Sweet, I see your in the woodlands. We have a few awesome coffee companies who roast their own beans here in Houston. I just picked up a bag from Amaya Roasting Company last night. Beans were roasted just 2days ago. Also another to check out would be Greenway Coffee. Both are great companies. Amaya Roasting has a coffee shop called Catalina coffee on Washington Ave. You should check it out

https://www.amayaroasting.com/collections/coffee

http://www.greenwaycoffee.com/
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https://www.thirdgencoffee.com

You're in the woodlands
No reason why you shouldn't patronize 3rd Gen
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This^ J Sweet, I see your in the woodlands. We have a few awesome coffee companies who roast their own beans here in Houston. I just picked up a bag from Amaya Roasting Company last night. Beans were roasted just 2days ago. Also another to check out would be Greenway Coffee. Both are great companies. Amaya Roasting has a coffee shop called Catalina coffee on Washington Ave. You should check it out

https://www.amayaroasting.com/collections/coffee

http://www.greenwaycoffee.com/
I used to get my beans back in the day from Hubble and Hudson when they had the market open. They would roast it in front of you and you would take it home warm. They had coffee's up to 50 dollars a pound. The most expensive was a bean from Kona that had such low acid that it could be used by people with ulcers and other acid issues. So good.
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https://www.thirdgencoffee.com

You're in the woodlands
No reason why you shouldn't patronize 3rd Gen
Ok over by Amerigos. I will give it a try, thanks.
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Illy, good stuff.
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Ha!!
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I've got the same machine, probably same age. Until it dies and is broken, don't fix it.

My suggestion, buy green beans from Sweet Maria's or similar source and start roasting your own beans. Buy an Aero Press and you will have some unbelievable tasty java. I roast my beans in a hot air popcorn popper.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/
Thanks for the tip Blake
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I've got the same machine, probably same age. Until it dies and is broken, don't fix it.

My suggestion, buy green beans from Sweet Maria's or similar source and start roasting your own beans. Buy an Aero Press and you will have some unbelievable tasty java. I roast my beans in a hot air popcorn popper.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/
Blake, Did you wire in an extra switch to cut the heat and cool the beans quickly?

In my early twenties I was a roaster/buyer for a local outfit here in Austin. We roasted all of our samples in popcorn poppers. I could tell what continent beans were grown on doing blind taste tests. Those days are long gone but I'm still a snob about my coffee.
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Don't skimp on your grinder for espresso. Get a good burr grinder. You will get a consistent grind size and a better pour.

I always liked a good African bean roasted dark, Ethiopian, Ugandan etc, mixed with about 20% of a light roasted, high altitude Central American for espresso. Good bite to it with a little bit of sweetness.

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Old 05-17-2018, 08:39 AM   #19
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I used to get my beans back in the day from Hubble and Hudson when they had the market open. They would roast it in front of you and you would take it home warm. They had coffee's up to 50 dollars a pound. The most expensive was a bean from Kona that had such low acid that it could be used by people with ulcers and other acid issues. So good.
Come to think of it there is place in Katy who gets all of their beans from Hawaii and Roasts them at their coffee shop. Some of the bags are 40$!! I don't care how good the coffee is but 40$ is way too much for a bag of coffee
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Come to think of it there is place in Katy who gets all of their beans from Hawaii and Roasts them at their coffee shop. Some of the bags are 40$!! I don't care how good the coffee is but 40$ is way too much for a bag of coffee
Supply and demand. They don't grow much of it just like Jamaican beans so it fetches a higher price. Get a good, high altitude, shade grown bean from Costa Rica or Panama and it is just as good. And get it roasted light!
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Those confused about their sexuality take positions on what types of coffee others drink.
His screen name IS “CrookedArrow” not “StraightArrow”


I’ve got the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine and love it. It’s expensive, but you can use a Bed Bath & Beyond 20% coupon or it goes on sale on amazon from time to time.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CH9QWOU..._SJy.Ab6A7VJPN
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I used to get my beans back in the day from Hubble and Hudson when they had the market open. They would roast it in front of you and you would take it home warm. They had coffee's up to 50 dollars a pound. The most expensive was a bean from Kona that had such low acid that it could be used by people with ulcers and other acid issues. So good.
A block up from H&H on the opposite side of the street they are opening a coffee shop

Blue is in the name
Maybe blue mercury
I dunno but keep your eyes peeled.
It'll be next to churrascos

https://www.bluedoorcoffee.com

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His screen name IS “CrookedArrow” not “StraightArrow”


I’ve got the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine and love it. It’s expensive, but you can use a Bed Bath & Beyond 20% coupon or it goes on sale on amazon from time to time.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CH9QWOU..._SJy.Ab6A7VJPN
Nice set up. Not sure if you looked but they are actually on sale right now on the link you sent. 599 is the MSRP and those are going for 479.
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Supply and demand. They don't grow much of it just like Jamaican beans so it fetches a higher price. Get a good, high altitude, shade grown bean from Costa Rica or Panama and it is just as good. And get it roasted light!
Yea i can understand why they fetch a higher price but spending 40$ for a 12oz bag of beans is more than most coffee connoisseurs are willing to pay.
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Yea i can understand why they fetch a higher price but spending 40$ for a 12oz bag of beans is more than most coffee connoisseurs are willing to pay.
Agreed, and if you think that is bad check out Kopi Luwak. Yes it is pooped out of a varmint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
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Agreed, and if you think that is bad check out Kopi Luwak. Yes it is pooped out of a varmint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
I was all set to purchase some to try until I was informed of current cultivation practices which is mentioned in your link.
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Blake, Did you wire in an extra switch to cut the heat and cool the beans quickly?

In my early twenties I was a roaster/buyer for a local outfit here in Austin. We roasted all of our samples in popcorn poppers. I could tell what continent beans were grown on doing blind taste tests. Those days are long gone but I'm still a snob about my coffee.
Paul

I never soldered the thermostat or timer like others have on the youtube videos. I used a digital kitchen timer and wait for the first and second crack.

for those who think we're talking greek, here's one of hundreds of videos sharing the process of roasting at home
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Agreed, and if you think that is bad check out Kopi Luwak. Yes it is pooped out of a varmint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
Everytime i hear about Kopi Luwak it makes me think of the movie The Bucket List! Hahaha
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