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Old 05-03-2008, 04:02 AM
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Not sure whether this is the right place , but, well it's here now!
I am still waiting for the slack engineer to provide the calculations of the proposed patio roof construction to the demanding council prior to construction.
Been looking at granite slabs for the benchtops but think I will settle for the Italian porcelain tiles that I already have in readiness.
I plan on putting in the kitchen a Group 1 espresso machine, (what else will give you the best of coffees at home), which can be easily transported into the house when not required outdoors.
We have a friend who has a commercial machine and has bought a Giotto Premium and these make superb coffees, but I feel that the German made equivalent ECM is the better of the machines to buy.
As the end of the financial year is approaching, I plan on spending most of my tax return (yep, I get to spend this on myself rather than pay for children's weddings), and need to make the final decission.
Has anyone got a better suggestion.
I know that I also need the best and freshest of beans, the ideal grind and to master the science of espresso making, yeh, a bit like mastering pizza making and baking in a wood fired oven!
Open for comments and opinions.

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Old 05-03-2008, 12:12 PM
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Has anyone got a better suggestion.

Tea.

Fresh boiled water, whole tealeaves, warm the pot, allow to brew for a couple of minutes and serve with a spot of milk. Lapsang Suchong for preference.



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Old 05-03-2008, 01:16 PM
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Try sweetmarias.com for thier recommendations on espress coffee machines. That's where I buy my green coffee beans from.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:45 PM
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I've had good luck with wholelattelove.com for espresso machines and beans. Usually with free shipping.
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Tea.

Fresh boiled water, whole tealeaves, warm the pot, allow to brew for a couple of minutes and serve with a spot of milk. Lapsang Suchong for preference.



Sorry, couldn't resist...
Lapsang is one of my favorites as well! Not too many people are familiar with it, but it has always been a favorite of my dad's too. Not easy to find here in leaf form, though, just bags. I don't like bags much.
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Lapsang is one of my favorites as well! Not too many people are familiar with it.
I think a lot of people tried it after reading Centenial by James Michner. One of the trappers had Lapsang has a vice. I tried it but it was a little too salty and tar tasting for my taste. Then again, I sure I was trying the cheap version.

My tea preference is Morning Thunder. Just waving the teabag over the cup leaches enough caffiene into the water to keep the eyes open.


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ME!!! Our espresso machine is the most used appliance in the household, hands down.
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ME!!! Our espresso machine is the most used appliance in the household, hands down.
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Well said Mfiore! We bought a starbucks barista brand espresso machine on 1/2 off sale (250 bucks) and it has paid for itself a thousand times over. It makes fantastic americanos.
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Hopefully not the same espresso machine I paid $600 for two years ago. It listed at $850 or so back then. Definitely a nice machine. Made by an Italian co.
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Well the new espresso machine arrived. Finally got what I believe to be the very best (and also the most expensive), the ECM Technika III from Germany,
Trying it out and still have a long way to go to get that perfect mug of coffee.
Finding the right beans, the best grind, tamping technique, milk raising, even milk pouring all has an influence on final taste. Even looking at special non chlorinated water! It really is a science,
The other half came up with a suggestion that the kids can club together and buy me a Barista course for fathers day.
Yeh, that's right, I get to do all the work for them and their coffee's, right? wrong!!!!
I'm not a teacher for nothing. There will be some immediate 'on-the-job-training', some evaluation and assessments given. They will have to excell to achieve competence so that they can make MY coffees!

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