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      03-16-2020, 02:59 AM   #67
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I, too, am a Black Rifle Coffee fan. A friendly warning though, go through the beans and look for foreign objects. One bag I used had a small pebble in it that jammed my burr grinder and stripped the motor gears. A $200 grinder now useless. Repair with shipping would have been +$160.
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I, too, am a Black Rifle Coffee fan. A friendly warning though, go through the beans and look for foreign objects. One bag I used had a small pebble in it that jammed my burr grinder and stripped the motor gears. A $200 grinder now useless. Repair with shipping would have been +$160.
I have a Barazza Vario (I think that's how it's spelled) and it has a plastic "fuse" in the chain such that if a stone gets in the burrs it just snaps and protects the burrs. Cost a bit more than $200 though, but I can highly recommend it as a grinder. Ceramic burrs at that.
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I, too, am a Black Rifle Coffee fan. A friendly warning though, go through the beans and look for foreign objects. One bag I used had a small pebble in it that jammed my burr grinder and stripped the motor gears. A $200 grinder now useless. Repair with shipping would have been +$160.
I have a Barazza Vario (I think that's how it's spelled) and it has a plastic "fuse" in the chain such that if a stone gets in the burrs it just snaps and protects the burrs. Cost a bit more than $200 though, but I can highly recommend it as a grinder. Ceramic burrs at that.
Yea I'm currently using pre-ground Starbucks because the sacrificial part in my grinder gave way. I just ordered a hand grinder from Amazon to use while I wait for the part to be delivered.
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Variety and freshness of green beans is a primary reason. And expense of roasting equipment that's consistent enough to compare to what's readily available.

Its similar to home brew. You can do it, but it doesn't really save money or compare to commercially available products.
You can home roast for $20. Hot air popcorn popper.

Fresh green beans are readily available.

I've been home roasting for 10 years and can consistently get good results. Obviously not using a popcorn popper anymore. A good roaster with 1lb capacity runs under $400.

A pound of green coffee runs about $7. My time is free. I get the absolute freshest coffee you can get, roasted same day.

Guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
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Variety and freshness of green beans is a primary reason. And expense of roasting equipment that's consistent enough to compare to what's readily available.

Its similar to home brew. You can do it, but it doesn't really save money or compare to commercially available products.
You can home roast for $20. Hot air popcorn popper.

Fresh green beans are readily available.

I've been home roasting for 10 years and can consistently get good results. Obviously not using a popcorn popper anymore. A good roaster with 1lb capacity runs under $400.

A pound of green coffee runs about $7. My time is free. I get the absolute freshest coffee you can get, roasted same day.

Guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
I don't trust the freshness of the green beans. Beans only have a month or two of ideal life. And getting a natural process or honey from a lot of countries is hard or a very short window. The good roasters have direct relationships that bypass the big resellers and they do tend to get the better beans.

I've had excellent home roasted beans. It's a very cool thing and I fully realize it can save a few bucks. I just have tastes that fall outside of what's readily available.
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Ok so decided to revive this instead of making new thread. Lets see if any of you coffee gurus can help.

Typically I just drink regular drip coffee, nothing fancy, lots of cream and sugar. I also have espresso sometimes cuban style (aka sugar with a little espresso). However I am trying to go low carb so I need to change my coffee. I will do espresso instead as I'll just have 1 cup and it's less sugar than multiple cups of drip coffee. I would like to cut out the sugar all-together but godamn that shit is bitter as fuck all.

Sooooo... any trick to making this espresso not be bitter? I have a DeLonghi Dedica and I have read sooo much shit about how to properly make it so it's not bitter. I have tried using more coffee with less liquid, less coffee with more liquid, I've tried different brands I have around the house (none of them fancy) but the shit always comes out nasty (without sugar). So is it possible to get espresso that isn't bitter?
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Ok so decided to revive this instead of making new thread. Lets see if any of you coffee gurus can help.

Typically I just drink regular drip coffee, nothing fancy, lots of cream and sugar. I also have espresso sometimes cuban style (aka sugar with a little espresso). However I am trying to go low carb so I need to change my coffee. I will do espresso instead as I'll just have 1 cup and it's less sugar than multiple cups of drip coffee. I would like to cut out the sugar all-together but godamn that shit is bitter as fuck all.

Sooooo... any trick to making this espresso not be bitter? I have a DeLonghi Dedica and I have read sooo much shit about how to properly make it so it's not bitter. I have tried using more coffee with less liquid, less coffee with more liquid, I've tried different brands I have around the house (none of them fancy) but the shit always comes out nasty (without sugar). So is it possible to get espresso that isn't bitter?
I think you're going to need some "fancy" shit. Try some Peets espresso or some local coffeehouse stuff.
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I think you're going to need some "fancy" shit. Try some Peets espresso or some local coffeehouse stuff.
Yeah but what level of fanciness? I don't really consider Peets fancy, I like Peets and we get their drip coffee when we can.
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Yeah but what level of fanciness? I don't really consider Peets fancy, I like Peets and we get their drip coffee when we can.
Ok just making sure you're not using some real crappy coffee. Coffees definitely differ in their bitterness and acidity. I would try to get some coffee that has a mellower profile. Like Colombian coffee and don't grind it too fine.

Here's a couple of fancier brands you might want to try:

Blue Bottle Coffee
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Ok so decided to revive this instead of making new thread. Lets see if any of you coffee gurus can help.

Typically I just drink regular drip coffee, nothing fancy, lots of cream and sugar. I also have espresso sometimes cuban style (aka sugar with a little espresso). However I am trying to go low carb so I need to change my coffee. I will do espresso instead as I'll just have 1 cup and it's less sugar than multiple cups of drip coffee. I would like to cut out the sugar all-together but godamn that shit is bitter as fuck all.

Sooooo... any trick to making this espresso not be bitter? I have a DeLonghi Dedica and I have read sooo much shit about how to properly make it so it's not bitter. I have tried using more coffee with less liquid, less coffee with more liquid, I've tried different brands I have around the house (none of them fancy) but the shit always comes out nasty (without sugar). So is it possible to get espresso that isn't bitter?
Get fresh beans and grind them right before you pull the shot. Find a local roaster, or during these Covid times, mail-order. The Black Cat espresso beans I typically order from Intelligentsia are usually shipped the same day they roast them. Onyx Coffee Labs does good stuff too. Or Verve coffee. Or Red Bird Coffee.

Dont get supermarket beans. Chances are they've been sitting out past their prime. Espresso is so finicky that old beans won't give you a good cup of espresso.

Edit: When pulling the espresso shot, the traditional method is 2:1 ratio. This means that if you are dosing 18 grams of dry coffee, you would end with 36 grams of liquid espresso in your cup.
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Get fresh beans and grind them right before you pull the shot. Find a local roaster, or during these Covid times, mail-order. The Black Cat espresso beans I typically order from Intelligentsia are usually shipped the same day they roast them. Onyx Coffee Labs does good stuff too. Or Verve coffee. Or Red Bird Coffee.

Dont get supermarket beans. Chances are they've been sitting out past their prime. Espresso is so finicky that old beans won't give you a good cup of espresso.
Is there a grinder you recommend that isn't crazy expensive? I thought about grinding beans and went down an Amazon rabbit hole ultimately not buying anything because I couldn't find anything reasonable that didn't have some bad reviews.

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See that is what I have been messing with. Couple things though, I can't get more than 14 grams of coffee in my puck. Even bought a different puck that's not pressurized or something and was suppose to be better, still 14 grams and no change in taste. I also read it should take around 25-30 sec for the entire amount of coffee to come through. I'm waaaay shorter than that, even when I push that coffee in, if I push too hard it wont come out at all.
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Is there a grinder you recommend that isn't crazy expensive? I thought about grinding beans and went down an Amazon rabbit hole ultimately not buying anything because I couldn't find anything reasonable that didn't have some bad reviews.



See that is what I have been messing with. Couple things though, I can't get more than 14 grams of coffee in my puck. Even bought a different puck that's not pressurized or something and was suppose to be better, still 14 grams and no change in taste. I also read it should take around 25-30 sec for the entire amount of coffee to come through. I'm waaaay shorter than that, even when I push that coffee in, if I push too hard it wont come out at all.
You need a burr grinder that can grind fine enough for espresso. There are manual hand grinders out there that are far cheaper than electric ones.

A 14 gram basket is fine. Non pressurized baskets are great when you have freshly ground beans. The issue youíre running into is that your beans either arenít fresh enough or arenít ground fine enough. Thatís why your shot is pulling faster than 30 seconds. Fix that, and youíll be on your way to better tasting coffee!
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Until you have a good grinder, stick with the pressurized basket. You'll need a consistent grind and a tamper to get a non pressurized puck to work.
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I drink nothing but the best, eight o' clock drip out of a 10 year old coffee pot.

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@Littlebear I use a Baratza Virtuoso grinder, but i also find it a first-world struggle to keep the grinds from making a mess.
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