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Offline xenithon

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #60 on: May 30, 2016, 10:39:23 AM »
Correct grind, pressure and temperature

And freshly roasted beans - used within 1-3 weeks after roasting.

Offline Daredevil

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #61 on: May 30, 2016, 12:35:21 PM »
How does one get the best crema?

I think the beginning step to the best crema is using the freshest beans as xenithon said.

With the Aeropress it's difficult to get crema because it's a filtered coffee. To get great results with the Aeropress grind your beans a little coarser. Then when you pour the water make sure that it's right off the boil, in JHB the temp should be ideal. Pour slower and from a hight, you'll see, if your coffee is fresh you'll get a massive crema type foam at the top. Leave it to brew for 1 min and filter through.

With the Jura I've found that those Nespresso frothers work great. They warm the milk and aerate it at the same time, not quite as good as steam but better than the microwave. As zenithon said, be careful not to overheat the milk. At the right temps (just hot enough to touch) 90 odd deg the milk will release sugars which will give your coffee that lovely natural sweetness and should negate the need for any sugar. At higher temps the protiens in the milk break down and makes the milk taste awful.

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Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #62 on: May 30, 2016, 12:43:45 PM »
^^ You'll only get proper crema from an espressed shot under correct pressure. Crema has nothing to do with the frothing of the milk.

Freshness of the bean, grind, amount of pressure applied to the grind when compacting and fitting to the machine and the pressure at which the water is forced through the grind is what is key.
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Offline Skylark

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #63 on: May 30, 2016, 02:46:14 PM »
:wallbreak: have now, but the regular one. You'd recommend the finer one?
That's supposed to be the best one, never tried the regular one, probably only marginally worse/with some positive tradeoffs so I'd just stick with it. Just having a metal filter is the winner, paper filters virtually nullify the crema.
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Offline xenithon

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #65 on: June 13, 2016, 11:15:12 AM »
When I went to buy some fresh beans this weekend at Urban Grind they had a really cool contraption called Cafflano. It is an all-in-one grinder, drip brewer and cup (imagine combining a proper manual conical burr with a Hario).

You can read up about it here.




Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #66 on: June 13, 2016, 12:24:22 PM »
^^^ how much?
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Offline xenithon

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #67 on: June 13, 2016, 12:36:33 PM »
Around R1.4k

Offline Daredevil

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #68 on: June 22, 2016, 07:40:32 AM »
Looks great, let us know how it works.

Offline Bigray

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #69 on: July 28, 2016, 12:08:13 PM »
Did anyone attend the Coffee & Chocolate expo at Montecasino? I was somewhat disappointed, considering the R150 cover charge. Some decent products available though at fair price.

Offline santoshlv426

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« Reply #70 on: August 11, 2016, 01:36:36 PM »
Does anyone purchase Kenna coffee e.g. from Spar or PnP or Checkers. I've always seen this, very cheap but never tried it. When I was able to afford it, my choice was Illy and Lavazza - which is quite expensive now. I've just discovered great tasting Tribeca coffee here in Centurion at very reasonable prices compared to the imported Italian's mentioned above.
So I'm of the opinion that price isn't necessarily reflective of a good coffee.
In that vein, I'm keen to try Kenna, which on a R/cup basis, works out quite cheap, however, is it worth while ?

What have you guys found as a good coffee for a decent R/cup price ? How do's the Pods compare ?

Offline xenithon

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #71 on: August 11, 2016, 01:57:47 PM »
Pods ultimately are costlier for sure; and nowhere near the variety. Whilst cost is not always reflective, I find that for fresh coffee it often is. I stress "fresh" because I would never buy coffee at a Spar or other grocery store where they have been sitting for weeks or months. Coffee should be used within 2-4 weeks after roasting the beans.

In terms of price; I have had great coffees at R60/250g bag. Some terrible ones too. Average for a good bag of beans is around R70. Some astoundingly good ones at around R120 but that is only for special occasions.

Offline WELIHF

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #72 on: February 10, 2017, 08:05:18 PM »
Recently started roasting my own beans on the stove. Works surprisingly well but makes quite a mess with the chaff.

My second batch so far




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Offline Abu

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #73 on: February 10, 2017, 08:56:40 PM »
Own beans? You plant ?

Offline WELIHF

Re: The Coffee Thread
« Reply #74 on: February 11, 2017, 12:01:38 PM »
Bought the beans from Heavenly Coffees in Centurion.

Still trying out different ones, this is a Brazil bean that I find a bit too mild

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