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7 Deadly Sins of the Home Barista

7 deadly sins of the home barista

You can make better coffee. Below you’ll find seven of the most common obstacles to producing cafe-quality coffee at home. Of course, there are countless ways to improve your coffee, but what you’ll find below will certainly put you on the right path. It’s worth adding that nothing suggested below includes spending lots of money on high-end equipment. You can actually improve your brews and save money at the same time. It’s a win/win scenario.

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Kryptonite for coffee grinders

piece of concrete in bag of coffee

This little blighter stowed away and travelled to Australia in a bag of coffee from Colombia. If I had not seen this tiny piece of concrete, smaller than a coffee bean, it would have easily cracked the ceramic burrs in my Porlex grinder. 99.9% of the time coffee companies will catch foreign material in a de-stoner before it can make it into bags of roasted coffee destined for customers’ kitchens. It’s still worth keeping an eye out for stowaways in your coffee through. Your grinder will thank you.

Why I Grind and Brew Coffee Manually

manual coffee brewing and grinding equipment

This is the kit I pull out of the cupboard each morning to make coffee. Obviously I don’t brew manually because it’s convenient. There’s lots of bits and pieces and nothing is automated. Some folks would look at all this gear and write it off as being too complicated.

I love all the various bits and pieces. I continue to expand my collection of manual coffee brewing equipment. I’ll admit, that I have a job which makes accumulating gear very easy and inexpensive. For someone who doesn’t have a job like mine, for under a hundred bucks, you can get a manual coffee kit including: Aeropress coffee maker, Porlex coffee grinder and a bag of fresh beans. The kit in my photo above probably costs closer to $450. That might sound like a lot, but if you compared the cost of decent electric espresso makers and grinders, plus accessories, $450 is a bargain. The obvious advantage to manual gear is that you can take it anywhere, so there’s no compromise when you’re making coffee while camping.

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Cafflano Klassic all-in-one coffee maker and grinder

The Cafflano Klassic isn’t the first all-in-one coffee brewer/grinder we’ve used, but it’s certainly the smartest. We travelled down this road with the Grindripper, a great unit comprising of a solid hand grinder and a pourover cone. The Cafflano Klassic takes this idea further by also incorporating a much-needed drip kettle and a thermal mug. The Klassic also dispenses with the need for wasteful filter papers with the addition of the stainless steel filter in the cone. With the exception of hot water and beans, it really does offer everything you need to make coffee on the go, whether you’re at the campsite or at the office.

Here’s a video of the Cafflano Klassic in action. It’s worth noting that there’s actually a lid for the drip kettle, though they haven’t used it in the video.

The Klassic is now available in red or black, on our Australian and New Zealand websites:

Australia
Cafflano Klassic (Red)
Cafflano Klassic (Black)

New Zealand
Cafflano Klassic (Red)
Cafflano Klassic (Black)

 

Using the Ross Droplet Technique for Coffee Grinder Static

Water on coffee bean

Photo by Hybel http://hybel.deviantart.com/

This morning I decided to put the Ross droplet technique (RDT) to the test and see if it is as effective at addressing static and grinds retention as I was led to believe. I wouldn’t say I was a skeptic, but certainly I had never had any need for, or interest in, trying it out. I saw a good discussion on Home Barista about using the method on some other grinders and was impressed with the before and after photos people had shared.

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ROK coffee grinder review

ROK coffee grinder

— UPDATE 23rd November —
We’ve collected a bunch of ROK grinder videos that address some of the topics covered in our review, here: http://blog.espressounplugged.com/2015/11/23/rok-coffee-grinder-videos/
We also did some more static tests and tried out the Ross Droplet Technique, here: http://blog.espressounplugged.com/2015/10/14/using-the-ross-droplet-technique-for-coffee-grinder-static/
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Now that Indiegogo backers’ ROK grinders have started shipping we’re seeing some in depth feedback and reviews online. Overall, the feedback has been positive, both from those folks lucky enough to have already received their grinders and also by the team here at Espresso Unplugged.

We do share some of the minor gripes we’ve noted in various reviews and have detailed them below. It should be noted that none of these niggling issues have diminished our enjoyment and appreciation for the product. It’s a great bit of kit. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we don’t sell gear we don’t use and love.

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ROK coffee grinder is nearly here.

ROK coffee grinder

UPDATE: Read our detailed review of the ROK coffee grinder.

The first production run of ROK coffee grinders is due for QC in a few days. If that goes well (fingers crossed!) then Indiegogo backers should get some good news shortly after. Espresso Unplugged Australian and New Zealand will be one of the first places you can buy a ROK grinder. We’ll post information about pre-sales really soon.

The ROK grinder is on track for May

ROK grinder

UPDATE: Read our detailed review of the ROK coffee grinder.

ROK grinder production is on target for May! We’ll have them available for pre-sale on our websites soon. In the meantime it’s not too late to get over to Indiegogo and throw some bucks at the first run.

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