[Homeroast] New Summer Toys

Peter Louton peter at midwestbicycleworks.com
Wed Jun 1 11:23:42 CDT 2011

It's the Tin Man coming back to save the day.....

Love it

I found a piece of granite that I use for my coffee area, thought about wood, but all of the temperature changes and humidity swayed me to stone.


-- Sent from my Palm Pre
On Jun 1, 2011 12:17, Yakster <yakster at gmail.com> wrote: 

When a Gaggia Factory came up for sale on CoffeeGeek, I jumped at the

chance, so now I'm the proud owner of both a La Peppina open kettle spring

lever and a Gaggia Factory (basically a La Pavoni Pro with a tin-man hat)

manual lever with a closed boiler and steam wand.  The Factory is going to

be more challenging as I have a PID on the La Peppina making it very

temperature stable, but it should be a fun process to learn temperature

management and pressure profiling by feel.  I was also lucky enough to find

a new-in-box Hario Slim hand grinder at a thrift store and am using that at

work for grinding for pour-over.  Here's some pictures:

La Peppina and Gaggia Factory on a sideboard I found at a thrift store that

I'll be refinishing (thinking of staining the wood with coffee):


Gaggia Factory on the counter for some test shots:


Commander Spock grinding up some Kenya at work on the Slim:


As the deal with my Wife was to get the Gaggia Factory for my birthday, and

that hasn't happened yet (didn't want to let anyone else get the jump on

me), the factory is in the garage and will get minimal, if any use.  This

will give me a chance to strip and re-finish the sideboard and get my coffee

toys a better home.

This weekend was pretty nice weather, so I made my first iced coffee, a

Chemex / Kone extraction of a Kenya into ice which was a real treat.  Here's

my standard recipe:

*Chemex Iced Coffee*

40 g Coffee

283 g Water

196 g Ice (~8 cubes)

Anyone else getting new toys to play with or new coffee preps?



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