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About joshhooper7

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  • Birthday June 19

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    San Diego/Boston
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    Cigars, Patriots, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots, Whiskey, Wine, Patriots & Cars

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  1. joshhooper7

    Could you have a Rat as a pet?

    Two of my favorite pets from my childhood were my two rats Wilma and Betsy. They’re smart and suuuuper clean and lovable. We kept them in a big fish tank with no lid and whenever we’d walk into the room they’d jump up onto the edge and beg for some love. I may get one again!
  2. Alright guys, I’ve started some conversation with Matt about getting a new humidor. Going for the DDD+ but only 19 inches deep instead of 2 feet, holding the refrigeration and active humidification and going to run about 20 320g Bovedas in it. Does anyone’s here have an Avallo? I’d love to see some pictures and hear thoughts on how they compare to Aristocrats. Cheers! Josh
  3. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    Gotcha. One weekend we should have herd and drink a lot of coffee! I’ve never tried Birdrock but I should. They have so many high rated reviews and they get some really special beans.
  4. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    They’re out of Coatesville, IN. You’re here in San Diego as well?
  5. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    That was my first machine as well and I loved it. The on board grinder isn’t very good but I had a smart grinder pro by breville to pair with it. I only got rid of it because the steam wand lost pressure after two years and there were no accessories that would match their breville only grouphead. And like you said, the first shot was always perfect but it would cool a few degrees between shots, wasn’t ideal for making multiple quad shot lattes and serving guests. Definitely got the job done and opened the rabbit hole for me!
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    Once you get the hang of dialing a new coffee in its super easy. The new levy tamp that I have and the wedge distributor take out all guess work and give you a perfect tamp every time so it’s one crucial skill you don’t have to master and you still get delicious results. The hardest part is dialing in a grind and finding the perfect tamp. I’d get a new levy and never have to worry about tamping.
  7. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    I told my wife to get me wood panels for my birthday lol, it’s truly a piece of art and it’s so durable!
  8. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    Tell me about it! And it’s from the 2018 US Roaster Cup winner! I have a Bonavita Variable Temp Gooseneck and it’s absolurely a vital tool in my arsenal.
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    Yeah, I go through 80g of coffee at least each day. 4 double shots to make morning lattes for my wife and I and I usually have a ristretto when I get home from work. Typically a pound and a half in espresso alone, then around a half pound in pourovers and aeropress. A standard double basket requires a 20g dose per shot.
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    I aeropress daily, I don’t think there’s any way to get more clarity out of a coffee bean. What recipe do you use? My go to is the 2016 championship recipe. 35 in French press coarse, pour 150g of water at 84 degrees Celsius over the coffee for 15 seconds, stir with chopsticks from 15-35, cap it and press at 1 minute. I really enjoyed the Verve coffee I’ve tried but they’re super pricy. I go through almost 2 pounds a week so I look for more affordable craft roasters. Topeca has been amazing and they’re super cheap for their accolades. $28 for their signature espresso in a 2lb bag is insanely cheap compared to other third wave roasters.
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    That k30 is so beautiful! My ideal grinder is the Malkhonig Peak with the M1 Puqpress but that’s the same price as a Linea Mini lol. The machine I have was $1895 brand new from Clive Coffee, it’s custom made by La Spaziale for them. It’s got PID, dual boiler, volumetric dosing and a few other options. I truly love it, if I’m pulling four double shots in the morning I can steam milk while the shots are being pulled and it saves crazy time. My wife was the same, she saw the receipt when it came in the mail and was concerned... until she started getting lattes in the morning! ill have to look into Counter Culture. I’ve really enjoyed Topeca lately, especially being that their 2lb bag of Signature Espresso is only $28
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    The Silvia is a great machine but the Rocket is leagues above it. I love the classic look of an E61 grouphead machine. The Lucca A53 is in the price range of the Rocket and it’s added benefits are volumetric dosing and PID if those things interest you. I’m not sure if Rockets added a PID to the Apartamento yet.
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    I’d contact Slayer direct, they’re a pretty small company and are so expensive any secondary retailers markup will make them substantially more expensive.
  14. joshhooper7

    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    I am a massive fanboy of Geshas, have you tried S&W’s Guatemala Acentenango Gesha? I think second to Ethiopias for me my favorite is any Kenya AA+ LA has so many good roasters, I remember the first time I drove up from San Diego i stopped by Intelligentsia and felt like I was in the coffee Mecca lol
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    Where Are My Coffee Geeks At?

    If I take up any more counter space with a roaster my wife might kill me! Lol S&W Craft Roasters have a Yemen Moka Haraz Peaberry right now and it’s truly delightful. I’d love to try your coffee if your ever up for a coffee/cigar trade. I can snag a bag from my favorite local roaster!

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