1. Post #1
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    January 2011
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    I work at Starbucks and I make some pretty good coffee.

    Tell me your experiences with coffee and what you like to do with it.

    Also, you can ask where to get certain materials in here in case you're trying to make a specific espresso.

  2. Post #2
    Douchebags's Avatar
    May 2008
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    It's pretty lame but for my mom i've always added cinnamon into the coffee grounds. She always wonders why the coffee is cinnamony ha.

    The cinnamon tastes actually pretty good with the coffee.
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    It's pretty lame but for my mom i've always added cinnamon into the coffee grounds. She always wonders why the coffee is cinnamony ha.

    The cinnamon tastes actually pretty good with the coffee.
    I'd only use cinnamon to top a festive drink. I really have never thought of how coffee and cinnamon would taste together.

  4. Post #4
    Sashaisme's Avatar
    July 2011
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    I put a lot of sugary stuff in my coffee when nobody's around.

    Vanilla coffee creamer, chocolate syrup, makes it look like glorified chocolate milk.

    But when other people are around, I just put milk and sugar in it. Still good.

  5. Post #5
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    I put a lot of sugary stuff in my coffee when nobody's around.

    Vanilla coffee creamer, chocolate syrup, makes it look like glorified chocolate milk.

    But when other people are around, I just put milk and sugar in it. Still good.
    As do I. I can't have straight coffee anymore due to drinking so much sugar'd up shit. It's hilarious to do while I'm at hotels. I'll pour a cup of coffee then suddenly start ripping packets of sugar and creamer into it and people will stare.
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    I work at second cup, not really trained on the bar yet but I know the basics. Apparently my milk has excellent froth, though, which is nice. Kind of wanna try out that latte art stuff.

    also now that I work there I want to get a really good coffee machine with a frothing wand and shit. Where's the best place to go? I found a $250 cuisinart one at a surplus store for $60 but I didn't pick it up.
    For actual coffee I use a french press because it makes me feel awesome.

  7. Post #7
    BoosLee's Avatar
    January 2009
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    I've been working as a barista for about 6 months now, was hooked after i took a course early this year. Bought a Breville machine to practice at home, Latte art is a focus of mine. Some of my pours:

    Wave Tulip:


    7 Leaf Tulip:


    Wave Rosetta:
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  8. Post #8
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    I work at second cup, not really trained on the bar yet but I know the basics. Apparently my milk has excellent froth, though, which is nice. Kind of wanna try out that latte art stuff.

    also now that I work there I want to get a really good coffee machine with a frothing wand and shit. Where's the best place to go? I found a $250 cuisinart one at a surplus store for $60 but I didn't pick it up.
    For actual coffee I use a french press because it makes me feel awesome.
    What's your budget?

  9. Post #9
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    What's your budget?
    I haven't really thought about it since I don't really know what they typically go for.
    When I have some time I'll look into it and find an average price.

  10. Post #10
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    How do I make the foam? Must I have a coffee maker? And how do you guys go about with the designs? Papercuts?
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    January 2009
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    Any design you see by me is a form of 'free pouring'.

    The basic premise behind any cafe style coffee is a shot of espresso (the coffee) + a generous amount of 'steamed' milk. By steaming I literally mean you use steam to not only heat the milk, but also texture it. when you're at a cafe and you hear the barista steaming milk, notice if you can hear a few 'pssht psshht pshht' sounds every few seconds. That's incorporating air into the milk, aka foam or froth. That is also your 'paint' so to speak when you do free pours. Achieving a consistency of wet paint, that's very smooth (no visible bubbles), shiny, is the foundation of milk for latte art.

    Here are a couple of my videos showing this technique, I've gotten better since then.


    This is a more recent one at the cafe i work at.

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    How do I make the foam? Must I have a coffee maker? And how do you guys go about with the designs? Papercuts?
    It's that tip you'll see on a espresso machine.

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    July 2008
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    I've been a Barista for a few months now. I've gotten pretty good at the basic latté art designs, and I saw a youtube video of one guy who made a dragon on the espresso. Been trying it ever since but I only really end up creating a swirly line of milk

  14. Post #14
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    It's that tip you'll see on a espresso machine.
    Is it possible to make it without an espresso machine?

  15. Post #15
    BoosLee's Avatar
    January 2009
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    Is it possible to make it without an espresso machine?
    I think i've seen a few videos of people using those battery powered hand frothers, but in my opinion it's impossible to do without espresso machine.

    The concept behind getting good milk is achieving what's called 'microfoam'. notice how in latte art videos the consistency of the milk is somewhat thick and creamy, this can only be done through steaming the milk and texturing it that way. Latte art milk must be smooth, shiny, with no visible bubbles (thus the term microfoam)

    Here's a swan i did at home ages ago, can turn it into a dragon with some poking around

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    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    The fuck. I followed this:


    I got this:

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  17. Post #17
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I'm pretty sure you can get a separate machine for steaming milk that's not attached to an espresso machine. You can get stovetop ones too.

  18. Post #18
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    The cheapest espresso machine is $149. fuck.

    I'm thinking of working at MCcafe, what are your opinions?

  19. Post #19
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    I'm thinking of working at MCcafe, what are your opinions?
    I wouldn't, if you want to work with coffee go for a coffee shop.

  20. Post #20
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    I wouldn't, if you want to work with coffee go for a coffee shop.
    Why not?

  21. Post #21
    hula whoop's Avatar
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    well I guess you could if you wanted to, but an actual coffee shop would be better. I don't even think McDons makes lattes and stuff the proper way (I've never had one, though).

  22. Post #22
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    well I guess you could if you wanted to, but an actual coffee shop would be better. I don't even think McDons makes lattes and stuff the proper way (I've never had one, though).
    Starbucks or coffee bean?

  23. Post #23
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    June 2010
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    Not very related, but this small coffee shop in a strip mall near my house called "Jame's Beanery" got shut down recently, me and my friends like to think it, because of the name beanery it was for trafficking illegal Mexicans.

  24. Post #24
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Starbucks or coffee bean?
    I've never heard of coffee bean before. Starbucks would be fine I think. Or if there are any locally owned coffee shops too.

    This is just my opinion though, if you want to work at McCafe then go for it.

  25. Post #25
    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    I've never heard of coffee bean before. Starbucks would be fine I think. Or if there are any locally owned coffee shops too.

    This is just my opinion though, if you want to work at McCafe then go for it.
    Or private coffee shops would be great? Problem is my area is filled with 3 malls, and they have only big coffee shops aka Mccafe etc.

  26. Post #26
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Or private coffee shops would be great? Problem is my area is filled with 3 malls, and they have only big coffee shops aka Mccafe etc.
    If that's all that's available to you then yeah sure.
    And some privately owned coffee shops can be pretty nice, there are a couple here that I go to sometimes. I've never worked at one though so I wouldn't know what it's like. Second Cup is pretty laid back though. Mccafe just seems more fast foody and not so much a coffee shop if you know what I mean.

  27. Post #27
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    March 2010
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    I just tried coffee for the first time in a year or two. I used to barely force myself to drink it, now I'm like addicted, wtf this stuff is amazing. Why do I suddenly like it? I dunno, but I just wanted to share.

  28. Post #28
    Hullu V3's Avatar
    October 2009
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    I pour it to a cup and drink it.

    Once you go black, there ain't no going back.
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    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    Where can I get the frothing tube only? I don't want the whole damn machine
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  30. Post #30
    BoosLee's Avatar
    January 2009
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    impossible, the steam wand and espresso brewing head work off water boilers inside the machine. Especially for domestic ones, usually there's 1 boiler heating water for the coffee shot as well as providing for steam power as well. Can't get them seperate
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    Ignhelper's Avatar
    November 2009
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    impossible, the steam wand and espresso brewing head work off water boilers inside the machine. Especially for domestic ones, usually there's 1 boiler heating water for the coffee shot as well as providing for steam power as well. Can't get them seperate
    You know any cheap ones

    Cost the cheapest is 150++

  32. Post #32
    hula whoop's Avatar
    April 2011
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    impossible, the steam wand and espresso brewing head work off water boilers inside the machine. Especially for domestic ones, usually there's 1 boiler heating water for the coffee shot as well as providing for steam power as well. Can't get them seperate
    yes you can, you can get stove top ones and electrical ones.
    I just don't know where to find them.

    stovetop:


    electric:


    I don't know what they're like in comparison to the normal ones though.

  33. Post #33
    BoosLee's Avatar
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    Stovetop ones are probably your best bet. Electric ones seem useless cos they're mostly one touch function kinda things

  34. Post #34
    hula whoop's Avatar
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    Stovetop ones are probably your best bet. Electric ones seem useless cos they're mostly one touch function kinda things
    I read the description on the electrical one and it sounds weird too.
    It spits out the milk already steamed, so I don't think you really have any control over the amount of foam you get. I'm sure not all of them are like that, but the one in the picture I posted is.

  35. Post #35
    BoosLee's Avatar
    January 2009
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    I read the description on the electrical one and it sounds weird too.
    It spits out the milk already steamed, so I don't think you really have any control over the amount of foam you get. I'm sure not all of them are like that, but the one in the picture I posted is.
    Electric/automatic milk frothers are more suited to those Nespresso one touch coffee machines you see nowadays, it's all about convenience and not much in the way of fine tuning the coffee/milk to your liking. I think you may be able to control how much froth you get, but it's not ideal for latte art.

  36. Post #36
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    This is my espresso machine. I love it. I really want to try my hand at some coffee art.

  37. Post #37
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    January 2012
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    If you live near an Ikea store and you're looking for a frother, try this.

    I bought it a while ago and it froths milk quite well. Except I still can't make any rosettas or tulips, but I've mastered making a cloud.
    Here's a link to the frother if you want it.http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10076320/

    It's not extremely professional obviously, and doesn't do the job as well as the machines, but it's more suitable for those kinds of people who don't really care.

  38. Post #38
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    This is my espresso machine. I love it. I really want to try my hand at some coffee art.
    How much was it where you got it?

  39. Post #39
    I used to have a full electric espresso machine. I didn't even get to try it cause my brother fucked around with it and it broke. I really wanted to learn foam art.

  40. Post #40
    BoosLee's Avatar
    January 2009
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    I've heard that the Gaggia is a great little home machine primarily for espresso or black coffee drinks, the steam wand on it can be a little in adequate given its small boiler, but I'm sure for a little bit of home practice and fun it could be worthwhile.