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14 years 8 months ago #873 by Scoobydoo
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I'm like a 5min walk to Discovery..and that's including stopping for the walk signal.

Thanks for all the help. I guess what I should ask next time I go in there is fo 1/4lb of coffee.
I'm holding off getting a grinder right now due to the fact that my hidden fund account has been used to fund the 'unknow to the wife' portion of the Miss Silvia. I told her I got it for $375 (yeah would that be a sweet deal).
So I'll have to build it up again before dropping the money on a Rocky Grinder.

Where is Everyday Gourmet Coffee? That's in TO correct?

I have yet to venture across this great nation. I've been to Alberta, New Foundland (yes I'm half newfie), Winterpeg and have only stopped over in TO.

I may ask Sam one of these days about getting some pointers.
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14 years 8 months ago #875 by dave
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Scoobydoo wrote:

I may ask Sam one of these days about getting some pointers.


On my one visit to 2% Jazz, Sam was extremely generous with his time and showed a passion for bringing education about coffee and preparation to the consumer. Hence, I would suggest doing just that. He's probably running around a lot, but I get the impression that he would be happy to lend a hand if he can.

It can be difficult getting started, working out the correct grind for your machine. You may need several samples and several visits, ground from relatively coarse (for espresso) to relatively fine to ballpark the range you need to target. I seem to recall Silvia needing a somewhat finer grind than commercial machines, much like Gaggia home machines. Find a time when it is least hectic and ask if it would be ok to get a bunch of samples of the same coffee at different grinds for your first order, as little as 50-70g per sample. Judge your sample sizes on how many shot attempts you might need to make per sample (or what they are willing to humour you with). Be sure to LABEL each sample with the specific setting and specific grinder used, as well as the coffee. The rest is experimentation; I came up with a sort of moving average technique for tweaking my grind when having it ground in the store. For the longest time, it was actually very consistent and I only needed small tweaks. When I ran into trouble, I really ran into trouble due to a fluke roast or very low humidity. Throughout most of the year, I was just fine.

It isn't optimal, but it is feasible.


Yes, Everyday is in the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, on Front Street: http://www.everydaycoffee.com/ , where you can find Sara carefully tending to her roaster.


I've actually travelled more in the States than in Canada, a fact that I still hope to remedy. I had a great, if brief, visit out in Victoria late last year, finally adding a stop in BC to my list.

Dave
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14 years 8 months ago #876 by dave
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Oh yeah,

If you are a 5 minute walk from Discovery, you are very lucky indeed.

You can buy your coffee once a day, if they'll sell you a smaller amount, and make as many trips as you need when sorting out the grind that you need. You are likely in about the best "preground" situation that you could hope to be in.

It should be very doable, and your shot quality should actually be pretty decent if you can get fresh coffee each day.

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14 years 8 months ago #878 by colin
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there are more than a few choices in Victoria now for fresh bean -
We have much to be thankful for.

In many spots around Canada (most places in Canada actually), it is a veritable waste-land for good coffee --
mailorder is an expensive option -- but if you want the best.

Lots of my bean comes from Sara in Toronto --
actually 98% of it at the moment.

I am blessed.
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