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13 years 9 months ago #2848 by Machiatoto
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As a proud owner of the Rocky and Silvia,
I purchased the doserless Rocky for easier clean up . And also wanting the option to grind beans for drip coffee, directly onto zip lock bags.. ie this Christmas I gave coffee as hostess gifts to my friends.
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13 years 9 months ago #2854 by Troll
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So I got the Silvia/Rocky combo today. Picked it up at the green beanery and they were a pleasure to deal with.

Took this bad boy home and set her up. And gotta say, my first pull was pretty terrible. Quick poor with very little crema and it was a real quick poor. I guess I should be tamping with more pressure?

However, I havn't gotten freshly roasted beans yet and was forced to use the stale store bought stuff i had lying around. I'm gonna pick up some beans tomorrow. What's a good starting point with my rocky? my absolute zero on the rocky is actually zero. The lady at the green beanery told me to grind at '2' or '3'. But i've also heard people telling me to move it back 6-7 clicks. Which is more accurate?

Thanks again!
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13 years 9 months ago #2855 by Machiatoto
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Congrats,
That's were I bought mine a few weeks ago before Xmas. I also got the stand with the knock box drawer...

My suggestions check out You tube and type Rocky and Sylvia. There are great demos online to watch and observe. From tamping to temp surfing.. and the 25 seconds shot..

I use # 3....on the Rocky Grinder... Practice makes perfect with your tamp. Did you get a stainless steel tamper are you using the out of box plastic tamper.. I Suggest you buy stainless steel one...

Definitely check out 'everyday gourmet' at St Lawrence market (downstairs) they roast their beans Saturday afternoon.... It was a pleasure talking coffee with Sara Lee...

I found some great espresso cups.. by bodum.. That really retain the heat...and make a wicked vessel for hot brew...

bodum cups

Happy brewing...

Manny
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13 years 9 months ago #2856 by Troll
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Thanks for the suggestions, I've also got the stainless steel base as well. Bought it as a package. I've been on youtube and watched nearly all the vids. My shots are getting better. I'm on the number 9 setting on my rocky and am getting a 25 second or so extraction with a good amount of crema now.

And ya, I picked up a quality tamper. Wasn't impressed with that plastic throw in. And thanks for the suggestion, I'll check out the market for some fresh beans. I just grabbed a lb. from the green beanery. It was their choco espresso blend. Surprisingly good!

As for the cups, I'll keep my eye open for them. You can find some Bodum cups at Home Sense and Winners if you hit them on the right day and it's 50% off or more if you can find them.
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13 years 9 months ago #2857 by Machiatoto
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Yes, I did buy some bodum glasses at \"Home Sense\".. This is a great suggestion but patience is key when you shop their. You may not have the selection as you do at other retail stores. So buy as soon as you see them or they will disappear (lesson learned).
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13 years 9 months ago #2875 by Troll
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the machine's been great, and my technique is improving with every shot. There's still alittle inconsistency, but that will come.

One thing I did notice though is that I'm getting clumps from my rocky doserless grinder. I've read that this is pretty common and likely a result of static electricity. Are there any quick fixes for this or should I just continue to deal with it?
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