Well, I told myself 'who knows I am going to be a barista' soon? This is my training ground for making a good coffee in future. And well enough, this require lots of 'trial & error'. All started with you tubing, I tried with a ready grained coffee powder which was meant for filtered coffee.
And well enough, the spending partner did his homework too, asked around from some experts, bought a few packets of grounded coffee bean, including the Illy Arabica, which then finally went perfect with my coffee machine.
There are just a lot to learn. In order to make a fresher coffee, selecting the right bean is a wide range of knowledge. This made me needed to buy several other accessories - coffee bean grinder, stopper, milk froster mug, thermometer, coffee cups an saucer and a set of glass for my favourite Afagato.
The family of coffee machine started with this, Philips Saeco's HD8325/08 manual expresso machine. No build grinder, and it is ever basic. To me, it has been ever complicated to operate, it failed me couple of times, when I first used the BON filtered coffee grained pack.
The companion of coffee machine started with these 2 sets of cups from Ikea (in fact I broke 1 cup before, and replaced it). I specially bought a set of small glasses for my favorite Afogato (coffee with Vanilla ice-cream) on the visit for the replacement cup.
My coffee accessories then further increased with the addition of a entry level Coffee bean grinder, the Krup F203. All the way from US, and it is important to check the input voltage of the machine, a regulator is usually needed for US electrical stuffs. I needed one with the price of RM30. Thanks to a colleague who usually helped me as US courier-man, and even for Tokyo courier services too. I think this machine cost me closed to $20, while I had other accessories which made a total slightly above $25, a presser, a thermometer and a small milk froster mug.
|Coffee bean / spice grinder|
My 1st trial on the grinder. The bean wasn't fine enough, and it is manual, been difficult for me to handle its level of finest. So far, I am still practicing it with some cheaper beans I got from Chiang Mai BON cafe. More practice required... where I hope practice makes perfect.
|BON cafe dark mocca bean|
|The grinded effect|
Some tasty coffee I have tried at home.
|Afogato with Free Mori bread|
|Cappucino with Arthur's Crepe Cakes|
|The classic look|