What accessories does every home setup need? - Page 2

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sweaner
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#11: Post by sweaner »

This scale is cheap and works well:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15760
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LaMarzooka

#12: Post by LaMarzooka »

Don't skimp on your knockbox! I must have tried at least 2 crappy knockboxes before settling on the Tubbi by Cafelat.
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#13: Post by Randy G. »

Bluecold wrote:zillion microfiber cloths.
BROWN towels! They're going to end up that way, might as well start that way. ;-)
I keep a couple of microfiber towels handy for cleaning the counter top, polishing off stainless and black surfaces, cleaning grinder hoppers, etc.
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Bob_McBob

#14: Post by Bob_McBob »

Randy G. wrote:BROWN towels! They're going to end up that way, might as well start that way.
Espresso Parts carries black bar towels. My white ones certainly aren't all that pretty anymore.
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#15: Post by zin1953 »

In addition to the 12" x 12" black towels mentioned above, Espresso Parts also carries these 13" x 13" bleach-safe black towels, as well as these 16" x 16" microfibre black towels.
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JmanEspresso

#16: Post by JmanEspresso »

Already lots of great suggestions.

I just want to second the importance of:

-Bottomless Portafilter
-0.1Gram Scale (Min. 500gr capacity)

Those two items are key in learning how to become a good home barista.

CoffeeOwl

#17: Post by CoffeeOwl »

Knockbox - essential.
Naked portafilter, additional baskets, pitcher, scale, tamper - already mentioned,
blind filter, group brushes (the best are paollo's), countertop brush, grinder brush, cups - espresso, cappuccino, small and big americano;
tamping stand (I use bumper) - very useful!!!
Cafiza (detergent for espresso machine) and rice for cleaning grinder,
towels, pitcher, additional portafilter...
colander for weighting the beans on scale if you want to do it before grinding (if after then you can weight them in the basket) and a plastic spoon for beans (or maybe you get it with your machine).
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Bluecold

#18: Post by Bluecold »

JmanEspresso wrote:Already lots of great suggestions.

I just want to second the importance of:

-Bottomless Portafilter
-0.1Gram Scale (Min. 500gr capacity)

Those two items are key in learning how to become a good home barista.
Why the 500gr. min capacity?
I'm doing mighty fine with my 200gr/0.01 gram. That's one digit more.
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Martacus (original poster)

#19: Post by Martacus (original poster) » replying to Bluecold »

My guess would be to accommodate the weight of a portafilter--weighing after dosing, probably.

A couple other "makeshift" ideas I've come up with look ing at your suggestions-- a spare mousepad for a tamping mat, and maybe an unused shaving brush for the grinder/counter top?

Thanks for all the suggestions, it's really giving me an idea of what I'm stil going to need to spend on my setup. I may need to commandeer my old Sauder media cart from the living room to provide space for it all; we're pretty short on counter space.

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Bluecold

#20: Post by Bluecold »

Ah right. I forgot that La Peppina's portafilter weighs nothing.
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