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by blkswn, 14 minutes ago in Coffees
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What's going to happen when the C market goes up?

Yes. Looking at stock prices to measure that is rather difficult. Stock prices have future assumptions baked in and not the best way to gauge these multi-national corporations. Starbucks for example only marks 60% of revenue from beverage sales. If you look at their quarterly gross margins over 10 years, you can see there is a correlating one-quarter lag on the effects of sudden shifts in the spot...
by Vbrock9089, 27 minutes ago in Home Roasting
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Hottop (Light) Roast Profile, Baked Coffee

Thanks for chiming in, Brad. The more, the merrier (and better chance of me actually roasting drinkable coffee!) True, it's not the most legit, but here are my thoughts: See the image attached to this post. The thermocouple end sits right in the bean mass when the drum is rotating. Maybe it's beginners ignorance, but I trust it enough to use the data that it spits out. Curious to hear what you thi...
by bengee, 34 minutes ago in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Trying to restore my La Spaziale Professonale

Mike, I have no first hand experience with the machine, but looking at the pictures I found online and the schematics, the pump is vibratory. Normally, most basic ULKA pumps with the proper fittings would fit in there. They mostly all pump at 15 bar. No biggie. Very common replacement part. By the way, you do not always need to use the exact replacement part shown in the schematic...as long as it ...
by Rokypop, 42 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Ready to buy - how do I make this latte!

After living in Japan for 7 years I found that lots of shops pulled something closer to a ristretto than the traditional shot you find here in the states. For the most part I would usually see a darker northern Italian style roast with south American coffee. I'm sure with either of the setups your looking at you'll be able to replicate something quite similar after some practice and experimenting.
by jevenator, 54 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Why was the Faemina Baby type ever discontinued?

Ease of use/convenience is definitely a factor. I have many friends and family members that still do not think it's important to have a good quality grinder nor spend money on fresh beans because for them coffee is just a bitter substance that will need milk try new things. Personally I was hooked when I first tried a properly extracted light roast coffee and invested immediately into good equipme...
by Seanmells, 57 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Ready to buy - how do I make this latte!

I went to Turret multiple times the last time I was in Tokyo and I have to agree with what's being said here. They were doing some pretty serious water treatment for sure; the shop is very rustic and it was all on display. I will also echo that the beans were definitely very darkly roasted. Great little shop, sorry I can't be more helpful in regards to equipment. Just thought some more first hand ...
by drgary, 59 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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Lever Espresso Machine Gallery

By that measure the Robot is a Faema Baby modified version, so is not that innovative. Of course, if you compare the two you'll see that each is special in its own way.
by Mike1, Today, 6:38 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Trying to restore my La Spaziale Professonale

Could you please provide more details on how I can replicate them? There are two kinds of connectors: single and double. What gauge wire can I safely use for 110V machines and can I buy them from a hardware store like Home Depot?
by Mike1, Today, 6:35 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Trying to restore my La Spaziale Professonale

Yes! Mine is EXACTLY like in the pictures you provided right down to the wires and connectors. EXCEPT for the vibratory pump. The vibratory pump in the pictures look new and more powerful. I am using your pictures as references since mine is so beat up after decades of use. It is worth it to me because my father passed away in February. This is the machine he loved so much. It hasn't been used in ...
by Mike1, Today, 6:23 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Trying to restore my La Spaziale Professonale

Hi! I love Montreal but it is so frustratating lately. I would like to move out. There is dubious and unnecessary construction everywhere, no parking allowed here and there for dubious reasons. It is nearly impossible to move around Montreal by car without going through heavy traffic. I know it needed to be replaced. When I replaced it with the 230V heating element (this was before I realized that...

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