Bigbob7777 wrote:Hi all,
Been a chronic lurker here for a long time. Have just taken the plunge and purchased an ECM Technika IV Profi and an open box Compak E8. Will receive them Monday.
I have a return policy available if I messed up and would LOVE your input and suggestions as to the quality of this purchase.
Also, what tips for learning this wonderful hobby. We mainly drink milk-based drinks. I don't like the charbucks company but, for comparison-if I purchased 2 drinks a day, at $5 each, this would pay for itself in 1 year. However, I'm not that interested in the $$$, that's for the bride. I want a truly exquisite cup of coffee like I got in Italy 40 years ago.
So, any ideas on what I bought and how to achieve "coffee bliss"?
As a recent newbie myself I second the weigh at every step. Also, I have learned that in the search for improvement you need to limit the factors you change shot to shot to one. This was easier said than done in the beginning as there were more factors than I realized.
I suggest you read up as much as possible here as this was my single best resource for learning outside of trial and error. Also, I think it is a good idea to find others with the same machine and ask them what bean they are using and the parameters that work for them. I think that is a good starting point but know that you might find your best shot at slightly different parameters.
Also, when you hit the wall thinking, "OMFG what was I thinking, I'll never be consistently good at this!!!" Keep on pushing...you'll definitely get there.
Good luck and have fun!