Archive for August, 2008

Philly Barista Bash

Announcing the organizational meeting to plan the first Philadelphia Barista Bash, intended to bring the community together in the spirit of unity, and maybe a little friendly competition. That depends on if anyone slaps a Jackson down and says, “my micro foam can kick your micro foam’s ass!”

Cut Along Dotted Line

I have decided, for the time being, to offer to cut out portafilters for my friends and family. It is quite expensive to buy the pre cut ones, and there is usually a good charge for having someone do it in a metal shop on a lathe. So I’m doing it, for the time being, for the shear joy of shaping metal. I found a hole saw and a file quite sufficient for the job. With a hand held drill, some steady hand holding, (here is the hard part) and a little finesse with a Bastard file, a fine looking finished edge can be achieved.

2 1/4 hole saw, usually for door knob installation

2 1/4" hole saw, usually for door knob installation

Keep the RPMs low for better cutting.

Keep the RPM's low for better cutting.

Using a flat file,  remove the burr and feathered edge for a smooth bottom.

Using a flat file, remove the burr and feathered edge for a smooth bottom.

Now all you need is the GB-5 from which you can watch ripples of dark brown, honey textured espresso drip viscously form you newly hollowed out hunk of brass.
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