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I recently purchased the Oracle by Sage. As I posted in my introduction post, I am not new to coffee but I'm new to good coffee. On this thread I intend to log my progress, good, bad and ugly. I hope to create useful dialogue between sage and non sage owners to try and improve my skills and enjoyment whilst giving others an idea of the pros and cons of the machine. I'm sure all machines have quirks and as I improve it will be interesting to see what this ones are. I'll attempt to give as much information as I can, with reference to dose (it can vary slightly with this m/c I have noticed), yield (I'm thinking best by weight), shot time, maybe length if time machine has been on, coffee beans, age etc etc. Basically a thorough overall view of coffee making on this machine. I have only tried a few shots so far and I'm currently on holiday so not much in the way of brewing at the moment but all that will change on my return to the Uk. Maybe I should start the next post off with some of my initial thoughts on the Oracle... trying to be as objective as I can! Then, in a week or so's time I will begin a log of my brewing experience and also my thoughts on sages WG Service which I will get booked in during the next week or so. Hopefully it will be of interest to people! It will be a good outlet for me, my wife is sick of hearing the words coffee and espresso and is certain I am crazy, something I don't deny. Thanks for taking the time to read and if anyone has any suggestions on things to include in the log feel free to shout up as it's a blank canvas at the moment!
I've built a coffee log app for Espresso that will allow you to store, share & compare all the info about the shots you pull. You'll be able to see what others are doing to get good results from their beans. It's free to use Install the app on iTunes, Android, Tablet, or Run in a browser To install just click the link, it will install Appsheet for you 1st via your store, and then it will install the coffee app & set all the right links up. Appsheet asks for logins and access, if you don't want to give it access to your stuff just set up a dummy gmail account and use that to login. View machine settings by Roaster. Log simple settings, or more advanced data It's in test at the moment so would appreciate feedback, let me know if anything needs tweaking or changing. To keep this free you need to be connected to the WWW, don't forget to hit SYNC every now and again to download the latest info from others and save your info. It runs on a Google questionnaire add-in in G-Drive called appsheet with all the data stored in a spreadsheet on G-Drive - I'm happy to share access to the development if anyone wants to contribute to improving it. Spreadsheet available for download if you want to play with it or save your info somewhere. This app is meant for you to log different settings you use when making Espresso as a way to help you improve your technique - it is not a tool to compare or review beans or roasters.
I recently made a post asking about weighing coffee and ratios etc.... I am starting to get a better understanding but still need to experiment with my machine and get to grips with how to get the most from my beans. Using a Sage Barista Express with the built in grinder. I also have a setof scales capable of weighing 0.1 of a gram, only issue is when my scales are on y drip tray room is limited and I'm struggling to fit the portafilter, scales and a cup. So far I've only used the machines preset extraction settings, using the double shot button. Here is the result of my first experiment: - Foundry Rwanda beans roasted about a month ago - 17.9g of ground coffee - 51.9g of espresso - 30 seconds total time including ore infusion - According to pressure gauge the shot started just above the espresso range, before dropping into it, needle near 12 o clock position. The pour itself looked like a rat tale for the most part, but at times seemed to stop or favour one side over the other. - Taste was nice with my milk, not a strong coffee by any means, my milk lacked microfoam but the taste was good. Any feedback on the above information would be appreciated. I will keep updating this thread with my results. I just finished my bag of Foundry's Rwanda beans, starting on a bag of their Colombian beans tomorrow, then i have a 1kg bag of casa espresso beans ready for use next week, will be going through that bag over the next month. Will be easier to monitor my progress when I'm using the bigger bag of beans. Thanks guys and girls!