Building a device to create 9 bars of pressure ๐Ÿค”

So I discovered a new hobby that a lot of watch enthusiasts seem to be into. There's even a huge Facebook group that combines the two. 

So I'll be doing it with this watch on my wrist as usual. 

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It's home coffee brewing. 

I got a simple strainer for now but the goal would be to make real espressos at home which apparently requires 9 bars of pressure if I want the good stuff.

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I'm not a fan of electric appliances because they are expensive, take up space, need a lot of cleaning and often don't last very long. 

Strange how it's totally reversed from watches where quartz is usually the more durable option.

I considered a mechanical device like this from Flair. 

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But I'm pretty sure I can make a better one myself... ๐Ÿค” (And by better I mean cheaper)

I do have a drill press which might be perfect if I can find a pressure cup thing to put under it. 

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For now I can get espresso for a few shmeckles if I go out (see photo with restaurant cat) but it's a waste of time and money.

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Absolutely! I also have a lever machine called a La Pavoni Europiccola. I also roast my own beans at home. Holler if you have questions

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Been home brewing specialty coffee since 2019, and been part of our local coffee home brewers group on FB since then! Started watch collecting October 2021.ย 

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I use mostly cone drippers of all sorts + French press...

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Carafe Collection...

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Haven't ventured or invested in espresso making devices as these are beyond my budget. But, I did receive a Moka Pot last year for my birthday.

Cheers and enjoy, bud! โ˜•

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Iโ€™m an espresso snob. Iโ€™ve been making espresso daily at home for 20 years. Iโ€™ve used a bunch of machines, and about every portable setup you can think of.

The flair isnt great. Itโ€™s really a lot of trouble to use, preheat, etc.. adn doesnt make great espresso. I sold it pretty quick. The best portable setup Iโ€™ve tried by far is called the 9barista. Itโ€™s what I use on my boat. I wouldnโ€™t bother with anything else. I use a quality hand grinder with it and it makes very good espresso.

At home, have a well built solid machine and grinder made by Profitec (sister company of ECM). The machine is the Pro 700.

Espresso is like anything else. You can spend a lot of money, and endlessly tweak your skills. Itโ€™s a nuance thing, where the little things make a big difference. Most people who make espresso donโ€™t have a good foundation and their espresso isnt very good. That goes for coffee shops too. 75% of American coffee shops have horrible espresso, and people dont know it because its covered with milk and syrup. In contrast, virtually any corner cafe in Italy has excellent espresso.