Archived Polls

Opinions collected from the site's home page.

Polls 2013

What is your age?
18-24  361 Votes  14%
25-34  796 Votes  31%
35-44  603 Votes  23%
45-54  451 Votes  18%
55-64  257 Votes  10%
65+  100 Votes  4%

Total votes : 2568
Should this site have a buy/sell forum?
Yes  702 Votes  81%
No  76 Votes  9%
Don't care  88 Votes  10%

Total votes : 866

Polls 2011 & 2012

How much did you spend on your favorite tamper?
$0 (gift or don't own one)  357 Votes  14%
$20 or less  379 Votes  14%
$40 or less  647 Votes  25%
$60 or less  392 Votes  15%
More than $60  865 Votes  33%

Total votes : 2640
How do you rate this site's mobile interface?
Very good  307 Votes  50%
Good  89 Votes  15%
OK  85 Votes  14%
Unacceptable  44 Votes  7%
Never access with mobile device  88 Votes  14%

Total votes : 613

Polls 2010

How much do you spend on
roasted coffee per month?
Less than $25  339 Votes  27%
$25 to $50  500 Votes  40%
More than $50  276 Votes  22%
None (e.g., home roaster)  137 Votes  11%

Total votes : 1252
How do you typically learn about new coffees to try?
Roasters' newsletters / websites  189 Votes  25%
Online coffee reviews  223 Votes  30%
Friends' recommendations  142 Votes  19%
Forum recommendations  191 Votes  26%

Total votes : 745

Polls 2009

Are tampers overrated?
Yes  357 Votes  51%
No  344 Votes  49%

Total votes : 701
When is your espresso 'last call' due to caffeine?
Late morning  347 Votes  17%
Lunchtime  168 Votes  8%
Mid afternoon  363 Votes  18%
Late afternoon  404 Votes  20%
Evening  383 Votes  19%
None  341 Votes  17%

Total votes : 2006
 
What's your favorite espresso drink?
Straight espresso  713 Votes  42%
Latte  364 Votes  21%
Cappuccino  371 Votes  22%
Macchiato  133 Votes  8%
Other  121 Votes  7%

Total votes : 1702
Does recent economic news affect your coffee purchases?
No  352 Votes  77%
Yes, I am buying less coffee  57 Votes  12%
Yes, I am buying more coffee  48 Votes  11%

Total votes : 457

Polls 2008

How often do you drink coffee (not espresso)?
Regularly  535 Votes  73%
Occasionally  74 Votes  10%
Rarely  127 Votes  17%

Total votes : 736
Which boiler design does your [primary] espresso machine have?
Single boiler  724 Votes  47%
Heat exchanger  372 Votes  24%
Steam/brew boiler (levers)  119 Votes  8%
Double boiler  321 Votes  21%

Total votes : 1536

How many espresso 'sink shots' do you pull?
None  161 Votes  43%
1 out of 10  113 Votes  30%
2 out of 10  48 Votes  13%
3 out of 10  35 Votes  9%
4 or more out of 10  15 Votes  5%

Total votes : 372

Do you own more than one coffee grinder?
Yes  382 Votes  63%
No, not needed  129 Votes  21%
No, for cost/space reasons  94 Votes  16%

Total votes : 605

Are you going to the SCAA conference?
Yes  61 Votes  30%
No  77 Votes  37%
What's the SCAA?  69 Votes  33%

Total votes : 207
How many pounds of coffee per month for your household?
Less than 1 pound  62 Votes  12%
1 pound  57 Votes  11%
2 pounds  135 Votes  26%
3 pounds  109 Votes  21%
4 pounds or more  157 Votes  30%

Total votes : 520

Polls 2007


How is the site performance?
Fast  138 Votes  63%
OK  46 Votes  21%
Sometimes too slow  23 Votes  11%
Frequently too slow  12 Votes  5%

Total votes : 219

Are you playing the HB Holiday Wish List game?
Yes  96 Votes  71%
No, not eligible  22 Votes  16%
No, not interested  17 Votes  13%

Total votes : 135

Does your coffee beverage consumption change in summertime?  
Drink less  99 Votes  35%
Drink more  21 Votes  7%
No change  165 Votes  58%

Total votes : 285

Do you change coffees / espresso blends in a typical week?
No, I drink the same one  105 Votes  50%
Yes, I drink 2 different ones  49 Votes  24%
Yes, I drink 3 different ones  28 Votes  13%
Yes, I drink 4 or more different ones  28 Votes  13%

Total votes : 210

Ever participate in a coffee cupping?
Yes  166 Votes  45%
No  206 Votes  55%

Total votes : 372

Would you upgrade from a Mazzer Mini class grinder?
Yes  145 Votes  41%
Maybe  49 Votes  14%
No, there's no reason to upgrade  101 Votes  29%
No, upgrade would cost too much  55 Votes  16%

Total votes : 350

Do you add sugar to your espresso?
Regularly  118 Votes  30%
Occasionally  49 Votes  13%
Rarely  38 Votes  10%
Never  183 Votes  47%

Total votes : 388

Do you freeze coffee?
Regularly  97 Votes  28%
Occasionally  37 Votes  11%
Rarely  29 Votes  8%
Never  184 Votes  53%

Total votes : 347

Does your holiday shopping include espresso-related gifts?
Yes, for family/friends  67 Votes  44%
Yes, for me  58 Votes  38%
Maybe, haven't decided  8 Votes  5%
No  19 Votes  13%

Total votes : 152

Do you homeroast?
Yes  207 Votes  56%
No, but interested  99 Votes  27%
No, not interested  61 Votes  17%

Total votes : 367

Polls 2006


Are you interested in barista competitions?
Yes  87 Votes  65%
No  47 Votes  35%

Total votes : 134

Do your friends & family think you spend too much on espresso?
Yes  283 Votes  79%
No  75 Votes  21%

Total votes : 358

Do you use single baskets to make espresso?
Yes  136 Votes  30%
Sometimes  32 Votes  7%
Rarely  126 Votes  28%
What's a single basket?  162 Votes  36%

Total votes : 456

How long did you research before buying an espresso machine / grinder?
Less than a few hours  73 Votes  19%
A few hours  19 Votes  5%
A day  13 Votes  3%
A few days  22 Votes  6%
A week  18 Votes  5%
A few weeks  88 Votes  22%
A few months  124 Votes  32%
I don't know, I can't decide!  35 Votes  9%

Total votes : 392

How much have you spent on espresso equipment?
Greater than $3000  44 Votes  20%
$2500 - $3000  10 Votes  5%
$2000 - $2499  8 Votes  4%
$1500 - $1999  21 Votes  10%
$1000 - $1499  37 Votes  17%
$500 - $999  96 Votes  44%
Less than $500   0%

Total votes : 216

How long have you been making espresso at home?
Just thinking about it  49 Votes  16%
Less than a month  20 Votes  6%
A few months  14 Votes  4%
Less than a year  26 Votes  8%
1-2 years  38 Votes  12%
2-3 years  37 Votes  12%
3-5 years  38 Votes  12%
5+ years  90 Votes  29%

Total votes : 312

Are you going to the SCAA conference?
Yes  127 Votes  44%
No  81 Votes  28%
What's the SCAA?  83 Votes  29%

Total votes : 291

How often do you drink single origin espressos?
Regularly  81 Votes  59%
Occasionally  25 Votes  18%
Rarely  18 Votes  13%
Never  13 Votes  9%

Total votes : 137

How often do you visit cafes?
Daily  99 Votes  36%
Every few days  55 Votes  20%
Weekly  28 Votes  10%
Few times a month  34 Votes  12%
Every few months  15 Votes  5%
Rarely  46 Votes  17%

Total votes : 277

Abstain for a month: Which do you choose?
Espresso  67 Votes  67%
Sex  33 Votes  33%

Total votes : 100

Polls 2005


How often do you prepare espresso for guests?
Everyday  27 Votes  29%
Almost every day  15 Votes  16%
Most weekends / holidays  18 Votes  19%
Few times a month  22 Votes  24%
Rarely  9 Votes  10%
Never  2 Votes  2%

Total votes : 93

Plan to take advantage of HB wish list gift discounts?
Yes, already did!  74 Votes  56%
Not yet, but planning on it 24 Votes  18%
No matches for me :-(  10 Votes  8%
Haven't looked yet  16 Votes  12%
Not interested  3 Votes  2%
Not in budget  4 Votes  3%

Total votes : 131

Own a lever espresso machine?
Yes (primary)  122 Votes  45%
Yes (secondary)  25 Votes  9%
No, but would like one  83 Votes  31%
No, not interested  41 Votes  15%

Total votes : 271

How often do you visit the HB forum?
Never / not interested  34 Votes  16%
First time visitor  75 Votes  36%
Every month or so  9 Votes  4%
Every few weeks  11 Votes  5%
Weekly  34 Votes  16%
Daily  31 Votes  15%
More than once a day  17 Votes  8%

Total votes : 211

Why didn't you enter the HB SwagFest?
Didn't know about it  79 Votes  61%
Too busy  9 Votes  7%
Don't like writing  7 Votes  5%
Ineligible  9 Votes  7%
No good ideas  4 Votes  3%
My idea was already taken  1 Votes  1%
Not enough experience  8 Votes  6%
Missed the deadline  4 Votes  3%
Not interested  9 Votes  7%

Total votes : 130

Upgrading espresso machine or grinder this year?
Yes  117 Votes  81%
No  28 Votes  19%

Total votes : 145

Where do you buy roasted coffee?
Café  90 Votes  33%
Grocery store  20 Votes  7%
Local roaster  53 Votes  19%
None (homeroast)  58 Votes  21%
Online / mailorder  53 Votes  19%

Total votes : 274

How did you find HB?
Search engine  54 Votes  26%
Blog  21 Votes  10%
Forum / BBS / newsgroup  64 Votes  31%
Vendor website  41 Votes  20%
Friend  18 Votes  9%
Other  9 Votes  4%

Total votes : 207

Your favorite HB forum is...?
Barista Tips & Techniques  77 Votes  36%
Espresso Gear  81 Votes  38%
Knockbox  8 Votes  4%
Marketplace  23 Votes  11%
The Bench  14 Votes  7%
Overextracted  4 Votes  2%
Didn't know about forums  8 Votes  4%

Total votes : 215