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  • Quotable Quote:
    "Think some of the other posters went a bit overboard on the gear side, to me it's about the result and not about the equipment... guess I'm a minimalist on espresso as with my approach to audio." --Marcel, Built-In Espresso Machine
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    "Badly paid job full of annoying people customers. Are you really sure you want to do it?" asks Lukas, to which Dave replies "That applies to most jobs! Just remember: everyone brings joy - some when they arrive and others when they leave." How can I work as a barista?
  • HB: Site update is complete! It features even more improved support for mobile phones. Please let me know if something isn't working (e.g., missing links, layout problems).
  • HB: Nossa Coffee is offering HB members 20% off for their Microlot coffees and Full Cycle. Discount code is HBDEAL20. Thanks GeoffPDX for arranging the discount!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "This will be obvious to experienced members of this forum; however I shudder to think how much time I wasted changing grind settings, temperatures, pre-infusion times and much else, when the real culprit was the coffee I had been using." --Matt Hoffman, The coffee is more important than I realised
  • HB: La Marzocco has joined the HB sponsors and would like learn more from current owners. If you have a GS/3, please see Calling all La Marzocco GS/3 Owners! Fill out their survey and get a nice thank-you gift.
  • HB: Upgrade lust begins: Single Group Slayer Review.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Never underestimate the ability of Internet users to ignore relevant information in their quest for answers." --Dan Kehn, Wet Puck
  • HB: Welcome new sponsor Cerini Coffee & Gifts! They are the official US importer for Olympia Express, makers of the popular Cremina and Maximatic espresso machines. Johnny Cerini will be checking in regularly to help out with questions and share what's new in Marketplace.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Good espresso comes from getting all the roughly dozen different necessary things roughly right; it does not come from getting one thing absolutely right." --Jim Schulman, How to improve reverse osmosis water for espresso
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I'm not going criticize anyone for how they want to learn. Like two golfers playing in the rain that see two people in a boat fishing. One golfer comments 'look at those fools fishing in the rain' and one fisherman comments 'look at those fools playing golf in the rain.'" --Keith Jones, Grinder Recommendations
  • Quotable Quote:
    "There are no short cuts to becoming a highly skilled barista. You need to pull and taste lots of shots. You need to X. You need to Y. You need to... Why do I keep saying "need"? Because you can't access what high-end equipment does better without these skills." --Russel, Should I feel guilty about buying a La Marzocco GS/3?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "If milk is foamed to the point of dryness with a gummy consistency, or contains large bubbles, and is added to espresso in any ratio, whether or not flavored with syrups or dusted with cocoa or cinnamon, the resulting drink is called swill." --Rich (boar_d_laze), Volume of latte/cappuccino for best taste
  • HB: TomC and drgary join Team HB. Welcome gentlemen!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Coffee oils and aromatic compounds are volatile. After a month, you're essentially trying to extract what's not there anymore. You're pushing hot water thru ground cellulose." --Tom Chips, Aged espresso bean results fast and watery extraction flow?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "You want a good shot? Go make some espresso. Pull. Taste. Observe. Read some more, and then practice some more. This is FOOD we're talking about here. It's not brain surgery. It's not magic." --Dan S., How many cafes are getting bored with espresso?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "There's always a temptation to believe it only applies to clueless amateurs; but as many abashed wine and food experts know, the more expertise you have, the greater your store of experience and vocabulary with which you can delude yourself." --Jim Schulman, Want your coffee to taste better? Call it Eco-friendly
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Feeling like I know zero. But hey, it's a win if I can get everyone to call HX machines 'humpy things'" --Damon Bowe, HX vs. Double Boiler Espresso Machines
  • Quotable Quote:
    "In real life terms, if you've got an unexpected demand for a particular machine, you can be looking at a 4 to 6 month delay between the time you order them and when they arrive. At which time you can only hope they're still popular." --Alan Frew, Why is it so difficult to find espresso equipment in stock in the USA?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "AND if you want to really make a difference in the coffee world out HERE, kiss your job and security good-bye like I did and do something about it. Complaining is easy." --Mike McGinness, owner of Compass Coffee Roasting, Why Do Cafes with Great Machines Make Bad Espresso?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Of the two grinders you asked to compare, there is a difference. One will be inadequate and the other woefully inadequate. I'll let you decide which you prefer." --Brandon (pacificmanitou), Baratza Virtuoso vs. Rancilio Rocky
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I distinctly recall my disappointment the first time I tried a cup of specialty coffee. I didn't want a clean and nuanced cup. I wanted a bitter and roasty brew. People learn to like what they drink everyday. It's tough to overcome that without changing their expectations somehow." --David, When "good" coffees fail to impress
  • Quotable Quote:
    "If you pull different espresso blends each day, double boilers are a pain since you can't change temperatures on the fly. If you pull just one very persnickety blend, an HX is a pain since you can't dial it in its temperature as precisely and repeatedly. You just need to know how you like to pull shots." --Jim Schulman, HX vs. double boiler temperature stability
  • HB: Welcome Boot Camp Coffee! They offer online courses that will "guide you through the theory and practice of coffee roasting, coffee quality analysis (cupping), importing, issues with growing and processing coffee, blending coffee and other important business aspects of the coffee industry".
  • HB: No more delays! The La Marzocco GS/3 MP Review is back on track. It is also featured in the video Newbie Introduction to Espresso - Latte Art with Lem Butler.
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