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    "While taste should be the final evaluation, if you are looking to improve consistency, the scale is the most important diagnostic tool there is. Taste will tell you if it's good. The scale will tell you how to make it good again." --Michael, Grinder Epiphany with the Baratza Sette 270
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    "Most people who advance through the coffee hobby far enough eventually end up with a Titan, and even still, they eventually abandon the idea of the all-in-one grinder. That a grinder can grind from press to Turkish, doesn't make the owner's tolerance for the hassle of going back and forth any higher." --Peter Russell, Baratza Sette: The Good, Bad, and Interesting
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Financing an espresso machine is a sign that you probably shouldn't be buying it... borrowing to buy luxury items is most often an aberration and a terrible role model, especially before establishing a basic financial path with realistic expectations for the future." --David (bluesman), Affording coffee as a hobby
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    "I wouldn't have dismissed it on the basis of 'eye cupping', the only way to judge coffee quality (or otherwise) is in the cup. And by that I mean actually cupping it and not putting it through an espresso grinder/machine/refractometer dance with all the attendant variables." --Alan Frew, Coffee quality based on photos
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    "There's people on sites like this who steadfastly tweak and work on stuff in search of perfection, far in excess of what is needed to simply produce a cup of coffee." --Larry, Why do expensive espresso machines need restoration so soon?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Didn't some Chess Records musician burn down a motel making squirrel stew with an immersion heater? A cautionary tale my mother told me growing up in Eastern NC about the dangers of immersion heaters. She was fine with eating squirrel." --Felice, Immersion heater recommendation
  • HB: Please welcome dominico to Team HB!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "There are many people on this and other coffee forums who believe that 'data' is the plural of 'anecdote.'" -- Bill, The Myth of the Tamp and Tamper
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I would venture to say that coffee pucks are like bowel movements - not informative unless there is a sudden change in habits without any other obvious cause. Otherwise, don't go around posting pictures of it, worrying about it, or trying to analyze it." --Ken, Judge my puck please
  • HB: Please welcome new HB sponsors Decent Espresso and Versalab! We'll be hearing more about their products and plans soon in Marketplace.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "There is no reasonable justification for its price, but the upper reaches of the home espresso coffee market have reached the level at which some people will spend a lot of money on an artifact just because it costs a lot of money (then try and justify it)." --Bill Taylor, Cost justification of VST tampers
  • Quotable Quote:
    "That's why I think prosumer double boiler espresso machines aren't the greatest value. Hey, if you have money burning a hole in your pocket, then go for it. But if the budget is tight, I say up your grinder budget and get the HX over a double boiler." --Ryan, HX espresso machines... Is there any more love?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "As long as we were roasting bigger and better too (aka darker), 18 gram underextracted shots sort of worked. But now, with the fashion of lighter roasts, the underextracted shots really bite. You would think that we'd just start dosing at 14 grams again, but noooooo, that would be an unamerican and wussy." --Jim Schulman, Differences between baskets of same size, different brands
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Eight and a quarter years later of blood, sweat, long recession weathering 90-100 hour weeks ... now able to open our dream. It is sweet not having to settle for 2nd hand or 2nd best equipment or coffee house space itself any longer!" -- Mike McGinnis, First visit to Compass Coffee's new location
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The unfortunate downside to espresso at home is if it's cheap, it aint going to be easy or consistent. If it's easy and consistent, it aint going to be cheap." --Tom Chips, New buyer of espresso machine/grinder
  • TomC: The Favorite Espressos 2015 is now complete!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Easier and [much] cheaper to replace a grinder than a wife." --Jack Howard, Steel Cut Oats in My Coffee Grinder!?!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "If you do the work yourself, I cannot stress strongly enough that you should have an electrician check it out before firing it up." --Maurice, Vintage E61 wiring questions
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Using cheap beans to dial in your espresso kit is like filling your car with cheap gas and attempting a tune-up." --Gary Seeman, Trouble with mist-like channeling from bottomless portafilter
  • Quotable Quote:
    "What I love about espresso is that you can 'taste the talent'!" -- John Buckman on daily visits to the Hong Kong cafe of Kapo Chiu, 2nd place World Barista Champion, 2013. Decent Espresso promises rock-solid temperature and pressure for less than $1000
  • HB: Welcome new sponsor Blazing Bean Roasters! And in recognition of the HB community, they are offering a 10% discount with code HMBARISTA.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I came across this tamper and had to have it, the handle was nice and just the shape I wanted... but it's 58mm diameter, and my basket is I dunno, I'm not a metric kinda guy. My double basket measures about 2.030 inches give or take 5 thousandths (it's not exactly round), so this necessitated removal of around 0.260 of an inch." --Walt Tani, The stupid things we do for coffee
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Machines break, sometimes before they're sold, often just after, and customers like to thrash them for years. Keeping customers happy and machines running can cost as much as making them in the first place." --Alan Frew, Decent Espresso promises rock-solid temperature and pressure for less than $1000
  • Quotable Quote:
    "When I tried doing Rao-style profiles in this manner, they consistently beat out all my other efforts including the approaches that I had liked best in prior trials. I am always game for some blind testing of roasting theories." --Mark Spottswood, Scott Rao on The Flick
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The whole point of a lever machine is that there are far fewer constraints on making good shots, and therefore no mandatory guidelines." - Jim Schulman, Lever Espresso Machines, Fewer Constraints on Making Good Shots?
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