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    "I do a lot of reference cupping, and I know that there are flavour nuances I can no longer detect. Getting old sucks, except for the alternative. Basing your buying decisions on ancient guys with buggered tastebuds is also likely to lead to suckage." --Alan Frew, Opinions of coffeereview.com?
  • HB: Finally! The first Favorite Espressos 2017 review is complete. Your comments are welcome.
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    "Habituation to the flavors of the roast one commonly drinks is the main reason good baristas can pull lousy shots -- excessively burnt dark roasts, bitter caramel medium roasts, and cutting salty/bitter light roasts -- the baristas literally don't taste it anymore, and get upset when someone tells them their shots are not balanced." --Jim Schulman, Weird case of salty espresso
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    "Not much, but [the robot barista] satisfies the relentless need for bay area residents to do something novel with their cellphones." --Tom Chips, Robot Barista?? Good bye jobs
  • HB: The price may put it out of reach of home baristas, but cafe owners should check out the PuqPress Automatic Tamper Review. Precise, consistent, easy = one less training worry.
  • HB: Check out the TRENDING navigation choice for what's new in the forums. Questions/comments about this feature are welcome here.
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    "Digital readouts, unless properly calibrated, offer what I jokingly refer to as 'digital comfort'. They offer the illusion that the actual brew temperature is a fixed number, ignoring that (a) unless calibrated, it's probably wrong, and (b) brew temperature isn't a single data point, but a curve throughout the extraction." --Dan Kehn, Help select new espresso machine! Budget $4500
  • HB: Welcome Caffe Lusso to the roster of HB sponsors! See Favorite Espressos 2016 for more details (it was the second coffee reviewed in 2016).
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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
  • Quotable Quote:
    "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
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    "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
  • Quotable Quote:
    "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!
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    "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
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    "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
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    "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!?!
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