cafeIKE wrote:For some, enjoyment of the process is inversely proportional to the number of actions and gadgets required.
Others, not so.
I had my first espresso more than 40 years ago with an Italian girl friend :
First-a, you grind-a da caffe
Next-a, you fill-a da basket
Next-a, you make-a da room
Next-a, you pull-a da shot
Nothing has changed.
First-a you set-a the timer on your E grinder
Next-a you set the PID to the correct temp
Next-a you select-a the correct VST basket for your dose
Next-a you grind-a the shot
Next-a you weigh the shot
Next-a you put a collar on the basket and pull out your needle and WDT
Next-a you use Stockfleth's move to distribute the grounds
Next-a you select your favorite Reg Barber tamper and apply exactly 20lbs of pressure
Next-a you put the pf in the machine
Next-a you use the paddle to apply line pressure to the puck
Next-a you move the paddle to full pump pressure
Oh I give up!!!! Next time, I'll just drive to *$