So day one is down. Whew...
The machine is all set-up (for now it's running off a 5 gallon tank, a Flo-Jet pump set-up with an Everpure filtration unit and a 3 gallon wastewater tank). Setting it up was actually pretty damn quick. I continue to wonder why all home machines are not plumbed in.
After my first day - I honestly cannot see why anyone would prefer a not plumbed in machine. It is so
nice to be able to go back to rinsing cups under the hot water spout, dumping shots in the drain tray, pulling shot after shot after shot... and just not worrying
Anyway... the machine is simply gorgeous to look at. It really reminds me of the Art Deco "trash can" Faema machines from the late '40s and early '50s. It just, to me, screams Italian Espresso Machine. Lovely!!
I started off by stripping the chrome out of one of the provided double portafilter. I hate the taste that a new, chromed portafilter imparts to espresso and for the last 3 years have assidiously stripped all chrome from new portafilters before pulling any shots.Well broken in La Marzocco on left, new stripped portafilter in middle, new raw portafilter on right
I scrubbed and backflushed the machine and then pulled a couple garbage shots. Then I loaded up the Cimbali Junior with some of the Olympia Coffee Roasting
Big Truck espresso (as Terry was helping out) and pulled a triple shot.... a bit hot and a bit fast. A quick adjustment and the second shot...
Terry and I looked at each other. I said, "you know this blend better than I do but this tastes like the best shot of Big Truck I've had." He said it was an excellent, excellent shot.
Nice powdered chocolate notes, a little high end winey fruit, good aromatics, heavy body... nice.
Okay... some more shots. Some experimentation. In goes the naked portafilter, then the stock portafilter, then back to the La Marzocco one. Wow... more really good shots.
Roll in the Stumptown Hairbender
, swap in the standard Briccoletta portafilter and a few tweaks to the grind later... voila.
I believe we have a winner.