mjoets wrote:I have been wondering, if you set aside ergonomics but focus on the "in the cup quality" what combination would deliver professional barista results at the lowest cost? Would the Flair Espresso Maker and the the Pharos grinder combination qualify?
I think a setup the user wants to use regularly and can easily adjust and set optimally is the way to go.
If Pharos is a pain for your hands, it doesn't qualify. If flair requires too much fiddling to preheat and isn't consistent for you then it doesn't qualify.
personally, shifting from a Pharos to Sette made a big difference for me because i was more likely to do more shots and improve technique given the lighter roasts I have.
Same with the espresso machine. Personally, modifying my Gaggia Classic with a PID and automated preinfusion and flush function makes it more likely for me to use it regularly and keep it flushed out and not clogged up in its 3 way valve.
I think god shots depend on people, and people depend on a system that works synergistically with them.
I'm not the kind of person who turns making a drink into a professional Olympic training exercise with hours of practice.
For others, that kind of approach is some form of OCD they want to engage in.