Good evening all. I spent a couple hours last night taking a class at Regalia Coffee in NYC, on how to use the Decent DE1+PRO. It was a great experience, and I'm almost certain to get one now. I'm traveling for the next few weeks, so I won't order until shortly before I get back home, but I'm definitely impressed by the machine. And Paolo at Regalia really does a fantastic job explaining how it works and how to get the most from it. Spending a couple hours at Regalia really made me want to learn about roasting too, but that's a project for another day!
From my note on the "Cafes" forum:
I ... took the Decent DE1 class last night with Paolo [at Regalia Coffee]. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and for me it was well worth the time and money. I got some hands on time with the Decent machine, and really got a feel for what it's like to use. And like many people who try the machine, I'm very likely to be ordering one soon. But I also want to give credit to Paolo, who is a great teacher. He has a very deep understanding of coffee and espresso, from development of the roasted bean through to all aspects of espresso production. He explains some fairly complex concepts very clearly, and his passion for helping people make great coffee is very evident. I highly recommend this if you are near the NYC area.