Donguanella wrote:Agree with all of the above! It's funny how many of us DE1PRO folks are ex-Slayer and ex-GS3.
I don't think it's funny. I think it's expected. While there are plenty of people who's starter machine is a Slayer or a GS/3, (or an LMLM), there are still plenty of Slayer and GS/3 owners who bought those machines when they were the cutting edge, and now understand the benefits of beginning to end flow profiling, and realize that those machines are not capable of that. So their migration to machines that can do beginning to end flow control is not surprising. This is still pretty new stuff. There are still new baristas who don't even know (or understand) about full flow control, and are looking at Slayer/Speedster/LMLM as starter machines. Some of them are posting about their dream Speedster or LMLM orwhat have you, right here on HB, where flow profiling is at the fore.
In fairness, I should say that some of them simply aren't interested in the super light roasts that you tame with super low debit, long pre infusion, in which case those old guard machines are still as good as it gets. Also, I should say that while Slayer only offers "two speeds", (high and low debit), and it's better in low debit than the others, and therefore delivers more of the benefit of flow profiling than the others.
Me? I can't live without full flow control beginning to end, either.