I got mine on the 4th - I'm just a home roaster but on the homeroast mailing list the Twist got mentioned. It sounded neat so I looked it up. It looked neat so I showed the wife. She's known as 'the ever-indulgent wife' and told me it was neat, we should get one. So I did.
First few shots weren't bad. Not terribly good
either but we were having fun.
After reading the Second Look thread and playing some the shots are starting to get pretty good.
Intelligentsia included a pound of their Black Cat with it so I've mostly used that. Brought it to work the other day to show off - I mean, treat my co-workers.
The method I'm using is based on my tests and what I've read.
I've got one my hand grinders dialed in reasonably well and I use a Bodum Ibis pot from my travel kit for the water.
I pull out the basket and put the chamber back on the ring and set it on the coaster. Fill with boiling water, put on the lid and let it sit while I weigh & grind the beans - for the first shot I might even wait a bit before I start so it gets a minute or two soak.
When the beans are ground & tamped, cup is pre heated I take off the water chamber, dump out the water, drop the basket in place, put on chamber, fill with fresh boiling water, dump the cup-pre-heat and pull the shot.
Most of you should be better at all of this than I am (being not much of an espresso guy) so you should be able to get really
good shots. Of course, you'll also have higher standards so you may not like them as well.
For me it's good for home and travel - I have high enough standards I'd need a good espresso machine but insufficient budget and counter space for it. I've got everything else so the Twist gives me the small part I was missing. For travel I'll make up a case to carry the Twist and it's supplies similar to the converted small suitcase I use for my normal coffee stuff. Just take a case and use foam pad to make compartments. Need the Twist, cartridges, tamper, grinder, cups, water pot, coffee, and some misc bits.