Psyd wrote:And Nick, it seems to me that you need to trade in the SJ for something a bit more portable, so you can get a small, say, lever machine to take with you when you got to places like Austin. I have tow portable kits depending on how much of a nomad I'm planning to be. A Factory 16 and a PeDe for Rock and Corporate trips, and a Silvia and a Rocky for Theatrical tours!
I have the "La Pavoni" Factory 16, a Professional, albeit 20 years old but in near mint condition. I have taken it and a Mazzer Mini on road trips before, but I think I just need a PeDe or something like it at this point. Sometime I'll pick one up at Orphan Espresso on the cheap (ish). For now, I am just enjoying the Cafe scene. Caffé Medici in Austin pulls a sublime cappuccino, and while their espresso is not usually something I would write home about, it's pretty nice too--better than I'd get with a PeDe and La Pavoni, methinks. Levers really are swell travelers, aren't they, though?
As for the SJ, I think I'll keep it for now. It grinds about as fast as the Robur, and I am keen to compare the cups over the next few months and see if I can tell any big difference in cup quality/character. It's a very, very nice grinder, and I may dedicate it for easy espresso blends that I often get. One reason the Robur has piqued my interest is the prospect of dealing better with lighter roasted, finicky single origin coffees--I was hoping for more clarity and sweetness in my cup, and just an easier time all around. The Super Jolly leaves little to be desired with "easy," mellow, balanced espresso blends. Who knows, though? Maybe he'll be dedicated to Decaf, if I ever start drinking it?