• Announcements
  • HB: As posted in the Marketplace, Cimarron Coffee Roasters is offering a 20% discount AND free shipping to HB members for the rest of January. Use discount code: HBNewYearBlends. Thanks Eric!
  • HB: Please welcome Cliff & Pebble to the roster of HB sponsors!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Drinking coffee is for sissies. I mainline my brew." — Alan (Almico), No good coffee/espresso shops. Is it just me?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Who needs good espresso when you have good espresso equipment? It turns out that bragging rights don't taste any better in the cup if you don't put them to good use." --Jake Groseclos, My long and rambling path to preinfusion/pressure profiling
  • HB: Please welcome Cimarron Coffee Roasters to the roster of HB sponsors!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The E61 is analogous to the analogue turntable and as with the turntable, the pending death of the ubiquitous E61 is greatly exaggerated." --Steve (BaristaBoy E61), Do you guys think the E61 grouphead is outdated?
  • HB: Please welcome naked-portafilter.com to the roster of HB sponsors! Maker of cool tampers (especially the "pencil" design), bottomless portafilters, and pressure gauge kits for levers.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "They're nice espresso machines, but without a great coffee, industry standard grinder and good water chemistry, there isn't much difference between a shot you could pull on one and a Silvia IMHO." --DJ, Slayer in New York?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "A poorly extracted coffee has nowhere to hide in a shot, but can find guiltless immunity under the shelter of a Rosetta." --Evan (Italyhound), How to recognize good espresso?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "If you're a perfectionist, you probably shouldn't buy from a slob - one person's patina is another's damage. If you're buying used espresso equipment because you can't afford the same item new, you need some cash reserves to deal with failures." --David (bluesman), Used or new espresso machine?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "This choice is not about the coffee tasting, but the coffee making." --Jim Schulman, Baratza Sette 270 vs Kinu M47
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The true mark of sophistication is understanding one's own tastes!" --Felice, Baratza Sette vs. Monolith Flat: No difference in cup?
  • HB: Welcome new HB sponsor Artpresso Design, makers of the Solo Tamp that combines grounds distribution/grooming and tamping in one unit.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Many will say this endless state of innovation is good for the industry - very hard to argue with - except to say the too much breeds cynicism. Cynicism is what the high end audio world is learning to cope with right now (and it isn't pretty)." --Assaf Litai, Deliciously overextracted
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I do a lot of reference cupping, and I know that there are flavour nuances I can no longer detect. Getting old sucks, except for the alternative. Basing your buying decisions on ancient guys with buggered tastebuds is also likely to lead to suckage." --Alan Frew, Opinions of coffeereview.com?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Habituation to the flavors of the roast one commonly drinks is the main reason good baristas can pull lousy shots -- excessively burnt dark roasts, bitter caramel medium roasts, and cutting salty/bitter light roasts -- the baristas literally don't taste it anymore, and get upset when someone tells them their shots are not balanced." --Jim Schulman, Weird case of salty espresso
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Not much, but [the robot barista] satisfies the relentless need for bay area residents to do something novel with their cellphones." --Tom Chips, Robot Barista?? Good bye jobs
  • HB: The price may put it out of reach of home baristas, but cafe owners should check out the PuqPress Automatic Tamper Review. Precise, consistent, easy = one less training worry.
  • HB: Check out the TRENDING navigation choice for what's new in the forums. Questions/comments about this feature are welcome here.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Digital readouts, unless properly calibrated, offer what I jokingly refer to as 'digital comfort'. They offer the illusion that the actual brew temperature is a fixed number, ignoring that (a) unless calibrated, it's probably wrong, and (b) brew temperature isn't a single data point, but a curve throughout the extraction." --Dan Kehn, Help select new espresso machine! Budget $4500
  • HB: Welcome Caffe Lusso to the roster of HB sponsors! See Favorite Espressos 2016 for more details (it was the second coffee reviewed in 2016).
  • Quotable Quote:
    "While taste should be the final evaluation, if you are looking to improve consistency, the scale is the most important diagnostic tool there is. Taste will tell you if it's good. The scale will tell you how to make it good again." --Michael, Grinder Epiphany with the Baratza Sette 270
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Most people who advance through the coffee hobby far enough eventually end up with a Titan, and even still, they eventually abandon the idea of the all-in-one grinder. That a grinder can grind from press to Turkish, doesn't make the owner's tolerance for the hassle of going back and forth any higher." --Peter Russell, Baratza Sette: The Good, Bad, and Interesting
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Financing an espresso machine is a sign that you probably shouldn't be buying it... borrowing to buy luxury items is most often an aberration and a terrible role model, especially before establishing a basic financial path with realistic expectations for the future." --David (bluesman), Affording coffee as a hobby
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I wouldn't have dismissed it on the basis of 'eye cupping', the only way to judge coffee quality (or otherwise) is in the cup. And by that I mean actually cupping it and not putting it through an espresso grinder/machine/refractometer dance with all the attendant variables." --Alan Frew, Coffee quality based on photos
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