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  • HB: Help us pick! See Candidates for Favorite Espressos 2020 to nominate your favorites.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The Italians don't need it, they invented espresso. The French don't need it, they're better at everything food-related. The English don't need it, they drink tea. The Dutch don't need it, as we know it better. The Germans/Swedes need a manual because..." --Marcel, The surprising things you can learn from a user manual
  • Quotable Quote:
    "If you want espresso porn, grind coarse and overstuff the basket. The shot will pour and look gorgeous; the taste ... not so much." --Jim Schulman, Am I sentenced to a life of single-dosing voodoo?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Milk is your best friend for less impressive shots." --Randy, I accept espresso that's only "OK"
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The jump from no-fuss to gimme-fuss [espresso preparation] takes on greater importance as one moves to more delicate roasts. Maybe I've got simple tastes, but I tend to prefer more traditional roasts that also happen to be easier to pull consistently without much fuss." --Tom, "But I don't want to become a barista"
  • HB: Need a break? Tune in for Whole Latte Love's live streaming. They'll be taking questions from YouTube and the HB forums.
  • HB: Want no fuss espresso? Check out the Lelit Mara X review.
  • PSA: Support your local roasters- Discount Shipping Codes
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I think that readers really need to be careful to distinguish what is backed up and supported by rigorous experimental work and what is subjective opinion." --Luca Costanzo, Biggest Scientific Study on Espresso Extraction
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I would not say it is a mistake for people to read as much as they can when they are getting into coffee, but it is important to experiment and learn and be prepared to waste a bit of time and coffee and have an open mind." -- Paul Pratt, Cafelat Robot User Experience
  • HB: Welcome new sponsor Flair Espresso! And they have a special offer just for HB members, click here for details.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "It's the water. Don't put water in the boiler and you will not have wet pucks." --Richard, How to avoid wet pucks with spring lever?
  • HB: Welcome new sponsor Torr Toys, international premium designer, manufacturer and developer of fine espresso and coffee tools. They're best know for their tampers, but also make custom GLASS grinder hoppers and more!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "As a long-time moderator, I've learned to never underestimate a first-time poster's ability to ignore useful information in their quest to get an answer." --Dan Kehn, Why do the same questions have to be answered every 60-90 days?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I don't care what's involved in coffee... anybody willing to pay that much for any coffee has WAY more money than common sense. For that price per/lb I could buy around 650 lbs. of quality green and be set for quite awhile." --Timmy (Espresso_Junky), Anyone tasted Espresso Lab's $250 cup of coffee
  • HB: Welcome returning sponsor Cafe Demitasse! They've got a new offering, the one-stop shop for a brewkit. You start with a brewer and add what you need; the more you order, the greater the discount. :-)
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  • Quotable Quote:
    "If you insulated the machine when not in use, it should reduce the energy usage as it would reduce heat loss. Placing something like a tea cosy over the machine would do it. There's a business opportunity - custom quilts for your espresso machine." --Scott M, Leaving it on 24/7
  • HB: A great addition to the team: Luca joins Team HB.
  • HB: Welcome new sponsors J-Town Coffee and Coffee Courses. Hint: Be on the lookout for HB member-only discounts in the Marketplace.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The idea that the puck should be firm and knock out neatly is not just wrong, it's actually bad. The finer the grind; the sloppier, gooier, and wetter the puck. But for good extractions, you want a fine grind. A major point of pressure profiling is long preinfusions with grinds so fine they would stall out an ordinary espresso machine." --Jim Schulman, Lelit Bianca User Experience
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Sigh... I should have remembered the first rule of bulletin boards: never give advice to anyone who already knows what they want to do." —Jim Schulman, Comments on Niche Zero Review
  • RapidCoffee: The Decent Espresso DE1+ Review has begun!
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The idea was to come up with a direct relationship between taste and refractive index, this might work for some roast levels and coffees but has proved to be less than reliable." --Rich Goodin, Why TDS/extraction yield measurements are not a good way to evaluate taste profile/quality?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Hobbyists might have very different goals, but until one can get to the point where they ... get consistent results, they have no business trying for accidental coffee nirvana." --Alan (Almico), Finding balanced cup in pourover
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