Quotable Quote: "For me, learning from my Cremina is like learning to be a parent... I now give no advice, I just try to take solid advice. This whole thing has humbled me in a really wonderful way, and I'm better for it, completely apart from the espresso." --Bill (Czar0001), LMWDP Rollcall
Quotable Quote: "In the last year there have been a lot of well funded inquiries looking for the 'best' this and the 'best' that. I'd like to posit that time and experience is a more valuable luxury than expensive equipment. The best fit for you now might be eclipsed later by a better fit for a later you." --Russell, BEST espresso grinder to date??
Quotable Quote: "What I've realized over time for myself, is that it's not so much that I want better espresso, but that I want new espresso toys." — Greg Gardner, My Olympia Cremina & ungrade-itis
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?
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