• Announcements
  • HB: Welcomes Aida! Be on the lookout for her posts in the forum and her Aida Batlle Selection coffees in Marketplace.
  • TomC: HB now has its own Green Coffee Exchange. See. Green Coffee Exchange for more details.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "It's worth mentioning that hanging out on a site like this, you'll find plenty of over-the-top concern about minor details." --Dan Kehn, Reason for cooling down boiler?
  • HB: Jeff joins Team HB!
  • HB: Check it out! Help shape the winning espresso blend and get a discount, too! See Klatch Coffee and the Golden Bean Espresso + MVP winners.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The 'I want coffee to taste like coffee' is a silly thing to say since coffee tastes the way it does because we process it a certain way." --John, Why is everyone looking for fruits in coffee?
  • HB: Short on time, too many posts in your unread list? Try Unread Pro! You can quickly trim off discussions in forums you don't typically follow, threads that have gone on too long, or ones that have yet to develop.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "The spout somewhat minimizes the evidence of that channeling while a bottomless portafilter reveals it in all its glory." --Steve Meyer, Do I need a spout?
  • Quotable Quote:
    "I've found it's become easy to tell which machine someone owns by the comments they make." -Dave S., How to tell which espresso machine someone owns...
  • Quotable Quote:
    "Espresso is about enjoyment. Some take enjoyment in thinking about Rome when they walk into the kitchen. Others find joy in how well their machine performs in temperature tests. There is no true answer." --Roeland, What's really the difference between espresso machines?
  • HB: Decent Espresso returns! You can read about it in Decent Espresso news.
  • HB: Welcome Dalla Corte UK to HB! They're offering 20% off on the new Studio espresso machine and Max grinder.
  • Quotable Quote:
    "It's funny, I think I've spent more time reading and thinking about this [espresso equipment purchase] decision than with my last car." --Stephen Thorne, Lelit MaraX vs good single boiler espresso machine
  • 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: 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?
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