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#541: Post by decent_espresso (original poster) »

Here is the youtube archive of the 90 minute Zoom call with author Dennis Hew about steaming for latte art:

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Decent customer Martin in California shared this photo with me, of his kitchen remodeling, with a countersunk white DE1XL espresso machine. In the bottom right I inserted a small photo inside the cabinet under the machine, so you can see the very tidy plumbing job.


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#543: Post by coffeeOnTheBrain »

decent_espresso wrote:"BEST PRACTICE" espresso profile now available.
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It would be awesome if you would do an Espresso Porn video of this profile side by side with the graph :)

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Zoom: Decent Latte Art (EU/MENA/AU)

John Buckman & Author Dennis Hew are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Learn how to texture milk appropriately for different styles of drink and latte art styles. Get help live, from Dennis and John, on any steaming problems you might be having.

As always, this will be video recorded and posted to Youtube later.

You can put your own location onto this web site to see when it'll be for you:
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ ... 776&p6=152

The Zoom URL will be:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87817771308?p ... FYLzBoQT09

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coffeeOnTheBrain wrote:It would be awesome if you would do an Espresso Porn video of this profile side by side with the graph :)
I'll work on a video :D

For now, here are the charts from this morning's espresso.








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Justin Nagelberg's Decent Design

Ultra-minimalist Designer Justin Nagelberg https://www.parallelogr.am/ reached out to me as proposed to work on a concept drawing for a potential future Decent Espresso Machine.

I've made an animation from the stills he sent me.

There's a lot to like in what he's done:
- he's staying within Decent's current design, but pushing it even further, and bringing more design integrity to it
- the flip-up tablet design, integrated into the machine, is interesting. When up, it could also serve as a cup holder (though that would ruin the minimalism! <grin>)
- he makes an interesting point via email to me that "objects that appear to be more stable generally tend to have a higher perceived value"
- hiding the power cord is his recommendation, which we do on the DE1XL
- removing screws is also his recommendation, and I agree, and we've done that on the group head as of v1.3, and we use magnets on the DE1XL back panel to avoid screws. Removing screws on the side is likely achievable with more mechanical engineering design work.
- he'd like to remove the buttons on the group head, but unfortunately we were forced to put them on as of v1.3 for legal safety compliance reasons, but I think he could make them attractive.
- I really like his handle shapes
- the drip tray cover design is very pretty, but as stamped metal, it will hold water droplets and require frequent cleaning, which is why we moved away from this design.

I'm continuing to work with a variety of designers, who are making concept drawings for me, and I'll be posting more from this exercise as I receive them.

-john

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#547: Post by coffeeOnTheBrain »

I love the new design and Dieter Rahms would be proud :)
Maybe take some inspiration for the buttons from one of his original designs or of the recent Braun designs, e.g. https://www.inside-digital.de/img/braun ... 00x900.jpg

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"Decent Guide to Espresso" now available to Decent customers

The first draft of Dennis Hew's book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V1X75JG adapted for Decent Espresso, is now visible to Decent customers at:
http://decentespresso.com/guide

This is meant to be a beginner's guide, not for advanced home baristas. Note that if you're not a Decent customer, you won't be able to follow the links on that page. For more detailed information about most-anything-you-can-think-of, check the Decent Espresso Reference Manual: https://decentespresso.com/manual

Here is are two samples page from the guide, about milk steaming and puck prep:
https://public.3.basecamp.com/p/xmsoN8A ... eAifzdyA3a
https://public.3.basecamp.com/p/uzp3miJ ... q6Dm1QUtXE

Some notes about what we've done:
- we're trying to cap each chapter with a video demonstrating the same information on the page, for those who prefer to learn by seeing
- Dennis is also an illustrator, and makes simple-to-understand drawings, which we favor over using photographs, as they're easier to understand.
- on the bottom of each page is local navigation inside the chapter
- every page in the guide has a discussion below it, so that you can ask questions of Decent, and those become part of the permanent record of this page in the guide.
- much requested, there is also now a cleaning guide

This is still very much a work in progress and there are chapters that are marked TBW (to be written). However, from now on we'll be working on the public version of this guide, so that it's useful right-now, and can also benefit from real feedback.

-john

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Crazy/scary Decent launcher screen

I'm going through a pile of 6-year old Android tablet samples, to see if they still work and we can use them for *something* here at the Decent Factory.

Back then, I was also playing with various kinds of Android Home Screen backgrounds, as I was working with a dozen different artists and trying to decide the look I wanted.

I was highly amused to find this Android launcher screen. It's pretty crazy.

I thought I'd share.

-john

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A jig for cutting wires evenly

Our puck rake manufacturer couldn't figure out how to trim the super-bendy wires we use for our puck rake, so that they're all the same length. The problem is that the wires move as you're cutting them. So, we took the rakes back to Decent HQ, with their acupuncture-sharp ends, and I gave this problem over to Alfred. His solution: a jig that keeps large shears in place, while you rotate the puck rake and cut over and over, until all the wires are trimmed to the same length. We're now (finally) shipping the black puck rakes, having figured this out.

Sadly, it's taken so long to get these made, that the entire run is already sold out. We're switching away from this supplier, as they took 9 months (!) and trying 2 new ones. As soon as we know we can get rakes in stock, we'll take orders again for them. https://decentespresso.com/rake