Spitz.me wrote:it isn't that hard when someone like Dan, dials in your grinder and is an on-demand coffee encyclopaedia
Speaking as a Newbie, the hardest part is learning to dial in a shot. And since Phillip (ie the n00b) has Dan and a Vario (and that fancy machine) to learn this--he is already way ahead of the curve. So, glad you brought up that point Spitz, since it makes me very jealous.
Spitz.me wrote:How many times has this board helped a newbie who outlines his/her whole meticulous process to achieve optimal extraction while using stale grocery store beans
Lulz. Even though I never use 1) grocery store beans and 2) stale beans, there is way to it than 'use fresh coffee' I roast small amounts of quality stuff at home, so have plenty of fresh coffee (<14 days) when I bought an espresso machine. But, learning to pull shots with single origin coffee was tough sailing. So, I gave up and will be learning technique with local roasted espresso blends before I try to make my own espresso blends.
Having said all that, I think the spirit of these videos is not to get too technical too fast. Pretty sure the tech-y side is coming in forthcoming videos, but as an intro these videos are still cool.