WDT latest understanding? - Page 5

Beginner and pro baristas share tips and tricks for making espresso.

#41: Post by erik82 »

kafou wrote:I begin to use a WDT and I must admit it's a nice tool but I don't understand what is happening now with all these job aids. WDT, distributor, paper filter, dynamometric tamper, etc.... So no more real Barista who can make old school espresso shot like 10 years ago. :shock: It begin to look like Jura or Nespresso machine with no human skill required to make a good espresso shot. :lol:
In the olden days we only had dark roasts which where really easy to extract. If you buy dark roasts now and don't use any aid it's still super simple to pull consistent espresso. That's the easy part but nowadays we're exploring more and more and pushing the limits which makes extracting great coffee a lot harder. From this came all the techniques to aid in this process.

So yes we're using more and more aids but you still need a lot of human skill to make all of them work together. If still think even with all of the aids you need more barista skills with really hard extracting coffees then you need skills without all the aids to pull a good shot from a traditional Italian blend.
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#42: Post by LindoPhotography »

In my opinion the cheap Thingiverse 3d Printed Needle distribution tool with the 2 parts is basically all you need. The design is good, you can use thin (0.25-0.4mm) needles and they're evenly spaced out, I think 0.3mm or 0.35mm works fine. I use it without the center needle (for more space between them) 8 Needles works faster / more efficiency than a single or 4 needle tool.

I've tried to put together the mail-able card one and it was a huge pain in the butt! Maybe that's not the case if you have a better quality 3d print. But I spent way too much time hurting my fingers trying to force one part onto another part with that thing.

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#43: Post by slybarman »

Jeff wrote:The AliExpress tool seems to lack the advantages of the LeverCraft tool (the innovator) or the JKim Makes version that innovated by making it mailable in an envelope. On a budget, the JKim Makes versions are around $10 on Etsy.
i just received the Jkim version and i concede that it is superior to the $3 aliexpress version by virtue of the needle geometry. thank you for the recommendation.