Any one have experience with these?..............
AACJ said:Dang Howard, we must have been posting at the same time, I did not see it.
What a beautiful set up! How much does something like that run you? Are you in the coffee business? (Not a columbian drug lord)
Hi Ron -guenron said:Howard,
That is one superb setup. I would like a dopio of Sumatra please...
To be fair:shave geek yes...................espresso geek...ummmm....no. I want what is easy when it comes to those things...lol
So a auto is more of a hassel to clean?.................As a beginer what do you reccomend?HlSheppard said:To be fair:
I almost wish more "coffee bars" had super-autos. The consumers-at-large would have a much better idea of what real espresso should taste like (provided they have fresh beans). Roasted coffee is good for about 7 days after roasting. About 3 hours after grinding (since you exponentially increase it's surface area). Exposure to air causes oxidation which is the true taste-killer. Plus, fresh roasted coffee has to de-gas for a few days. Which means if they dared put it in a can - they would pop.
The coffee industry as a whole (i.e. Maxwell House, Folgers, etc.) has re-defined what "good coffee" is supposed to taste and smell like. Basically the exact same philosphy as "Gillette - the best a man can get." Marketing budgets win every time...
I have had some very decent shots from super-autos. The problem is cleaning and mantaining those buggers. Also, as you can see - they can cost HUGE $$.
No offense taken, I have enjoyed learning about it. Mine looks like that one on ebay, only a little smaller and all black. It's not as small or cheap looking as the ones I see in the stores either, it has some heft to it so it doesn't move on the counter and a metal tank (boiler?). Very simple and no frills, an on/off switch and a dial for the steam.HlSheppard said:The way I started was with a used Gaggia machine. You definitely don't want a "steam toy" (no offense, Art). You want a machine with a real pump and a good boiler that's been properly maintained.