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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2006, 2:06pm
Subject: Re: Reaching Espresso Nirvana by Mark Prince
 

Bit of an old thread here, but the question interests me.  I was trained on a La Marzocco that started dribbling just a second after the button was pushed (preinfusion?) and we started the timer immediately.  So I figured that since my Silvia delays several seconds, I should delay starting the timer too.
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Posted Tue May 9, 2006, 11:09pm
Subject: Espresso Nirvana and Competitions
 

Not because Mark's being kind to my own interventions here but it's an interesting "trackback" to this thread:
"Re: The Future of the World Barista Championship, Professionally Speaking"

So, basically, the question is about whether or not there's an absolute standard to judge espresso excellence.
Tough one to crack. ;-)

 
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Posted Fri Jun 9, 2006, 9:58pm
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Enkerli Said:

Not because Mark's being kind to my own interventions here but it's an interesting "trackback" to this thread:
"Re: The Future of the World Barista Championship, Professionally Speaking"

So, basically, the question is about whether or not there's an absolute standard to judge espresso excellence.
Tough one to crack. ;-)

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There is!  But, it is very difficult to define, even to communicate with each other.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 9, 2006, 10:04pm
Subject: Re: Reaching Espresso Nirvana by Mark Prince
 

MarkPrince Said:

Reaching Espresso Nirvana
by Mark Prince

Mark Prince revives a very old article of his with some new thoughts about the nirvana of espresso, which may not necessarily be the "god shot".

Posted December 8, 2005 link


But there's three other factors. There's water. We still don't understand enough about how water influences the espresso shot. Yes, we know to use filtered, clean water, but how clean? How filtered? When I brew with clean water from Vancouver's water system, the resulting shots taste better to me than Cirqua filtered water does in competitions. Then again, Cirqua water generally tastes better to me than any spring water I can buy in Vancouver. The challenge is, some water reacts differently with different coffees. It's an amazing, complex thing that I don't think anyone has even started to tackle yet.


I do remember a general understand of the water for making coffee, which is said that the ions in the water may change the taste of coffee.  When one is making coffee, drip and espresso, one has to use pure water.  Spring water always have a lot ions, which is not good for coffee.  Sometimes, it might be good, but not sure.  I have experienced of whisky taste from the coffee made by spring water.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011, 3:09pm
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Cup of Excellence is cool, I will be looking into that more, thanks:)
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Posted Fri Feb 17, 2012, 5:20am
Subject: Re: Reaching Espresso Nirvana by Mark Prince
 

I think Mark hit the nail right on the head, espresso nirvana is a constantly moving target as technology advance, and skills.....
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