Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 8:59pm Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
Heh. †It's a real peculiarity of the espresso machine industry that there has to always be some compromise with machines. †Reneka nearly had the perfect home machine ... and then screw it up by not putting a steam knob on it ... wtf?!
Hi Luca (and Mark, too),
Having used the Techno for a couple of years now, I can say with assurance that the lack of a steam knob is absolutely not a problem. I think, actually, looking back at my previous machine, which did have a steam knob, that I prefer the button and solenoid because of its instant action. I cannot recall ever using partial steam power on the previous machine. I did replace the Techno's steam tip with one of the two-hole ones from Chris Coffee, because I typically steam for one or two cappas at most. The new Techno has a steam tip with fewer holes than mine came with, but I haven't seen one. Schomer, by the way, has his LMs fitted with solenoid steam valves actuated with a foot switch so the baristi can have their hands free entirely. Anyway, I'd encourage you to try to use one a little before writing it off for that reason.
Thank you for the pictures. My brother, Ryan Dennhardt, is competing for the Barista Championship. We, couldn't make it to the competition, being in Omaha, and all, and have very much appreciated the updates and the commentary! Great site! We are anxiously awaiting the results of the final competition! Go Ryan!
You captured the drama of the day... the only thing that was missing was the anguish of defeat from those who didn't make the finals or a pic of the field of baristi hoping to attain that coveted "shot" at the finals..... 25 seconds away from greatness...ahhahaah
it was a great visual you provided us on Day 2.... so far my favorite....
the last day I am expecting great things from ya....
Geez I may have to shell out and go next time.....Hawaii shirts and all....
DOM...evil genius ...Up to no good in espresso at all times... VIVA la parts de Espresso
I noticed that you took a picture at the Ancap display booth (I could be wrong.) Did you see any new art designs? I donít like their current lineup, and I am willing to wait and purchase a set of newly designed cappa cups (if I like the designs).
BTW, thanks for taking the pictures and posting the reports for us.
Wow, I really like being called "brilliant"! Thanks Mark, and thanks for the chat and the drink!
(you know it's conference when you find yourself sitting with someone you've never formally met...having an awesome time drinking, smoking menthol cigarettes of all things, and talking about ...you guessed it...the E61)
It's cool that Mark still thinks my ideas about espresso carry some weight even after Peter Gulliano and I made him sit through our boring, theory-heavy Brewing Diversity lecture. What can I say except that Peter and I just may be the geeks to end all geeks...oh yeah, and Peter's wife Alice liked our class, so she must be even worse! Our International Roasting Styles went a little better, I think.
cheers on a SOS of Yemen, yer pal in geekdom, trish (you got my name right) Skeie
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