tom_b Senior Member Joined: 19 Aug 2003 Posts: 537 Location: Maui, Hawaii
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia/PID Grinder: Nuova Simonelli MCF Roaster: USPS/Popper
Posted Wed Oct 6, 2004, 10:02pm Subject: Re: Best Espresso for Mochas?
I think the infinity might have an advantage over the maestro. I had a maestro +, and found it produced more powder in the grind than a cheap delonghi I used at first. There was an intermittent rumbling sound produced while it was grinding, which I thought was the top burr wobbling - it isn't fixed firmly in place, and is encased in soft plastic. The design has needed changes forever, would be easy to fix, but I'm guessing solis likes their price position in the market, sell too many to worry about it. The fine powder overextracts, tastes bitter, no is good. I sent mine back. I've seen the same concerns expressed by others.
I haven't used the infinity, so can't really express an opinion, but I've seen it promoted by people who know more than me. I haven't seen a lot of senior alties or geeks promoting it, except an occasional dealer (no snark intended). tom:) 'and here's a shot of caffe vita with some cold 1/2 and 1/2, not art but tasty!'
MochaManiac Senior Member Joined: 16 Sep 2004 Posts: 45 Location: West Michigan Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Kitchen Aid Pro Line Grinder: Kitchen Aid Pro Line
Posted Fri Oct 8, 2004, 7:15am Subject: Re: Best Espresso for Mochas?
MochaManiac: My wife and I both are mocha lovers. I like mine a little stronger than hers, but we both agree that for blends, we like using Liquid Amber the best, then Monkey Blend the next best. Both from Sweet Maria's. I haven't tried some of those other favorites that others have posted though.
TIP: In my opinion, the chocolate is just as important as the blend being used. For a long time we were using Ghiradelli ground chocolate, but recently started using Torani chocolate syrup. This easily kicked up the taste of our mochas a couple notches. When I am done with this syrup, I want to try Guittard chocolate syrup, which alot of people prefer the most.
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