espressonewb1 Senior Member Joined: 11 Mar 2012 Posts: 67 Location: NY metro Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Mini Vivaldi Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mdx Drip: Technivorm Mocca Master
Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 11:33am Subject: Re: Pro-baristas, are you jaded by your customers?
I've had luck talking to barristas in NYC at Blue Bottle on certain days and not so much luck on other days. Depends on who is behind the counter. One guy told me that it was a waste to ask him what his brew parameters were since I would never be able to replicate it at home. The other person was more engaging and had some good suggestions.
Some of the guys and gals on the forum have some pretty darn nice (and expensive) equipment. That's when you tell him, after you've finished his espresso, that you replicate that same burned, over-extracted flavor unknowingly at home with your over-roasted and charred Starbucks beans on your steamer :P
"But it is not a perfect world and none of us are god-shots. As for me, I am a little over extracted and therefore slightly bitter and my crema is thin..." -Buckley
canuckcoffeeguy Senior Member Joined: 22 Aug 2013 Posts: 207 Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 3:02pm Subject: Re: Pro-baristas, are you jaded by your customers?
When visiting various cafés In Toronto, I've had mostly good experiences chatting with baristas. I usually ask what blend/beans they're using for their espresso. Or, I'll ask them how they like their machine and/or grinder. Sometimes I'll ask about their dosing if it's a blend I also use at home. Most of the time they've been pleasant, and open to chatting. But it's clear that some are more knowledgeable than others.
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