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Posted Sun May 20, 2012, 8:21pm
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dsblv Said:

Sounds like she'd appreciate a Starbucks card.

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Posted Sun May 20, 2012, 8:44pm
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Posted Mon May 21, 2012, 8:25am
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This is one reason we selected the BDB -- I fiddle with the machine when we switch coffees, but leave the grinder and dual-shot volume set up so that my wife can just "walk up and pull a shot" (well, after warm-up). Couldn't do that quite as easily with a semi-auto.

<heresy> To be honest, I usually run my own lattes with the dual-shot volume program. I run an espresso manually and check the timing; but I run the extraction directly into my latte cup (which doesn't have a graduation mark), so rely on either timing or on the volumetric program for those drinks.</heresy>
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Posted Mon May 21, 2012, 8:47am
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And that is heresy because . . . why?

 
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Posted Mon May 21, 2012, 10:49am
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If we did not want the machine to do at least some of the work we would all own mypressis.

 
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Posted Mon May 21, 2012, 6:06pm
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Well my current setup is about as automated as the process can get (timed doserless grinding and volumetric espresso dosing), but the results would be disastrous if my wife used my machine while I was away on a business trip.  I think she could handle making her morning latte just fine (sans latte art), but I'd be worried about the cleanup aspect.  I just know I would come home to a milk clogged steam wand and a WEEK-OLD old puck sitting in the portafilter.  I could just see it now - "I don't understand.  My latte came out great the first time I did it, but after that the espresso just poured right through the machine!"
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 4:25am
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Same issue here!  Why is it that my wife never cleans the steam wand but I get yelled at for a few crumbs elsewhere!  

It took a serious heart to heart to get her to clean the group screen.  She never realized that she could clean the pf by just running more water through the group. I'm still in the steam wand fight. Soy no less which cakes one. Tempted to get a Teflon steam wand upgrade just to deal with this.
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 9:59am
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HEY! Girls are coffee geeks also!  

The steam wand fight is easy guys.  Just explain it to her in a way she can get.  I suggested something like it cakes on and burns like custard/gravy/fudge if you don't stir it.  And if you let it set up it is much harder to clean.  Show her how gross it looks if you let it build up a couple of times.  I bet there are some photos on the web of gross milk wands.

 
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 12:20pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

The steam wand fight is easy guys.  Just explain it to her in a way she can get.  I suggested something like it cakes on and burns like custard/gravy/fudge if you don't stir it.  And if you let it set up it is much harder to clean.  Show her how gross it looks if you let it build up a couple of times.  I bet there are some photos on the web of gross milk wands.

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My wife is not one to cook OR clean, so neither one of those arguments will work in my case.

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HEY! Girls are coffee geeks also!

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No sexist implications from me.  What could be better than a good looking woman working a steam wand?  Yeah, I went there.
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Posted Tue May 22, 2012, 12:36pm
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I think most women would cry over burned fudge....

 
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