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Markarian
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Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:35pm
Subject: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

So here's a question:

Is it still a good shot if it's only 23-24 seconds, but produces a great shot with lots of crema and the extraction looks even and pretty? It's certainly tasty, but I'm not sure I want to dial in finer if the shots look and taste good. Thoughts?
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Espresso: N S Oscar
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 1:02pm
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If it tastes great it not broken so don't fix it.

 
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4, Pharos,...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 1:10pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

agreed.  to me, the only thing that makes a shot good is how it tastes.

 
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JonR10
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Location: Houston, Texas
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Espresso: E61 Legend, Livietta,...
Grinder: Robur, B-Vario-W
Vac Pot: Hario Tabletop, Yama...
Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: 1-lb US Roaster, Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 1:30pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

I see it this way: do you prefer to taste it, or to look at it and time it with a stopwatch?

 
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Markarian
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Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 5:49pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

Thanks all, just trying to stay sane ;-)
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calblacksmith
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

The 30 seconds is only a starting place. If it tastes great, that is all that counts regardless of did it run 22 seconds or 33.485 seconds!
Enjoy!!:-)

 
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:00pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

Markarian Said:

Thanks all, just trying to stay sane ;-)

Posted February 21, 2013 link

Trying to stay sane, and you chose to make espresso at home... Well, good luck with that!   ;-)

In late 2000 I started out thinking that $125 should be PLENTY for a machine that makes espresso. That amount wouldn't replace my grinder burrs today.

$My current grinder + $My current espresso machine > $ I paid for my current car

A lithium macchiato, anyone?

 
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:19pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

I hear ya bro! :-) :-) :-)

 
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Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

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Markarian
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Joined: 27 Jun 2012
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Location: Seattle Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC
Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, HG One
Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB
Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Hario V60
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:32pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

I went from a $6 Mr. Coffee Steam moka at Goodwill to my current setup in less than a year. It all started because I just wanted to make iced lattes at home. This has become an almost all-consuming obsession. A year ago, I couldn't have cared less about coffee. It's funny how things change inside of a year.
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Espresso: Breville BES900
Grinder: Baratza Preciso + Esatto
Vac Pot: Yuma
Drip: bah-humbug
Roaster: Hot Top 2K P
Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 7:06pm
Subject: Re: Looks Great, Tastes Great, Runs too Fast?
 

frcn Said:

$My current grinder + $My current espresso machine > $ I paid for my current car

A lithium macchiato, anyone?

Posted February 21, 2013 link

Since I don't have to drive to work anymore, there have been moments I've honestly thought I really don't need my 2005 CTS-V anymore... But seriously folks, I still believe in plan the work, measure twice /cut once, and work the plan.  
...yet reemerging the affair of coffee... I do find my knees sometimes go weak.

Ah! What a Muse!
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