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Buckley
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2011, 5:57am
Subject: Dallas-FortWorth suggestion wanted
 

Need suggestion for good espresso pull in DFW area.  Not impressed by Pearl Cup, White Rock, Oddfellows.  Was impressed by Tuscany Coffee but it is in Houston.  Does it depend on the individual Barista?

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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2011, 9:11am
Subject: Re: Dallas-FortWorth suggestion wanted
 

Buckley Said:

Need suggestion for good espresso pull in DFW area.  Not impressed by Pearl Cup, White Rock, Oddfellows.  Was impressed by Tuscany Coffee but it is in Houston.  Does it depend on the individual Barista?

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Do you have a home espresso machine?  Even when a shop gets rave reviews, I've found that no-one can please everybody all the time.  

Everybody is looking for something different.  What is gold to one person may be steel (average) to another.  I have tried two of the three DFW shops mentioned.  I have never been blown away by anything I've been served in Dallas.  The culture just isn't there yet.

 
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Buckley
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Roaster: Nondescript popper
Posted Mon Feb 7, 2011, 10:00am
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Thank you for responding.  I suspected what you said was the case.

With respect to espresso: I love taste pleasures and would like to pursue this.  I am a lifelong coffee drinker but only recently got superserious about brew quality.  Now I am a pourover fan and have gotten into popcorn popper roasting.

I am caught in the great in-between when it comes to home espresso.  I have no patience for or tolerance for toys, but cannot justify running high-amp lines and plumbing for a commercial unit.  Aluminum boilers a la Gaggia and temperature instability a la Silvia would be anathema to me.  The La Speziale Mini II comes closest to an appropriate unit for me, but I cannot justify the learning curve or the ongoing annual expense of seals and descaling in order to approximate two decent cups of espresso per day.  I can make two different cups of brewed coffee from the same quantity of the same roast in my Hario just by varying the grind and the rate of pourover - imagine all of the variables that I would have to become expert on just to keep getting consistent shots.

I have only had 40 to 50 espresso shots in my life, compared to thousands of cups of brew, because I continue to try to appreciate espresso despite the resulting negative reinforcement.  The only tasty experience, as mentioned, was at Tuscany Coffee in the Greenville food court in Houston.

Anyway, thx for listening and happy cupping to you.  If there is a discussion forum for curmudgeons like me, let me know.

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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2011, 10:24am
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Buckley Said:

Thank you for responding.  I suspected what you said was the case.

With respect to espresso: I love taste pleasures and would like to pursue this.  I am a lifelong coffee drinker but only recently got superserious about brew quality.  Now I am a pourover fan and have gotten into popcorn popper roasting.

I am caught in the great in-between when it comes to home espresso.  I have no patience for or tolerance for toys, but cannot justify running high-amp lines and plumbing for a commercial unit.  Aluminum boilers a la Gaggia and temperature instability a la Silvia would be anathema to me.  The La Speziale Mini II comes closest to an appropriate unit for me, but I cannot justify the learning curve or the ongoing annual expense of seals and descaling in order to approximate two decent cups of espresso per day.  I can make two different cups of brewed coffee from the same quantity of the same roast in my Hario just by varying the grind and the rate of pourover - imagine all of the variables that I would have to become expert on just to keep getting consistent shots.

I have only had 40 to 50 espresso shots in my life, compared to thousands of cups of brew, because I continue to try to appreciate espresso despite the resulting negative reinforcement.  The only tasty experience, as mentioned, was at Tuscany Coffee in the Greenville food court in Houston.

Anyway, thx for listening and happy cupping to you.  If there is a discussion forum for curmudgeons like me, let me know.

Buckley

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I'm not sure that there is, but I'd like to talk to you off-line a bit.  I'm sending you an email.

 
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