Romalover Senior Member Joined: 29 Mar 2013 Posts: 4 Location: Houston
Espresso: Izzo Alex II, Silvia Grinder: K30 es, Rancilio Rocky Vac Pot: Nope Drip: Also Nope Roaster: Not Yet
Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:56pm Subject: Greetings and Ahoy from Houston
My name's Andrew Dugas. I'm a new member here and a long-time coffee lover.
Spent many years learning about drinks and flavors working in crumby coffee shops (think borders) and I always enjoyed a good pour over until a recent trip to Rome reignited my passion for espresso. 7 espressi a day and the beauty of the city has my romanticism in full swing. Add to that I get to geek out over amazing metal gizmos and works of art to create it, I'm in big!
I've been jammin on the Rancilio setup, Silvia V1 with rocky dosserless for the past 2 years or so, bought off craigslist. I just recently purchased an Izzo Alex II HX which works perfect for my 2 double shot or cappuccino per day routine. I'll be getting a Mahlkonig K30 this week in the mail, VERY excited for the upgrades.
As cool as the tools are, like great food, my focus is on whether my drinks are delicious rather than strictly beautiful or by the book. I taste it even if poured quickly or sprayed or otherwise didn't fit the refined guidelines of 'great espresso'. Interestingly, in Rome, my favorite drinks bore little resemblance to the single-origin, light, fluffy and flavorful drinks served here at the best shops. Yet I loved them, nonetheless.
I think romance (both of the drink and of how I fell in love with it) and the love of the daily ritual (so often missing in our lives) are what keep me loving it and learning more. I work 50 to 80 hours a week and I love that I have this drink, these tools, and the obvious mental boost to look forward to every day.
Excited to learn and to share more what I discover.
Cheers and thanks for all that y'all share to make it great for everyone!
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