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SCAA 2006 Charlotte Final Day Report
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: April 9, 2006
Article rating: 7.8
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Schectormatic and GS - Original!
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USBC is about to roll, so I walk around the area near the comp. Checking out the Intelly booth which is hopping crazy, and I ran into my friend Instaurator. He had not heard about Andy Schecter's "Scheckomatic" alternative pressure system, so I walked him over to the Gimme! Coffee booth where he got a chance to talk to Kevin C. (I was also able to introduce him to Chris Deferio). I saw Inny and Kevin get deep into the convo, so I decided to leave them at it as I went next door...

To Paul Pratt's booth where I was able to (finally) pull shots on his complete rebuild of a GS (original) model. Paul's a freaking genius, and that machine is seriously lustworthy. I was doubly blessed, because Paul had, in the grinder, some of Barry Jarrett's Espresso Taliaferro - some of the last we'll see until Riley's Coffee moves to its new location. The shot pulls were exquisite, and I showed my complete neophyte-with-the-paddle-group skillz by forgetting to use the preinfuse on the GS.

Speaking of which, here's another factoid about the new GS3 and new paddle group. The original GS had a preinfuse mode where, move the paddle to a certain point, and the path between brew boiler and grouphead is open. Open or close. But on the new paddle group, it's a progressive opening... move it to a certain point, and the brew path may be open 1/16th of its total size. Move it more and it's 1/8th. Move it more and it's 1/4. And so on. The Barista has total control not only over the preinfusion time, but how much flow (based on brew boiler pressure and / or line in pressure) the boiler will provide to the grouphead. Sweet.

Pratt then showed me some of the new tampers he has out of Asia that look really cool. There's a whole variety of design tweaks and such, but one thing I noticed in particular was this massive "euro preferred" bevel on one of the tampers. Very extreme!

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Raffle Tix!
ESI selling tix for the LM GS/3 raffle.
Power discussions
TonX, Kyle Glanville, Andrew Barnett and unidentified person discussing coffee, espresso, whatever ;)
HEY!
I have to ask you not to take our confidential photos! LOL! Tony rox.
Intelly
The crowd is thick, as Doug (far right) observes.
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Talking Espresso
Inny talking to Kevin C. at Gimme! As Deferio listens in.
Paul Pratt
Paul and his amazing GS machine.
Dat's a Bevel!
Check out the mad bevel on this tamper.
Barista Guild
Jay Carragay with (sorry, I forgot your name. sigh), at BGA Booth.
Article rating: 7.8
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: April 9, 2006
feedback: (6) comments | read | write
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