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SCAA Houston 2011 Wrapup
Author: Will Smith
Posted: May 6, 2011
Article rating: 9.2
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New Espresso Machine Technologies at SCAA
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Next I returned to the La Marzocco booth, where I got the see (and finally taste) the results of the Strada's pressure-profiling design. Changing the pressure used during the extraction resulted in wildly different tasting shots from the same coffee. Flavor profiles ranged from bright, acidic, and almost citrus-y for shots drawn at lower pressures in the normal 25 seconds to thick, rich, chocolatey shots drawn with a pressure profile that started very high (around twelve bars) but quickly dropped below 3 bars for the remainder of a very long shot pull. I canít wait to see what baristas do with these machines when they get out in the wild.

I was also able to drop by the Rancilio booth and get a good walkthrough on the new XCelsius machine from Glenn Surlet of Rancilio. This machine is different from the Strada in that where the Strada is about pressure profiling, the XCelsius is about temperature profiling -- raising or lowering the brewing temperature real time. Our video report is from both booths, showing some of the great new technology these companies are creating to make espresso better.

Will Smith is one of the guys you see all the time at Tested. In addition to loving technology, Smith is a die hard coffee and espresso fanatic. Videos are reposted with permission from Tested.

Article rating: 9.2
Author: Will Smith
Posted: May 6, 2011
feedback: (7) comments | read | write
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