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    Question La Marzocco GS3 AV or MP ?

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    Hi Guys

    I am wanting to purchase a GS3, however have not been able to decide on which to buy, ie the AV or MP version.

    I have read all the previous post's and understand pro's and con's of both.

    My question is are there any owners of the GS3 that in retrospect would have bought one over the other and the reason for it?


    Cheers in advance

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    Paddle all the way. Coffee is a tactile experience and the pleasure of the paddle will far outweigh the convenience of a button.

    Low and slow with long preinfusions can deliver amazing results in the cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Paddle all the way. Coffee is a tactile experience and the pleasure of the paddle will far outweigh the convenience of a button.

    Low and slow with long preinfusions can deliver amazing results in the cup.

    My only concerns are:

    1.In the mornings before work, having to weigh the yield every time

    2.Having consistent results

    I know in the initial stages of owning the GS3 the paddle will be awesome... however later on the convenience and consistency of the AV may be more ideal. Thoughts?

    Cheers

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    My only concerns are drinking the great coffee they produce
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    I never weigh the yield. Didn't realise you had to with an LM.

    Maybe nespresso for the morning?
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    I almost always dial in manually by taste and cut the pour not by colour, but the viscosity of the flow. If I am happy with the flavour, I repeat with scales to figure out what the yield is and program that in simultaneously. If I'm not happy, I adjust, pour to a shorter or a longer brewing ratio, ignoring the colour and viscosity of the pour. Oftentimes I find myself preferring the cup with tonnes of blonding in it at a ratio greater than 1:2, sometimes more than 1:2.5.
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    Never go by the numbers, always by the quality in the cup.
    No doubt, my perception of what "quality" is over time will vary but that's Ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by agapitos View Post
    ...I am wanting to purchase a GS3, however have not been able to decide on which to buy, ie the AV or MP version.

    I have read all the previous post's and understand pro's and con's of both.

    My question is are there any owners of the GS3 that in retrospect would have bought one over the other and the reason for it?...
    Owned and enjoyed the GS3 for many years (AV). Had some nagging concerns that the paddle would have been better, but my LM service guy said the paddle version is more of a service-hassle (I forget all the details as I've moved on, but I remember he was not a fan). With AV you can stop the pour anytime with a tap on the button, e.g. Based on weight in cup if using scales, or a decision based on observation etc, so you have control on stopping the shot. There is a "faux timed pre-infusion" setting too (I likely shouldn't call it that), but it's not giving you the control a paddle would. That aside, the AV version of the GS3 remains a great machine. I think though the answer is in how you want to approach your espresso making. This article while a little old gives some excellent insight into the approach Kees took with pre-infusion CoffeeGeek • The Speedster's Preinfusion tricks



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