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  • "Professional baristas with borderline OCD"

    This in todays SMH Why are we so obsessed with coffee?

    Loved this sentence,

    "The unfortunate thing here is that I only like the taste of fancy espresso coffee, made by professional baristas with borderline OCD. I dislike instant coffee, and even the stuff made in plungers tastes sour and bland to me. Worse still is the drip-filter stuff they drink in America, which tastes of drab misery."

    Though he lost me with this,

    "get a home espresso machine – some of the pod ones produce surprisingly good results, and are very easy to use."

    His math's may cause some to reflect on their spending habits, 2.5 coffee's a day = $3193.75 per year.
    Last edited by Yelta; 19 April 2013, 04:17 PM.

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    "Professional baristas with borderline OCD"

    $4.375/coffee? I'm guessing that's an average of sorts, but it seems pretty high. Perhaps it includes the fancier $5-6 pourovers/cold drips too.

    Personally I'm still waiting to try a good pod machine. I've had brews from three models so far, and they were all equally mediocre!

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    • #3
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      "DYI Expresso, the way to go. After 10 years I have perfected my skill and enjoy barista quality coffee at home. The amount people spend at cafes could pay their home loans off earlier. Thing that amuses me is milk coffees after midday and the silly coffee art."
      CommenterRodney the toff Location Brighton Date and time April 19, 2013, 5:02AM

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fruity View Post
        $4.375/coffee? I'm guessing that's an average of sorts, but it seems pretty high. Perhaps it includes the fancier $5-6 pourovers/cold drips too.
        Not sure how you get $4.375/coffee Fruity, I just ran his numbers and it comes to $3.50.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steve82 View Post
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          Thing that amuses me is milk coffees after midday and the silly coffee art."
          CommenterRodney the toff Location Brighton Date and time April 19, 2013, 5:02AM
          While I'm not big on coffee art I don't feel it's silly, simply an effort to offer something above and beyond a cappuccino with sprinkles.
          Some of the artists are quite talented.

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          • #6
            Agreed Yelta. The ability to do good art is more a result of perfect milk texture.
            There is a lot of skill required in achieving good milk 100 or 200 times a day, so I'm
            quite happy to see consistent, quality pour art coming from a barista's
            hand.... it shows not only that they care about presentation but they care about their craft.

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            • #7
              "Professional baristas with borderline OCD"

              Originally posted by Yelta View Post
              Not sure how you get $4.375/coffee Fruity, I just ran his numbers and it comes to $3.50.
              $3193.75/365/2?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fruity View Post
                $3193.75/365/2?
                $3193.75/365/2.5/$3.50.

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                • #9
                  Why 2.5 - the $3193.75 is for 2 coffees per day. $3193.75/365.25/2 = $4.372 per coffee. I'm guessing this... ""The unfortunate thing here is that I only like the taste of fancy espresso coffee, made by professional baristas with borderline OCD." might have something to do with the price - sounds like someone who evaluates their drink by the yuppiness of the establishment.

                  Before I got my machine I was looking at the pod machines - you can get DIY pods - basically a pod and cover and you grind your own or fill it with your choice then pod it. Looking at the prices for the kits I figured I could buy fresh beans for around the same price, so by getting a proper espresso machine (and I know some might argue that point ) I halved the cost.


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                  • #10
                    While the author says that he's already had 2 coffees 'today', he says the drinks an average of 2.5 coffees per day, not 2. Hence Yelta's calcs look right to me.

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                    • #11
                      Ummm, perhaps you guys are reading a different article, for the benefit of those who have not clicked on the link, in the article the author clearly states,

                      "So, here’s a bit of maths, which I can do because I’ve already had two coffees today. I drink approximately 2.5 coffees a day, since I have fewer on weekends and don’t always have two in the morning. I generally pay $3.50 per coffee, because I go to swanky coffee shops. Multiply that out by 365 days and you get..."

                      Not sure where the figure of 2 cups per day came from.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
                        While the author says that he's already had 2 coffees 'today', he says the drinks an average of 2.5 coffees per day, not 2. Hence Yelta's calcs look right to me.
                        Thanks Barry, was starting to question my ability to comprehend.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Yelta View Post

                          Not sure where the figure of 2 cups per day came from.
                          It might be at the end of the first post in this thread :wink:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
                            It might be at the end of the first post in this thread :wink:
                            Thanks for that, my mistake, correction made.

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                            • #15
                              "Professional baristas with borderline OCD"

                              I think if you can be bothered filling the pods yourself with decent beans, you may as well skip that step and just use a real machine.

                              I can see the convenience/speed/space advantage of the pod machines, but as far as I can tell they all taste like rubbish. I'd be interested to try a "fill-your-own" pod though, just to see if it's the coffee or the machine that produces such poor results!

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