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    I dont often go out for coffee because of some extremely bad experiences Ive had - that is what led me to my home coffee making obsession I think. Every now and again Im in a place where I say "why not, it cant be too bad".....I was visiting a workplace with my students (Im a teacher) and I decided to get a takeaway coffee for me and a colleague. I asked the lady serving for two lattes both double shots. I noticed that the PF was already locked in and ready to go - not sure how long for...not a good start. The lady then put both cups under double PF and pulled the shot. I bit my tongue and just assumed that she didnt hear me when I asked for a double in each cup. I watched as she let the shot go for 25 secs and then pressed the button again for another 25 seconds....I was too stunned to say anything and I payed for the coffees and left. I took a sip and tossed the rest feeling very ripped off - back to my own kitchen cafe for a double shot that only comes out by pressing the button once!

    Anybody else experienced half a double shot extracted twice? :-?

    Alistair

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    Re: Double shot

    Not seen it done but have tasted coffee that may have been the result of this.

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    Re: Double shot

    Yep... Some times they may even do it more that twice..

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    Re: Double shot

    If you think that is bad have a read of this ::) http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1229489528/31#31

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    BF that is such a good laugh. Until I read those stories I didnt understand why so much cafe coffee is crap. What sane person could conceive of anyone putting Instant into a PF. When my 94yo Mum first watched me operate my Diadema she asked whether you could do more than one pour from the same PF. You just dont think there are so called Baristas out there who are no wiser.
    I am amazed at the number of aspiring Baristas who dont drink coffee. For me, that explains a lot.

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    Re: Double shot

    Quote Originally Posted by 7671757A72786D7D7A73140 link=1240144103/3#3 date=1240192031
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    Exactly the post I was thinking of BF. ;D

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    Im not sure what you would call the coffee I had from a cafe a few weeks ago. I asked for a flat white and the guy let the coffee run through the PF until the cup was almost full and then topped it up with cold milk. :o

    Unfortunately he had already taken my money and I was in a hurry to catch a train so I just took it and left. Needless to say it was disgusting and I wont be going back there again.

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    Re: Double shot

    Quote Originally Posted by 143221530 link=1240144103/6#6 date=1240544061
    what you would call the coffee I had
    [s]Caterers Blend, Nescafe, International Roast, ....[/s] *I mean, no - no idea what you would call that really. ;)


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    Re: Double shot

    Basically all these stories boil down to is someone in a cafe thinking they can turn roasted coffee into a profit without spending another $200 on a one day barista course.

    The thing they dont realise is that by not investing a little time and money in some training, theyre missing out on thousands of $ in income over time.

    Theres a lady at my train station who makes coffee on a single group Rancilio epoca. No one buys off her because she falls in to the same category as the examples above. I would love to buy the business off her and see if I can turn it around just for the sake of it. Ive no intention of doing that, but the thought crosses my mind.


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    Re: Double shot

    I swear some cafes only allow one puck for the day and just keep pressing that button...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B504A58070E3F0 link=1240144103/9#9 date=1240554192
    I swear some cafes only allow one puck for the day and just keep pressing that button...
    [ch2405] shudder [ch2405] :o
    Just the thought of that makes the blood run cold :-/

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    Re: Double shot

    I had a laugh, Ive seen it happen before.

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    I asked for a double shot espresso at a well known "royal" donut franchise store and received something that tasted weaker than purified water. After going back to watch the "barista" make some coffees I observed a tamping effort that wouldnt have injured an ant. My wife used to work at that store and assures me that they all received proper training. Some people obviously just dont give a stuff about what they are serving!

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    Re: Double shot

    At a deli near where i work has 2 people that make coffee on their 2 goup machine, i have a very good short black from one, about 30ml.
    i went back the next week under the illusion that i would get the same result from someone else, i asked for a short black, i saw the person add water from the machine into the small cold cup and then proceed to press the button, when the full cup reached me at the counter i asked if hot water was added to it , the reply was yes i asked if i could have another one, no problem i was told , they went back to the machine new coffee, and proceeded to fill the cup to the top and gave it to me with a smile. i paid moved the cup to a table and left.
    Amazing as to what passes as coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7A76747A7673737870170 link=1240144103/12#12 date=1241337791
    I observed a tamping effort that wouldnt have injured an ant.
    Sounds like my method...

    Depending on the beans and grind, one does not need to use the pressure that others might see as being the rule..

    WBC winner for example.. A real eye opened for some..

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    Re: Double shot

    I think the moral of the story here is to have a discreet look at what they do behind the bar first before ordering. That way youre more likely to get a cup of coffee rather than a cup of swill.

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    Re: Double shot

    Im glad you werent injured ant_ in the making of MacMaddogs "coffee".

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    Im laughing and cringing whilst I read this as Ive done exactly the same thing as the OP described.

    A few years back I was working for a large retail firm in I.T. and the company decided that everyone had to spend a week working in one of their brands retail outlets to see what its like on the shopfloor.
    One of those weeks I was posted to a Vintage Cellars, which had a half hearted attempt at a cafe within it.
    Without any training I was placed onto the coffee machine...I had no training as I now know that nobody there knew what to do with the machine.
    Unfortunately for the general public I served up quite a few coffees in my time there and looking back with the knowledge I have now I can see all the things I did wrong, which includes but are not limited too:

    Using the PF for more than one shot.
    Not tamping the PF.
    Loading the PF way before a customer wanted a coffee...sometimes I would even load the PF at closing time in readiness for MY coffee in the morning. :)
    Burning the milk and getting as much foam as I could...even for a flat white. (No thermometer provided)

    I have since looked back on what I did and feel REALLY sorry for the poor unfortunates that bought coffee from me. :(



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