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    Espresso lovers

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    Here is a question for the espresso fans out there.

    How do you like your espresso?

    The non-snobs probably will say one espresso is much the same from the next, however I know I can bounce around my home town and visit 16 cafes and get 16 different drinks.

    Some are more liquid with some crema, some seem to be like little shots of densely aerated milk chocolate (a personal preference), some are double shots deliberately poured long that are more delicate, but no less tasty.

    What others are there out there? There is the poorly extracted shot, or the shot using stale beans - these we should leave out of consideration for obvious reasons.

    So, could you describe your perfect version an espresso?

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    I like mine in a cup
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    I like mine in a cup too , at the rate of ~45-55ml from 24g of coffee from my EP Triple...
    Don't have any particular preference of where the coffee originates (except in the case of Yemen Ismaili ) other than it is fresh and roasted the best I can do here at home...

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    I can't say I have a perfect concept since you can achieve pleasing results from different pressure profiles, roast styles, blends etc etc. It's also a very subjective topic.
    Since I can't muck around with pressure profiles at home I adjust the temp on the PID according to what each roast tastes like to my palate and it makes a large difference. My volume preference at home doesn't change, 30-35 ml from 20g. Espresso out of the house, show me what you got
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo89 View Post
    I can't say I have a perfect concept since you can achieve pleasing results from different pressure profiles, roast styles, blends etc etc. It's also a very subjective topic.
    Since I can't muck around with pressure profiles at home I adjust the temp on the PID according to what each roast tastes like to my palate and it makes a large difference. My volume preference at home doesn't change, 30-35 ml from 20g. Espresso out of the house, show me what you got
    That just about covers it. Interesting when places get it wrong though. I try and visit cafes when they are not busy. They can be more reliable. That said, a good cafe should be dialled in to pour a decent espresso, right? I guess this can slip during service.

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    In a recent visit to Manila, I went to a Bo's Coffee outlet in one of the major malls in Makati City and asked the Barista what brew ratio he uses for his double espresso. He replied to me "double espresso is just pure coffee Sir. No milk!" I walked out and went for a gelato in another shop instead.

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    I definitely avoid some Cafes when certain guys are dosing/ pouring. It's such a subtle thing. It's a wonder anyone gets it right sometimes. Then again, it also ain't rocket science I suppose. Some cafes must be glad 70% of people drink milk in their brew.

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    Not a huge fan of trying black coffee from cafes. They usually choose a blend that cuts through Milk and I prefer a delicate fruity finish myself. Every time I start a job in a new office I have to go through the pain of finding a decent coffee place.



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