Thanks for getting things started Luca.
As mentioned we have completed 3 days at La Marzocco in Florence getting some time on the GB5 and also cupping out blends that will match the competition settings of the GB5.
It has been an awesome experience with Perio, Ron and Kent and getting there views on where to form here. They are true innovators and you can see the time and enrgy that is going into the new GS3 single group prosumer machine.. This machine is packed full of techology and design and will put LM at the top of the Christmas list this year.
New Mistral looks awesome. It is interesting that the GB5 and FB80 are the same machine internally with just the body kit and cosmetics being the only difference.
The big moves at LM are in new basket design the looks at the dispersion of water through the coffee.. buy there own admission basket manufacture has much variance and it is there preffered recomendation to move to convex tampers as opposed to flat. The technical drawings of the cross section of the new basket design are very interesting but they make complete common sense..
Flow rates at 550ml +/- 15% at 60secs seems to be the recommendation with the use and the positioning of restrictors being also further explored and becoming the rule.
The use of PID and temperature control seems to be overweighed with a greater importance placed on simply stable temperature during operation.
David and I will be leaving on Tuesday for Berne as we have "work" related appoinments in Venice on Sunday and Monday.
David has recieved is competition slot:
Friday at 1030 am ( Swiss Time)
We have to wait until Saturday night for the result of the final 6 for Sunday afternoon.
Will keep you all posted.