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MarkPrince
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2002, 1:00am
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Artistry in a Cup, Fullfilled.
by Mark Prince

Finishing up the search for the elusive "God Shot", and answers to why $100 espresso cups are justified.
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2002, 5:38am
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Now all we have to do.......is get people who don't share our coffee obsession to come here and read this!!!

Mark.....if this article (and it's predecessor) don't push the casual coffee drinker over the edge and into the search for the god Shot.......I don't know what will!
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2002, 11:40pm
Subject: Quickly as you can, snatch the bean from hand...
 

So this series will never end right. I've had my Sylvia for a couple weeks and I'm already lusting after a Livia 90. But you're helping the obsession. Master each step. The roast, the grind, the pull. It's a never ending journey. Or maybe someday after lots of practice, one sip and I'll disappear in a flash of light. Thanks for the article. Great work. Hopefully you'll shorten my trip to the god shot.
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Posted Tue Jan 15, 2002, 7:57pm
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Your wish is my command, Eric :-)

I just finished reading the Illy Espresso Chemistry book for a second time, and that knowledge, tied in with what I know from practice (and being trained, and observing, and learning) are going to be the basis behind the next few articles... what influences a "God Shot". I hope you enjoy them...

First up... Lippids! Woo Hoo!
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2002, 6:23am
Subject: Re: Quickly as you can, snatch the bean from hand... [Burr grinders?]
 

First, a little site feedback. Although it is early and I have not had my coffee, it might still be easier to find where one replies to the original article and not to others' replies. I see only where I can post a response to others' comments and not to the original article itself. (Oops, nevermind. After posting, I see replies are not threaded. Right?)

Second, I take exception with you assertion that only a $100+ grinder will do. I do agree with the comment about the cheap electric grinders, but what about a good hand-operated burr grinder? One can typically be had for $50 or less. My own is a German-made beauty from the Zassenhaus firm.

Yes, using a hand-operated grinder is much more work, but isn't everything about superb coffee? People seeing me grind and brew my coffee (french-press, of course) think it cannot be worth the trouble until they partake and realize they had not tasted such an excellent cup of brew in a very long time. What's the author's take on the beautiful old-fashioned burr grinder?
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Posted Tue Jan 22, 2002, 7:18pm
Subject: Cost v. Quest
 

I wonder if the quest for the God Shot is so much a function of price?  Certainly it can't be done with low grade equipment, but the artistry aspect of pulling liquid deity almost demands some measure of frugality, does it not?  Perhaps this is where home roasting enters.

That said, I very much enjoyed the "espresso as journey" flavor of the article(s).

As for the cups, if I can get a God Shot in an old thimble, I'll take it.  But there is something about the Sistine Chapel...
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Posted Sat Jan 26, 2002, 3:13am
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I LOVE that quote, liveshot... That's awesome! :-)

Zendude: we're trying to work out bugs and possibly redesign the entire dboard system. What you're using now is our first attempt at completely coding from scratch a discussion board software backend, and front end (what you see). No borrowed code, no third party software or programming. We're learning :-)

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2002, 2:52pm
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It all sounds great.

Know any suppliers in South Wales, UK who could get the beans to me within 3 days?
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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2003, 6:20pm
Subject: The Holy Grail
 

What would God use if he were to pull a shot of espresso as his chosen cup? The Holy Grail-a carpenter's cup, I would pressume, and not a ceramic alien. I do believe that espresso will be on the menu in heaven though. And the little aliens are the coolest things on this planet.
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Posted Fri Apr 6, 2007, 1:31pm
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Espresso Testimony:

I just pulled myself a double before reading this piece. It was very nice, but no God shot by any means. (I reckon you can't have God shots between Good Friday and the morning of Easter Sunday... :D) But after it was gone, I got a glimpse of grace in the aftertaste: Dark chocolate. Loud and clear. I just remembered why I drink espresso.
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