MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,618 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
Espresso: KvdW Speedster Grinder: Versalab M3 Grinder Vac Pot: A bit too many Drip: Bonavita Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Tue Sep 18, 2007, 5:14pm Subject: Re: Peet's, Baskets & Italian vs. N. American Blends by Mark Prince
Testing is already completed (done labour day weekend), so I can't add new coffees; the Blue coffee you saw might be the pienerello (or some spelling like that) that is a commercial only blend? It is supposedly their best, but not available as a retail commercial coffee.
I didn't use JJ, and wouldn't for this test, because they don't do mail order; I wanted coffees that people outside of Vancouver could easily obtain.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2007, 5:59pm Subject: Re: Peet's, Baskets & Italian vs. N. American Blends by Mark Prince
I have to say the dispersion screens and baskets have always bugged me for as long as I've been making espresso, first at home and then in a professional capacity. They always seem like afterthoughts, during the development and design of machines, as well as the everday day upkeep and maintenance. And yet as someone else had pointed out, they're the components that are in direct contact with the grounds.
I've always thought that the water delivery mechanism of an espresso machine could be improved on. All the development that goes into other parts of an espresso machine and it seems like very little if any thought is given to how water is delivered to the bed of grounds. For goodness sake, I get better water dispersion every evening when I step under my shower!
Sadly I don't have that knack for bright ideas, and haven't been able to come up with even an idea to help with this problem. But I know there must be people out there who do know about water, and how it flows under different conditions/pressure etc, and surely one of those folks must have a love for coffee! Get your thinking caps on... please!! If better tasting coffee isn't incentive enough, just think of the market out there for a better dispersion screen/filter basket/or water delivery system. There is a pretty penny to be made here.
Well, bad news on this front. Ken has revoked the article he originally asked me to publish in rebuttal on CoffeeGeek. I was hoping to have it online last night, it's even in the queue, but I'll respect his wishes and leave it unpublished. I'm actually sad about this development - the article had the potential for starting up some great discussions, especially with an author that many of you are probably familiar with.
I still think there's hope to get this on CoffeeGeek, especially in a constructive way.
It may not be too late to get Ken to change his mind. I encourage anyone who cares enough to do so, to contact Ken through Coffee Review (or if you happen to know his private email address, use it - I won't give it out). Ask him to reconsider posting his rebuttal on CoffeeGeek, and starting up some good dialog with consumers and professionals
I'm really serious about this - I'm hoping enough of you take a moment to write Ken at the website, enough to make him reconsider his decision. It may take more than a few... if he ends up getting a couple hundred emails on this subject, I'm betting he will reconsider, especially if you're all very nice about it ;)
In the meantime, the two part Italy vs. N. American Blends shootout (which I gave Ken an advance look at, btw) will ramp up again, and Part One will be on the website in the next day or two, once I give the Argentine article another day or so as the first article.
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