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TheRealScubaSteve
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 1:13am
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Hi All,

I've been reading since November, but finally decided to join. I'm (Scuba)Steve - it appears there is an imposter who claims to be ScubaSteve already. I've never been hugely into coffee before, but decided to get a machine to make better drinks than Starbucks CharBucks. Turns out that really wasn't too difficult to accomplish. I've already ordered a new PF basket for the EC155 (over a month ago) and am excited to see how a bottomless will help me get better in my espresso endeavors. Until then, I'm getting by with a de-pressurized PF and fresh beans. So far (at least until I know better) the Encore has been great - I re-calibrated it to the finest setting and it now grinds fine enough that it'll clog up the grinder and Delonghi.

Steve

P.S. I'm not sure I know what "real" espresso should taste like. Any suggestions in Massachusetts? I tried 1369 Coffee House in Cambridge and got a terribly sour shot. Honestly, I thought mine were smoother. It did have a much nicer mouthfeel, though.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 6:52am
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Welcome to CG!

There's an East Coast thread about cafes in the Boston area.  It was updated somewhat last Fall, as I was traveling to Cambridge and made an inquiry.  I got some very friendly replies.  1369 in Cambridge was highly recommended. I never made it there though. In fact, I never made it to any of the recommended places.  I ended up using my Aeropress in my hotel room.  Anyhow, given the things said about 1369, I'd suggest giving them another chance.  Try going close to peak time, but not right at it, so they aren't rushed.  At peak times, you're more likely to have multiple baristi there and possibly even their star.  Before you get your drink, try to strike up a friendly conversation with your barista and let him/her know you are a home enthusiast. It should help them not give you a sink shot, since it lets them know you are discriminant.

If you use the search tool, you should be able to find that other thread I mentioned.

 
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Espresso: Delonghi EC155
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 2:50pm
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Thanks for the welcome. I actually perused that thread, but was surprised at how inactive it was. I think the post you mention is the one that I heard about 1369 from. If I came across at condemning them at all, it was certainly not intentional. I ordered an espresso to try since the only other espresso I've ever had (aside from my own) was from the coffee shop that shall not be named (*$)! I also ordered a plain ole latte - compared to the syrupy sweet Starbucks ones, I was quite pleased (and amazed). No sugar added and I still enjoyed it - and it certainly put mine to shame as well. I would go back for sure - from reading here the shot could have been sour for any gazillion reasons - it could've been the roast too, I didn't have a chance to chat up the barista because it was jam-packed.

Steve

 
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