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Who's fallen down the rabbit hole of pursuing the perfect cup?

I like espresso drinks but figured out early on that making really good espresso at home could get very, very expensive. So I tried low cost approaches like and hand grinder plus a Moka Pot or Aeropress, and, for milk drinks, frothing milk using the microwave and a handheld frother.

So far I've found the experience to be less than satisfactory, so I'm looking at the espresso machines again. But the very bottom of the non-junky appliances is like $800 and people regularly pay $8000.

That's not a lot of money compared to my electronics and photography habits, but ...

I just buy locally roasted whole beans from my local cafe and use a semi-automated coffee machine. Does a decent job.


--- Quote from: Halcyon on September 17, 2021, 07:43:00 am ---I just buy locally roasted whole beans from my local cafe and use a semi-automated coffee machine. Does a decent job.

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Ha ha, very reasonable. But that's about 1000 km from the coffee rabbit hole.

These are the rabbit hole:

This is a good parody:

That YouTube was believable till he got to "vanilla coffee"


Drip coffee is not really a thing here, not when you have access to an abundance of freshly roasted beans. I mean sure, you can go down to your local supermarket and buy pre-ground or even worse, instant coffee, which a lot of people do, but I consider that on the borderline of what is actual coffee. You don't necessarily know how old the beans are and with instant... well... that stuff is barely coffee at all. It's like comparing instant ramen to freshly made pasta. The only time you'll see drip is generally with cold brews.

If you were to buy a coffee anywhere from McDonalds all the way through to your fanciest cafes and restaurants, it's almost always espresso. Beans ground fresh for that cup and brewed then and there.

You don't need some fancy contraption to get a good, proper coffee either. As long as you start with good quality fresh ingredients, apply the right amount of water, heat and pressure, you get a nice drop. For well under $1000, you can get results that are pretty close to the best, most expensive coffee machines available, you just need to know how to use them.

I've watched James' videos and a lot of them are quite good, however there are some where he just goes overboard. Over here in Australia, we call that "wanker coffee".


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