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The Home Espresso Machine Blues: Rating today’s state of consumer espresso machines

Posted by TheShot on 28 May 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

I’ve written both here and elsewhere on how the state of home espresso has both improved and become worse at the same time. While home espresso is mostly out of the Krups Dark Ages, its future is uncertain: super-expensive, super-disappointing super-automatics are now de rigeur for high-end home kitchen designs as a new format, coffee […]

Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops?

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, design critic Alice Rawsthorn wrote about the increasing number of design failures in commercial products today: Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops? – International Herald Tribune [link updated]. What does she consider to be a design failure? Something that’s “not especially efficient or environmentally responsible” … “nor are they […]

Options to make the perfect cup of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Something has to distract the media and bloggers from their self-indulgent, T&A love-affair with this week’s story about stripper baristas in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Today’s The Record (Stockton, CA) made a valiant effort: Recordnet.com: Options to make the perfect cup of coffee. The article is a primer on the different coffee brewing methods and what […]

Establishing Some Ground Rules

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

In today’s New York Times, Michelle Slatalla writes a first-hand account of how she was ready to buy another espresso machine for her home: Establishing Some Ground Rules. She encountered confusing options and poor machine choices at the usual suspects. Echoing how many of America’s best restaurants are generally ignorant when it comes to good […]