[Homeroast] Single cup brewers

Rich rich-mail at octoxol.com
Mon Nov 1 20:26:50 CDT 2010

Coffee brewing is an interactive process. It does not yield itself well 
to automation or a doctrinaire procedural approach.  The worlds great 
chefs do not use Betty Crocker cook books...

On 11/01/2010 07:59 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
> Yes, but the coffee? At the hands of supremely experienced people I have
> had too much mediocre coffee from these machines. I do completely agree
> that in the right environment they "encourage this behavior while
> allowing quite repeatable results and an ease of making those changes
> when required." And I am not judging them from a Starbucks installation
> or such... The move toward manual methods in general is something I find
> heartening, and while I am sure there is always another innovation in
> high tech brewing, you look at the variables the Trifecta and Clover
> take great expense to control, and you find that humans can control them
> quite easily.
> Tom
>> At 03:34 PM 11/1/2010, you wrote:
>>> I will make this claim though: any manual method made by someone who
>>> has tasted the result, made an adjustment to their taste, and can
>>> repeat the steps with reasonable care will, empirically, in blind
>>> test, produce better coffee than the fanciest single serve brewer, be
>>> in Nespresso, Clover, Trifecta or whatever. Brewing is a system where
>>> human input, evaluation and adjustment cannot be adequately duplicated.
>> But both the Clover and Trifecta allow and encourage this behavior
>> while allowing quite repeatable results and an ease of making those
>> changes when required.
>> Ira
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