[Homeroast] Espresso vs. Brew

Derek Bradford derekbradford at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 19:23:28 CDT 2012

It's been said before but it's worth repeating: espresso is great, but
there are other ways to make coffee just as well, if not better.  I have a
La Spaziale Vivaldi 2 (S1V2) and a Cimbali Max Hybrid grinder.  They make
great coffee.  I've used them every single day I've been home since I got
them 3 years ago, and I've also had good espresso gear before that--seven
years now, give or take.  But consistently, I've always said that if I
couldn't have espresso I'd be just as happy with my Aeropress.  I use it
often and I really enjoy the cup.

If you've had great espresso and you really like it, and if you're also
enthusiastic about learning a plethora of fiddly techniques, then by all
means, get some gear (grinder first of course--the espresso mantra).  Good
gear is expensive, and there's quite a learning curve, but I've never
regretted it, and after 7 years I still enjoy it every single time.


On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM, John M. Howison <johnmhowison at gmail.com>wrote:

> Although I first learned from espresso bars on the Via Veneto that
> coffee better than standard swill was possible,  for years I have been
> satisfied with the coffee brewed in my kitchen.  My scheme of values
> has prevented me from buying a home espresso maker -- which cost as
> much as years' supply of beans.
> In the years I have been a "lister" -- mostly as a lurker -- I have
> noticed that listers who brew exchange views largely with others who
> brew, and espress-ers (necessarily, I suppose) with espress-ers.  I
> have sometimes wondered whether the silence of these latter means they
> regard the exchanges among us "home-brewers" with some contempt.
> Would any of you espress-ers try to persuade me to invest big bucks in
> a machine?
> --
> Contra muros, mater rubicolla
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