Cuprajake LMSC @hornbyben
Why don’t I fill out the discord guide for you as I didn’t know that was a thing until just before.
I will add this is why I love this forum because it started out as a general discussion but you’ve all jumped to help find my “ideal” machine which I think indicates this community well to lurkers reading in the background.
So current setup
Commandante C40 with red clix upgrade available, I enjoy hand grinding and do it a pour over a day with it
Mahlkonig X54 - usually put my choice of bean for the next two weeks into the hopper for aeropress recipes I will dial in accordingly and for me personally its great with my workflow. I know its strange being a non Niche owner :D #hopperman #hopperslivesmatter
What is your budget?
This I am fortunate with and if I see a benefit I will go as high as needs be within diminishing returns. I don’t want to waste money for the sake of it for a feature I won’t use but if X is the best for me then I will save for X. This is a marathon not a race for me and I am in a very good place coffee wise at the moment.
How much involvement can you handle?
No modding its not my jam, I don’t really want to repair an old machine either. Coffee prep faff I am fine with and mechanisms I am fine with I even looked at the flair pro because the ergonomics and form were kind of cool.
I’d like a coffee before I go to the hospital haha so if it can set up within 30mins of me getting up great. If it can always be on even better or standby. Back to back shots I would expect maximum with guests 4-6.
Are you okay with buying used? What level of DIY are you comfortable with?
No DIY and as for used, instead of being wordy I am going to be simple and say no. I just don’t have the time or skill
Milk drinks or straight shots, or are both a priority, and how many do you need to pull in a row? Straight shots 80% of the time and Milk shots for wife and friends and the odd time I fancy one.
What kind of espresso shots do you want to achieve?
a. I want traditional shots, full of chocolate, a perfect blend of bitter and sweet (mostly medium-dark to dark roasts)
b. I just want sweet chocolate and some fruits (mostly mediums)
c. Just give me something sweet, vibrant, and fruity (mostly light and even Nordic roasts)
So I am starting to learn I like low acidic pour overs more than heavily “bright and floral” ones. Thing is their is part of me though that wants to answer all of them haha but I would say a and b.
Do you anticipate getting into nerdy things such as profiling? (fine tuning extraction to find different flavors/textures)
I am more of a person who will dial in until I hit a wow with a coffee and then persist until the bag is empty. This is my level of experimenting. I do try my current purchases through 4-6 (depending on bag size) brew methods….does that class me as a nerd?!?
What are your priorities regarding noise, aesthetics, and size?
Ok so here comes the bit where you alienate some fans of machines haha, I don’t like the look of Gaggia and Rancillo classic machines the boxy tanks, I have owned the former and it was an eye sore to me (I threw it out as a dumb student don’t judge).
Love metals and clean non-cluttered design, let me give you some examples to get an idea - Rocket Espresso R Cinquento, Linea Mini, Sanremo Cube, ECM design as a whole.
Noise I would prefer it not to shake the foundations and make the wife kill me, quieter would be better. Unless I can purposely make it loud to drown out a whinge?
Size I have a space in the kitchen ready and its quite big so I don’t think I am necessarily needing a compact machine. I think I just want to easily get to the bits I need.
@hornbyben I do like that Argos that is very nice. Reminds me of a higher standard of Flair.