Yes, I have been meaning to write a more detailed review of my Vetrano, now
that I have had it for awhile, but have not had the opportunity. You have
been saying how good Americanos can be, but when I had the Sylvia, I could
only get them to taste OK. With the Vet, I have been getting wonderful
flavors that I never experienced before. You have talked about Konas
"dancing across the roof of your mouth" and I did not understand what you
were tasting. I like Kona drip brewed, but I never experienced the flavor
dance until I made it with the Vet. I now understand what you have been
saying all along. Along these lines I made an Americano using the recent
Yellow Bourbon and it was the smoothest, cleanest cup of coffee that I have
ever tasted. It had no distinct flavors like fruits or chocolate. It just
had a very pure coffee flavor.
I now realize that I never fully mastered the Sylvia when I had it as my
average shot from the Vet is better than the best I got from Sylvia. There
is a strange irony here also. The main reason I wanted to upgrade to the HX
machine is that I made a lot of milk drinks, and it was a lot more trouble
with the single boiler. Now that I have the Vet, I rarely make milk drinks
because the coffee tastes so good straight. I am still learning to hit the
proper temperature for each SO or blend, but it is getting easier.
Upgrading my grinder to the Mazzer did not hurt either, though I was getting
good shots with the MDF grinder.
BTW - I tried making an espresso blend and I think it came out pretty good.
I mixed 50% Brazil Yellow Bourbon, 25% Green Stripe Harrar, and 25% Classic
Sumatra. I mixed them pre-roast and roasted to a FC+ in the Hottop. I got
a nice smooth flavor, similar to the Monkey, but not as complex.