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Topic: Dec 2007 Consumer Reports Magazine (8 msgs / 313 lines)
1) From: Robert Kaye
I have enjoyed reading consumer reports for many years, and respected  
their recommendations for products. As fuel for conversation; The  
December issue recommends the Nepresso Essenza Flowstop C100 espresso  
maker ($230) as a CR Best Buy. Also, Black & Decker Smartbrew DCM2500  
for $35 was their highest rated best buy coffee maker.

2) From: Jim Gundlach
As I recall the Nepresso C100 is a pod only machine.  Not much good  
for a home roaster.  Don't know anything about the Black & Decker.
     pecan jim
On Nov 5, 2007, at 9:33 PM, Robert Kaye wrote:
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3) From: Jared
I respected Consumer Reports much more until I saw them review
products like Bicycles which I know a significant amount about.  The
report seemed so naive and stupid it was silly.  I think they do a
much better job at major consumer products like televisions and
dishwasher reviews than specialty items.  With specialty items it
seems like they just can't handle the complexity of the topic.  The
day they review an RK drum versus a heat gun dog bowl set up is the
day I subscribe.  Jared
On Nov 5, 2007 9:33 PM, Robert Kaye  wrote:
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4) From: Rich
If they ever did that review they would spend all of their time 
squeaking about the safety hazards.
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5) From: Sandy Andina
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Yeah, I saw that. Good thing I wasn't drinking anything at the time or  
I would've done a spit take.  I did notice that under "foaming milk  
for cappuccino" they listed a Starbucks Barista for $400--dunno  
whether it was their low-end superauto or the successor to the Vapore  
(in which case it's not bad as long as there's a nonpressurized PF).   
I wonder if they tested machines in the same price class as the  
Barista, such as some of the Gaggias (e.g., Carezza) or Solis SL-70-- 
I'd bet they didn't (or got spooked by the Gaggias' aluminum boiler. I  
can almost guarantee they didn't test the Rancilio Silvia (and  
probably never heard of it, either).
Someone ought to write them and tell them that it is impossible to get  
good espresso out of a capsule unless you can grab the capsule off the  
assembly line as soon as it's been filled (assuming the coffee it  
contains was freshly roasted and ground immediately before filling-- 
yeah, right),  Of course, since they probably have a Starbuck's in the  
CU building lobby, they probably have never tasted good espresso.
On Nov 5, 2007, at 9:33 PM, Robert Kaye wrote:
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Sandy
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Yeah, I saw that. Good thing I =
wasn't drinking anything at the time or I would've done a spit take. =
 I did notice that under "foaming milk for cappuccino" they listed =
a Starbucks Barista for $400--dunno whether it was their low-end =
superauto or the successor to the Vapore (in which case it's not bad as =
long as there's a nonpressurized PF).  I wonder if they tested =
machines in the same price class as the Barista, such as some of the =
Gaggias (e.g., Carezza) or Solis SL-70--I'd bet they didn't (or got =
spooked by the Gaggias' aluminum boiler. I can almost guarantee they =
didn't test the Rancilio Silvia (and probably never heard of it, =
either).
Someone = ought to write them and tell them that it is impossible to get good = espresso out of a capsule unless you can grab the capsule off the = assembly line as soon as it's been filled (assuming the coffee it = contains was freshly roasted and ground immediately before = filling--yeah, right),  Of course, since they probably have a = Starbuck's in the CU building lobby, they probably have never tasted = good espresso. On Nov 5, 2007, at 9:33 PM, Robert Kaye = wrote:
I have enjoyed reading consumer reports for many years, = and respected their recommendations for products. As fuel for = conversation; The December issue recommends the Nepresso Essenza = Flowstop C100 espresso maker ($230) as a CR Best = Buy. homeroast = mailing list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to =http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= Sandywww.sandyandina.comwww.sass-music.com
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6) From: Sandy Andina
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Yeah, they don't know squat about fountain pens either.
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Sandy
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Yeah, they don't know squat =
about fountain pens either.
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Jared wrote:
I respected Consumer Reports much more until I saw them = review products like Bicycles which I know a significant amount = about.  The report seemed so naive and stupid it was silly. =  I think they do a much better job at major consumer products = like televisions and dishwasher reviews than specialty items. =  With specialty items it seems like they just can't handle the = complexity of the topic.  The day they review an RK drum versus = a heat gun dog bowl set up is the day I subscribe. =  Jared On Nov 5, 2007 9:33 PM, Robert Kaye <rkaye> = wrote: I have enjoyed reading consumer = reports for many years, and respected their recommendations for products. As fuel for = conversation; The December = issue recommends the Nepresso Essenza Flowstop C100 = espresso maker ($230) as a CR = Best Buy. Also, Black & Decker Smartbrew = DCM2500 for $35 was their = highest rated best buy coffee maker. homeroast mailing = list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= homeroast mailing list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to =http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= Sandywww.sandyandina.comwww.sass-music.com
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7) From: Sean Cary
Its all relative - to most folks "good coffee" is the beans from the
supermarket "fresh roasted" bins.
I am a woodworker - a Home Depot Buck Brothers general purpose plane
will work, and do what most folks ask of it - but a Lie Nielsen, hand
made plane that costs about 300 times as much will do the same job,
just much better, and handle the figured woods and other difficult
grain that a Buck Bro would choke all over.
Same with an espresso machine - or a coffee maker or whatever.
CR does not report on the high end stuff - just what the unwashed
masses consume...if you are a high end consumer of anything, you will
know what the best is...  But if I want to find a good mower - I will
go to CR, I don't need a full on industrial model mower, but I did get
a great review on the Toro I purchased.
Sean
Too many hobbies - and I miss them all.
94 and counting...
On Nov 6, 2007 8:24 AM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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8) From: Randall Nortman
On Mon, Nov 05, 2007 at 09:33:30PM -0600, Robert Kaye wrote:
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CR is great at reviewing mass-market products from the viewpoint of
the mass-market consumer -- that is, according to the priorities,
usage patterns, knowledge, and operational skill of the mass-market
consumer.  So I mostly trust them to tell me about cars, home
appliances, vacuum cleaners, and clock radios.  (I used to trust them
implicitly about cars, until they suckered me in to buying a 2000 VW
Passat.  That thing cost and arm and a leg to maintain, I tell you.
It never broke down on me completely, but little stuff broke all the
time, and was always expensive to fix.  Snappy road handling, though,
for a family sedan.  I've never forgiven CR for giving that car their
stamp of approval.)
But when it comes to anything even slightly off the beaten path,
fuggedaboutit.  Coffee is an example of something that is actually
solidly *on* the beaten path, as so many people own a coffee maker,
and many people own mass market espresso machines these days.  But we
enthusiasts are rather off of that beaten path -- our coffee path goes
in a completely different direction.  Being a technology professional,
I have the same reaction when I see them review computers and
laptops.  UGH!  Being a "prosumer" chef and baker, I often have the
same reaction to their reviews of cookware and cooking appliances.
So, trust CR for anything you don't know jack about yourself and don't
have any trustworthy friends that know anything about it either.
Speaking of which -- put yourself in the role of a trustworthy friend.
What espresso machine would *you* recommend to the complete newbie who
doesn't know what good espresso tastes like and probably cares more
about convenience and price?  This person will *not* be convinced to
buy a decent grinder and will *not* put any effort into learning how
to tamp properly, temperature surf, etc.  Might not even be convinced
to grind freshly.  Don't think you're going to convert them -- I think
all of us have some experience with how tricky that is.  That's the
person CR is issuing advice to.  In that light, are their
recommendations really all that bad?
-- 
Randall


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