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Topic: Four items missing from Sweet Maria's offerings (4 msgs / 127 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
There are four items I miss in Sweet Maria's offerings, other than the
HotTop roaster, which, I believe, will be included soon.
First, the "Espresso Coffee" book by David C. Schomer, ISBN 0-89716-615-9
which is perhaps the best book on espresso making techniques. It is
published by Peanut Butter Publishing, 226 2nd Avenue West, Seattle, WA
98119, (206) 281-5965
Second, a small electronic scale with 0.1 / 0.01oz resolution, such as the
HL-400 400g A&D scale.
Third, a subset of the Agtron/SCAA Roast Classification Color Disk System.
Fourth, a "best affordable home espresso machine" such as the Isomac Tea,
Giotto or Giotto II, or perhaps Pasquini Livia.
Any chance, Tom and Maria, that you will offer those items after your move
back to California?
We have the book and the scale, but we are seriously thinking about buying
the subset of the color disks and a better home espresso machine before
Christmas. We would prefer to buy from Sweet Maria's.
Finally, we would appreciate any comments concerning those and similar home
espresso machines. Which one is the best choice -- and why?
Regards, Lubos
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2) From: Ben Silva

3) From: Jim Schulman
Hi Lubos,
On 5 Aug 2002 at 22:48, you wrote:
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I own the Isomac Tea and am ecstatic with it. Talking to other owners of 
machines in this class, it seems that they're all very good, and owners are as 
happy as I am. They're all much easier to use than a Sylvia or any other 
single boiler machine, and make a slightly better and far more consistent 
espresso.
How good are the espressos these machines make? I attended an espresso 
tasting in at Intelligentsia roasters were Schomer trained baristas were pulling 
shots on La Marzocco machines and Swift grinders. Good as my old Solis 
machine and grinder set up were, they couldn't quite play in the same league. 
The Tea along with an Innova grinder can; and I'd need to do side by side 
comparisons to say which was better.
A few people have switched from the Livia to one of the E61 group machines 
like the Giotto or Tea. They report that E61 machines are more "fault 
tolerant;" they are easier to keep at the right temperature, and less finicky 
about grind and tamp. But nobody's saying that "best practice" shots from 
any one machine is better than of the others. People who've done side by 
side comparisons report that the Livia's pump is louder, but that it's steaming 
and ergonomics are better than the E61 machines. The E61 type machine all 
have more or less identical internal construction, and similar operating feel.
Additionally, there are the Mini Nova and Mini Grimac machines that feature a 
slightly different E61 head in a more modern package, like the Livia's. I haven't 
heard much from owners of these models, although they too have a great 
reputation.
After doing a ton of research, I picked the machine I connected with most 
emotionally. I figured as far as espresso goes, they're all great; as far as 
price, they're all close. I don't think I was far off on that.
Hope this helps,
Jim
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4) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Thank you, Ben and Jim, for your prompt replies. I am familiar with the
resources recommended by Ben, but overwhelmed by the information there. I
could not pick up a clear winner from what I read there.  Perhaps I don't
spent enough time reading and sorting through all the stuff.  Also, I do not
know many of the people over there and thus don't know whose opinions to
trust.
I think that I know the people on the Sweet Maria's Homeroast list better.
(Thank you again, Maria and Tom, for providing this great resource and for
all the good things you are doing; you are really special people.) I know
that I can trust Jim's opinions. He wrote:
"After doing a ton of research, I picked the machine I connected with most
emotionally. I figured as far as espresso goes, they're all great; as far as
price, they're all close. I don't think I was far off on that. -- Hope this
helps, Jim"
Well, thank you, Jim, for your reply, but frankly, it did not help to make
the selection ... it seems, as you write "...they are all great."
I really wish that Tom and Maria pick up one of those machines and offer it.
That would help us to make the decision ... we would much rather buy from
Sweet Maria's than from one of the other businesses and feel comfortable.
"If Tom has picked it up, I trust his opinion that it is the best buy."
Warm Regards to all, Lubos
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