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Another example of not exactly happy but makes me chuckle: it's final exam day for two of my classes today, and I just had a student take an exam whom I literally did not recognize.
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Machines don't really matter that much unless it's really cheap with bad internals. The beans are most important followed by the water then the machine and grinder.

Is that verbatim from an American food blog?

I've never had a good espresso anywhere in America. The worst I can get here is better than the best I've ever had there.

I usually just tend to ignore American 'foodie' types because most of them have no taste and are all just imitating one another. Look at the Social Life, Food, and Drink subforum for a microcosmic example of this. I prefer to eat a big bowl of oatmeal than most of the stuff offered at high-class American restaurants.
Edited by why - 12/12/12 at 12:11pm
post #26763 of 46997
I am curious to hear how this student performs on this exam.
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Another example of not exactly happy but makes me chuckle: it's final exam day for two of my classes today, and I just had a student take an exam whom I literally did not recognize.

My friend once had a professor ask "are you in this class" as he was turning in his final exam.
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Originally Posted by why View Post

Is that verbatim from an American food blog?
I've never had a good espresso anywhere in America. The worst I can get here is better than the best I've ever had there.

 

Straight from working in a store in which I've tried every machine.

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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Straight from working in a store in which I've tried every machine.

Then they were probably all equally bad. Not unlikely, since pretty much all the machines I've seen in America produce bad coffee.

Why are coffee snobs so much more prominent in America than anywhere else in the world even though the coffee in America is so generally awful?

Also, for what it's worth, espresso grinds are pretty much standardized by the manufacturer for optimum quality so I have no idea how the grinder or grind could be a factor unless you're pulverizing your already-ground coffee.
post #26767 of 46997
Because third wave coffee movement started in America.

Also, if you are using pre ground coffee for espresso you are not drinking espresso, and you are drinking old, crappy coffee. Plus things like how long you are pulling a shot for and coffee amount will say how much you should grind your coffee. This is all basic stuff. To grind consistency getting coffee ground fine enough is second most important and one of the top reasons you have to spend higher on a good grinder.
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So you are calling me a coffee snob (which I certainly am not), generalizing the coffee of an entire country, and telling me that Breville, Jura, DeLonghi, and Saeco are incapable of making an espresso machine worthy of making espresso?

 

What are you even arguing? All I am saying is that given the same beans and water there is no appreciable difference between the mid to high end espresso machines.

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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

So you are calling me a coffee snob (which I certainly am not), generalizing the coffee of an entire country, and telling me that Breville, Jura, DeLonghi, and Saeco are incapable of making an espresso machine worthy of making espresso?

What are you even arguing? All I am saying is that given the same beans and water there is no appreciable difference between the mid to high end espresso machines.

Breville, Jura, DeLonghi, and Saeco don't make good espresso machines.

If we both say that mid and high end espresso machines don't really matter than we agree on that.

Pre ground coffee can't make truly great espresso for tons of different reasons, however.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I am curious to hear how this student performs on this exam.

+1
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Originally Posted by A Canuker View Post

+1

+2.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

+2.

Its entirely possible that he'll do fine. In undergrad I attended class for the fist time the day of the final in two classes and got an A- and B+. They weren't very high level classes, but they were above entry level.
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Apparently L'In is the master test giver though...
post #26774 of 46997
Also, the master plagiarizer detector.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I am curious to hear how this student performs on this exam.

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Originally Posted by A Canuker View Post

+1

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+2.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Because third wave coffee movement started in America.
Also, if you are using pre ground coffee for espresso you are not drinking espresso, and you are drinking old, crappy coffee. Plus things like how long you are pulling a shot for and coffee amount will say how much you should grind your coffee. This is all basic stuff. To grind consistency getting coffee ground fine enough is second most important and one of the top reasons you have to spend higher on a good grinder.

You coffee snobs are all wrong. What really matters is the cup size of the barista. After that, it's how comfy the chairs are, and what kind of music they're playing.
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