Originally Posted by why
Vacuums are pretty much perfect. Also, I think the difference -- if one exists -- is entirely negligible.
People can grind their beans however they want. That said, for moka makers the grind done at the factory (or wherever the beans are ground) is generally optimal since they're pretty standard. Ditto for a lot of non-commercial machines. For commercial espresso machines it depends on the machine.
I've never seen people changing grind sizes at bars. It sounds like it'd be a nightmare, especially when things get busy. They just use the coffee sitting in the hopper.
I'll disagree on everything here. I do like a lot of American wines, but I don't think there are any I'd consider the best. I drink the same wine pretty much every day and I'm fine with it. It's tasty and costs about $1.50 per liter.
American beers are generally overdone and simply done wrong. They're bad imitations of better products.
American chocolate sucks. I don't care much about chocolate, but the Swiss stuff and the surrounding region is good.
If you wanted to convince someone that there are good American products, stick to spirits (rum, bourbon especially) and barbecue. Also, Americans are the only people who can make a good hamburger.
American cheese is laughable and just plain bad. I blame the FDA.
lol vacuums are not perfect. things can go bad inside vacuum sealed bags.
its not a nightmare because you simply calibrate before you start your day and adjust only when you really need too. also most coffee shops have high turnover of beans so no they're not just sitting there
i think cary grant would disagree you on cheese
you're not looking in the right places. swiss don't make good chocolate period. they make shitty industrialized mass produced chocolate. belgians used to be the same but they stepped their game up. the italians are the world best right now with the us coming in very very close. if you dont believe me try some chocolate by patric. will blow your mind. it's different in style than amadei etc, but mindblowingly delicious.
you wouldnt consider wines by screaming eagle and the like to be some of the best wines out there?
also i have to disagree with you on american beers. generally overdone yes, like the wines, but there are dozens of breweries out there making some top notch well balanced stuff.
i dont know why i'm arguing on the internet