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27
comment How to identify a good espresso?
@Sven I now know what you mean. I am currently in Germany and just travelled in France and Italy. In all three countries the standard for an order is a single. Cultural differences. However, my comment about the double still being the standard stands.
Jun
27
awarded  Custodian
Jun
27
reviewed No Action Needed How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?
Jun
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reviewed No Action Needed What's the best way to store rice long-term?
Jun
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reviewed Reviewed Can you make latte-art with a panarello wand?
Nov
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answered How to make a cappuccino not overflow?
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awarded  Commentator
Sep
18
comment How to pack items that may leak liquids for lunch?
@djmadscribbler This is true, I misread the OP. Edited to better answer question.
Sep
18
revised How to pack items that may leak liquids for lunch?
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Sep
18
answered How to pack items that may leak liquids for lunch?
Sep
12
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
@RickG It's not about rapid thawing, it's about the beans having a few days to once again reach an equilibrium in humidity that they had when they went into the freezer.
Sep
12
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
@RickG Further-furthermore, espresso is the only thing that must be served immediately. It's freshness is extremely time-sensitive. Even a straight shot of espresso done in a pre-heated cup needs at least 30 seconds to 1 minute to cool off before the majority of people would be able to drink it without burning themselves.
Sep
12
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
@RickG Furthermore, about this rule of fifteens, coffee doesn't go stale at a specific instant in time. It gradually goes stale. Ground coffee starts to lose aromatics within seconds of being ground, if you want to get really technical about it, I would say that ground coffee can be considered 'stale' after 1-2 mins. Extracted coffee must be served within fifteen seconds? This is absurd. Of course it is going to depend on what form. You can't drink drip or perc coffee after fifteen seconds of extraction unless you want second degree burns.
Sep
12
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
@RickG I completely disagree with this rule of fifteens. Most rules in this format (survival rule ie: 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 hours without shelter) are false. They are conveniently packaged like this so that they are easier to remember while sacrificing accuracy. Based on my professional and personal experience freezing beans is a terrible idea. Every training manual and guideline that I have read recommends against this. My coworkers who have 5-10 years of experience also recommend against this. Other cafes that roast their own beans recommend against this.
Sep
9
comment How to identify a good espresso?
"The single shot is the traditional shot size, being the maximum that could easily be pulled on a lever machine, while the double is the standard shot today." That would be the best I can come up with at the moment. It's from the wikipedia page on espresso. It is also the standard for barista competitions, as seen here.
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awarded  Critic
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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comment How to identify a good espresso?
@leon Yes I suppose you have answered the question, but you did not address taste and smell very well in your answer. How is a layman going to know all of these things? One cannot watch all of these things even at an actual espresso bar. Even if everything you described is done perfectly, a small variable can mess it up thus leading to bad espresso. Espresso is as much of an art as it is science.