We’ve been doing a lot of late night testing at crema lately. This usually leads to an even later night back at home, as sleep is nearly impossible after experimenting with coffee. I’ve noticed that I, and a few others, have been crossing that fine line between espresso bliss and caffeine overdose more and more the last little bit.
The main thing in testing right now is grinders. We have 2 new ones in shop right now that we are trying out – An Anfim and the Nuovo Simonelli Mythos. While we’ve only had the Anfim for a few days, I haven’t really warmed up to it yet. I feel a bit too unincluded in the process when using it- sort of like I’m standing on the outside of a bunch of old friends talking in a circle. I also feel like the dosing handle is going to break every time I use it. This is a commercial machine, I don’t know why it doesn’t have that tough mazzer feel to it.
With the Mythos, while it’s also timed like the Anfim, it’s so fast that you don’t feel like you are wasting time waiting. The thing with the Mythos is that it doesn’t dose into the middle of the portafilter. This could probably be fixed with a few little mods. It’s also just about double the price of an Anfim – that doesn’t exactly help anyone.
I wonder if coffees taste better through certain grinders… One would think the best machine and burrs would produce the grind, not matter what the coffee, but then coffee – especially espresso – doesn’t make sense a whole lot.
Today during the lines at crema some of the other baristas and I were alternating through using the Anfim, the Mythos, and the Mini Mazzer we have. Shot of the day goes to the Mazzer. The best option would be to have all 3 all the time.