Just amazing seeing everyone so up for the conversation, absolutely fantastic !
And, of course, Frederick, thanks so much for all the kind words, the team here is completely buzzed getting feedback like this from the master himself.
In terms of the "espresso debate", far be it from me to tackle the finer points of extraction, but I am certain everyone will be really happy with the extraction, (which ever chosen term of reference might be used).
I fully agree on the FAQ's idea for the website. It's been on my list for ages and keeps getting shuffled back in the madness at the moment.
Please do keep asking questions here in the meantime, absolutely stoked to see all the input and valid questions.
Thanks Buddy but them there words ain't kind at all!
Them words are Fightin' words. Maybe all dressed up in lace and feathers but they are straight shootin from the hip and neutral and objective as can be.
I'm savoring an OTTO brew as I write an' lemme tell you'all, anybody that can switch back to a french press after tasting an OTTO made espresso should be run out of town for wastin' perty good beans.
Guess some nasse people should hold on to their percolator after all. I used mine for target practise.
On a technical note, bean a lonesome cowboy does have it's rewards of sorts. While the OTTO does it's business in silence I fill to one third a stainless steel cup with 2% Moo juice. I froth directly in it, no fancy-pansy pot cleaning for this feller! I then fill it up with the brew, a drop or two of Canada's best maple nectar and lemme tell ya: That's a breakfast drink...Yep!
Whoww there Nelly, calm down..
Filly gets nervous when I talk of her percolator.....silly horse.....
Goodness, now we've got satire and farce to pile on top of earlier flippancy.
Eamonn: The best I can suggest to you is to think a great deal about how you will use your coffee investment. Think of thousands of uses over numbers of years.
Most shots will be only for yourself, either at leisure or in a morning rush (or combination of both). Many will be with a close friend or significant other (i.e. the need for 2 back-to-back doubles). Occasionally, you'll prepare drinks for small groups of guests and once or twice a year, a full blown party.
Think about all that's been mentioned in this thread so far - there are some highly learned folks whose votes certainly count. Then go further.
1. Ask local baristas - they're like doctors, with whom we should consult on all things coffee.
2. Ask in forums on other websites.
3. Then consider who you are. Are you an analog guy (these days, many people are going back to film cameras, manual typewriters and phonographs)? Or are you a digital/electronics person? What makes you excited, personally, and what do you like to display or show-off?
You've gotten a good stream of near-infomercial level advice, here, from a professed guru-collector of stove-tops; now go get some more from additional sources.
Then, having made your decision, rejoice in it and celebrate. Both avenues are sure to bring rewards, challenges and occasional regret. Just don't include a lack of due diligence among the list of possible post-decision regrets.
Cheers & friendship to all.
Enjoy your cup - it's all yours and took a massive collective effort to get there!
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I agree to ask around until blue in the face.
How about a seance? A sign from the flip side of...of....the known...
Lighting candles and examining sheep entrails should not, must not be left out. The heavens and birds flying to and fro in quadrants was also a great past time in Rome. Learned men would analyse all these "happenings" and give clear directions to the administrators.
Gee, gosh and in the name of Howdy Doody, if it takes a meeting of the bored to decide on the purchase of the best espresso machine this side of Milan....count me out when the purchase of a hybrid vehicle is to be deliberated.
Very simple: buy more than one machine and cover ALL your bases.
But it's been suggested before.
I would suggest that anyone who wants one acts quickly, one more day for the special Friends of OTTO price...
All this ridicule plus the over-the-top recommendations, bordering on shameless plugs ... not hard to imagine one is receiving kickbacks. Notify me when this is more tightly moderated. Oh, ... he is an admin.
[With respect to Eamonn, he may not be willing to purchase multiple machines at this price point at present. Suggesting diligence is prudent, perhaps more so than the "one day left at this price" shtick. In this manner, one can do as much damage as good to his cause.]
Canuk_guy - prob quite a few, and I bet they were dynamite. Gotta love his passion.