Ian_G wrote:OK, updated opinion? Same as before - it's not great. Seems like it should be a great idea, but for whatever reason, in my opinion, it just does n 't deliver.
margot wrote:I'm intrigued by the Presso, too, but I noticed one big problem: it's made of aluminum. I stay away from any device made of a reactive material to brew coffee. Any thoughts?
H Wyman wrote:Wow. Okay -- I'd never heard of this thing, and now I'm intrigued. I'd still have to hold out for one used or refurbed -- but the intrigue is there. I had just assumed that the headline "presso" was short for "handpresso," which is also a fascinating design but doesn't seem to have garnered the following of the Twist. I share your concerns over the Twist's reliance on cartridges, and there's an undeniable elegance to the design of the Presso. Seems like it takes the principle of the Aeropress to its logical conclusion -- a hand-powered press that actually generates enough pressure to get the job done.
How hard to do you really need to push/squeeze to hit 9 bars (130 psi) on that thing? How do you manage to maintain the pressure consistently while also drawing out the process to allow for a 20-25 sec extraction? The video clip (http://vimeo.com/18794871) looked like the operator finished the shot in less than 20 sec, although I recognize that could've just been the way it was edited. It did also look like he barely tamped it, though, and it doesn't seem to come packaged with much by way of a tamper. Does it not need tamping? And, finally, there's temperature: Do you do a preheating press of boiling water before putting your coffee in there?
I just did a little snooping and it seems there's been a flaw identified, and recitified, by a tinkerer. Here's that link: http://users.ameritech.net/jim_schulman ... eport.html
It's something about a gap in the inner workings resulting in pressure loss before water contact, resulting in thin shots and meek crema. Have you run into that problem and addressed it?
How would you rate your cups against pro baristas' on pro machines?
And, I gotta ask... Does it open wine bottles, too?
ethant wrote: Are you sure you're grinding your beans fine enough? Do you also have a mypressi or espresso machine to compare with?
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