Excellent espresso is only
possible if you have an excellent grinder,
as I have said many
times in the past. The problem for a lot of
drinkers is that excellent grinders tend to be
and even the smallest commercial grinder is a great
big thing to
have sitting on your kitchen benchtop.
When it comes to good grinders, as
opposed to excellent ones, for use
in the home, my own ranking
4) Sunbeam EM0480
2) Rancilio Rocky
with the understanding that the
Mazzer Mini is a commercial grinder and
not small. The exact
same ranking applies to price and longevity, with
being the cheapest and the Mazzer the most expensive. It
applies to the build quality and ergonomics of the
Imagine my surprise when, in an
www.home-barista.com comparing a number of high end grinders,
Nemox Lux beat the Mazzer Mini in terms of shot
quality and taste.
There were the usual caveats on ergonomics,
build quality and
adjustability, and the thought that one of the
should look at improving the Lux concept.
You can read the whole
article by Jim Schulman at http://tinyurl.com/2q6hbv
Well, Lelit has risen to the
challenge and introduced the Lelit PL053
Internally, of course, it's the
standard Lux burrs and motor, but
rehoused in a new all
stainless steel body. With a proper catch tray, a
spout to prevent static, "infinite" worm gear adjustment and
200g capacity hopper it reflects a significant advancement on the
basic Lux. Fortunately it doesn't cost any more, at $275.00 inc.
but it is really only suitable for espresso.
It's been available in the USA
since January this year and has received
rave reviews. The three
main items mentioned seem to be the fact that
it's a bit quieter
than the Lux, the better build quality and the lack
and static with the ground coffee.
This month's special coffee is an
old favourite, especially for those
who enjoy a spicy, heavy
Low acid with rich syrupy body and
a spicy dark caramel finish.
I'm no great supporter of "cause
based" coffees unless the cause is
better quality (if you
substitute the word "Subsidized" for "Fair
Trade" it can be
perception altering) but I do support minimizing the
ecological footprint of coffee supply. So do many of my
customers, which is why I continue to be amazed by large volume
small bag sized orders.
Skyrocketing costs are making
small bag packaging very expensive, so as
from this month we'll
be passing on the full cost. Orders in 400 - 500g
bags won't be
affected at all, so if you're ordering more than 500g, go
bigger bag sizes.