Technology strikes quick, like a wildfire actually. Blend the speedy progress of know-how with the eagerness and creativity of the coffee business, and you’ve received a potent mixture! There’s all the time one thing new on the horizon and a plethora of producers all preventing one another on your cash. I’ve personally been responsible of shopping for into the hype of a product which doesn’t ship. Thankfully although, by way of this course of you discover some actual gems, and that’s what I’m right here to share with you as we speak.
Mazzers are well-known for all the correct causes. Their grinders are dependable, constant and quick. They’re additionally extremely measured in the best way they launch their gear. The Kold was introduced a whopping 5 years in the past! But I’ve acquired to say that the wait was value it. I’ve had a full month now with the Mazzer ZM, and to say that it has impressed me is an understatement.
The burr housing is machined, and the grinder is able to self-aligning and self-zeroing. This signifies that once you’re dialling in a single ZM, you’re digitally separating the burrs by a set variety of microns – a course of that’s each extremely repeatable and extremely dependable. Add to this zero.5g of grind retention, reminiscence to carry 20 settings (four of which can be found on quick-launch) and a burr chamber which is accessible by undoing simply three screws (permitting for fast and straightforward cleansing) and you’ve received a winner!
“But CJ — how does it taste?!”
Clarity, sweetness and stability are all on show regardless of how we’re brewing!
We’re operating the espresso burrs in ours full time now. The check pour overs and batches have all been exemplary and the espresso is nothing in need of unbelievable. Working in microns signifies that changes are significant, and desired outcomes are at your fingertips. Did your final shot pour three seconds too quick? That’s okay! An adjustment of simply 5 microns will decelerate your extraction simply the correct quantity. We’re now on the stage the place we’re placing one on a bench to get some café-world expertise. Only time will inform whether or not it should keep its excellence all through the strain check, however all of the indications are that this grinder might be discovered on coffee benches for years to return.
Acacia are additionally a family identify for cafes and house brewers alike. Famous for his or her Pearl Scale, which was a kickstarter in 2013, the Pearl is now a main-stay within the coffee business. But whereas they’ve been busy delivery Pearl Scales around the globe, they’ve additionally been creating The Orion – a skittles doser. Or a coffee bean doser, if you would like.
I used this primary at MICE (Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition) in March this yr. At the top of every day, we needed to dose 12 totally different coffees into 19 gram doses, able to serve filter flights by the hundred the subsequent day. The Orion was a life saver. Pre-dosing was easy, and dependable. It has each a ‘green bean’ and ‘roasted’ setting, in addition to a ‘fast’ and ‘accurate’ setting. If you’re pre-dosing in your single origin on-demand grinder, the ‘roasted/accurate’ setting dosed inside zero.5g variance 9/10 occasions, and if it accidently went over by zero.5g or extra, just a little mild would advise you to take some out. If you’re a coffee roaster packing 250g luggage, the quick setting offers you a end result inside 2g of the specified weight (as much as 3kg), with only one click on, leaving you extra time to get your roast on, and be charming.
There you might have it! Two gadgets that had me buzzing with simply fifteen minutes of hands-on expertise and proceed to impress months later. These merchandise are licensed wonderful.