28 Mar '14, 5am

Why latte art didn't make my list of top tips to spot a quality cafe - a forum comment

Scales are important as far as my experience goes - I use them on every shot to weigh the grinds, giving consistency, as I can't yet spring for a electronic doser. First thing in the morning I weigh in, and weigh out the shot, with a timer. Then during the day I watch every pour, stop it based on time OR shot colour/rate if it changes, and of course have 3-4 espresso shots/tasters during the day to keep it all on point. The scale signifies they care, hence a good sign it aspires to be a good cafe. Milk wand crusted is an immediate walk-out for me. Spotting the barista dumping the grinds from the tray back into the doser is also a common, and horrible sight. Posted March 27, 2014 link I hear you on the scales. Scales are important. Extremely important for non espresso (imo they should be completely standard equipment, even if only post-brew weighing) and also extremely impo...

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