24 Apr '13, 1pm

@benhammersley

I've been following the discussion both here and on H-B, and have found it very intriguing. I don't think of my palette as very discerning, but I have not had what I would call a "success" yet with removing crema with my shots. I have tried it a few times, but with only two blends - SM's liquid amber and donkey (gotta keep the jitters down past 10pm!), in split doubles, and have not found the shots with crema removed to be better, IMO. A lot of what I really love about the liquid amber blend though, is the wonderful texture and thickness of the espresso, and I really do think I enjoy the crema it produces. I agree completely with some other posters that this is definitely not a case of definitive superiority. Overall, the texture of the 'spro is just such a huge component for me, that many blends I can't imagine enjoying more with crema removed. Jim's taste testing as outl...

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