The perfect twin for the Amalfi?

I’m afraid it’s just more paraphernalia porn at the moment – no coffee!

    

My espresso cups for the competitions arrived yesterday (3oz/80ml), and I was really pleased that they were such a perfect match for my Nuova Point Amalfi cappuccino cups – despite being from a totally different source. They’re an almost identical style and thickness, and the search seems to have been successful!

               

(Next to the Amalfi cup)

To most people all these shots of cups, etc, will no doubt seem bizarre, but to the true fellow coffeegeek, all these little details matter, and may well be of interest or use – and that’s why they’re here! Just as some chefs will probably rave about Henckels, Sabatier, Le Creuset, etc, us coffee obsessed baristi can tend to get quite excited when it comes to Nuova Point, Reg Barber, Motta, and so on (sad, I know!).

…Speaking of Mottas, in hindsight, I’ve decided the .75 litre pitchers would have been better for competition cappuccinos – the one litre is just a tad bigger than would be ideal – but I’m not about to spend another £50 on two more! They’re still great, and will be fine for this year …Unless anybody out there wants to do swap?!

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2 Responses to “The perfect twin for the Amalfi?”

  1. pierreevianne Says:

    Dear Trevor,

    Nice blog. What is a scace anyway?

    I write because I represent a client who would like to be linked to your site.

    Please let me know how I can contact you.

    Best regards,

    Pierre Evianne
    (2008pierre.evianne(at)gmail.com)

  2. thebeanvagrant Says:

    Hi!
    A scace is a clever piece of gadgetry invented by Greg Scace, and is known formally as an Espresso Machine Thermofilter Temperature Device. It is an insert that can be placed into the portafilter of an espresso machine (replacing the usual basket and coffee), and is used to accurately mimmick the brewing of an espresso shot on that machine, in order to be able to reveal the true temperature at which the shot is being brewed, via a digital display. Achieving a stable and suitable temperature for a certain type of coffee is vital for allowing the coffee’s best flavours to be captured successfully; and knowing at what temperatures under certain conditions your machine is brewing at is very useful for the serious barista. It’s also an expensive piece of kit that I don’t yet have the pleasure of owning!
    With regards to contacting me – you already have! Feel free to leave any further comments; they come to me via email first, and only appear on the site if I’ve moderated them, so you could continue to contact me in this way!
    Cheers,
    Trevor

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