“Incredible for a home machine - honestly amazed!” and other great soundbites from our demo with Jason Dominy
We know what you must be thinking: another update so soon? It must be my birthday! Or at least Arbor Day or something!
Well, we have a bit of good news to share with you fine folks...
This past week we took our pre-production Nocturn to Batdorf & Bronson’s Atlanta roastery for a meeting with Batdorf’s Jason Dominy and Mike Ferguson. For those of you who don’t remember, Jason is former Chair of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, SCAA Espresso Subject Matter Expert, and current outreach maven for Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. Early in the project, he reached out to us to see what a few engineering-minded kids thought they knew about good espresso. (It turns out he knows way more.)
We spent much of the afternoon with Jason pulling shots of B&B Guatemala Finca El Valle, and steaming milk. As always, the B&B folks were happy to drop some knowledge on us and give us their opinions.
We’re proud to say that it went swimmingly. “The Best Home Machine Under $1K,” says Jason Dominy. You, too, can quote him on that.
We were consistently getting great complexity and repeatability out of the shots, and the feedback we got was that they were better than those from a Nuovo Simonelli Oscar and even comparable to shots pulled from their PID’d La Marzocco Linea! Wowza!
Hearing such high praise from people who know their stuff and don’t dole out compliments willy-nilly was definitely exciting, encouraging, and humbling for us (and, you know, I guess you guys helped).
Some numbers from the demo:
- Heat-up time from room temperature to 95˚C: 80 sec
- Steam time for 8oz milk: ~40 sec
- Heat-up time from brew temperature to steam temperature: ~40 sec
- Cool-down time from steam temperature to brew temperature (by purging the group head): ~20 sec
The steam could still use a little refinement, but we’re close to what we expect the final performance to be. While not as powerful as commercial machines with huge boilers, the steam was outperforming common home machines, and totally sufficient to make several tasty cappuccinos.
We pulled all shots using a naked portafilter, which spritzes a bit but definitely lets you know what’s going on with your pull! During the demo Jason posted a flurry of photos and Vines (crazy kids), which we collected here. Be sure to check out the Facebook/G+ albums as well for more salacious eye-candy!
We’re putting the final touches on the app, and will update you on that in a day or two!
Until then, rejoice and be merry, for the golden hour is upon us!
With love from ZPM