Fragrant moments: Since 1884, from Italy, of course.
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Not all coffee is created equal and espresso is not created equal. Two wickedly expensive hand lever machines show in comparison how to properly celebrate pleasure. We fill the cups and walk through the history of technology.
D.he similarity is amazing. They are reminiscent of the one-armed bandits who became known from gambling dens not only in Las Vegas. In the early types of these devices, a lever had to be pressed down with muscle strength to make three reels adorned with symbols rotate. If they came to rest after a short time and three gold-colored bells shone through the viewing window, one of the main prizes was certain. These devices have long been electronized. Electric motors ensure movement, start and stop are carried out at the push of a button, and probability algorithms determine the chances of winning. Old devices are collector’s items. They are wanted by representatives of the analogue gambling fan base who are enthusiastic about tangible technology.
At first glance, an astonishing parallel from the world of analog technology is provided by the classic portafilter espresso machines – and with an increasing number of convincing people. Turning the cog, tapping on the freshly ground coffee, stuffing it, throwing the lever and then meticulously monitoring the brewing process, requires a lot of attention from the machine operator, the barista. And that’s good.