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EK43:倫敦

經過Ben Kaminsky有力的傳教後,倫敦的EK43如雨後春筍般四處可見。其中最具代表性的,有Prufrock、Workshop、Sharps、Bulldog Edition、MacIntyre、Espresso Room、Craft、Continental Store等等。

EK43在店頭運作的優勢,除了研磨品質之外,就屬其機動性最為人稱道。垂直的刀盤、通道設計,讓殘粉量極少,加上相對穩定的刻度(拜研磨品質所賜,甚至不太需要dial in,給barista的容錯空間比一般磨豆機大許多),允許barista在最小限度的浪費下,快速替換不同品項的咖啡豆及沖煮方式。唯一的缺點就是整體工作流程過於繁複,即使採取predose的方式(預先分裝咖啡豆,雖然可以順道提高每一份咖啡克數的準確度,但其高人力密集仍然為人所詬病),整體出杯時間還是比使用一般espresso磨豆機來得長許多,非常不適合高壓的工作環境。

因此,大多數的店家,大多會選配一台標準的espresso磨豆機,用來出house espresso。EK43則是用來出filter、guest espresso以及其他各種需求。這樣的配置,同時可以滿足效率、品質以及多樣性。前者可以很有效率地滿足不在意咖啡產地、處理法、烘豆廠等資訊的普通客人,後者則可以處理一些比較「麻煩」的咖啡饕客。例如Craft就能夠同時提供三款espresso、三款filter。MacIntyre算是異數,整間店就用一台EK43搞定兩台單孔speedster和filter。

提到EK43,很多人會關心Coffee Shot。然而以上的店家,只有Bulldog Edition常態供應Coffee Shot。大多數的店家都會皺眉聳肩表示,他們其實不特別熱衷Coffee Shot。Square Mile、Has Bean的核心人物亦如是言。而一般最常見的批評,大概就是Coffee Shot不是espresso,何必用espresso咖啡機沖煮呢?也有人認為那只是一種「表演」,甚至說Coffee Shot是世界級barista才能夠駕馭的技術,以及其他許多其實還滿表面的理由,卻無關風味、思想。

Bulldog Edition的Coffee Shot對我來說,其實不算好喝,至少遠遠不及在Ben Kaminsky Brewing Class上、London Coffee Festival在St Ali攤位上的經驗。但是比起在倫敦其他地方喝到的V60,其實並不差到哪裡去。甚至可以說,兩者之間有絕對的相似之處。目前最好喝的一杯,是Square Mile的natural Kochere Gedeo,奔放的熟成莓果調香氣、幾乎在舌頭裹上一層果醬的甜味,充份表現了典型的日曬風味,然而尾段卻仍然充斥著類似通道效應的不適感,與V60相似,但顯然大多數人並不怎麼在意。 86 more words

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An A-T critique of MacIntyre on truth, objectivity, and certainty

Some critical notes on MacIntyre’s First Principles, Final Ends, and Contemporary Philosophical Issues (1981; page numbers from the reprint in his ‘Tasks of Philosophy’ collected essays volume), and… 1,154 more words

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In a post published four years ago, one blogger makes note of the top ten philosophical issues for the 21st century, as elaborated in the 200th episode of “Philosopher Talk”. 776 more words

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"Disabilitees" group to open their first shop in Holmewood

The ‘Disabilitees group started off printing t-shirts with self designed logos and motives inspired by local themes.

What got under way as a project aiming at supporting the creative skills of adults visiting the Holmewood Day and Care Centre, soon became a growing enterprise now selling about seven hundred bags, t-shirts and tea towels per month. 243 more words

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"Disabilitees" group to open their first shop in Holmewood

The “Disabilitees” group started off printing t-shirts with self designed logos and motives inspired by local themes.

What got under way as a project aiming at supporting the creative skills of adults visiting the Holmewood Day and Care Centre, soon became a growing enterprise now selling about seven hundred bags, t-shirts and tea towels per month. 243 more words

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Pick of the week: Marmozets' 'Why Do You Hate Me?'

If you’ve not heard of Marmozets before, that can only mean one of two things. 1) You’ve been living under a rock or 2) You’re not a Zane Lowe disciple (or indeed, both). 335 more words

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(5) Wright Peak

June 29th, 2012: Wright

Wright Peak was an awesome experience. Steve Vanyo and I left Saratoga around 5:00 in the morning and we were on the trail by 7:00. 177 more words

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