04/07/2007 Espresso in Almaty
The Rancillio is a solid beauty. This mid range espresso machine, including the right grinder can be a promising start for a fine espresso. The lobby of this top end hotel in Almaty (Kazakhstan) seems a good place for this machine. But grinding the beans too fine, pulling the shot for too long (more then 30 secs, instead of about 20 secs) is delivering an espresso which is lukewarm and quite sour.
I tried twice, with different barista’s. Then I gave up.
It seems Almaty has the money to buy this kind of excellent machines, but has not developed yet the taste to fully enjoy its power.