Thank you to everyone who entered our Launch Giveaway. We'd like to congratulate Jared Marquez on his win of a brand-new Rancilio Silvia V3 home espresso machine. Since it's not everyday that you get a chance to win an espresso machine, we decided to ask Jared a few questions.
1) What's the first thing you're going to make with your new espresso machine?
I'm somewhat of a minimalist, at least, I could say I'm very thorough. I'll most likely start with pulling a few espresso shots as I dial in the right grind size. I like learning things from the rudimentary skills first and then working my way up. I figure pulling good shots is the most essential part of making other well crafted drinks :D My wife, she'll want a latte. Bet you anything :)
2) On a scale of never had coffee to a 3-time world barista champion, where would you place yourself in the coffee geekery scale?
Wow! Well... I can say that I began my "coffee journey" in April after beginning to read Blue Bottle's book. So it's been 8 months. The driving motive has been a desire to open a cafe in my hometown (Lake Tahoe, Ca). And since I don't do anything halfway, I thought to myself, "I've gotta really know my stuff." Little did I know what I was getting into. It's been rad, to say the least.
Years before that I had worked in a commercial coffee shop that will remain unnamed, where I had my first espresso doppio and understood the difference between a latte and a mocha. Once my coffee journey really began, my wife and I got the burr grinder and french press goin'. Then during a serendipitous period of having broke the french press, I made pour over coffee every morning... and every afternoon. I experimented with different variables to see how they affected the brew and learned what made for a consistently delicious cup. Throw in an aeropress and some recent home roasting ventures, and here I am... and then I win an espresso machine; which... is... FREAKING AWESOME!!
I know very little about espresso, but I've already decided that I'm gonna learn it upside down, backwards, and inside out. Super excited and thankful that our dream of opening a quality cafe has been radically advanced by this win. I know I went on, but in a word I'd say I'm a solid intermediate :) There ya go.
3) Which Coffee Kind roaster are you most excited to try out?
I really like the look of Passion House Mexico and Bassline
. Mostly because I've been digging way into single origin with various brew methods and it'd be enlightening to try the Mexico all different ways. Then I can see how the coffee presents as an espresso. The Bassline sounds traditional but excellent and will allow me to see what benefits a blend can offer. The Bow Truss Hoist
also looks pretty solid.
Congratulations again, Jared! Can't wait to see your progress with the new espresso machine.