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The La Marzocco GS3
The La Marzocco GS3
Posted November 26, 2005 6:15pm
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As you may or may not know by now (link to thread on CoffeeGeek), I got one of the first prototype GS3 consumer / commercial machines from La Marzocco last month.

I've been involved, off and on with La Marzocco on the development of this machine since late 2001. I've been a constant thorn in the side of the powers that be (including Kent Bakke, who really wanted the machine to become real) during this time to get the machine developed and out the door.

But the true hero of this story is Bill Crossland. He's the engineer behind this machine, and the fellow who pushed it as frequently as possible within the LM corporate structure to make it happen. A lot of personal sacrifice and "brownie points" were expended by Bill to make this machine a reality.

And now it is.

This machine is setting the bar for what "temperature stable" is all about. Greg Scace, the fellow behind the Scace Device, and involved in the standards for testing machines for the World Barista Championships is a guy who knows something about temperature stability, and consistent temperature profiles.

Well Greg has a thread on alt.coffee where he "gushes" about the machine. In his post, he says,

"The genius of the GS3 is that it is soo easy to use and so stable that arcane knowledge of machine performance is unnecesary in order to get an insanely good cup of espresso.  That capability is the holy grail of espresso machinery as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not gonna talk about brew temperature profile here.  Maybe that's something for down the road to get Ken to rantin. Right now, I wanna talk about what comes out the spout of this machine every time and that's syrupy coffee  taste that is as good as coffee smells.  Dammit, David, git offa my keyboard!!!"

Heady praise. And all of it should be directed at Bill Crossland, who has engineered something brilliant, something singular, something groundbreaking.

More to come about this fantastic machine...

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