We had a snowy winter down in Seattle/Portland as well, not even close to the amount you speak of though! So you have some questions?? Lay 'em on me! (feel free to email me anytime). Heather didn't get a certificate? I thought we had everyone.. email me her full name and we'll send that out asap. I would love to get up this summer. If I can find the time (and the $$) I'll be there for sure. It would be cool to actually see Alaska this time now that the sun is out ;)
Hello Sheri! I just happend to see your icon on the front page with alaska on it. I am the Operations Manager at Heritage Coffee down in Juneau, and i would love to talk to you about coffee and products that we might be able to provide for you. We ship to Fairbanks weekly, and i would love to send you some samples. Best of luck with your new shop!
Having smaller diameter holes in the tips of your steam wands would slow down the release of pressure and aid in the development of micro-foam. It will slow down the overall time that it takes to steam the same volume of milk, however. As for your gauge, I seriously doubt that there is anything wrong with what it is reading. If your water mains are giving you problems, that would definitely be manifesting the pressure fluctuations on your dual monometer. If the pressure has been set to 9 bars as the espresso is extracting and you still continue to see fluctuations in pressure you may want to look into installing an expansion bladder in front of the machine to help to stabilize this. I don't think this should be too expensive... probably about $200 for the tank, and will install pretty easily.
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