I bought the apps as soon as I saw David’s post about them – I had known something was coming for a little while, but had just been a bit smothered in work stuff.
So far I have to say it’s great. Â What has been most useful has been the ability to save and email recipes with notes about the coffee – something that I really need right now! Â I’ve been working on syphons quite a lot recently, trying to find the simplest route to tastiness. Â The geek in me loves complex technique, but a bigger part of me likes elegent, simple solutions – not just from an aesthetic point of view but also for repeatability.
I’ve been trying to do some cupping bowl experiments, but I’ve found this much trickier – there is continued extraction after the break, so the question is (in my head): when do we want a cupping bowl to hit its peak of extraction? Â Just after the break? At 10 minutes? At 20? Â I’ve pretty much discounted my previous cupping bowl tests, as my methodology was stupid – but I plan to repeat the experiment after SCAA – will post anything interesting I get from the results. Along with a big post about cupping in general that I keep meaning to write.
I’ve gotten off topic a bit – the iPhone app is great, the new bundle means the entry price point has come down and metering both espresso and brewed coffee is cheaper too. Â This is a good thing – my only complaint: you can’t buy apps for other people. Â It would be nice if you could buy the app for staff – but this is Apple’s fault, not Vince’s!