I have a Senseo with a refillable/reusable pod. I also have an old Gaggia grinder with 20 grinding levels.

I read that for espresso I should tune the grinding to achieve 1 second per millilitre (25 seconds for 25 ml), but how do I tune the grinding for the Senseo machines? Their brewing pressure is much lower.

Of course I do not expect an absolute rule, just directions that are less vague than "according to taste".

  • I would suggest you try a very fine grind. In my experience Senseo machines make a pretty weak, watery, underextracted coffee. A fine grind might mitigate that a bit. – avocado1 Oct 25 '18 at 16:11
  • I have a machine with steps from 1 to 20. I agree that a fine grind is needed, but what are the steps I can follow to find out what is "fine"? I don't have a tol to measure the diameter of the ground coffee. For example, "very fine" is comparable to espresso? or Turkish? if espresso, I can tune the machine for espresso (as written in the question) and then use it for Senseo. – FarO Oct 26 '18 at 8:53
  • Yeah I mean just try with an espresso grind and see how it goes and tastes. I assume they designed this refillable pods such that if you fill it with pre ground coffee from the supermarket it works without trouble. Because that's what most people would fill it with. Espresso grind would be somewhat finer than table salt and turkish grind would be a flour like consistency. Pretty sure though your grinder won't be able to grind that fine anyways. I don't know your specific grinder but just dump in some beans at the lowest setting and see what comes out. – avocado1 Oct 26 '18 at 12:23
  • @avocado1 thanks. For info, I use ilcaffeespressoitaliano.com/2013/… but a very old version – FarO Oct 26 '18 at 17:36
  • If you're close, then tune it like this: If the taste is bitter, adjust to a coarser grind. If the taste is sour, adjust to a finer grind. – Jerry101 Oct 27 '18 at 5:09

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