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Lower-end Manual Espresso

Has anyone used one of the < $500 manual espresso machines like a ROK or Flair? I've read the specs (up to 10 bars for ROK, around 15 Flair) and seen some positive reviews but I'm curious about the ...
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Single shot extraction time in Breville Barista Express

I have got a Breville Barista Express just before a couple of days and I am trying to make the best single espresso shot I can make with this machine at home. For the last two days I was playing and ...
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book recommendation: a guide about coffee to a beginner

I really want to learn about coffee and I think the web is too large and therefore confusing. So I have decided to start with a good book. Which books (preferably below 20 USD) can you recommend? Just ...
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What's the diagnostic of this bottomless extraction

I have juste bought a nuova simonelli musica / eureka mignon, and I m making test with a bottomless filter. Here are the pics: The extraction: https://imgur.com/a/v7uoFG6 The coffee after extraction: ...
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How to keep the time before coffee get out of the machine?

I just bought a Nuova Simonelli Musica + Eureka Mignon, so I'm practicing extracting a shot. I am trying to make the extraction lasts 25 sec. But when I start the extraction, I first have ...
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How should I manage settings for single shot / double shot

I just bought a Nuova Simonelli Musica + Eureka Mignon, so I'm practicing extracting a shot. I usually use single shot portfilter, as I am at home, and I live alone, so I don't want to waste too much ...
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When the espresso begins to pour it takes about 3-5 secound to reach the right presure, what can I do?

Hello I have some problems when trying to get a perfect shot of espresso The problem: So when the espresso begins to pour, the pressure is not high enought, and the color is dark. It takes about 3-5 ...
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How do I make an espresso shot in a moka pot?

Ive tried brewing espresso in a moka pot but I end up making coffee that tastes like drip coffee. Not sure why, but is it because the water level in the moka pot (I fill it up just below the opening ...
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Does espresso cost more to make than drip coffee?

In US coffee shops, espresso costs more than drip coffee (say, $3 for espresso vs. $2.50 for drip coffee where I live). Is that because espresso is seen (in the US) as fancy? Or does it actually cost ...
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What are the basics of creating an espresso blend?

Having roasted almost exclusively single origins, tackling blends seems somewhat daunting. What are the basic elements of an espresso blend that make it particularly good for the espresso ...
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Pannarello wand on Delonghi Dedica EC685 for latte art

I've read online that removing the sleeve of the pannarello wand and just using the inner rubber as a wand can create better micro foam, I was excited to try as I couldn't get my EC685 wand to produce ...
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What are my options for approximating espresso at work?

Lately I have developed a taste for espresso during the day, when I'm at work. There are several problems: There is no espresso machine at work. There is no stove at work, so a stovetop moka pot is ...
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Delonghi Dedica rubber wand is propelled into milk pitcher

I own a Delonghi Dedica EC685 and looking to get some proper microfoam for latte art, I removed the Panarello tube and tried to froth the milk using just the inner rubber tube. Problem right now is ...
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Non-plastic version of an AeroPress?

I'm interested in getting a device like the aeropress that has no plastic in it. Ideally, double-walled tempered glass housing, cork plunger, fine stainless steel filter, stainless steel cap. I'm ...
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Corrosion in espresso filter holder

I have thoroughly cleaned my espresso coffee machine, and found signs of corrosion under the layer of tar inside the filter holder: Judging by the weight of the holder and corrosion type, it's ...
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pouring lungo into two cups

I have a quick question. I know that lungo is less concentrated than a regular shot of espresso, so if I pour a lungo into two cups at the same time, as I guess most machines would let me do, will I ...
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Bean-to-cup coffee machines without milk steamer

I want to make high quality espressos at home with a machine like this, but I don't like milk. Therefore, if there is a machine like this without the milk steamer, it would be preferred. Do you know ...
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Why do I feel nauseous from coffee?

I really love coffee but for last 6 months I've felt nauseous almost every time I drink it. If I drink an espresso in the morning I will most likely vomit. If I drink it after lunch or a few hours ...
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Why did espresso never catch on as a mainstream drink in the US?

I live in the US. During a recent trip to France, I was struck by the fact that espresso is the default coffee configuration there (i.e., if you order "coffee" in a restaurant without specifying ...
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How could I fix espresso that pours too fast?

The books and info I've read mention extracting for 25 seconds, but I get waaaaay more than a double shot of espresso in that duration. The exact numbers I have are: 15.6g of ground coffee (after ...
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Which knock box do you use and why?

I've been using a repurposed plastic box next to my espresso machine as my go-to knock box, but recently wrote a guide on knock boxes. I'm curious if you can recommend any particular knock box? They ...
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Indians understanding coffee

Disclaimer: this question is not about brewing. I am from India. Every time I go to a coffee shop and order an espresso or Americano, knowing fully well what they are, I get a prompt ‘there’s no ...
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Does Cuban coffee include sugar?

I've visited Cuba this summer. As you may guess, I visited a few coffee plantations. Also, many famous coffee houses. Before my visit, I thought that “Cuban coffee” is some kind of espresso with a ...
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Cold Espresso with moka pot

I bought a moka pot few moths ago and I've enjoyed brewing "espresso" with it. I wonder if it would be possible to make cool my espresso so I can drink it the next day. It would be handy if I could ...
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

I just purchased a used Expobar Office Pulser it came with a very strong smell fish tank or algae smell. What does that mean and how do I get rid of the smell? The water passes through the machine ...
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Manual vs Automatic espresso machine

I’m thinking of transferring to manual machine from a semi automatic machine. What are the differences between manual and semi-automatic machines? I'm interested in how difficult they are to use and ...
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Why does my steam-pressure based Espresso machine not push water through the group head?

I have A DeLonghi BCO100IU espresso machine, but when I turn it on for espresso, even with a full boiler, no water comes out of the group head. I am certain this machine works on steam pressure, ...
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What's the optimal size of a moka pot for a single espresso?

I'm new to brewing coffee. All I'm after is a single espresso in the morning. Sometimes latte. I've recently got myself a 6 cup moka pot - the smallest one we had in a local store. Doing it by ...
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What effect does portafilter diameter have on espresso?

It seems like a lot of the higher end espresso machines come with a 58mm portafilter. Does this larger diameter have some improved effect on the resulting espresso?
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Is it safe to say that same type of coffee used with an espresso machine is ideal for a moka pot?

As far as the type of: bean; the better-suited roast; proper grind-size goes; ...do you treat a moka pot's coffee (bean/roast/grind) the same way as a full espresso machine? I use a Bialetti Brikka -...
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What acids are there in coffee?

I don't know what acids extract with what temperature. For example, in 93 °C what acids hurt and what acids extract. I want to know for better flavor and less bitterness in my espresso, what can I do?
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My Jura coffee machine doesn't pour espresso

The machine operates okay with milk, but when espresso program is activated, machine acts like it is making it (grinds coffee, than heats water) but nothing comes out of the tube. The milk steaming ...
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Pressure changed overnight? (to high)

Anybody has any idea what can make the pressure go up overnight? From the normal 7,5, its now over 12 BAR. I didn't changed anything. Just added some beans last week. I cleaned the machine, but it ...
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How quickly does ground coffee get stale?

On this website I found this claim: Great baristas in fact will only grind beans for an espresso right before using them. 30 seconds after they have been ground, the beans are already too stale ...
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What skills/techniques are necessary for making espresso?

I'm considering buying an espresso machine, as an experiment. (I have a number of concerns, including expense, counter space, and my spouse's patience, but I also want to move beyond the pre-...
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Any heath benefits of having butter coffee?

Since the time I knew about unsalted butter coffee, I included it in my life. Every morning, I make a black coffee and put butter into it. I generated a taste for it and now it is perfect cup for me. ...
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Cup full of espresso shots?

Is it considered rude or faux pas to take a full cup of espresso shots at a company break-room? Does it change if it's decaf espresso? I've only really gone for it after a greasy/oily lunch but for ...
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What is going wrong with this Espresso shot?

I am a coffee roaster and am working through building a standard espresso profile for coffee shops in my area. I'm working with a particular shop that is interested in my coffee, but for some reason ...
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How to order Caffe Macchiato and be sure you get one?

I think this question pertains mostly to the USA. I travel often and like to stop at local coffee shops. My beverage of choice is a Caffe Macchiato. In the US, there seems to be the issue that a "...
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Bialetti Brikka..is 2 cup really 1 cup?

My bialetti brikka claims to be a 2 cup espresso maker. However, I only see one water fill line. When I use this line, it produces one cup of espresso. I thought there might be a second fill line for ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I have this Delonghi espresso machine. After much trial and error, I have got to the point where my I am able to make cappuccinos and lattes with a milk texture which is pleasing to taste. In order ...
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What is a café allongé, and how is it pronounced?

My question is actually in reference to a JavaScript book by Reg Braithwaite titled "JavaScript Allongé". Obviously JavaScript has almost nothing to do with coffee, but the author maintained a coffee ...
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Is a blade grinder or burr grinder best for grinding coffee? [duplicate]

I have recently received some vouchers and have gotten into coffee recently. I what to start buying my own beans and grinding them rather than just buying instant coffee or even already ground coffee, ...
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How can I produce better espresso shots with my Gaggia Classic?

I just bought an espresso machine, Gaggia Classic.I tried making an espresso from pre-ground coffee with the pressurised filter (Crema Perfetta) that comes with the machine and I found the coffee was ...
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What are some strategies for handling the transition between different-aged beans in a coffee shop Espresso grinder?

Suppose my grinder's hopper contains beans roasted 14 days ago, and the hopper is almost empty; suppose further that I have a full bag of 5-day-old beans, ready to go. If the new beans are added to ...
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What is the right coffee ground size for an espresso coffee machine?

I have an espresso coffee machine. When I use very fine pure coffee powder, it seems the water fails to pass through and when I use a coarsely ground powder, the extract is too light. Should I be ...
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How do I make a good flat white?

Recently Starbucks Canada has started serving Flat Whites and after cursorily reading about how to make one on Wikipedia, I thought I'd try my hand at it at home. We have a Breville Cafe Roma ...
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Why can't I have enough crema with my espresso machine? Doesn't it provide enough pressure?

It seems my machine doesn't create enough pressure because I can't create a decent crema. The machine heats up water which increases the pressure and eventually the water makes it through the coffee. ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

"4M" is something that I have been heard of as a requirement set for tasty espresso. What are these four important quality factors that affect the flavor of final espresso cup?
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Espresso, pour starts dripping halfway?

I have a Espresso machine (Rocket R58). I'm curious why my pour starts to drip halfway the pull. Is there any explanation why halfway and not from the get-go? I do understand i need to go more ...