Questions tagged [espresso]

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DeLonghi 3420 jams

I have had a DeLonghi 3420 for over a year and overall am very happy with it. A primary requirement was that it takes up little counter space. We buy pre ground coffee (I know, sacrilege). Even ...
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Gasket in Rancilio "Miss" Silvia completely dried up and difficult to remove; is my machine totalled?

I have a very old (probably 1990's) Rancilio "Miss" Salvia. It was given to me by my uncle and I never bothered to service it until now. I feel ashamed obviously. I put descaler through it ...
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Bitter and oxidation?

I used the Bialetti maybe 5x. It’s always bitter. No matter the coffee, temp, tamping etc. always bitter. And never good like my grandparents or mother made it. I noticed black oxidation. I tried to ...
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No pressure in Delonghi ecp3420 coffee machine

I have an 8 months old Delonghi ecp3420 that one day decided to stop working properly. Instead of producing nice crema, the espresso comes out lukewarm and flavorless. Also, when running the machine ...
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Espresso dripping but yield & pour time is right

everything seems right with my Breville Barista Max+ machine… the dose is 9g, grind size 18 and the output is 30g in 30s (inc. 7s of pre-infusion) pressure seems ok etc for a single shot. Tamp at 30lb ...
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"bald" spots when brewing espresso, seen with naked portafilter

When I brew espresso, I often get "bald" spots where no espresso is running through the some parts of the filter basket. Or in other words, I can see the filter basket screen whilst brewing ...
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What happens if I use relatively short burrs (55mm) to grind lightly roasted coffee as opposed to longer (65mm+) ones?

I am making the first steps towards drinking a decent/good coffee at home (where I also work). My shortlist was composed of Lelit-PL72, MACAP M42M, EUREKA MIGNON SPECIALITA 16CR, and Eureka Mignon XL ...
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Espresso for hundreds of people

I would like to offer espresso (and possibly cappuccino) at an outdoor event with hundreds of people. What is the most cost and capital effective way to do this? I have power connections, but not ...
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Can a blade grinder really not grind fine enough for espresso?

I've often heard it claimed blade grinders cannot grind fine enough to make espresso, but is this true? I've run my cheap blade grinder continuously until its humming sound becomes steady and smooth (...
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Espresso Not Coming Out While Pump Turned On

I just purchased a used Gaggia Espresso Color (not sure how long it's been used nor maintenance) and am running into an issue (doesn't happen every time) where when I turn on the pump to pull a shot ...
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Conflicting information regarding caffeine content in an espresso?

According to the USDA, the caffeine content in 100 gram of brewed coffee is about 40 milligram. According to the USDA, 100 ‎gram of restaurant-prepared espresso contains 212 milligram of caffeine. ...
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Inconsistent flow rate of espresso with ESE pods

(Just to be clear, I am aware of millions of questions on the internet about consistently bad flow but my question is about a situation where, most of the time, with ESE, it works very well... And ALL ...
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Espresso with little bitterness

I really like espresso, but the variant I like most is different from what most cafes serve: I like it best if the espresso is really dense (so not like filter coffee at all), has little bitterness, ...
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Is 15 bar necessary for espresso?

I think I read that in order to get a good espresso the espresso machine has to be able to (I may be wrong): provide constant 9 bar pressure must be able to provide water at constant high temperature....
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What can cause an overly acid espresso brew?

I went into this new specialty coffee shop today, they had a nice place and very informative brochures about the coffee beans they were using that day, happened to be a top quality Brazilian product ...
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Does which grind setting you use also depend on the beans used?

So - I use an automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine. The grinder within the machine has 5 grind levels - 5 being the most coarse, 1 being the most fine. Out of the box, it was pre-set to 3, which did ...
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How does espresso-based coffee compare to instant coffee?

When I buy coffee from outside, from whatever popular brand outside, and drink it, I feel a bit elevated. Especially one with higher caffeine content. However, when I drink the one I make my own I ...
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Sumatra or Espresso More Acidic?

I am looking for a less acidic caffeinated drink. Currently Sumatra is the least acidic coffee I’ve found but was wondering if espresso is better since it’s less liquid and has the same amount/more ...
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What can cause water to come out of the portafilter sprouts?

I recently bought a Gaggia Classic and have noticed that what happens sometimes is I'm getting very weak coffee. Specifically, if I'm doing a double-shot, the first 20-30ml that comes out appears to ...
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Espresso: How much can coffee choice affect the porosity of the coffee puck?

So this has happened to me: I bought a pack of pretty well-looking coffee, using the same approach as for other coffee beans (even the ones from the same "brand") I prepared an espresso, and ...
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Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas?

Why is tamping necessary for espresso machines but not mokas? Kingston's How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, on how to use a moka, says: Fill the funnel with enough finely ground coffee ...
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Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground and French press grains coursely ground?

Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground? (I've seen some moka pot instructions say medium is good, too.) I thought espresso machines extracted the most out of the grains, so it would seem they ...
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Home Roasting beginner green bean suggestions for learning?

Brand new to stack exchange and I am learning to roast coffee at home. I am wondering if there is an ideal or recommended coffee bean that is great for learning the basics? I understand this may be ...
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Why are Costa or Starbucks lattes so good?

I’m a coffee addict and I have been always having Starbucks as well Costa. I just love their lattes , but it become too expensive over time, so I am on a road to discover how to make coffee like them. ...
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I have some coarse ground Espresso and a Bodum French press

Is it possible to make espresso in a Bodum French press coffee machine? Unfortunately, the Espresso beans were ground coarse instead of fine.
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Inconsistent Espresso

I've got a Lelit Anita with PID (PL42TEMD). The machine is new, about 3 weeks old now. It's used for 2 people to make coffee in the morning. Ok, settings are 93 degrees on the PID, grind around 3 (a ...
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Puck sticks to group screen after pull

I have a Gaggia Classic and am generally happy with my pulls. 18g of grinds pulls in 20ish seconds give or take. I have a tamper with a spring and feel I'm fairly consistent overall. Baratza Encore ...
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Issues with grinding my own beans

I currently use a Delinghi Espresso machine and have always bought ready ground coffee because the cost of a decent grinder is quite high. However for Christmas this year, quite a few people bought me ...
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Water runs from portafilter when backflush

I want to backflush my espresso machine but water still comes out just like I am using a normal filter and not the blind one. What can be the problem?
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Scratches on the upper chamber of newly mochapot!

I have just got my mocha pot for the first time by enthusiasm but look what i have found! Deep scratches, not one or two, a lot! It almost looks like someone did this intentionally while producing. ...
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How do I make a single shot of espresso with a semi-automatic machine?

I just bought this Barista express from Breville. How long is the extraction time for singe shot, 9 gramme coffee? Also i did a double shot, setting is at 7 and grind amount in the middle... how do I ...
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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Dialing

I recently got Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine. I am using fresh coffee beans. For some reason, I am not getting into the espresso range. Here is my setup: Grinding level 5 17 to ...
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Should I flush the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II before pulling a shot?

I just got my first espresso machine, a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. When watching other people use the machine (on YouTube), I see some flushing the machine for about 2 seconds before every shot. Some ...
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Least Expensive Way to Make Decent Espresso-based Milk Drinks?

I want to know the cheapest machines to make decent espresso for my situation. Needs: I need steam for milk drinks I need the proper brewing pressure I need to use fresh ground coffee, no pods ...
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What are the best single shot filter baskets

I'm using a Gaggia classic with the 58mm diameter portafilter that comes with it. I basically only drink single shots, but they are still difficult for me to get right. My grinder is a baratza encore, ...
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Can you make good, evenly extracted espresso with a single basket?

I have a Lelit espresso machine which came, like nearly all other machines, with multiple baskets. I got a double (up to 20g), a small double (up to 18g) and a single (up to 9g) basket. The machine ...
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Anyone using La Pavoni EDL Eurobar Deluxe? Comments? Reviews?

Hello Dear Coffee Experts, I am in advance very grateful for any advise you can provide me. I am testing an espresso coffee machine from one of my colleagues who just upgraded his. He bought a Lelit ...
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Can I brew espresso with 14g portafilter basket?

Being a complete novice, I've been struggling to brew something that looks like proper espresso. My machine (Ascaso Dream PID) came with 14 gram portafilter basket (58mm in diameter). Several sources ...
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Why do I get worse results with a non-pressurized filter basket?

I own a DeLonghi Dedica coffee machine for a year now and recently invested in a good burr grinder (Sage Dose Control Pro). I like drinking long coffees with milk and I’m satisfied with the coffee the ...
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Eureka Mignon grinders and dosing cups?

Do the Eureka Mignon grinders (Silenzio, Specialita) work well with a dosing cup such as the Rhinowares?
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What's this ring around the inside of my moka pot?

I just bought a Bialetti moka stainless steel pot and when I went to wash it for the first time (before any use) I noticed this rust-looking ring around the inner bottom portion of the top pot where ...
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Fix my Breville coffee machine filter holder

Ok, so basically 6 years ago I bought a Breville Venezia espresso coffee maker. I am really happy with the machine, as it still works after 6 years of relatively frequent use. But recently out of the ...
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freddo espresso pods vs espresso pods

I'd like to consider myself a newbie at...coffee...consumption and I wanted to buy an espresso machine for myself and right now I'm between, a nespresso machine and a dolce gusto machine and the only ...
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How can I lock my portafilter when there's too much resistance? [duplicate]

I just bought a Breville Bambino Plus, and when I tried to lock the portafilter in the group head it doesn't turn and lock. There seems to be too much resistance to the point that I think I might ...
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Simulated Vietnamese coffee in Bobba bars

Vietnamese coffee is on the menu at most San Diego CA Bobba bars. They use freshly extracted espresso, but then, instead of sweetened condensed milk, they appear to use a combination of flavors like ...
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Is there a name for this Americano/Long Black Variation?

I am quite sensitive to caffeine so when brewing espresso I want to extend the enjoyment of my drink. An americano to me is way too much water and I lose a lot of what I think makes an espresso ...
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Can I use cocoa-dusted coffee in my moka pot?

I have a 3-cup Bialetti Moka Express pot and some coffee beans dusted with cocoa powder that I bought from a chocolate shop. My French press is stuck at work due to the quarantine, so I can't use them ...
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How many different sizes should a shop serve for a flat white?

Sometimes when I visit a shop they simply list flat white. Other times there are many many options for size. What is the correct way to serve a flat white?
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Why does a coffee pad machine make such a smooth delicious coffee?

In an amateur capacity I have been interested in (as everyone here surely is also) trying to make the perfect cup of coffee/espresso. I have tried all kinds of coffee making process, Moka pot coffee, ...
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Help me determine the strength of my coffee

I drink coffee from a Nespresso Machine (Nespresso Pixie). I use one capsule of Ristretto Italiano (black), but run it twice under the 'Lungo' option. Thus my question is: What is the strength of ...
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