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Everything about the equipment necessary to produce espresso out of ground coffee.

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Completely reusable, stainless-steel, zero-waste Nespresso pods any good?

Getting ready to buy an inexpensive espresso setup for at work. I've been very happy with the EC155, but I've noticed that Nespresso machines are very well engineered, very inexpensive, and much ...
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Delonghi Magnifica - pump stops after 10 seconds with fault lights

My Delonghi Magnifica ECAM22.110.B Bean-to-Cup machine just stopped working. The symptoms are: Machine starts as normal Grinder runs and pump runs for exactly 10 seconds then cuts out Water from ...
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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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My cafe roma machine doesn't provide enough pressure to push water through the finest setting of my grinder

I've had to turn the setting down on my grinder, but I know the espresso isn't as good. It's not as rich. When i put it on the highest setting, the espresso drips out, one drip a second, and that ...
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Rocket Giotto Brew Lever scratch

Is this normal wear on the lever to the right of the lever arm?
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Is it possible to make a frothy coffee without an espresso machine?

I'm a coffee lover and my day starts with coffee but as i moved in my house i lost the coffee machine so i wanted to know how to make a perfect coffee without the machine?
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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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Is it worth fixing a De'Longhi ECP3420?

I've had a De'Longhi ECP3420 for a few years and in the recent weeks it's started to develop a pressure problem. The espresso will pour for a few seconds and then starts to let out a drop at a time. ...
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My Handpresso got leakage after leave it with some air pressure built in. Could it be worse?

Today, I got my Handpresso at work to have some coffee. When I picked up and pressed valve, I heard air escaping sound. That means there was still some air pressure inside chamber! I used it last ...
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How does water level affect steam?

The water heated in a metal boiler is kept mid-way, to create enough space for steam. The steam is used to heat milk and froth it. My question is, how does the level of water -- higher, lower, middle ...
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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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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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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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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 bean-to-cup machines are available with dual hopper system to allow regular and decaf at the same machine?

I'm looking to buy an automated coffee machine for our small office setting maybe 10 cups a day as a perk for our employees. One thing that I feel we need is the ability to make decaf and ...
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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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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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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I have access to an automatic bean-to-cup Siemens coffee maker. It has periodic cleaning programs of its own and also its own cleaning materials. Recently, we have difficulties finding these cleaning ...
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thread locker / sealant for espresso machine maintenance

I have started disassembling my Nuova Simonelli Oscar, for descaling and fixing purposes, I have checked all the electrical section and I am about to start with the hydraulics. I have seen that all ...
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How to dismantle La Scala E61 group shower

I have a hard time dismantling the group shower of a La Scala Butterfly. The main problem is, that there is —as I have seen so far on other machines— any visible screw nut on the bottom of the sieve. ...
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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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Differences in Espresso Machines Steam Wands

Why do some home espresso machines have a steam wand with a sleeve over it and a tiny hole in the side of the sleeve? Why does a home espresso machine (even a 15 bar pressure one) often not produce ...
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Which creates the strongest (and/or better quality) coffee? Espresso Maker vs. French Press

For a year I used an Espresso maker to make my morning cup of jo. Recently my maker broke and I decided to try out a french press. I originally though that the espresso maker would be stronger because ...
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“Untwist” the triple-shot program?

On one of the super-automatics at work (Starbucks Mastrena), we have a "twisted" triple-shot program where the single-shot portion is grinding longer than the double-shot portion. My procedure isn't ...
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Coffee machine repair

I own a Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300: It has served me fine but it is like 10 years old. It has broken three times and twice I have been able to fix it myself (fittings). It is like $130 to just ...
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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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Foam knife one on Breville dual boiler?

Is there any method to install the foam knife one steam tip (such as this one) on the Breville BES920xl?
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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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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

I use a small and simple espresso machine (Krups Model 963). Yesterday, I wanted to decalcify it and (being a rather unexperienced "barista") did what I usually do when decalcifying my water boiler: I ...
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Messy grounds inside of DeLonghi ESAM 2600

I've got a DeLonghi bean-to-cup machine (ESAM 2600), which I find decent in overall. But there is one very annoying issue: not all of the grounds make it from the basket into the internal waste bin. ...
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Will Cafetto cleaning tablets work with Sage Dual Boiler machine?

Will this Cafetto cleaning tablets work with my Sage Dual Boiler espresso machine (the "by Heston" range)?
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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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What are alternatives uses for an espresso machine?

Assuming that you have a real espresso machine, one that also does pre-infusion and has a steam wand, what are going to be alternative uses for it. If you want you could also list things to be ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

I would like to know if people normally have the type of coffee I do. I take coffee from a vending machine that has a variety of options (latte, cappuccino, espresso) of which I choose espresso. This ...
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Lavazza A Modo Mio espresso drips out very slowly

I have a Lavazza A Modo Mio. Recently, the espresso extract has been dripping out really slowly and it takes about 10-15 minutes to fill half a cup. I tried to clean the machine like the manual says (...
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What's the basket/tamper size for Gaggia Classic?

I just got my first machine, and I'm looking to replace the flimsy plastic tamper that came with the Gaggia Classic. It seems like the two common tamper sizes are 50mm and 55mm, but the 55mm I tried ...
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How to determine level of scale build up

I would like to find out if my machine already has enough scale-buildup for a descaling session. It's a 2 group, heat exchange copper boiler. About 10,000 shots through the machine. I use filtered ...
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How Much Should I Spend When Investing In An At-Home Espresso Machine?

I remember discussing the merits of different espresso machines a while back at my local coffee shop with a seasoned barista. His advice was that anything priced below $1000 would produce sub-par ...
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Should I press the coffee into my espresso machine?

The other day, I was watching an interview with an award-winning barista about how he prepared the award-winning cup of coffee. When he was putting the coffee into the coffee basket, he was also ...
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How big of a difference is there between a pressurised and non-pressurised portafilter?

I have been trouble shooting some of my own espresso and realised that my lower-end machine might just be unable to make a better shot due to having a pressurised portafilter. So with that I wanted to ...
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What am I doing wrong if the used grounds in the filter basket are like wet sand?

I have a relatively cheap (<£100) espresso machine. Sometimes I find that after making a drink, I remove the handle and find the filter basket has lots of water in, so rather than tapping out a dry,...
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I run my espresso machine until my whole cup is full. What's my coffee called?

I have a cheap espresso machine. I grind dark roast beans separately, fill a "double" filter with it, run the espresso machine and won't turn it off until my ~250ml cup is completely filled. I drink ...
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Espresso drips out slowly

So my wife and I have a Delonghi EC155 espresso machine that we have used for years. Lately it's been having a lot of trouble pushing the water through the coffee. We can hear the pump pumping, but ...
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Getting large volume lattes

So, I'm usually a pourover-coffee drinker, and I know a little bit more about that side of the spectrum … but lately (somewhat to my own shame) I've gotten into Starbucks lattes. Like, ‘more than one ...
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How to properly use the Bialetti Brikka

The Brikka, like many stovetop espresso makers, has a lot of parameters that affect how the espresso turns out. What are the best parameters for using the Brikka correctly? Which of these are more ...
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Steam-Powered Espresso Machine: Crema?

Hi there fellow coffee lovers! So, I recently decided to purchase my first ever espresso machine (well, kind of)! Its a steam espresso machine made my Mr. Coffee®. I know its a beginner machine, so I ...
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Why are the spouts on some portafilters not aligned with the handle?

On my Rancilio portafilter, the spouts are not aligned with the handle (I would expect them to be in a 90° angle). In consequence, the spouts do also not really align with the machine when the ...
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Moka pot induction heater

I was wondering whether there was such a thing as a small induction heater/hob for moka pots? I have a small moka pot which I loath using on my electric hob. I think it is a waste of energy given that ...
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Is there a way to get Caffe d'orzo in North America?

I know it's not really coffee, but I fell in love with "Caffe d'orzo" on a trip to Italy. I seems to be ground, roasted barley run through an espresso machine. The shots don't taste quite like ...
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Do I need higher pressure to create a ristretto?

I want to make a ristretto. Besides grinding my coffee finer, do I need to increase the pressure of the steam, or should I leave it the same?