You absolutely want to be able to choose grind size - even if you have a preferred brewing method and beans, you still want to be able to make some adjustments up or down if necessary. Even more so if you are going to experiment with brewing methods, where the required grind size ranges from super fine powder (Turkish Mokka) to coarse grain (cold brew). And ...
I'm not familiar with Costa, but I am with Starbucks. Let me offer my ideas in what's different.
Starbucks stores use fully automatic espresso machines with semi automatic frothing wands. The espresso machines make true espresso, unlike all of the brewing options you mentioned. This is the main reason the coffee is better.
The frothing wand also uses steam ...
It sounds like your Keurig needs descaling (or a pin needle run through the hole in the puncturing point; especially if Hot-Chocolate was made). Also, I've found that if the machine was left on for hours prior to trying to make a cup it would not co-operate. Of course, the remedy being let it cool-down (for ten minutes or so).
This is a typical moka pot.
The confusion may stem from the fact that the principle of a moka pot is somewhat similar to a percolator, just without a back flow (sort of a “one way percolator”), and in some descriptions, including the German Wikipedia article on moka pots, the expression “percolator” is used.
Return it. Forget about heavy metal poisoning. That's not a big concern. The bigger concern is that you'll never be able to clean inside those scratches. It'll make your brew taste terrible with time and use, and risk of disease (fungus in particular) will rise with time.
If you have observed the problem on different outlets and even in different houses, the only common factor is the machine itself. The exact cause can’t be assessed via the Internet and unless you are experienced with repairing electrical machinery, I would strongly discourage you to start experimenting blindly. The missing error lights are not an indicator ...
Your premise is incorrect -- they aren't actually very good at all. You just haven't had anything better to compare them with, and besides, this is a subjective opinion.
The reason they are better than the coffee you're making at home, and more expensive, is primarily their investment in tools and training. They're using a much better coffee machine and ...
I just ran the WASH cycle (without detergent).
A couple of notes and observations for the record:
Took about 15 minutes to run.
It would "brew" about 150ml of water every few minutes until the tank is emptied
Once emptied it would not perform a rinse cycle with an additional tank like DESCALE does.
Given the lack of a rinse cycle I suspect that ...
The only thing you haven’t tried according to your list is genuine espresso with steamed milk.
The standard coffee chain menu is based on espresso shots and steamed milk, in various ratios, and perhaps some flavor syrups.
The coffees types you mentioned are all “thinner”, i.e. with a higher water-to-coffee ratio (the nespresso is probably closest to a true ...
The short answer here is that that device is not up to the job.
Consider how microfoam is typically achieved in coffee shops compared to this device. Espresso shops use steam for a reason. Steam is a very effective mechanism for injecting both steam and air into milk while simultaneously agitating the milk.
Your device, on the other hand, heats the milk from ...
The solution was to replace the flowmeter (picture is of a different machine but the position of the sensor is the same):
Here is the part in detail:
In my case there was corrosion on the connector that was causing the sensor to malfunction, the chrome-plating on the lower part of the connector (the one that goes into the sensor) was eaten by the corrosion,...
A Moccamaster is like any other electric drip brewer. It takes water and ground coffee and it brews a pot of coffee.
Is the difference noticeable between a Moccamaster and a generic cheap coffee maker and does it truly last longer?
From what I've read online, the Moccamaster is a decent brewer. As far as electric brewers go, I think that mostly refers to ...
The reason that they are good is partly: training, consistency and practice; with quality ingredients.
There are quite a few barista tells all websites with recipes, including Starbucks itself:
Starbucks YouTube Channel: "How to Make a Latte"
Start tamping your coffee. Without tamping channels form a lot easier, making your shot pour a lot faster and making your coffee taste sour and bitter at the same time. If you still manage to get 11 bars of pressure somehow without tamping, I'd assume your coffee is ground way too fine anyways, making it even more likely to form channels since ...
I ended up buying a generic portafilter which had the same measurements and shape and it worked fine. It cost me about 30 USD with shipping which was acceptable.
I also saw some posts related to the isolation silicone ring inside the shower, so I also changed that (unscrewing it was difficult) and the machine is like new.
As for the specifics:
This is the ...