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I guess both food processors and blenders would act like big blade grinders. Blade grinders give particles of a wide range of sizes, from fine dust to chunks. This gives uneven flavor extraction (if you can taste it), and requires the use of the finest filter. If I had to choose, a small food processor might be superior, since the blades on blenders are ...


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The water in London is hard enough to nail to the wall in sheets;) High calcium [& magnesium] content is the very definition of 'hard' water. It is so bad here it actually forms a strange almost crystalline-looking scum on top of tea or coffee in some of the worst-affected areas. Check this map from https://www.aquacure.co.uk/knowledge-base/uk-hard-water-...


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Don't tamp. Tamping increases pressure requires for steam to escape due to compacting of the grinds, and that means the chamber will have to get hotter and produce a greater chance of the coffee burning. Low and slow is the name of the game with the moka pot. You want just enough heat for steam to push through the coffee and not a bit more. Too much heat ...


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This is nothing I've tried myself, but to add onto your theory of the heat required to brew the Moka-Pot, I believe we'll arrive at an answer. The problem is not likely the water temperature itself, it turns out it's realistically pretty difficult to get boiling water onto coffee when using some sort of brew method (as the metal absorbs enough heat to drop ...


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You can upgrade the Encore with the burrs from the Virtuozo if you are handy with some basic tools. So even if you started with the Encore and then down the road decided you wanted an upgrade, you could spend just €40 and get the same grind quality.


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The Brikka has a safety valve integrated in the base which should prevent blowing up. However, the coffee will likely be burnt if the steam comes out of the side for a long time. You can try using a lond spoon/knife to lift the weight manually to not waste the coffee. Generally I would advise against tamping the coffee at all. The amount of pressure it ...


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If you have to choose between those two evils, use the food processor. It is made for reducing solid food to crumbs. A blender is something entirely else - it is meant for turning mushy food into a uniform liquid. While you can try throwing dry food into a blender, you 1) get a worse result, and 2) risk damaging the blender. I will also note that neither ...


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I used to use a spice grinder until I got a good burr grinder. It doesn't give a perfectly even grind, but it works well enough. The downside really is you have to dedicate it to coffee… unless you like cumin-flavoured coffee every once in a while. A blender or food processor will make an even worse job of sizing the grind. It's probably worth trying each ...


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Try piccolosgastronomica.com or email sales@piccolosnj.com. They have been very helpful in finding correct gaskets for my 80's Carlo Giannini pot.


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Here's a very interesting study that I recommend reading: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5388725/ The gist of the article is, after using a new aluminum Moka pot about 3 times, the levels of aluminum that migrate into the coffee are very low. They temporarily increase after cleaning the Moka pot in the dishwasher, but after some uses the ...


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