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What are the 4M's of espresso?

4M is a term mainly used among Italians for espresso. It is a placeholder for four words that start with "M" in Italian that affects espresso preparation. Some information can be found here. These M'...
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How can I improve this latte?

I own this machine and have since moved on from it for the exact reasons you stated. It is possible to create microfoam that is good enough for making clearly defined latte art on the Delonghi Dedica ...
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Should I press the coffee into my espresso machine?

The process of compressing the coffee powder in a portafilter of an espresso machine before pulling the shot is called tamping. There is a lot of information available on the web explaining how it is ...
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Can I have this type of coffee?

The beverage you make by diluting vending machine "espresso" with hot water is called "poor imitation of Americano". It is hard to say how much caffeine it contains because it's not clear what this ...
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How to properly use the Bialetti Brikka

I understand that the crema created by the Brikka is an approximated crema using the gasket's small opening. Sure, purists may not consider this tan, smooth film of microbubbles as authentic crema (...
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Consequences of wrongly cleaning espresso machine with vinegar?

I'll answer as a chemist and not as a coffee expert, but occasional exposure to vinegar won't substantially damage a piece of aluminum. Also ingesting traces of aluminum isn't toxic.
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Espresso machine fish tank smell

You've got colonies (of bacteria, and perhaps algae.) I'd be looking for something a bit stronger than vinegar or citric acid in the sanitizing line, though either of those might be a good place to ...
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Espresso drips out slowly

I Googled "how to disassemble delonghi ec155" and found a website that said to: Take the screen off (the one above the coffee grounds). I have done this when I descale, but there is a brass screw you ...
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What's the basket/tamper size for Gaggia Classic?

Actually the most common and widely used basket/tamper size is the 58mm. It also seemed, from a quick Google, that the Gaggia Classic does indeed use a 58mm portafilter basket so you'll want to find a ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I've steamed milk on my friend's Saeco Aroma, which seems to be in the same class as your Delonghi, and was able to get good microfoam. Aside from getting some pointers along the way, the key is ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

In case you're still searching for alternative cleaning materials, I would recommend citric acid. You can easily find it pretty cheap on Amazon. Its the same concept as vinegar, but without the smell -...
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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?

This is completely normal, this is the pre-infusion phase. Pre-infusion is used to wet the grounds before starting ideal espresso extraction. Wetting with hot water helps the grounds to release ...
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How Much Should I Spend When Investing In An At-Home Espresso Machine?

It's important to note that you should be thinking of your entire espresso budget (i.e. Machine, Grinder, and Accessories) when trying to find the "right" price. If you were to buy a $1000 machine, ...
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How can I produce better espresso shots with my Gaggia Classic?

The standard parameters of producing a decent espresso is previously discussed here: What are the standard espresso parameters (dose, mass/volume, time, etc.)? As you can see from this answer, ...
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What are alternatives uses for an espresso machine?

Sterilizing smaller items (pacifiers, bottle nipples, toothbrush heads, etc.) Loosening threaded bottle and jar lids for honey and other sticky substances Cleaning small items (watchbands, rings, ...
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What is going wrong with this Espresso shot?

I don't think anyone can really give a definitive answer to this but I'd like to chime in to try to help. It's almost impossible to find your answer because of how many different variables are at play ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I have had multiple Breville products, and according to their recommendations, a good substitute is half white vinegar and half water. I've been using my current espresso machine for 2+ years, and ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

After a while, I have managed to receive the products themselves. Therefore, it is better to mention what sits inside these products, directly reading from the packages. The descaler is mostly citric ...
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Delonghi Dedica rubber wand is propelled into milk pitcher

I think the panarello is keeping the inner rubber tube in place, so it's normal for the tube to pop off under pressure. You can hold the tube in place by using a cable tie as can be seen in this video:...
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How much leverage pressure is it needed to compress coffee for an espresso?

Based on your comment on the question, you are referring to compacting ground coffee in the portafilter. This process is referred to as tamping when making espresso. The widely-accepted amount of ...
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Espresso Not Coming Out While Pump Turned On

Some things to try: First, run the pump briefly with no portafilter in place. You should see a nice shower of water flow from the brew group. If you don't see a nice shower flowing, the shower screen ...
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Lavazza A Modo Mio espresso drips out very slowly

It sounds like your machine needs to be descaled. I pulled this from the documentation on their website. Your machine will need descaling on a regular basis (approximately every 3 months) to ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

Some people add the fifth M, referring to "Maintenance" (keeping equipment clean, espresso machine descaled, having burrs in the grinder regularly replaced etc.)
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How big of a difference is there between a pressurised and non-pressurised portafilter?

Pressurized portafilters either restrict water flow or require a certain buildup of pressure before the espresso spills out the bottom of the portafilter. So there are several problems with that ...
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Espresso drips out slowly

A couple of thoughts.. Do you use both baskets that came with the espresso machine? The EC155 comes with a single shot and double shot basket. They are pressurized, so if the pressure regulator at ...
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Espresso drips out slowly

I ended up changing the pump and the plastic valve that goes between the pump and the boiler. I also cleaned out the screen that screws to the bottom of the boiler which was almost completely blocked ...
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Coffee machine repair

I'd start by contacting their customer support for a service manual and for tips on this particular problem. The key idea in debugging (diagnosing) is to think of hypotheses that could explain it, ...
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What can I use to clean my machine as a substitute for original cleaners?

I'm not sure on the cleaning tablets, but I've heard Urnex Dezcal mentioned for a good descaler on multiple forums and it looks like a lot of people are using it for coffee machines based on Amazon ...
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What effect does portafilter diameter have on espresso?

MT San talks about portafilters and the resulting differences between these portafilters that are different in size. I will discuss the differences in espresso extraction as a result of portafilter ...
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Is it possible to get hot chocolate using an espresso machine?

The steam wand will do a terrific job of mixing, heating, and fluffing (what's the technical term?) milk + cocoa powder into killer hot chocolate. Personally I recommend unsweetened cocoa powder, but ...
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