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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:48pm
Subject: Help needed with Rancilio
 

I have a Rancilio De Silva machine.  But the coffee that I make with it never foams up on top.  It comes out all dark brown.  Does anyone know what might be the problem?  I grind the coffee myself with a gagia grinder at a very fine grind.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 9:00pm
Subject: Re: Help needed with Rancilio
 

Stale coffee?
Not grinding fine enough?
Not using enough coffee?
Not tamping?
Not tamping firmly enough?
Poor coffee distribution?
Worn grinder burrs?
Tamper too small?
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 5:19am
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I am with Randy on this, you really don't give enough information to give you any help. All of the things that Randy mentions affect the brew so give us a bit more information on the variations mentioned and we will be able to help a lot more.

As to your machine, is that a Sylvia? I am not familiar with the one you have in your post.

In addition, what grinder do you have? The grinder is more important than the espresso machine and without a good grinder, your efforts are going to be lacking, to say the least.

 
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 7:38am
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Like Wayne (calblacksmith), my best guess would be you have a Silvia.  Did you buy it new? How long do you let it heat up? Does it seem to be coming up to proper temperature?

Besides the questions you answer here and the insight and advice you get in replies...you may also want to post a video of your prep method and a typical shot.

Lastly, I cannot emphasize enough how helpful Randy's (frcn) article is for diagnosing problems and fixing them, and improving technique overall. Heck, even if you are doing everything right, it's at the very least educational. If you haven't read it yet...it should be the first thing you do next.

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Posted Tue May 28, 2013, 7:54am
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As others have already stated there's not enough information to go on.  Stale beans are a very common culprit so you might want to start there.  Where are your beans from?  When were they roasted?  How long have you had them?
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 3:53pm
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Maybe the grind is too fine?
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