Brewboy19 Senior Member Joined: 13 May 2012 Posts: 13 Location: Michigan Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 1:22pm Subject: Delonghi ec155 no crema, modded
Hi, I just got a delonghi ec155 as a gift. I followed some threads on here and modded it so it has a non pressurized portafilter.
I am getting no creama using Starbucks espresso per ground coffee. Stopped on the way home and bought a little whole bean coffee from the store and ground it in their machine at the lowest espresso setting, the only one setting lower was Turkish.
Got home tried that nothing. I tried tamping harder but to no avail. It seems like its still too course of a grind. When I try to twist off it disturbs the coffee bed and I can't form a smooth puck.
Never seen espresso grind in person so I don't have any idea how fine it should look.
It is pulling a shot at 25 seconds on the dot, but the last 5 seconds or so the shot turns almost clear brown watery in appearance.
Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 2:27pm Subject: Re: Delonghi ec155 no crema, modded
Scott, even with a $1k machine, pre-ground, even worse Starbucks (perhaps many months old) will yield barely any crema, let alone a sweet profile.
Get a grinder. Around here, the mantra is GRINDER FIRST!!
A manual grinder, even one as simple as a Hario Skerton (around $49?) and some freshly roasted beans will be a revelation. I'm not saying your machine is capable of "God shots" but you'll get much better tasting short brews, and with some crema, if you practice.
NEVER PRE GROUND. (I ought to add that to my signature. LOL)
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