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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 2:22pm
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.  

Where do I start?   Help.........
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 3:27pm
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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.
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 4:08pm
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There is nothing more to say, it has all just been said !

 
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 5:23pm
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I was just disappointed because I have seen videos online of the same machine I have, modded with plenty of crema.  

I ordered a hario mini waiting on its arrival.
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