wizzywig27 Senior Member Joined: 29 Dec 2012 Posts: 1 Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 1:11pm Subject: Espresso
Santa brought me an espresso machine for Christmas, however I am having a few problems. When I use one shot and to up with water to make an Americano it is REALLY weak. When I use two shots it improves it slightly but it's still not Starbucks or costa strength! I have bough some Starbucks espresso branded beans but his does not make and difference, anyone got any ideas?
Mod notes..."accidental" profanity edited to "shot" from sh*t...LOL
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,853 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 9:52pm Subject: Re: Espresso
Hi and welcome This is a hobby that gets very technical very quickly. First the age of your beans is very important. The rule of 15s says. GREEN UNROASTED beans are good for 15 months Roasted beans are good for about 15 DAYS Ground beans are good for 15 MINUTES FROM THE TIME THEY WERE GROUND
You NEED a grinder ABLE TO GRIND FOR ESPRESSO
I know you already have a machine but please read the FAQ on how to buy an espresso machine, it will answer questions you don't even know to ask.
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