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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 2:40pm
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You are getting much better.  It looks like a much more drinkable shot than anything else I have seen you pull. I wish you would just set the camera down during the pull so I can watch the pour.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 7:45pm
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jonbik Said:

Here is a video pulling a shot with the bult in grinder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqWKwkKRIkM

And here is one with the hario
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPb2rdcQQKs

Both shots came out fast. Both had good crema. But both were bitter and slightly sour. Right after i made these videos, i cranked the built in grinder up to setting 16 (max fine). By doing this, i was able to pull a nice 26 second shot. I never actually tasted this shot plain because i made it into a cappuccino. This was with the Mexican chiapas beans. This cappuccino was great. Best one that i have made with this machine. I don't know if it was because i changed the grind or if it was the beans. I will keep experimenting with the hario although it did take me about 5 minutes of grinding to get 15 grams. Did i do anything wrong in these videos? Any suggestions? I will try to post another video tomorrow and pull a shot like i just did.

Posted April 25, 2013 link

Try a second or even a third tamp.. I noticed your tamps look a bit light.  Great crema with both though :)
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 8:12pm
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I respectfully disagree with 2 and 3 tamps, just be consistent. Beating on the puck (just kidding, I mean more tamps) just adds more potential to crack the seal on the puck.

 
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Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013, 12:11pm
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Is it better to have a finer grind and lighter tamp or slightly coarser grind and stronger tamp?
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Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013, 4:12pm
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Just pick a tamp and stick with it.  I lean to lighter tamps because I am getting nicer cones with lighter tamps.  But mostly be consistent.

 
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Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013, 7:47pm
Subject: Re: Need Help With Breville Barista Express Settings Please!
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Just pick a tamp and stick with it.  I lean to lighter tamps because I am getting nicer cones with lighter tamps.  But mostly be consistent.

Posted April 28, 2013 link

+1 sorry if i misled. Everyone needs to find their own techniques. I lean to harder by habit. Espresso can be hard to get down but its also very simple.   If your still having trouble I suggest stepping back taking a breath n brew by taste, have fun doing it.
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