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Goldensncoffee
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Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 12:55pm
Subject: A snow day, a screwdriver, Capresso EC100,=drinkable espresso
 

First off let me say I don't know what espresso is supposed to taste like. I'm a super newb. I got a EC100 for Christmas and gave up on it as my shots tasted awful. I had channeling problems on pretty much every shot. It was horrible. I know it has the pressurized basket which is a problem.
I got a Breville smart grinder last night for doing FP and drip. I'm stuck inside all day with the snow so I drank a bunch of FP this morning and decided I would try to de-pressurize my baskets on the Capresso. I took apart the basket and removed the circular metal piece that has the teeny tiny hole that pressurizes it. Everything seemed to go back together ok without it. I really had no idea if it was going to spray hot water in my face when I tried it but oh well I figured I'd give it a go. I set the Breville for a 1 shot dose at the finest setting. It put out quite a bit more coffee than what I thought I needed. So I scraped off the "excess". (It might need these extra grinds). I tamped and pulled the first shot. It filled my small espresso cup in about 10 seconds. It tasted bitter and awful to me. Next I kept the grinder at the finest setting and I kept those "extra" grinds and tamped them down. It almost choked the machine and only a small amount of liquid ran through. It tasted sour to me.
For the next shot I adjusted the grind to the middle of the expresso range. I kept most of the excess grinds. I pulled a shot. It filled the cup in about 25 seconds. The crema was very nice looking. I tasted it and couldn't believe it. It wasn't sour or bitter at all. It was like my FP coffee, just amplified. I really enjoyed it. I checked the puck and there was no channeling at all. I can't imagine what good espresso tastes like given what I made out of this hackman setup. It has to be incredible. I may just go make a latte now. I just thought I would share this with you guys.
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Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 1:49pm
Subject: Re: A snow day, Capresso EC100, a screwdriver, a new grinder=drinkable espresso
 

hmmmm....you may be hooked.  Welcome to the club!

also, if you could please shorten the thread title by a few characters, it would help a lot, as this system adds RE: to every reply, then we get an error message saying the title is too long (80 character max)

 
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Goldensncoffee
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Posted Thu Feb 13, 2014, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: A snow day, Capresso EC100, a screwdriver, a new grinder=drinkable espresso
 

emradguy Said:

also, if you could please shorten the thread title by a few characters, it would help a lot, as this system adds RE: to every reply, then we get an error message saying the title is too long (80 character max)

Posted February 13, 2014 link

sorry about that. hope its better now
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Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 9:59am
Subject: Re: A snow day, Capresso EC100, a screwdriver, a new grinder=drinkable espresso
 

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Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 10:19am
Subject: Re: A snow day, a screwdriver, Capresso EC100,=drinkable espresso
 

I started with a Delonghi Bar32 and used a Hario Mini and Preciso. Depressurizing the baskets made a huge difference with a good grinder and fresh beans. Then the bug bit and I got the Crossland CC1 and coffee quality shot up even further. That said, the modded Bar32 still made coffee much better than Charbucks lol
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Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 11:11am
Subject: Re: A snow day, a screwdriver, Capresso EC100,=drinkable espresso
 

Hi,
I think nearly all of us started kind of where you are, some gave up and went away, those who can't leave this place have learned to use what we have and many have moved up the ladder, and some like me have moved into the "are you insane?" region of equipment. All my daily use stuff is commercial, not commercial grade, rather you will likely see it in a smaller coffee shop commercial LOL! YES, I am nuts! :D

The grinder is as or more important than the espresso machine, esp when starting out. Without a espresso able grinder and FRESH beans, it is neigh impossible to get great espresso.

Taking that disc out is a very good first step. Play with the grinder, get a scale, use the SAME volume of coffee by weight for every shot, only when everything is consistent can you make a small change and see what the result is, if there is no consistency, you don't know just what adjustment made a difference either good or bad. YEP, you may be hooked!

 
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Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 11:24am
Subject: Re: A snow day, a screwdriver, Capresso EC100,=drinkable espresso
 

Screwdriver? That's vodka and orange juice, right? That works.

Congratulations on pulling a good shot.
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Goldensncoffee
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Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 2:26pm
Subject: Re: A snow day, a screwdriver, Capresso EC100,=drinkable espresso
 

I really appreciate the advice and encouragement. I hate to say it but I think I'm hooked. I just made 2 lattes for my wife and I, and they were sooo much better than what I was making before with this thing. I ran out of fresh beans last night and my order of new beans didn't come today due to the snow storm so I had to go to Charbucks and get a bag....ehhh. I kind of put this machine away after Christmas not really expecting to use it, but after modding it, I may just use it a bit more. I bought my Breville for drip/press knowing that I will need a different grinder when I start doing espresso. I have a scale that I've been using for my FP (which I love) but I will start weighing my shots to try and get them a little more consistent. I hope to get a real deal espresso setup within the year, but until then I will keep monkeying with this little machine, and enjoying my pressed coffee.
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