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Micke_B
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Posted Wed Feb 11, 2004, 2:23pm
Subject: Coffee touching Silvia’s dispersion screen
 

Hi!
I bought a Silvia two weeks ago. This is my first espresso machine ever and as I understand it the coffee in the porta filter should not touch the dispersion screen before I pull the shot. My problem is that after I have tamped the coffee below the mark on the double filter I still get a deep imprint from the screw. I tamp with quite a lot of force but the only way to avoid the imprint is to add less coffee to the filter. I have attached a picture so you can see the coffee level and the screw imprint. Do you think there is something wrong with the grouphead design? Or am I tamping like a sissy?

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Posted Wed Feb 11, 2004, 5:37pm
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Micke_B Said:

Or am I tamping like a sissy?

Posted February 11, 2004 link

That looks like a pretty manly tamp to me.  The dispersion screw indentation is "a good thing" in this case, since it shows that you have some clearance but not too much (I presume the grouphead isn't covered with dry grounds after removing the portafilter).  More importantly, do you shots taste good?

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Posted Thu Feb 12, 2004, 6:07am
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That's just the way mine look. If you put any less grounds in that basket, you're going to have a shot going blonde on you very early.
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Micke_B
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Posted Thu Feb 12, 2004, 8:39am
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I guess I worry too much. I usually do this the first days after purchasing something expensive :-)  But I must say, there is not much room between the coffee and the screen (the picture is from before the shot).
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Posted Thu Feb 12, 2004, 8:58am
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Micke_B Said:

I guess I worry too much. I usually do this the first days after purchasing something expensive :-)  But I must say, there is not much room between the coffee and the screen (the picture is from before the shot).

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I'm fairly certain we both noticed :)

I remember questioning absolutely everything I did when I first got my machine. Now I have a fairly good idea what went wrong, when it does.
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