Posted Wed Apr 4, 2012, 12:55pm Subject: Noob wants to get 90% of the way to great espresso
I have read miles and miles of posts about my machine (Breville Dual Boiler) and espresso making in general. I know there are 37 different factors which need to be in perfect harmony to achieve the perfect shot. But I'm a n00b. I'm not shooting for perfect this week, just a decent espresso.
So here's my question: What are the *biggest* things? Which factors are the ones you have to nail to get 90% of the way there?
I've got another 60 years or so to get to perfect, but I'd like to get to decent before May arrives.
jwoodyu Senior Member Joined: 31 Dec 2010 Posts: 704 Location: Michigan Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Allex Duetto II Grinder: Mazzer Major Roaster: Poppery
Posted Wed Apr 4, 2012, 1:24pm Subject: Re: Noob wants to get 90% of the way to great espresso
Given fresh beans, great grinder (all the people say amen) Get a scale weigh your dose and your extraction. Read this First and then this Second
You know those people that want to tell you how to raise your kids but have none of their own? That is how i feel when someone with a kitchen appliance tells me how the merits or dis-merits of my machine or how to use it.
I can do that, although it goes against my tendencies. I tend to measure as little as possible when cooking, relying on what "feels right". Perhaps I will need to channel some of my brother's OCD for this.
I realize now that I'm in a fresh coffee bean wasteland. I'm going to place my first order at Counter Culture today. I initially got a 2.2 lb bag of Lavazza beans, because at the time I didn't know what to get. I've tossed so many shots trying to get things right, so maybe that's OK?
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