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Posted Sat May 31, 2014, 5:57pm
Subject: More espresso falling from one side of the porta filter.
 

my machine (breville) is pushing more espresso from one side of the porta filter. The espresso is good, but if I want to make two in separate cups, one cup always stay with more coffe than the other. What can I do?

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Posted Sat May 31, 2014, 6:19pm
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make sure the group is level, but adjusting the feet of the machine
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Posted Sat May 31, 2014, 9:59pm
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DavecUK Said:

make sure the group is level, but adjusting the feet of the machine

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+1.  Also, make sure your tamp is level.  

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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2014, 6:36am
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Thanks for your answers.
I think that both the machine and the tamper are level. Also, it's not always the same side that stays with more coffee, sometimes is the left and sometimes the right.
Any other clue?

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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2014, 8:22am
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Had the same problem before and it was b/c my machine was level, adjusted the legs and it was fine, my counters tile is slightly uneven in height. If that isn't your problem then it's pry your tamp/prep (maybe tamping to much to one side even if it doesn't feel like it)
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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2014, 9:50am
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Guilherme Said:

Thanks for your answers.
I think that both the machine and the tamper are level. Also, it's not always the same side that stays with more coffee, sometimes is the left and sometimes the right.
Any other clue?

Thanks

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This concludes it's user error. We've all been there...and sometimes it comes back to haunt you. Work on your basket prep technique and you'll be able to solve your problem.  Have you tried WDT, as Rich suggested?  There are other techniques too.  For one, it will probably help a lot if your dose weight is exactly the same every time. If this isn't part of your m.o., get yourself a small scale that weights in grams down to 0.1 resolution. Unless you have an "E" grinder (which will deliver identical doses every time).

Check out the Easy Guide to Better Espresso at Home, article 12 under how to on www.espressomyespresso.com  There's a load of great info there on improving your shots...as the title suggests.

Can you give us more insight into what gear you're using? machine model? grinder make and model?  

Also, how fresh are your beans?  In other words, what was the roast date? If it's not within the past two weeks or so, you need a new batch.

 
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