Monthly Archives: August 2011

breville dual boiler – BES900

My fellow Crema forum member has created his blog for a warts and all look at the BDB.

If you would like to learn about the BDB follow the link below, lots of other really good stuff too.



Posted by on August 31, 2011 in coffee


synesso basket

Thanks to a kindly gentleman from the Crema forum ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Muscles, I now have a 22g Synesso basket for my EM6910.

Yesterday I tired a couple of shots and wow what a difference.


Advice: if you think you’ve got it right, go with it, don’t change the grind LOL now I have to find it again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in coffee


manual grinders

You know people give me crap about using a manual grinder, I use a No.1 Spong but it only took me two shots to get it right!!!

I’ve been working with the EM0480, three goes so far, lots of shots down the drain and I still can’t get it right.

I know it’s a user problem but it’s still frustrating!!!

I HATE wasting beans!!!

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in coffee


…and it only gets better…

I broke open the new bag of Espresso from mycuppa, it’s not actually ready to be used but I’ve run out of coffee for Steve.

The result was a taste of real dark chocolate, you know the stuff without the sugar ๐Ÿ˜›

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in coffee


One day in and it’s smiles all round :)

Well last night I spent a happy couple of hours setting up the EM6910.ย  Mmm then another 3 hours waiting for the vibrations to stop in my arms as I lay in bed, coffee on an empty stomach at night is not such a good thing I’ve found LOL

Shot after shot down the drain but I was on a mission to get it right before I had to pull a shot this morning for Steve’s coffee. ย Grind, tamp, pull, grind, tamp, pull, it all came together in the end, flow was nice and equal from both spouts.ย  I can’t wait to get a naked portafilter, it’s going to be so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I was advised by a coffee friend to check where 9 bar was before trying to pull shots. ย 9 bar for me sits at about 11:30 by clock standards. ย My last shot last night where I feel I finally got it right was sitting at 12:00. ย This mornings shot with a different coffee and the double basket sat at about 00:30 and the comment was ‘strong coffee hit and nice’.

So 20 grams of coffee, 60ml in 30 seconds and I think I’ve got it ๐Ÿ™‚

Now to try other coffees I’ve roasted lately.


Oh I should probably add that initially I was using the EM0480 grinder that came with the EM6910 but we found that even on the coarsest settings it was still too fine. ย We will pull it apart and check out how many shims are in there and pull one or more out if necessary to make sure it can grind where we need.

I went back to my manual No.1 Spong and low and behold the right grind appeared, I love manual grinding. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in coffee


Coffee machine decided…

After all the crap that went on with the Breville Dual Boiler I decided that it wasn’t where I wanted to go.

We have now bought the Sunbeam EM6910 which I am told I should be able to get just as good coffee out of.

I feel a bit of relief that I don’t have to think about what machine to buy anymore, just look forward to getting good coffee and doing more research on what lever machine I will be buying down the track ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in coffee