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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.

http://gqsmooth.com.au/

 

 
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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.

firstsynesso

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