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ace_parsnip
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Posted Sun Feb 23, 2014, 9:58am
Subject: newbie: Mods for my Delonghi eco310
 

Hello i'll give you the low down on me and the situation now.

Im newbie to making my own coffee but have been lucky enough to have great shops around my area Colanna & Smalls in Bath, Full Court Press In Bristol the list goes on and i have just come back from Oz and NZ drinking coffee all over the place!. After all this a real spark and interest into coffee has been ignited so i now own a Delonghi 310 and Dualit 75015 Burr Coffee Grinder (basic i know) i'm getting what i'd like to think is a nice espresso shot decent amount of crema and importantly a decent(ish) flavour.

Just wondering if there is anything i can do to my machine to improve it? i have just done this (the none permanent method) but haven't tried it just yet.
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im also struggling to get a decent micro foam i'm pretty sure i understand the technique after practise and youtube videos. I pour the milk through the crema but when it comes to near the top the remaining milk just creates a nice white fluffy circle. It doesn't feel like you could create a latte art with it as its not very fluid. Can i do anything with the steam wand? do people use it with the outer plastic part removed? or cover up the little hole on it that sucks is extra air?

hopefully someone can understand what im hoping looking for but basically. Can i do anything to improve this machine haha.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2014, 7:29am
Subject: Re: newbie: Mods for my Delonghi eco310
 

Hi,
Welcome to the board.
A lot of your problems are directly connected to the equipment you have. The froth aider on the steam wand makes it impossible to get good microfoam. Microfoam looks like wet latex paint, smooth, thick and not a bubble in sight. The froth aid on the wand makes it easy for beginners to get something but it injects too much air and produces soap suds, not micro foam. I don't know about for your machine in specific but a lot of people replace the wand with a straight tube wand, one without the plastic and the holes in the side of the tube. That is the only way to get microfoam. As a start, you could seal up the hole in the side and you may get lucky and have some improvement but those style wands are replaced by people who want micro foam.

The grinder is not able to properly grind for espresso either. While it likely will do OK for other than espresso brewing such as drip, it is not designed for espresso, espresso requires a bi or tirmodal grind that is very consistent, that grinder just is not able to do it, sorry for the news. You will get something for sure but you will only be frustrated with it in the end.

Taking out the pressure device is a good start but it requires a espresso able grinder as the grind is what produces the back pressure to regulate flow of water through the puck. That pressure device is there to allow something to be brewed from stale, store bought, pre ground coffee. It will not be espresso and it will not be good but the buyer of the machine will be happy. It is only when you try to move up the quality ladder to better espresso that the limitations of the devices, placed there to help the rank beginner, start to show and get in the way.

It is not hard at all to get better than coffee shop espresso, with a little work on your part, FRESH coffee (less than two weeks from THE DAY IT WAS ROASTED!) and a grinder that is espresso able, nearly anyone can blow away the corner coffee shop for espresso.

One of the biggest things you can do to improve the coffee is to have it fresh! Good roasters print right on the bag, the day they roasted the coffee. If there is a "best by" or "use before" date on the bag, you have no way to know how old it is and it is extremely likely it is hopelessly stale before you even pick it up off the shelf. FRESH BEANS are a mandatory requirement, just because the beans may have been bought at a coffee shop, without a roast on date, they are likely stale. Stale will produce fast shots, under extraction, low or no crema and nasty stale flavored coffee.

 
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ace_parsnip
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2014, 9:42am
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Thank you very much for the advice. I tried the depressurised filter but as you said the machine doesn't grind fine enough so the extraction was very fast with zero crema. I have now remade the filter and im back to my normal extraction. I have also covered the little hole on the steam wand and that seems to have helped with myself being able to control the amount of air going in. I'll look into the steam wand mod. Luckily were i moving there is a well respected coffee roaster up the road so i'll be getting nice fresh coffee :).
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 10:09am
Subject: Re: newbie: Mods for my Delonghi eco310
 

It is nice to hear that things are getting better!

Espresso is all about small things, small changes can have a big effect in the result.

I doubt there will ever be a PERFECT shot, there is always something that could have been done better so there is a lifetime of tinkering with the shots from now on!

congrats on moving closer to a roaster. Some roasters know what they are doing and are better than others. I have no idea what you are moving to, even if you said who it was. Mail order is a VERY good way to go. Quality roasters will have the beans at your door in 3 days post roast for pretty much wherever you are but I suppose that if it had to cross the ocean the wait could be longer.

 
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Wayne P.
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