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jimw
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Espresso: Vibiemme Domobar
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Posted Thu Sep 25, 2008, 6:11am
Subject: shot timing on E61 group
 

I've got a Vibiemme Domobar Super machine, which just rocks. Can't say enough good about it. I get great espresso from it, and, have a good routine down. One thing I've always wondered though is the timing for a pre-infusion machine. After pulling the lever, it'll start the pre-infuse and take 7-9 sec. before hitting 9bar. When should the 25-28sec. count down begin? When I lift the lever, or, when it hits 9 bar?

Like I said, I make great espresso with the machine. I'm just looking to fine tune a bit.

Cheers,
Jim
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Espresso: Quickmilll Vetrano
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Posted Thu Sep 25, 2008, 6:52am
Subject: Re: shot timing on E61 group
 

In general, when you flip the lever. However, I would care less about this 25-30 sec. rule. Just observe the color of the coffee and cut it off when it blonds too much. When I pull ristrettos (my favorite!), I have to disregard that rule completely. When my basket is really stuffed, a good ristretto can take even 40 sec. and will still be honey-sweet and bursting with flavor. So, it all depends. Of course, you shouldn't run your shot forever, but let your taste buds be your guide! You might also want to experiment with the brew pressure. I've raised mine slightly to 9.5 bars and the difference in taste is noticeable. I've been up to 10 bars and didn't like the sweet, bodiless espresso and went back to my optimum setting.
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