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Sync100
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 6:32am
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Hello Everyone
Santa brought me an espresso machine for Christmas, however I am having a few problems. When I use one shot and to up with water to make an Americano it is REALLY weak. When I use two shots it improves it slightly but it's still not Starbucks or costa strength! I have bough some Starbucks espresso branded beans but his does not make and difference, anyone got any ideas?

Thanks a lot
Mark
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 8:23am
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Depending on your machine a double is best for an Americano. Some cafe's like Starbucks use triple espresso's for larger drinks.  If you are limited to a double basket see if you can manage to tamp down 18-21g of grinds or brew 2 singles and add hot water.  If your using a 58mm portafilter simply get a triple basket.
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Might be helpful to know what machine you are using.  Do you have a grinder?  If not, you'll need one to make espresso at home.  Once coffee beans are ground, they go stale withing about 15 minutes.  If so, which one?  How fresh are your beans?  Were they roasted within the last 2 weeks?  If not, they should be considered stale and incapable of producing espresso.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 4:30pm
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Sync100 Said:

I have bough some Starbucks espresso branded beans but his does not make and difference, anyone got any ideas?

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Fresh beans (Starbucks is not) will help a lot though I'm not sure that's your main problem.  What grinder and machine are you using?
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