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ChenChen10
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 6:24pm
Subject: New to Espresso -  Need advice on technique
 

I recently bought a Rocky grinder and have been experimenting with an old but functioning cheap single boiler machine it for the past week. I created a video of my process and am looking for feedback about shot volume, time, crema,  and technique. Please let me know if you have any advice through the youtube comments or the forum. The link is below

Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6kFV8NS6Z8
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 7:46pm
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Welcome, every one starts somewhere.  And you are making a good start.

How old are those beans?  The crema is not thick or dark enough, but part of the problem is the cheap machine can't really get enough temp/pressure.   If you can get better beans you might get something closer to espresso.  Try not tamping your puck so much you might be getting cracks in it that will reduce your crema as well.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 9:39pm
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Yeah, looks a lot like stale beans.

 
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Posted Fri Nov 15, 2013, 7:26am
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You should not cross post.  It is against the rules.  Just one thread is all that is needed.

 
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