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MikeSD
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Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
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Drip: Hario Pourover
Roaster: Homemade SC/CO
Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:31am
Subject: To Mod or Not to Mod
 

Okay so I am very new to the espresso world. Basically, I've had espresso and one time in the past I had one of those $40 steam things that didn't even make real espresso.  Budget is an issue for me and I didn't think I'd be able to get anything decent, so I stopped looking.  I, however, read decent things about, and subsequently ordered, a De'Longhi EC 155.  After ordering I did some research, (wrong order, I know) and realized this it has a pressurized portafilter, which, from what I understand, is of some benefit to noobs like myself, but does not really make the "best" espresso.  I also found that there is a fairly easy mod to make it non-pressurized.

My question is, should I mod it?  Is it even worth it for a rather casual espresso drinker?  Will I cause my harm than good to the espresso at my current noob status?  Any insight/experience would be much appreciated.
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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:35am
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Only mod if your grinder is good enough.  If not you are better off not modding it. Hario Skerton should be ok.  I would mod but then I hot rodded my Oscar.... so I might not be the sane person to ask.

 
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MikeSD
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Posts: 53
Location: Florida
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
Grinder: Hario Skerton, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Yama Stovetop 8 Cup
Drip: Hario Pourover
Roaster: Homemade SC/CO
Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:50am
Subject: Re: To Mod or Not to Mod
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Only mod if your grinder is good enough.  If not you are better off not modding it. Hario Skerton should be ok.  I would mod but then I hot rodded my Oscar.... so I might not be the sane person to ask.

Posted January 4, 2014 link

I'm also planning on upgrading to a Baratza Encore next month for my birthday.
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emradguy
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:52am
Subject: Re: To Mod or Not to Mod
 

I think you should definitely mod to non-pressurized. It'll allow you to use freshly roasted quality beans and your shots will improve dramatically.  You should also look at the Hario Skerton stepless mod (basically changing out a washer, I think). If you can't find it here, look for "Burner0000".  I just saw your post about upgrading to an Encore.  I really think the Skerton with the stepless mod will give you better espresso than the Encore...though it's more work on your part (crank the handle versus push a button).

 
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:17am
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Grinder, grinder grinder, don't cheap out on the grinder.  It matters more to the taste in cup than the espresso machine.

 
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MikeSD
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Espresso: De'Longhi EC155
Grinder: Hario Skerton, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Yama Stovetop 8 Cup
Drip: Hario Pourover
Roaster: Homemade SC/CO
Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:25am
Subject: Re: To Mod or Not to Mod
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

Grinder, grinder grinder, don't cheap out on the grinder.  It matters more to the taste in cup than the espresso machine.

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That's what I hear, but $130 for a grinder is already pushing the budget for me.  To be honest, I'd likely be using the Skerton for the espresso in the morning anyway.  The Encore would be for my pour overs and vacuum pots.  50-60 grams of coffee is a lot of work for a manual grinder.
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:45am
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Should be fine for the other brew methods.  Consider refurbished grinders from Baratza direct, I think it is Tuesdays they list them.  They go fast.

 
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:50am
Subject: Re: To Mod or Not to Mod
 

MikeSD Said:

That's what I hear, but $130 for a grinder is already pushing the budget for me.  To be honest, I'd likely be using the Skerton for the espresso in the morning anyway.  The Encore would be for my pour overs and vacuum pots.  50-60 grams of coffee is a lot of work for a manual grinder.

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That's a good plan.  The Encore will perform well for your intended use.

 
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