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MCNC
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 7:48am
Subject: HELP! Noob having fast pouring Espresso shots from Gaggia Classic
 

I have read 100 threads and at least 50 articles on the perfection of pulling a perfect espresso from my new Gaggia Classic and I am still unsuccessful at pouring a good espresso shot.  I am new to this type of machine as I just upgraded from a cheap Capresso machine that poured horrible but bearable espresso shots.  I am using a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso burr grinder that I have on the lowest settings (as fine as it will grind) and I am still pulling 6-7 second shots from the machine.  What am I doing wrong?!?  I have tried different tamping techniques as well...  Any insight would be much appreciated as I follow down the path of perfecting my espressos.

Thank you in advance for any ideas.
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 9:34am
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Off the top it sounds like the grind is still way too course.

One of the first questions you might be asked is to compare the grind to some other substance - flour, sugar, whatever to be sure.

I don't own a Baratza grinder but from an outsiders perspective it feels like I see *tons* of posts about people with problems with them. Do a little searching here and I think you'll see a lot of topics about these grinders having issues and what to do about them.
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 9:41am
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@Tracerbullet

Thanks for the heads up.  The grind that is coming out is still pretty fine, but is "gritty".  I would imagine on the finest setting it should be even finer so I will call Baratza today to see what they say.  I did look through the thread and I did find a lot of resources on this, thank you for the direction!
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