I've gotten some really good shots out of this guy; even when I ended up with HORRIBLY underextracted shots due to too coarse of a grind, I still got voluminous crema; I'd hardly ever call the shot weak or watery. Built quality is top-notch, it's certainly got a heft with the stainless steel frame.
Good luck on the sale and in your future equipment upgrade.
I must say that I bought an excellent condition Twist a year or so ago and while I have had it, I have NEVER used it. It seems to be well built and the operation is straight forward, I just have "never gotten around to using it" I had thought of using it at work or for travel but have not gotten to it!
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I used one for a few months until the upgrade bug hit around my birthday. It makes excellent espresso and is actually pretty hard to mess up. The quality of crema is equal to machines much more expensive.
Hi everyone. I purchased the Mypressi Twist v2 from jclgan and it arrived yesterday. Everything was as promised and advertised.
After playing with it and my grind for an hour last night, and 3 failed shots (I choked it each time) I pulled a very good shot on my 4th attempt, after dialing in the right grind with my fresh Social Coffee & Tea Company beans. An award winning roaster in the Toronto area.
This is the first time I've ever pulled a real espresso shot, although I'm a regular drinker at top cafes. And I read this site religiously for your tips, advice and insight. I expect things will only improve when my weigh scale arrives and I get a better grinder.
For now my Hario Slim(modded to stepless) will suffice and did a better job than I expected. All in all, a great start since this is the first time I've ever pulled a shot. The Mypressi really lives up to the hype and produces great results. Since I don't drink milk drinks, it will serve me well until I buy my dream home espresso setup. I highly recommend the Mypressi for budget conscious espresso drinkers who drinks straight shots.
Dear ccg, Thank you for your impression of the Mypressi. I have been using one for three years and was in much of the same experiential situation that you describe yourself in when I started with it. Please let us know how it stands up to daily use in a couple of months. A couple of points: Use it with the bottom spout off; that way you can tell if it is channeling or not. You can buy silver N2O cartridges cheaply on ebay. Usually there is one poorly fitting cartridge per 20 or so in these batches (gas leak), but the price more than makes up for it. If you want 100% reliability, ultra-purewhip (from creamright.com here in the States, I do not know who is online in Canada) has been the choice of many Mypressi users. No matter where you get them from, they all seem to be 1 mm shorter than the stock cartridges from Mypressi. If you have any trouble with gas leaking, put a square of double-sticky foam tape on the butt of the cartridge (read my recent post to that effect on this forum). Fill the upside-down water reservoir (a 1 cup measure makes a good cradle) twice with boiling water to get it good and hot. You cannot hope to go over 92 degrees C, but that is sufficient from most roasts. Occasionally you will come across one that requires 96 C. to fully open up the flavor profile. Some of us ramp up the water temperature by sticking a steam wand into it, those who have one.
I followed the same brewing guidelines, i.e. pulled shots with the portafilter naked/spout-less and preheated the water bowl twice over with boiling water (first time: 20 seconds, then dump; second time: 10 seconds, then dump).
The justification for filling the bowl twice is because the water cools down faster than the metal can draw heat/energy for it, so you end up reaching a "point of diminishing return". This is why you want to pre-heat it a second time to give the bowl an extra "kick" up a few more degrees. The myPressi makers have an in-depth article on the the changes they made to the thermal stability of the v2, as well as suggesting the aforementioned tip.
I also like to quickly rinse the portafilter basket with hot water and dry it off just before I ground coffee into it.
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Thanks everyone for your input! I've actually been following the aforementioned routine since the first shot I pulled (e.g. naked basket, twice preheated bowl and dump with boiling water etc). Before I received my Twist v2 in the mail from jcglan, I had already stumbled upon the Mypressi blog post with the preheating tips. And watched a bunch of Mypressi videos, to boot.
So once I dialed-in my stepless(modded) Hario Slim grinder and fresh beans, I've been enjoying the home barista ride immensely. For anyone who is curious, the macro range for espresso on the Hario Slim is between 6 and 7 o'clock, if you consider the closed burr position 12 o'clock. When adjusting within that 6 and 7 o'clock range, you can get a wide variation in results -- from choking to a slightly fast flow rate.
Since the first few shots that I choked (grind too fine and dose, perhaps, too high), I've been having great results. I'm amazed at the quality of the shots I'm getting with this handheld device and a $35 Hario Slim, that I modded to stepless for under a dollar.
I also received my MyWeigh Triton T3 scale today in the mail, and that has helped with consistency, too. I was eyeballing the dose before this, and while I figure I was within the 18g ballpark each time, it appears I was potentially off +/- 0.5 grams without the scale. So now the weight variable will be consistent.
I've been sticking with 30 lbs of tamp pressure, as well, thanks to my trusty bathroom scale.
As for beans, right now I'm using People's Daily Espresso, People's Liberation Espresso, and Nyet-Nyet Decaf Espresso from Social Cofee & Tea Co. click here All have been very enjoyable. Once I get through these beans, I'm going to order some 49th Parallel click here
I still plan on investing in a dedicated motorized espresso grinder -- such as a Vario, Compak K3, or something comparable -- so I expect taste in the cup will only get even better. Eventually, I'll get a machine as well, but since I don't drink milk-based lattes and the like, the Mypressi should do the job for a while!
Thanks for the tip Calblacksmith. Will need some new chargers soon, for sure. On another note, more than my results in the cup, there's another telltale sign I'm on the right track to Cofeegeek-dom. While pulling a shot last night with the Mypressi (e.g. weighing beans, dosing, tamping, preheating Mypressi bowl, timing extraction and weighing shot in the cup etc.) my wife said, "you're obsessed!"
This must be a clear indication that I'm on the right track!
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