[Homeroast] Making Espresso
ckevinj at gmail.com
Sun Aug 29 08:37:35 CDT 2010
The liquid amber is both too old and too fresh, and that will make sense only to a home roaster espresso addict. 2 years is a long time and 4 hours is too short for freshly roasted espresso.
That's my opinion.
I second the idea about descale; I just degunked my portafilter and head because the spray pattern was bad and the shots had started tasting bad. Not just off but outright bad. It's sad that I let it get so bad, I need to turn in my coffee snob membership card.
On Aug 29, 2010, at 8:19 AM, Hank Perkins <hankperkins at gmail.com> wrote:
> Grinder is clean. I did not descale the machine. I have some descale
> for my drip equipment (Technivorm). Will that work? Mix it with
> water and run it through? I have some backflush also, but have no
> idea how to use it.
> The Liquid Amber is 2 years old. It rested maybe 4 hours, which I
> know is way to short. the Sumatra is 48 hours old.
> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM, michael brown <disracer at msn.com> wrote:
>> The only thing i didn't see you mention was descaling the machine. I'm always amazed at the difference it makes. I don't realize the subtle changes that happen between descaling until i descale.Oh and putting a package of Grindz through the grinder. Sounds like you know a lot about the technique and science behind the pulls.If you've already done this, tell us about the roast.How old was the Liquid Amber before your roasted it?Do you remember much about the profile?How long did you rest it?I started an espresso "quest" a couple of years ago, asked similar questions here on the list and kept tweeking until i was pulling great shots at home.Glad i never gave up!
>> Michael Bb'ham, AL
>>> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 07:34:02 -0500
>>> From: hankperkins at gmail.com
>>> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>>> Subject: [Homeroast] Making Espresso
>>> I have been roasting coffee for 10 years or so and don't post here
>>> often. I am a dedicated drip coffee guy. But my wife loves her
>>> Lattes. 4-5 years ago I purchased a Gaggia Classic. I played with
>>> the machine for a few weeks but never got my shots where they needed
>>> to be.
>>> Yesterday the wife asked if I would set it back up and start making
>>> her Lattes (which she has been buying at the local coffee shop). I
>>> roasted I pound of Liquid Amber that was still in the bottom of the
>>> bean bin. I spent most of the afternoon making this nasty crap that I
>>> drank about 4 shots. My Rocky grinder is set to 10. A double shot
>>> has been weighed out to 14 grams. The machine is preheated and a
>>> blank or two is run. My double shots are taking 22-27 seconds. I ran
>>> both the Liquid Amber and my Sumatra Drip. Little difference. the
>>> crema is very light in color and thin. The coffee is fine for lattee
>>> but I like and espresso but the taste is dominated by thin and bitter
>>> Please Help Me!!
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