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Topic: Need advice -- bitter espresso using SM5K (4 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: Ann Vanderlaan
Folks encouraged by your advice I purchased a SM5K. Very nice
looking on the island countertop, but I clearly need some help
in mastering its use.
The espresso I am making seems bitter to me. How can I tell
if it's overextracted or the beans from the local cafe are bad?
Could I need to let the machine heat up more?
I just received my blends from Sweet Maria's yesterday and I
haven't had a chance to test any of them yet.
Thanx.
-- 
Ann          http://home.austin.rr.com/avanderlaan/                       
    _  Round Rock
 __| |_' "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
 \_ * _}     temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
   \_(          -- Benjamin Franklin

2) From: Wandering John
The machine comes with the grinder set at mid range.  Your tastes will
differ from mine but I've found that 2 1/2 is about perfect for
espresso for me.  If you alter the setting make sure the grinder is
running.
As to the temperature - if the green light is on its hot enough.   
I would think that you probably have some really over roasted beans
that have been stale awhile.  Vacuum out the beans from the hopper and
pour Tom's in immediately and you'll love the difference.
John - enjoying a FABULOUS La Berlina as I type
On Sat, 06 Nov 2004 16:33:51 -0600, Ann Vanderlaan
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3) From: R.N.Kyle
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Good point John, and Ann don't forget once you change the grinder setting,
that it takes about 3 shots to get to the new grind.
RK
rnkyle

4) From: Ann Vanderlaan
The beans I have look to be about 14+ on Tom's Richter Scale (a.k.a.
"A Rough Pictorial Guide...). I am still about 9 on the grinder setting
which I haven't fooled much with.
OK. Sweet Maria's beans it is. What sort of resting times should I expect
for _Liquid Amber_ and _Moka Kadir_ blends? I see Tom recommends 2 days
rest for  _Puro Scuro_. I have some _Nicaragua Matagalpa_ ready to drink but
I wonder if the SM5K grinder can squash those fellas -- I have to beat them
about the head and shoulders with a cleaver before Zass'ing them.
Wandering John  wrote:
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Ann          http://home.austin.rr.com/avanderlaan/                       
    _  Round Rock
 __| |_' "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
 \_ * _}     temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
   \_(          -- Benjamin Franklin


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