Well, I finally got a good run with the Musa (after 5 tries!). I tried a full basket, a 3/4 full basket, adjusted the grind, etc. I just kept getting steam and some coffee spitting from the spout. Finally, with my last 2 scoops of Monkey blend, I cranked up the 166 to where it was about 3 clicks from max coarse and then just slightly under filled the basket on the Moka. BOOM! Perfect. Took about a minute to brew once the coffee started gurgling up (which is about right from what I've researched on a.c.) and I gave it a taste. YUMMY! No burnt tones (which I had been getting) and a nice fruitiness. Totally different than the doubles I pulled from Miss Silvia with the same coffee while I was futzing with mr. moka pot, but nonetheless very delicious.
So, grind was the key. I was just choking it. That goes to show how fine Miss Silvia requires, because even still, the coffee I used in the moka was fairly fine (just about where I grind for my Yama). If I crank my 166 all the way down, I get dust (maybe I need an Ibrik now, eh?) What was peculiar is that I never got steam from the pressure relief, but somehow it made its way past the gasket and through the spout.
Anyway, thanks for the help everyone. Hopefully I can duplicate my success...
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