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Topic: Grinding for espresso (5 msgs / 103 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
I recently purchased a Gaggio Espresso machine from Maria's Sale Page
and plan to take it for a cruise this weekend. I'm wondering about
grind. In Tom's Moka Pot tip sheet, he says this about grind for moka
"The grind should be fine - but not powdery....  If you pinch the
grind between thumb and forefinger and the coffee makes a big clump –
it is too fine. If it sticks a bit to your fingers right where the
pressure is most intense – that ought to be fine."
Is this about what I should be shooting for when I grind for espresso?

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
On 9/22/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
That sounds like a good place to start.  The old rule of a 30# tamp
with the right amount of coffee in the PF, should give you 1.75 to 2
ounces of espresso in 25 seconds plus or minus a little.  As soon as
you have that down pat.......change to taste - - it's all in the cup.
You'll probably hear a lot of modifications to the above 'Rule' ;~)
Mike (just plain)

3) From: Michael Dhabolt
I forgot to mention - - finer grind will increase the time and coarser
grind will decrease the time of your pull for a given amount of
espresso.  Adjust the grind to get the 25 seconds.
Mike (just plain)

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Not a question with a simple answer. Required grind varies with bean, roast,
rest, humidity to name a few changing variables. Suggest you start here:http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide.htmlhttp://www.coffeeresearch.org/espresso/potential.htm">http://www.coffeekid.com/espresso/minifaqhttp://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t6http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide.htmlhttp://www.coffeeresearch.org/espresso/potential.htm
Many other espresso informational and or instructional articles out there.
Do your homework and your journey will be easier and more enjoyable.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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5) From: Ed Needham
You grind it like you think it needs to be ground...pull a shot...if it 
pulls right, then stop.  If it is too fast, set grind a notch finer...pull 
again.  Repeat till you get the kind of shot you want.
No one can tell you what grind setting you need.  It's very specific to the 
coffee you are using, the machine you have, the humidity in the air, the 
phases of the moon...
Just play with the grind with a bit of a method till it makes good espresso. 
Don't change anything else while you are experimenting.
Ed Needham®
"to absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
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