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Topic: My First Shot! (4 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: Marc
After years of home roasting and saying that I was happy with my brewing
choices (vac pot, moka, aeropress & fp) I got the espresso bug and bought a
Miss Silvia (sorry Tom I tried to wait but you've been out of stock for
awhile!).
Since I like getting my hands dirty (I've already PID'd my roaster - thanks
to Mike Dhabolt) I think the Silvia is the right choice for me at this time.
I was really hoping that the Gaggia MDF 8000 grinder would do the job and
I'm not sure that it won't. (I'm pretty sure this grinder is a step above my
SMP - but not as good as a Rocky).
I do have a question - I went to adjust the Stop on the grinder to just
before the burrs touch and I noticed that the burrs are not completely flat.
The way I have it set up now is at Step #2 the burrs do not touch, and at
Step #1 the burrs touch at one point per revolution.
Is this correct? I.e., is it expected that the burrs will not be perfectly
flat/parallel to each other - maybe because of the thread angle.
Also, is this the correct way to adjust? I.e., just up to the point of the
burrs touching and no further?
As for my first experience - the first 3 shots were way too fast and, hence,
underextracted. I went to a finer grind after each shot. The 4th shot was
ground on Step #2 (see above) and was still fast (~18 secs), but drinkable -
as good as I get at the local pub where they don't have a clue about
espresso. I look forward to many more tries!
-Marc

2) From:
Marc:
great question for a roaster, grinder, cafe crema and espresso lover that has actullly looked at the burrs...
hmmm, I am missing something here since I have tried all points on my mini mazzer but never looked at how close/tight the burrs were.
I am going to go in now, take off the bean holder on the grinder and take a good look.
I do have another/different bean holder for my mini; I cut the one shipped with the mini off since I would never fill it with beans anyway. I used a 12" chop saw with a fine blade and it worked perfectly with no shatter of plastic at all. I cut a total of 2 plus inches off the hopper/bean holder.
Hey guys hack, old ladies hack too.......
warmest regards,
ginny
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3) From: Ross
Marc,
I replaced my Silvia portafilter basket with a ridgeless basket that will 
let me tamp to my hearts content, 4 point tamp etc.  Instead of trying to 
measure 14 gr I find it easier to just fill the portafilter and run the 
pinky across it to scrape it level then tamp, that will allow you to get a 
decent tamp even in the Silvia protafilter basket.  Try that.  It's a little 
more coffee than the standard measure, it helps with consistency, tamp, and 
taste. Can't help you with the grinder, I run my Rocky at 10 + or - 2 
depending on the beans and that's a good 8 steps from where I can hear the 
burrs brush.  If your grind is a lot finer than granulated sugar maybe you 
aren't getting a good tamp.  Try more coffee in the Silvia basket or get 
another portafilter basket.  My 58mm tamper would bottom out in the groove 
of the Silvia basket with 14 gr way before I got a good tamp.
Good Luck,
Ross

4) From: Marc
Ross,
One of my add-ons will be a ridgeless basket. Right now I am filling and
leveling with my finger - I have a 58mm Espro tamper (set for 30lbs) but I
will check and see if I am bottoming out. Also, the grind sounds like it's
fine enough, will check that too. Thanks.
-Marc
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