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Topic: ascaso steel quick question (2 msgs / 105 lines)
1) From: mgk
Hello all
I'm hoping for some advice on the following.  I purchased an ascaso =
steel uno (non pro).  This is my first expresso machine apart from the =
cheep ones i had as student etc.  I did alot of reading about the steel =
series and it seemed to be held in high regard toward the higher end duo =
pro and uno pro.  I had hoped that the quality would flow down the =
series as well with features such as the seperate water pipe and smaller =
boilers being the change.  I love coffee and want to know how to do =
things properly. read lots of books etc.
now at the moment im using a tweaked dualit coffee grinder.  I know this =
isnt great and is just an interim procedure. Im also using the naff =
tamper that came with it.  Having finally got a pair of calipers to =
accurately measure the basket and the portafilter i now feel able to buy =
a reg barber tamper as these seem nice and well engineered.
With that in mind at the moment its not making great coffee.  sure it =
could be my learning which im happy with but im worried it maybe the =
machine itself.
So i have the following questions
1) have i made a mistake with this machine?  Should i have got the pro =
model etc or something else?
2) does anyone have some good positive experiences or tips that they =
could share?  =http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/consumer/ascasosteel/GusJaneway/4883=
was very useful.
3) grinders.  Acasso make some seemingly nice grinders are these the =
best ones to go for under 200 gbp?
Thanks in advance, im just looking for either some reassurance to bear =
with the machine and work out what im doing wrong or if the machine has =
issues what they maybe or something in between.
Thanks
ive also posted this on the coffee geek forums in case your wondering if =
youve seen it before.
/Mgk / Adam
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Quick question? Did I miss it! (the quick part:-)
First, without a decent grinder it'll be impossible to judge the espresso
machine's shot capabilities. Impossible. That said there's a good chance
you'll also need to learn to temperature surf your Ascaso just like any
other fixed tstat machine. And be aware that passivley heated brew groups
will heat up during a series of shots. For instance with Silvia pulling a
series the temp will rise 5f by shot three and 12f by shot six in a series,
and that's with PID'd brew boiler so the water exiting the boiler stays the
same. =
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