parawolf wrote:So just bought a Sunbeam EM 440 burr grinder which is probably the bottom of the range unit, but got it on the last $80 on a DJ gift voucher I had.
I don't know that grinder but it should do the job! Freshly ground coffee is THE key to good espresso IMO.
Yeah, we've made 'satisfactory' to our taste coffee based on about 4 days of pre-ground coffee from Seven Seeds. But there is a noticeable drop off in flavour after 3 days. We only make long blacks in this house though.
parawolf wrote:Bought some pre-ground from Seven Seeds also just in case I screw it up time and time again so I can get a coffee regardless.
Pre-ground coffee will be stale within hours, but you can still use it to compare visually with different settings from the new grinder.
Depends on who you ask, one of the places I visit in the CBD say as quick 15 minutes has a noticeable drop off in flavour.
parawolf wrote:Reading through this, seems like setting 9 is 'appropriate' for espresso machines? Though being a different model from others on this thread could be variable.
It's trial and error to get the setting right, but once you do then you should always be close. If the steps between settings are too big (ie one setting gives too much flow and the next setting chokes the machine) then you can make minor adjustments to the amount of coffee you use (use a bit less with a finer grind and a bit more for a coarser grind).
So just tried 10 for one coffee, and Mrs P suggested it was a very light flavour and sweet too. Very palatable, but lacking in overall strength. I did notice that the water came through faster than usual. So fined up the grind a little down to 8, and the colour is now darker, stronger smell on the ground beans than before and taste is stronger with a 'better' brew time and flow. Quite usable.
biggest problem is the flow of ground beans into the group handle makes an absolute mess... The grinder came with a little container but it's plastic and attempting to clean it results in a highly statically charged container with a lot of ground beans left behind. But I think we are on a winner. Might go back to grind 9 for the next coffee in about an hours time and try again. Then experiment with the pressure of tamping it down...
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