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    Hi everyone! We just bought the Barista Express machine yesterday after trying it out at an airbnb accommodation a few weeks ago. Weve been having trouble woth the setting and was wondering if any of you could identify what we are doing wrong?

    Were using 6 day old roasted coffee beans which have a rich, dark flavor. At first, we used 5 on the grinder setting, used 20g of coffee, tamped using a normal amount of strength and found that the drip turned out too syrupy and was way beyond the espresso range. So we increased the grind to “8”. Same thing happened. We increased and increased and now we are on “11.” The coffee starts pouring at 8-10 seconds and there is good looking crema, however on the gauge, it still stays on the second line AFTER the espresso range mark.

    What are we doing wrong? Should we use a higher grind number so it becomes a bit coarser? Were a bit confused as when we were trying out the machine at the airbnb we stayed in, we were just on grinder setting “5” and our pressure range stayed in the middle of the espresso range gauge. HELLLLP.

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    Ignore the number on the grinder and adjust it until you get the proper pour/taste. The numbers on one grinder have no relation to the numbers on another.


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    I'm not sure on the basket sizes for the Barista Express, but I'm wondering if 20g is too much coffee?

    I believe the Breville tampers are designed so that you can use them as a guide to get the right level - is the level correct?

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    Between 17/18 grams is the optimum amount for this size of basket. I use 17 grams at the moment. 20 grams is to much, you'll be over filling the basket. Best thing is to experiment as all of these machines vary slightly. When the weight is correct the level will be too.

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    Hi all.
    i really wanted to post my experience and setting with my week old barista express. (Don’t know how to start a new thread)
    I have success (with fresh beans) on grind at 5, and dose at 3’oclock. This gives me 10g single and 18grams double.
    I tamp with good force and get perfect extraction range. I was however getting 17sec pours. Changing grind and dose would over or under extract.
    Then j found this link. And i have perfect shots now!
    after I found this link, my whole experience changed for the better!

    “ It is important to know that the 1 CUP and 2 CUP buttons are going to be programmed for volume only. They are not set for a ’30 second’ shot or a ’20 second’ shot. “


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    ^^^


    It's very hard to measure volume by sight. If you want this degree of accuracy you'll be better off weighing your shot. I don't bother with the automatic settings I weigh my beans and operate the machine manually and stop when the shot starts to blond. As ever let your taste buds be the judge.

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