1st - You don't mention a grinder. Do you have one and if so what is it?
2nd - do you not have a tamper now? Grinds need to be tamped to restrict the water through them, I think so there is time to pick up the flavinoids and oils. If you're not tamping you're going to need to start again. If the machines don't like tamping, probably your grinds are too fine. Pinch some between finger and thumb and give a squeeze, then look at the grind - do you see a finger print in it? Too fine. Does it immediately crumble back to individual grains? Too coarse. It should make a kind of a patty with some individual grinds around it.
Also, take a pinch and give a gentle rub of the finger and thumb. Shake off the grinds and see if you have some fines caught in your fingerprint ridges. Should be a lot, but should be a little there.
Thanks for that :-)
I've bought an EM0415 auto grinder but I've mostly been using pre-ground. My thinking that it would be better to use grinds I already have if it was going to be wasted. I did grind some but I'm wondering whether there is a bean to grind ratio [edit: blonde moment - measurement's in the lid!]. Hope that makes sense. I'll have to experiment with what you've said so thanks :-).
Will also be carrying a spare filter/basket around to find a tamper too.
Mucked around alot with the EM5800 with pretty good results during the week. I think the water issue isn't an issue really. Long black for breakfast!
Last edited by Peej; 9th October 2013 at 11:24 PM.