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    10 steps making an espresso in photos

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    Hi,
    not sure if this is the right forum for this.. but just took a bunch of pictures of my 10 steps MO making an espresso shot..
    here they are..

    the participants


    Grimac One Group

    Mazzer Mini with doserless mod

    Groovy Tamper (me creation;))

    Naked PF and tamp base

    Coffee and scale


    to the 10 steps...

    1- preheat the PF and cup

    2-weight the coffee

    18Gr for triple basket

    and to the hopper

    3- clean/dry the PF

    4-grind the coffee, lot of clumps at this point

    the metal mesh and the brush will take care of the clumps

    5- coffee in the PF ready for labeling and tamp


    groovy tamper took care of the "pigtalis"

    about 30lbs or pressure *

    6- the extraction (about 30 seconds)


    7- the best part, taking care of the extraction

    8- cleaning the group head, every shot.


    9- knowbox in action

    sad looking puck

    10-cleaning the PF

    clean and ready to do it again..


    DONE..



    Hope you like the pictures.. if it contribute to your espresso making experience GREAT, if have any advice to improve mine please let me hear it..


    Juanjo

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Hi There

    Do all your tampers have the ridges in the bottom of them?
    If not, how different is your technique / results in using your different tampers (i see you have a number of them on top of your machine)

    Mal

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Good one juanjo.
    I couldnt help noticing that you seem to be underdosing as the level of grounds in the basket seems quite low (last photo in step 5). This would contribute to your sloppy puck shown in step 9 but the pour and shot in step 6 looks great.

    What I do after every shot now is use a blind filter in my handle an jiggle it while inserted loosely in the head. Surprising how much grounds are picked up even after brushing and flushing.

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Ignore the others... ;)

    Opps... Yep agree a little under doased maybe = sloppy puck.. Then again what did it tast like ;D


    I want your Group Handles / Group Holder and Tamp block.. And I want them now.. :D


    If not, then at least the pattern / drawings such that I can do teh same with out all the hard work ;)


    Have just bought a Solid bench and now looking to obtain a Bench top Lathe.. Am after a reasonable metal lathe and as such I can do a little wood stuff as well..

    OH... sorry off topic... Was all about teh hardware and not the coffee ::)

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Yes
    I agree under dose & sloppy puck
    That looks to be a ridged LM basket and the tamped coffee grounds should be up to the ridge. Thats about 18 grams on a double basket

    I like the wooden PF stands ;)
    KK

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    hey guys.. thanks,

    Mal,
    most of my tamper are euro convex (Pullman,EPW,Espro(US convex), ext) the other one with "groves" is a RegBarger, the C-ripple. BUT the "groves" are WAY to shallow and make no difference in the tamping IMHO.
    I made that tamper with much deeper groves.. and what I notice it that since Im using it I have no more problems with channeling (AKA pigtail).
    Its a wood tamper, and have to be a bit more mellow when tamping..but the end result is great.

    Flynn,
    not sure if I agree about the undersosing.. since I weight the coffee before grinding and there is very little to no waste when leveling..

    good tip about the blind filter, thanks.. Ill give it a try..
    what I do every week/10 days is mix some Pully Cafe Detergente with some hot water in a blind basket and backflush it that way... trying to keep the group head squiky clean..;)

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    I had a laugh..
    all the wood parts are made by me.. handle, tamp base, even the tamper...
    to bad you guys are so far from NY, otherways Id offer a cup of coffee while I made those part for you..;)

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Juanjo

    No matter what machine and basket combo you have

    The tamp level should be a hairs whisker under the group head shower screen after you lock in the PF

    Find that depth level in your basket with a little trial & error and use it for future reference

    KK

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 0B34202F2B2E410 link=1239648322/5#5 date=1239666965
    not sure if I agree about the undersosing.. since I weight the coffee before grinding and there is very little to no waste when leveling.. *
    As I said, your pour and shot looks right. It just looks underdosed both in the basket and by the puck. If the coffee tastes great then a soggy puck is of no consequence.


    Quote Originally Posted by 0B34202F2B2E410 link=1239648322/5#5 date=1239666965
    trying to keep the group head squiky clean..
    Another tip is to carefully remove the group head gasket and clean out the group head. I use a largish flat head screw driver *gently pressed against the shower screen near the rubber gasket and levered from either side using the two cut away areas (you can see these in the second photo of your step 8. Mine levers out quite easily but have a spare gasket and shower screen available just in case.

    I then give the group head area a good scrub with a solution of coffee detergent and a toothbrush

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    I am interested in those beans mate. A little dark for my personal preference and uneven? not that uneven is bad sometimes it provides differing flavours across the different roast levels.

    What are they and what roast level are they please?

    Cheers and great pics !

    Chris

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    PS: I get 21 grams in my double basket so 18 for a triple would have to be shy of what it is capable of IMO anyway.

    Chris

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Chris,

    indeed, the Kenya greens are GREAT..
    I done many roast with them.. and they dont disappoint..

    About the undersosing it may be some true if my "goal" was a good looking puck.. ;D
    or if trying to pull a 2oz+ shot..
    for *a 1.5 OZ shot *18gr is perfectly STRONG..
    regardless Ill keep it in mind..;)



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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Gday Juanjo...

    For some reason mate, I cant get the images to load in FF3.07. I can Right-Click on them and select to download in a new Tab but not on the page theyre linked in. Weird.... :-?

    Does anyone else using FF3.07 experience this weirdness?

    Mal.

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Im using FF3.08 and no problems here.

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 74584B4D50585566745657525C40390 link=1239648322/13#13 date=1239696788
    Im using FF3.08 and no problems here.
    Rightio MM,

    Ill update to that version and see what happens... :)

    Mal.

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Hi Juanjo

    Loving that tamp stand too !

    CB

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 46796D6266630C0 link=1239648322/6#6 date=1239667228
    I had a laugh..
    all the wood parts are made by me.. handle, tamp base, even the tamper...
    to bad you guys are so far from NY, otherways Id offer a cup of coffee while I made those part for you..;)
    Look... I am happy to make a coffee on ya behalf, while you make a Tamp stand / Group stand ;)

    When itd done... We can work out teh shipping :D

    Need to get me a lathe ASAP..

    One coming up in Melbourne soon.. But pick up only :(

    In poor shape, but that just means some Quality time rebuilding etc...

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F72767A771B0 link=1239648322/14#14 date=1239699635
    Ill update to that version and see what happens... :)
    Ah well, that didnt work. Dont know whats happening so will just stick with it for now. Doesnt do it on any other image links, just this thread,

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 0E23272B264A0 link=1239648322/17#17 date=1239716783
    Quote Originally Posted by 5F72767A771B0 link=1239648322/14#14 date=1239699635
    Ill update to that version and see what happens... :)
    Ah well, that didnt work. Dont know whats happening so will just stick with it for now. Doesnt do it on any other image links, just this thread,

    Mal.
    I use FF 3.0.8 no probs here

    Just a thought :D
    Mal you may need to restart the computer for the update to take effect ?

    KK

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Hi JJ...can you tell us a bit about the doserless mod for your Mazzer, please...I am thinking of doing away with the doser and yours looks great...Ive seen a vid of you using it and I reckon its a winner...cheers

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 436E6A666B070 link=1239648322/17#17 date=1239716783
    Dont know whats happening so will just stick with it for now
    These images arent directly uploaded into CS but linked to JJs Photobucket site. Perhaps that is why they arent displaying properly for you; your browser needs to load the images in the cache for them to be displayed but, for some reason, isnt doing it automatically. When you download into a new tab, you are forcing the download.

    Can you view this in FF?

    See if you can find another post with Photobucket links and check if the pics can be viewed OK.

    You dont need to restart your PC after a FF upgrade - just restart FF. I dont think it is a browser version problem but its worthwhile checking to see if the same problem occurs in IE or even completely reinstall FF (which is probably overkill for one small glitch).




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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    yeah.. a lathe is a must..
    thats my other setup.. shouldnt show it.. what a mess.!! ;)


    Quote Originally Posted by 7B545D5F48775B545B5D5F575F544E3A0 link=1239648322/16#16 date=1239713242
    Quote Originally Posted by 46796D6266630C0 link=1239648322/6#6 date=1239667228
    I had a laugh..
    all the wood parts are made by me.. handle, tamp base, even the tamper...
    to bad you guys are so far from NY, otherways Id offer a cup of coffee while I made those part for you..;)
    Look... I am happy to make a *coffee on ya behalf, while you make *a Tamp stand / Group stand *;)

    When itd done... We can work out teh shipping * :D

    Need to get me a lathe ASAP..

    One coming up in Melbourne soon.. But pick up only *:(

    In poor shape, but that just means some Quality time rebuilding etc...

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 6E51454A4E4B240 link=1239648322/21#21 date=1239751352
    yeah.. a lathe is a must.. *
    thats my other setup.. shouldnt show it.. what a mess.!!
    Did not see my coffee or extras being made up? :o

    In fact it looks rather clean ::)

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    My avatar is in photobucket.



    Can you see it above this sentence Mal?

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 536F7269636275606863070 link=1239648322/23#23 date=1239765451
    My avatar is in photobucket.



    Can you see it above this sentence Mal?

    Sorry.. Photo Shopped... Show me the u tube vid of you doing the pour :D

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    I had a laugh....

    I use photobucket too for all my image links so have never had the problem before.... Anyway, this is way off topic so best get back to Juanjos terrific How-to Guide... 8-)

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    Re: 10 steps making an espresso in photos

    Quote Originally Posted by 75627171170 link=1239648322/19#19 date=1239718950
    Hi JJ...can you tell us a bit about the doserless mod for your Mazzer, please...I am thinking of doing away with the doser and yours looks great...Ive seen a vid of you using it and I reckon its a winner...cheers
    "BUMP !!"

    hi juanjo....just wondering if you saw my earlier question on your doserless mazzer mod...could you tell us a little about it, please ??
    thanks for any info...



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