This is your problem. If you want good coffee youre going to have to get yourself a grinder. The Sunbeam EM0450 or EM0480 is your entry level point to the world of acceptable grinders.Originally Posted by 786E617B6A6B0F0 link=1255613712/0#0 date=1255613712
The rule of thumb for coffee is known as the rule of three
1. Raw coffee beans will last 3 years
2. Roasted coffee beans will last 3 weeks
3. Ground coffee beans will last 3 mins
Essentially you need to grind your beans just before making your coffee. Once coffee has been ground, the surface area increases tremendously so it starts to degrade quickly.
In addition to that, you need to optimise your grind to suit the beans youre using, the age of the beans and your machine. Even the same batch of beans will require slight adjustments in grind size as they age and even as the temperature & humidity fluctuate during the day.
Back to the pre-ground stuff. Are you using the pressurised or unpressurised baskets? You should be able to get plenty of fake crema withe the pressurised baskets. Also, how much are you filling the basket and and how firmly are you tamping? Lastly, start with the double basket, its much easier to get a good shot. Most of us here never use a single basket.