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    Silvia - bliss at last!

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    Well – finally – after all this time - I am now getting consistent shots out of my dear Silvia.

    After struggling for ages (over 2 years) trying to understand what I was doing wrong - it has finally clicked.

    I was consistently getting bitter or sour shots – occasionally one would come out OK – but the majority were not any good - even with milk! I was convinced this Silvia would never produce consistent shots.

    Then - whilst I was doing my usual Saturday trick - dragging the boss around coffee shops hoping she would cave in for another machine - I really watched someone use a Giotto – and watched how they really tightened the portafilter in the group – almost over doing it in my mind.

    Reading this post (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1135281570) about sticking pucks to the shower screen – a problem I often had – and the advice about the right level of coffee in the std basket - it dawned on me that the leaking around the group gasket that I would get when I packed more coffee in was not due to my overfilling – but not tightening enough! Thanks to those who keep giving out good advice – it was truly worthwhile for me.

    Well – things improved to the point that I was getting much better shots - but something was still not quite right….

    I cleaned the grinder – simply using Grindz tablets and a vacumn (hope I have not commited a major sin).

    And now things are blissful. I am now getting truly drinkable doubles most of the time - I can actually taste the difference between different blends……what a brave new world I face.....

    Cheers,
    Col.

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    Re: Silvia - bliss at last!

    Well done, Col, theres nothing like the satisfaction which comes with making superior coffee.

    Have you weighed how much coffee youre using? It would be interesting to know.

    From your--and my--experience, over-dosed baskets do produce superior shots. But Im wondering just how much youre using if youve overcome Silvias protest leaks with brute force!


    Robusto

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    Re: Silvia - bliss at last!

    I havent weighed (or measured) the amount of coffee I use now - except to make sure that after tamping I end up with the coffee level with the middle of the circlip groove (indented ridge) of the standard double basket.

    I used to do two level scoops of the plastic spoon - *which I feel left me with too little and was a bit of a pain to measure. Now my rituale is much simpler - grind into the portafilter to a heap - level off and tamp (check that it is about on the middle to top of the ridge) - and away I go. I have a Rocky Doserless....

    This is more coffee than I used to have in there - and allows me to grind courser by about 4 steps .....I have tried this before but gave up because it leaked.

    I guess I put the portafilter in more firmly than I used to - as apposed to using brute force - the machine stays on the counter *;)

    And - the added bonus of the pucks coming out with no mess - totally changed my coffee making experience!

    Cheers,
    Col.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Sounds good.

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