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    Sunbeam 6900 - Steamer update etc

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all. *Just to let you know, after much perservance Ive managed to get great microfoam *:) *Not latte art quality, but quite acceptable. *
    Find I am still working on consistent extraction though. *Beans from same roast (not old beans), same setting on 480 grinder, auto tamp etc, but they can range from under/mid/over extraction. *Extracted coffee is just over lukewarm tho - around 54-55 deg C.
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    Re: Sunbeam 6900 - Steamer update etc

    Have you been using "Warmed" cups? This is critical... Cold cups will dissipate crema very quickly

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    The big tip that I got from this site that made all the difference - much more so than tamp strength was DOSE. changing it even my half a teaspoon makes a big difference to pressure and extraction. Go the standard (not the one that came with the machine) basket and fill then tamp then fill again then tamp and put in. You will need real elbow grease if you get it right - to get it to the right!

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    Re: Sunbeam 6900 - Steamer update etc

    And theres nothing wrong with Elbow grease :-)

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    Re: Sunbeam 6900 - Steamer update etc

    Quote Originally Posted by ozscott link=1155244296/0#2 date=1155268222
    You will need real elbow grease if you get it right - to get it to the right!
    Hmmm,

    While it should be firm, it shouldnt be akin to using a Bullworker or training for the next Mr. Olympia to lock the PF in place..... just keep in mind that the PF and the Group Shroud that it locks into are only made of brass, not chrome-moly steel. The amount you are looking for when dosing your PF basket... is that amount of coffee, when tamped with your usual tamping force and locked into place in accordance with the instructions of the Users Manual that came with your machine, leaves a slight impression of the Shower Screen/Water Dispersion Nut in the top of the coffee cake.

    You do this with freshly ground coffee, lock then unlock and have a look at the top of the coffee cake. If theres no impression, then you need to increase your dose..... If the impression is very deep or the PF is very difficult to lock into the correct position, then you need to decrease your dose. Its a little bit of mucking around to begin with but youll get it right after a little while.... just need to be very consistent with how you go about the dosing process so that it can be reliably repeated time after time. Itll come but theres no need to abuse the machine in getting there,

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    Re: Sunbeam 6900 - Steamer update etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcstolk link=1155244296/0#1 date=1155245997
    Have you been using "Warmed" cups? This is critical... Cold cups will dissipate crema very quickly
    Cups nice and warm. I run the double program with empty PF and basket to heat everything up. Dry basket. Fill/tamp/fill/tamp/polish. Ive been using an auto-tamp thingee to ensure pressure is consistent. Usually have a slight impression on the used puck. Hmm. Will keep on plugging away.
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