Hi island girl and welcome to coffee snobs.Originally Posted by island girl link=1214037276/0#0 date=1214037276
Yep your grinder is the problem! A Delonghi isnt even a "domestic espresso grinder" IMHO - the grind size is too coarse and even worse - is very variable in size. You will never get a decent espresso until you upgrade.... ideally to something like a Mazzer or a Macap..... but if the price of those scares you - then at least something like a Rocky.
The grinder is FAR more important than the machine.... and that becomes even more so with a commercial machine. Delonghi grinders are OK for plunger or domestic machines with pressurised baskets.... but useless with a decent domestic machine - let alone a commercial machine.