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    Hi,
    i am new to this forum. I had a rancillio silvia espressomachine/sunbeam grinder for 2 years now. Lately there is no ecrema when i pull a shot(setting for grinder:fine). The shot comes out very quickly, so much quicker than 25-30 seconds. I bought fresh beans, i cleaned the machine(backflushing)

    What could be the problem?

    thanks,

    Bert


  • #2
    Re: No ecrema

    change your grind setting , sometimes i get the same , need to change as bean age, or in temp / humidity change.

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    • #3
      Re: No ecrema

      If you are using fresh beans, say less than 14 days since they were roasted, then I would say your grind is too coarse.

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      • #4
        Re: No ecrema

        1) Check your grind if it is too coarse


        2) is the pump working ok? you need 9 bar to emulsify the oil inside the beans

        3) check the basket filter...any whole in it? if so change it, to test it try to brew with another basket filter and analyse and change accordingly

        4) check you enough coffee inside the group handle

        good luck

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        • #5
          Re: No ecrema

          hi pressurestat,

          1. the grinder is in the finest position
          2. how do i know it is working properly?
          3. no holes, i was thinking maybe the the grouphead gasket is worn out( 2 yrs old)
          4.how much coffee is required exacyly when using the full basket?

          thanks

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          • #6
            Re: No ecrema

            Originally posted by 04232020233474767776460 link=1297739980/4#4 date=1297820081
            hi pressurestat,

            1. the grinder is in the finest position
            2. how do i know it is working properly?
            3. no holes, i was thinking maybe the the grouphead gasket is worn out( 2 yrs old)
            4.how much coffee is required exacyly when using the full basket?
            Gday Beffer....

            From your description, Id say that your EM0480 grinder has succumbed to a well known issue with this particular make. Since the Upper Burr is fixed/pressed into a plastic Burr Carrier, over time the Burr gets pushed up further into the Plastic Carrier until you reach the stage where you are unable to adjust the Grind Setting any finer.

            A quick fix is to pack a Shim under the Rotating Burr to lift it up. This gives you back some of the grind adjustment lost and will get you going again. Eventually though, your going to be much better served by getting a better quality grinder and as the saying goes - "Get the best grinder that you can afford."

            All the best mate....

            Mal.

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            • #7
              Re: No ecrema

              Hi Pressurestat

              what would be a better grinder you can buy for around 300 dollars ? what do you have to get to notice the difference with my current grinder without breaking the bank if possible?

              many thanks

              Bert

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              • #8
                Re: No ecrema

                Where are you located Bert?

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Re: No ecrema

                  Originally posted by 66414242415616141514240 link=1297739980/6#6 date=1298005566
                  what would be a better grinder you can buy for around 300 dollars ? what do you have to get to notice the difference with my current grinder without breaking the bank if possible?
                  Depends on what grinder you currently have. You mention sunbeam, but which model? If its an EM0480, then spending $300 I cant see would give you a massive improvement (though it sounds like something is wrong with it as it stands.

                  Spending closer to $600 would get you something wonderful such as new Compak K3 Touch or a second hand Mazzer Super Jolly, both of which should prevent upgraditis for a long time.

                  At the $300 mark the best would be the Breville BCG800. More info on that one available here: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1288871951

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