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    Hi

    I have been drinking espresso for years and just started making it myself with a Sunbeam EM6910 and EM0480 grinder. Currently I use Campos and Mecca beans that I get in Sydney. They are usually half a week old (since roasting) when I start using them.

    The espresso I have been making is pretty good, thick and rich. But heres the weird thing - it doesnt smell the way it should.

    When I get an espresso from any of my favourite places, the coffee smells really good - almost as good as the beans themselves! Since espresso is such a quick drink to consume, half the enjoyment for me is actually smelling it!!!

    But when I make coffee, it is almost a burnt kind of smell. It should smell like the beans, but it doesnt. The thing is, the espresso is not burnt (as far as I can tell). The extraction time is around 22 seconds while I am very new at making it, it tastes pretty rich.

    So my question is.. is there anything I should be looking for that could cause this problem?

    Ps. all my equipment is brand new and clean

    Any help appreciated, thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Espresso smell

    Wierd it tastes ok but smells burnt :-? Anyway, one thing you could try is dropping the brew temperature a notch. See the back part of the manual on how to do this. If it doesnt work (or the shot tastes sour) its easy to change back.

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    • #3
      Re: Espresso smell

      The other thing you could try is purging a bit of water before you insert the loaded portafilter in an attempt to stabilise the temperature a bit (an imperfect science). Also, other things Ive learnt along the way is making sure you pull the shot as soon as you lock in the portafilter - ie, dont let a loaded portafilter sit in the group head for too long.

      Good luck!! Trial and error!

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      • #4
        Re: Espresso smell

        Just curious,
        what are you machine cleaning rituals like?

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        • #5
          Re: Espresso smell

          Could be lots of things but I always associate a burnt acrid smell with an overextraction, you can smell it in places making fast shots, or real long ones. Might be worth a try tightening your grind a bit or updosing.

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          • #6
            Re: Espresso smell

            Originally posted by 704B544C4156240 link=1321401023/4#4 date=1321472191
            Could be lots of things but I always associate a burnt acrid smell with an overextraction, you can smell it in places making fast shots, or real long ones.  Might be worth a try tightening your grind a bit or updosing.
            Yeah it was this. I made the grind setting finer and the smell went away. The weird thing is I am on a "5" setting now (Sunbeam EM0480) and others on this board have already told me to ignore the value as it will be different even if I got another of the same model of grinder. Its just weird because Sunbeam recommend 10-14 for an espresso. Anyway, Im pretty sure I just made my best espresso yet this morning. Cheers!

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