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  • Is it possible to get a decent espresso shot from supermarket beans.

    Hi,

    I just bought a Breville BES870 the other day and since I've never used a coffee machine before I bought cheap beans from aldi for practise till I get the hang of it.

    Thing is I cant seem to get that honey flow and mousse like consistency of the crema,

    is this because of the beans or does my technique still needs work?

    cheers

  • #2
    Welcome sbc,

    It's the beans. Time to get some freshly roasted ones. It's most likely your technique as well, but stale beans = no hope.

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    • #3
      Welcome Lefty,

      As TC suggests above, you'll never know whether your technique is ok until you start with fresh beans.

      Cheers

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      • #4
        Also, do you use a grinder or are you using pre-ground?

        M

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        • #5
          Technique and equipment can only get you so far. The starting ingredients are the most important part

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          • #6
            Oh wait. Nvm my previous comment. This is the machine with the in built grinder. *facepalm*

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            • #7
              The problem is that most supermarket coffee has a use by or best before date. Rarely the date when roasted. The date may be up to two years after roasting when they are only suitable for a gravel path or composting.

              Barry

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              • #8
                Welcome to Coffee Snobs SBC.

                In total agreement with the other posters, stale beans = very poor results.

                The problem with using stale beans for practice is that once you start using fresh beans everything changes, grind, dose, tamp and of course the quality of what you get in the cup.

                Do yourself a big favour and buy some freshly roasted beans to practice with.
                Last edited by Yelta; 21 September 2014, 09:06 AM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys,

                  Picked up some merlo house blend this morning, Friday roasted, and happy to report the shots are coming out as they should be.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sorebuttcheek View Post
                    Thanks guys,

                    Picked up some merlo house blend this morning, Friday roasted, and happy to report the shots are coming out as they should be.
                    Well done, great result, if the beans were roasted Friday they will only improve over the next week or so, from my experience most seem to be at their optimum at around a week to 10 days.

                    Make sure you store them in a one way valve bag in a cool dark cupboard, or if you don't have one a zip lock bag, squeeze out as much air as possible before closing.

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                    • #11
                      Welcome SBC you won't look back now using fresh beans, makes all the difference. Before you know it you might even be roasting your own green beans like the rest of us

                      Enjoy the good coffee and stick clean of any supermarket coffee (we all started there too

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