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  • Gaggia Baby + Macap MCA - Advise Please!

    Hi All,

    Picked up a lovely Macap MXA tonight from Okitoki (thanks!), came home and spent a good few hours dialing it all in as best i know how with my Gaggia Baby Dose (with Silvia v2 wand-mod)
    Wanting to confirm that i am on the right track - after much refinement;

    Dosing ~18g in a double-shot basket (pre-ground weight).
    25 Seconds from the Gaggia (manual mode) is giving me ~60ml of Espresso.

    How does this sound? I'll refine again for flavor balance in the morning when i'm feeling fresh again - but just wanted to confirm i am headed in the right direction. Input and thoughts appreciated, for a noob 'snob.
    This Macap is a massive step upwards from the Delonghi KG100 i was using previously.

    Thanks to everyone who's helped me out with suggestions, ideas and help over the past week (and years prior!) - Appreciated!
    Kyle.
    Last edited by bodyboardingbum; 11 July 2013, 11:56 PM. Reason: dumb mistake - thanks Cadan! ;)

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    Originally posted by bodyboardingbum View Post
    Hi All,

    Picked up a lovely Macap MXA tonight from Okitoki (thanks!), came home and spent a good few hours dialing it all in as best i know how with my Gaggia Baby Dose (with Silvia v2 wand-mod)
    Wanting to confirm that i am on the right track - after much refinement;

    Dosing ~18g in a double-shot basket (pre-ground weight).
    25 Seconds from the Gaggia (manual mode) is giving me ~30ml of Espresso.

    How does this sound? I'll refine again for flavor balance in the morning when i'm feeling fresh again - but just wanted to confirm i am headed in the right direction. Input and thoughts appreciated, for a noob 'snob.
    This Macap is a massive step upwards from the Delonghi KG100 i was using previously.

    Thanks to everyone who's helped me out with suggestions, ideas and help over the past week (and years prior!) - Appreciated!
    Kyle.

    Hi kyle

    When you say 30ml do you mean from each spout , so two 30ml shots

    With the double basket you want to be aiming for 60ml total.

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    • #3
      Thanks Cadan, i think i either need more sleep - or another coffee

      You're correct though, i was pouring into 2x 30ml shot glasses. So that would be ~60ml total from the double-basket over 25 seconds.

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      • #4
        most important... how did it taste?

        add: actually... after dialing it in for the last 2-3 hours based on time you left my house, you should be pretty buzzed by now with all the coffee tasting
        Last edited by okitoki; 12 July 2013, 12:23 AM.

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        • #5
          I tried not to taste too many until i got the timing down pat! But, it's certainly an improvement off how i was going before
          Tomorrow and the next few days will be the true test, as i start to really fine tune.

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          • #6
            Approached fresh this morning, grind needs a little more adjusting - wasn't quite getting enough extraction. Certainly on it's way forward though!

            Tried a single-shot first, but i have never had luck using a single-shot basket before - does anyone bother? :P

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            • #7
              nope... I find that I have a slightly different result when using different baskets...
              my current 20g VST basket is spot on with my extraction and taste with a light tamp, but I find that its different with the Synessoo double basket and it pulls faster so I need to do a normal 15kg tamp (based on my Espro)

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