Great to hear Meatyo ;DOriginally Posted by Meaty0 link=1196585836/0#0 date=1196585836
As you know though, a good tradesman never blames his tools :P ::). As with most aspects of learning how to consistently pull excellent espresso, its all about practice, practice and more practice..... not so much about absolutes per se.
Most of the numbers you see bandied about are really only guidelines to get you started but once you have more of an appreciation of the processes involved, you will discover variations on the empirical data theme that works for you and allows you to consistently pull great shots and quickly troubleshoot issues that might crop up from time to time.
You are very fortunate to have a professional living in such close proximity to you and willing to help you out, says a lot about your neighbours integrity I think. Keep practising Meatyo and it will all start to make sense in time and then you will be helping other newbies get on to the straight and narrow towards espresso nirvana with the rest of us.....
Cheers mate :),