I had to share! I know that I have a long way to go... but I had to share making my first quasi-real espresso!! Quasi-real because I have so much more to learn and test.
Up until now I always used some sugar in my espresso to get rid of the bitterness... you can imagine my skepticism when I kept reading in the forum (and watching the videos) of the possibility of drinking an espresso that did not require sugar. Some videos and posts would even describe it as being sweet!
When I got my machine I started testing it with some of the beans I already had. These are the beans we have been using in the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic. Starbucks French Roast dark roast beans. To say that I was frustrated is an understatement. I could not get a decent shot of espresso... adjusting the grind, the dose, etc... did nothing to improve the taste. Forget about even getting some decent crema...
I just cleaned everything... and just walked away... man!
Went back to the forum that night to read some more... when to the coffee section, did a few goggle searches... and order some recommended coffee beans. Those should be here tomorrow. Being the impatient sob that I am, I went to the local place that I love (best Cuban coffee I have had! ) and asked if they sold it to the public. Sure enough and I bought 1 lb. to test.
First test came out having the grind too fine... adjusted grind... tested again. 18 grams of coffee, I still need to get better at weighing the coffee... just did it by the default time the machine had... but what a difference fresh coffee beans make!! 3rd test was with 17 grams of coffee...
Can't wait to try this again tomorrow with the coffee beans that are arriving. It is going to be hard waiting a year to get a better espresso machine...along with a good quality grinder.