The Pharos has arrived and I'd say that my crema is about the same as the Rancilio. All of the shots I've done with the Pharos have been tasty, just not much crema. I'm using http://www.bluestarcoffeeroasters.com
- a small roaster in Twisp WA that won the 2012 CoffeeFest in Seattle. http://www.coffeefest.com/EspressoCompetition.aspx
I go to their shop every time I'm in the neighborhood and they are better than any espresso I've had in Seattle or Portland in the last thirty years. They are far superior to Portland's Stumptown, among others. When the folks in the Blue Star shop pull shots they serve fabulous crema, so my belief is that the issue is me and not the bean.
I'm using the double portafilter basket (51mm), with a 13g dosage. I'm tamping to level, a la the OE slap shot. I've tried experimenting with different Pharos calibrations - from 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and dosages (10 g, 11g, 13g).
Could you share your Pharos calibration & dosage for your LP PC-16? In the meanwhile I'm going to figure out how to post a video.