I received my EspressoForge today. Very nice! First of all, it's hefty. You could use it as a club to break ice.
The first shot I tried was Kenya Kiangoi at 18 grams. I preheated the tube with hot water from faucet. Heated water in hot water kettle at my parents house. Dad's kettle heats to 200 or 212 and I set it to 200 so really not sure on exact temperature. We filled tube with some hot water and inserted plunger and pushed it down. We didn't have tube filled clear up so had to add water. Plunged and tasted. Very good!
My brother in law from 7th Ave Roastery is visiting and he had some of his Jake's Blend with him. Did a shot of that but must have been too fine. Nearly stalled this pump.
I am very impressed with the sealing power of the 2 orings. With my just a little excessive weight pushing down I didn't notice any pressure getting by. And it comes with 2 extra orings should you blow one out.
My first impressions? It's a keeper. I like how a person is able to tell just how much pressure he is exerting on puck. Sadly, I didn't opt for the gauge. I guess I should order one.