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Tips & Techniques Forum
 1 The $10 Method for Temperature Tuning an HX Machine
 2 50 things to improve your espresso (revisited)
 3 Adjusting flow rather than dose & grind
 4 Advice to Newbies from a Newbie
 5 Americano - does the water go in before or after the espresso?
 6 Analysing by taste - taste calibration
 7 And sometimes you have to updose
 8 Are all espresso types extracted in 20-30 seconds?
 9 Are tampers overrated?
 10 Ash aftertaste...!?
 11 Backflushing - How far is not far enough?
 12 Backflushing... please explain what it is
 13 Balance in Espresso is Intense Bitter and Sour Cancelling Each Other Out
 14 Basket Overdosing: Are triple baskets taboo?
 15 Basket Overdosing; time for a serious re-evaluation!
 16 Beautiful, rich, and exceedingly bitter espresso
 17 Best step by step guide to Rancilio Silvia use?
 18 Best technique for finding best flavor
 19 Best tips for "exceptional espresso"
 20 Best way to remove portafilter handles?
 21 Better Espresso thru Freezing
 22 Blade distribution technique?
 23 Blonding Point: Meaningless?
 24 Boiler bar pressure-What does it really tell us?
 25 Bottomless portafilter and espresso texture
 26 Breaking Through to Fine Espresso at Home
 27 Brew Methods Website
 28 Brew ratio vs brew temperature
 29 Brew your espresso as coffee first?
 30 Brewing ratios for espresso beverages
 31 Bringing out the sweetness
 32 Cannot get good results with the naked portafilter
 33 Can't tell when the HX water dance ends
 34 Cappuccino vs. Latte
 35 Change one variable at a time - good advice?
 36 Cleaning brushed stainless steel
 37 Cleaning Note: Front flushing an E61 dispersion screen
 38 Cleaning the portafilter between shots
 39 Cleaning routine for low use espresso machine
 40 Coffee Freezing Best Practices
 41 Coffee guy's oversimplified guide to setting your PID
 42 Coffee waste reduction techniques
 43 Controlling shot extraction pattern
 44 Convert your Scace thermofilter to a Scace II
 45 Convex corrects errors better than flat tampers?
 46 Correct dose
 47 Correcting techniques - overwhelmed by too many variables
 48 Counter-intuitive week-old-coffee tip from Ellie
 49 Cracking into the Extraction: when and where the espresso puck brews.
 50 "Crema is Rubbish"
 51 Cubano shots anyone?
 52 Cup shape conducive to latte art?
 53 Definitive training on milk foam / latte art
 54 The Denver effect?
 55 Detergent Cleaning - E61 Manual Groupheads
 56 Developing your palate
 57 Dialing in a new espresso machine, a step by step guide
 58 Digital E61 thermometer adapter - Why does group temperature nosedive after flush?
 59 Digital espresso or a way to consistency
 60 Do you adjust grind from double to single espressos?
 61 Do you change your routine when using a bottomless portafilter?
 62 Do you free pour or spoon for espresso-based milk drinks?
 63 Do you thwack the doser handle fast or slowly?
 64 Does a good center tamp take care of the sides?
 65 Donut effect
 66 Dose and tamp without leveling
 67 Dosing: Weighing vs. overfilling basket...
 68 Down-dosing: how to level when the basket isn't overflowing?
 69 Downdosing tool
 70 Dwell time: Can someone explain?
 71 E61 HX espresso machine maintenance schedule
 72 E61 thermocouple adaptor and flushing observations - aka backflush cooling flush
 73 E61 Thermometer Adapter Techniques for Dummies
 74 Easy E61 grouphead gasket removal
 75 Effect of increasing dose has on taste?
 76 Effects of brew pressure on taste of espresso
 77 Empty reservoir nightly??
 78 Espresso 101: How to Adjust Dose and Grind Setting by Taste
 79 Espresso 101: Newbie Introduction to Espresso [videos]
 80 Espresso Brewing Control Chart
 81 Espresso Drinking Technique
 82 Espresso pour speed of heavy vs. light tamps
 83 Espresso spraying with bottomless portafilter?
 84 Espresso texture from spouted versus bottomless portafilter
 85 Espresso volume includes crema?
 86 Exercises for tuning your barista techniques
 87 Extraction problems when I tried a new blend
 88 A few hints from Heather Perry
 89 FINALLY! Transparent portafilter espresso extraction videos
 90 Fine grind / small dose versus coarse grind / big dose: Is there a difference?
 91 Fine tuning grinder setting with minimum waste
 92 Finger Swipe Dosing ==> Sub-Par Shot?
 93 The first sip
 94 Fixing difficult to insert portafilters
 95 'Flush and go' technique suitable for smaller HX machines?
 96 Frequent Grinder Adjustment Shows Sub-Par Technique
 97 Freshness of hopper vs. hopperless
 98 Frozen Coffee Storage Calculator
 99 Getting to know the Rancilio Silvia
 100 Good taste, good crema, AND volume?
 101 Grind, not Dose
 102 Grind setting vs. the effect of tamp pressure
 103 Group gasket replacement tips
 104 Guideline for brewing decaf espresso?
 105 Help for beginner with fast espresso pour, blonding
 106 Help with Gaggia Espresso perfect crema device and machine
 107 Here, water boils @ 195F. Your recommendations for espresso roasts?
 108 Home barista techniques that the pros shun (and vice versa)
 109 Hot Chocolate Recipes for the Holidays
 110 How Al's Rule Saved My Life
 111 How can 30 lbs be a universal tamper pressure?
 112 How did you learn to make quality espresso?
 113 How do you backflush your E61 espresso machine?
 114 How do you explore the extraction space?
 115 How do you pull a single espresso?
 116 How does high altitude affect brewing?
 117 How does roast level affect adjusting grind and dose by taste?
 118 How important is the tamper, correct pressure, and 'twist'?
 119 How important is tamping?
 120 How long do you allow your espresso to sit before adding milk?
 121 How many espresso "sink shots" do you pull?
 122 How much is too much for barista training?
 123 How much time does your morning espresso routine require?
 124 How to choose right size/shape frothing pitcher
 125 How to consistently dose coffee for a traditional espresso
 126 How to get better crema with non-pressurized portafilter
 127 How to get decent espresso from thermoblock espresso machine?
 128 How to get/test the right pressure for espresso
 129 How to properly use a Scace thermofilter?
 130 How to reduce coffee waste?
 131 How to Steam Milk for Cappuccinos and Lattes [video]
 132 How to use cheapo thermocouple?
 133 HX espresso machines waste water - or do they?
 134 HX - Flush and go vs. Flush and wait
 135 I'm overdosing. Who knew!?
 136 Ideal crema is dark, light, or golden?
 137 Ideal serving temperature for steamed milk
 138 Importance of regular backflush/cleaning
 139 Infrequent backflush and sticky E61 lever
 140 Is 2:3 brew ratio the new normale?
 141 Is the first shot of the day really considered not as good?
 142 Is it possible to pull a real espresso from a pressurized portafilter?
 143 Is leveling off the coffee necessary?
 144 Is making good espresso really hard?
 145 The Italian style tamp
 146 Italian vs. American dosing
 147 It's the Barista, Stupid
 148 Keeping your espresso workarea clean
 149 Knockbox alternative
 150 La Marzocco Basket Woes
 151 Latte Art Challenge[d]
 152 Latte art practice: espresso substitute?
 153 Learning latte art with steamed soapy water [video]
 154 Looking for the "rules of thumb" on espresso-making variables
 155 Looking for a Simple Measure of Preinfusion
 156 Looks like microfoam, but it won't mark the surface until the very end
 157 Lower pressure brewing
 158 Making latte - milk first or espresso first?
 159 Mano Lite: A Short Guide to Dialing in Espresso SOs and Blends
 160 Mazzer Mini - how much adjustment for different coffees?
 161 Measure dose from whole beans or what ends up tamped?
 162 Measuring dose by weight vs volume?
 163 Measuring espresso extraction yield by weight
 164 Microfoam--easier than it seems?
 165 Microfoam for fast vs. slow milk steaming espresso machines
 166 Milk Frothing in a McDonald's Hot Cup
 167 Most common mistakes a barista makes
 168 My attempt - Silvia and Rocky, the video - HELP NEEDED!
 169 Need hints on using E61 thermocouple adapter
 170 Neverending Novelty of Nakedness... Not
 171 New perspective on value of the naked portafilter
 172 Newbie needs advice on learning espresso at home
 173 No distribution? No problem.
 174 Not all that important tips for espresso
 175 Nutation: how to do it right
 176 Old coffee - grind coarser or finer
 177 Overdosing leads to inconsistent results
 178 Pay Attention
 179 Please describe the Stockfleth's Move
 180 Please offer me guidance on how to use my "naked" portafilter
 181 Poor espresso has to wait for the milk
 182 Portafilter not making a proper seal
 183 Portafilter pressure gauge
 184 Post a video of your espresso making technique
 185 Pour time begins when...
 186 Pouring latte art: need formal, detailed instructions
 187 Preserving coffee freshness for use on weekends
 188 The problem is on the handle side of the portafilter
 189 Problem with channeling? Dose less and grind finer
 190 Problems with my new Rancilio Silvia
 191 Professional training for the non-professional
 192 Proper distribution technique when "down dosing" using WDT
 193 Properly Frothing and Pouring Milk
 194 Pulling 'true' doubles
 195 Purpose of the Tamp
 196 Putting it all together
 197 Question on dosing quantity versus grind
 198 Ratio of water/espresso for an Americano
 199 Recommend Some Basic Espresso Tools
 200 Recommended books on espresso and barista techniques
 201 Remove Fingerprints on Stainless Steel
 202 Removing stubborn portafilter baskets
 203 Safe to backflush a Rancilio Silvia?
 204 Scratch Removal from Stainless Steel
 205 Second shot pulls faster than first
 206 Seeking low tech way to measure brew temperature
 207 Shot volume, mass, and time...I'm so confused...how big is a double?
 208 Shot volume -- what IS two ounces?
 209 Side channeling solved by accident.
 210 Significance of using different baskets?
 211 Sink that First Shot
 212 Slight modification to the Weiss Distribution Technique
 213 Slow extraction and watery puck
 214 Solved! Securing Portafilter Basket without Spring Clip
 215 Some thoughts on dosing
 216 Some thoughts on tamping (tamping twaddle, part deux)
 217 Someone please explain extraction ratios to me!
 218 Sounds of Frothing
 219 Soupy puck syndrome
 220 Sour pour with Silvia/Macap?
 221 Spinning for distribution?
 222 Spot the distribution technique
 223 Steaming Milk How-To
 224 Steaming & pulling sequencing? Too much crema? and other questions
 225 Still can't steam milk properly
 226 Stockfleths Move for Dummies [video]
 227 Stockfleth's move vs. circular finger dosing?
 228 Straight espresso shot versus shot for Americano
 229 Strange changes in extraction timing
 230 A Strange Form of Extraction Time
 231 Surprised by my weight!
 232 Switching from a double to a single without changing the grind?
 233 Tamp and Dose Techniques Digest
 234 A Tamper is Too Heavy for Grinder Anti-Popcorn Remedy
 235 Tamping Ergonomics
 236 Tamping Technique - whether to tap? and where?
 237 Tamping Twaddle
 238 Taste at the end of the extraction
 239 Tasting espresso
 240 Techniques for making large quantities of quality espresso drinks quickly
 241 Techniques wanted on removing E61 shower screen
 242 Temperature Differential Between Grouphead and Styrofoam Cup Measurement
 243 Temperature surfing an HX espresso machine?
 244 Theory behind flushing an E61 HX machine
 245 This paintbrush is the best $1.25 I've spent on my grinder
 246 Thoughts on measuring: scale vs. no scale
 247 Timing a double shot
 248 Timing of extraction starts when?
 249 Tips for making a better Americano?
 250 Two ounce pour with or without crema?
 251 Under extraction - grind finer or increase dose?
 252 Underdosed Stockfleth - When your dose is below the basket rim
 253 Understanding Espresso
 254 Unexpected results when forgetting to tamp
 255 Unscrewing the portafilter spout?
 256 Updosing Revisited
 257 Videos of different techniques of dose-distribute-level-tamp sequence
 258 Videos of espresso extractions
 259 Volume of coffee to put in the portafilter
 260 Volume vs. quality when steaming milk
 261 Ways to a great single espresso with a single basket
 262 WBC-style dose and tamp?
 263 WDT for single baskets and low headspace machines
 264 The Weiss Distribution Technique is NOT a 'cheat'!
 265 Wet pucks
 266 What about "overdosing" makes channeling more likely?
 267 What a clear water backflush can('t) do...
 268 What correct dose for my basket.
 269 What does your typical espresso rate?
 270 What espresso blend to start with?
 271 WHAT is the magic secret to milk steaming?
 272 What is the right ground coffee weight
 273 What is your method of HX brew temperature management?
 274 What ratio citric acid / water to descale?
 275 What should ideal crema look like?
 276 What was the portafilter "tap" supposed to accomplish?
 277 What's the best way to use Eric's E61 thermometer adaptor?
 278 What's the key criteria for stopping espresso extraction?
 279 When did this espresso extraction go blond? [video quiz]
 280 When did this espresso extraction go blond? [slow motion video]
 281 When did this espresso extraction go blond? [another video]
 282 When do you start to time the shot?
 283 When is the end of the HX water dance? [video]
 284 When is a shot actually "blonde"?
 285 When is the start of extraction time?
 286 When to start timing shots from naked portafilter?
 287 Why 9 bar?
 288 Why are pressurized portafilters bad?
 289 Why don't pros use the WDT? More advanced distribution techniques?
 290 Why run boiler so high that it requires long cooling flush?
 291 Why should you use a spouted portafilter?
 292 Why tap the portafilter?

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Espresso Machines Forum
 1 15A vs. 20A
 2 3D Printed Solution for Driptray for Olympia Cremina, Livietta, Maximatic, Coffex
 3 Adjusting Rancilio Silvia brew pressure (OPV)
 4 Advantage of E61 lever action semi-auto espresso machines
 5 Advice about bringing an espresso machine out of storage?
 6 Advice on buying an espresso machine
 7 Advice on grouphead gasket removal needed
 8 All about adding vacuum breakers to older hx boiler machines without them
 9 Astra and the no-tamp espresso
 10 Best method for comparing home espresso machines?
 11 Boiler Insulation Where To Buy
 12 Brew Pressure at Rest
 13 Brew pressure, boiler insulate, preheat HX coil for Isomac
 14 Brew pressure regulation of plumbed-in espresso machine with rotary pump
 15 Building a DIY Thermofilter
 16 Building a Portafilter Pressure Gauge
 17 Calibration of a group thermometer
 18 Can ANY 110v Heat Exchanger Machine "Pass" the WBC
 19 Can anyone explain preinfusion on the E61?
 20 Can a rotary pump suck up from a bucket?
 21 Can someone please explain false pressure?
 22 Can't get new grouphead gasket on.
 23 Checking an E61 Espresso Machine for Scale
 24 Cleaning a filthy espresso machine
 25 Cleaning shower screen
 26 Cleaning Stainless Steel
 27 Commercial espresso machines in the home
 28 Commercial vs. Prosumer... what are the classifications?
 29 Concerns about flooding from a plumbed in espresso machine
 30 Congratulations on your purchase of a proper machine and grinder
 31 Constant dripping from E61 grouphead
 32 Convenience and not much else
 33 Converting a pourover espresso machine to direct connect
 34 Cutaway of La Marzocco saturated grouphead
 35 The Dangers of Distilled Water in Boilers: Fact or Fiction?
 36 Dedicated Steamer?
 37 Degraded espresso machine performance OR "The Scale Monster Attacks!"
 38 Dialing in temperature on a commercial HX espresso machine
 39 Difference between (super) automatic and manual espresso machines
 40 Digital Pressure Adapter
 41 DIY bottomless portafilter block for a level tamp
 42 DIY guide for bottomless portafilter?
 43 DIY Thermofilter Build
 44 Do all types of espresso machines have to be flushed?
 45 Do most plumb-in machines require external pressure?
 46 Do you leave your espresso machine on all the time?
 47 Does basket diameter matter?
 48 Does a vibe pump fail suddenly?
 49 Draining an HX boiler for storage and shipping
 50 E61 Group Espresso Machine: Detailed Interior Schematics
 51 E61 Group Espresso Machine: Is its reputation justified?
 52 The E61 Group - Truth and Lies
 53 E61 Thermal Analysis Questions
 54 Electricity Usage Monitor
 55 Elektra Semiautomatica SXC will not heat up.
 56 Errors in temperature and pressure measurements
 57 Espresso Machine Cleaning Digest
 58 Espresso machine voltage conversion from 110V to 240V
 59 Espresso Machines 101
 60 Exterior Cleaning Tips
 61 False pressure on start up
 62 First "real" espresso machine questions
 63 Flojet and rotary pump questions
 64 Flood Mitigation for Plumbed Espresso Machines
 65 Flow rate of a rotary pump espresso machine
 66 Fluke vs. Omega Dataloggers for use with Scace thermofilter
 67 Frozen bolts won't budge
 68 Getting accurate shot temperature displays on PIDed double boilers without a thermometer
 69 Getting the most out of Starbucks Barista while saving for upgrade
 70 Glossary for translating Italian Boiler Auto Refill terms to English
 71 Good all round explanation of PID stuff
 72 Hint for easy E61 gasket/shower screen installation
 73 History of Espresso Machines: Hank Langkemper
 74 Homemade Knockbox removable bottom for cleaning
 75 How can I adjust the brew pressure of a vibe pump espresso machine?
 76 How do I check brew pressure without a gauge?
 77 How do I descale my espresso machine?
 78 How do I tell the rating of the circuit in my kitchen
 79 How do I turn down the steam boiler pressure?
 80 How do you descale a non-reservoir machine, ie. Vetrano?
 81 How do you lubricate a squeaky E61 lever mechanism?
 82 How many tampers do you own?
 83 How much difference to brew temperature does HX boiler temperature make?
 84 How much espresso machine is enough?
 85 How often do you replace e61 gaskets
 86 How power hungry is your coffee hobby?
 87 How to adjust brew pressure of rotary pump espresso machine?
 88 How to adjust an espresso machine pressurestat (boiler temperature)
 89 How to change E61 group gasket & screen
 90 How to clean an E61 dispersion screen
 91 How to descale HX espresso machine
 92 How to drain double boiler for shipment
 93 How to: La Marzocco OEM Portafilter fit E61 Group (Alternative Modification)
 94 How to Preinfuse; Extraction Pressure Redux
 95 How to remove the dispersion screen and gasket of an E61?
 96 A huge bang when removing portafilter
 97 HX Heaven or 1½ Boiler
 98 HX vs. double boiler temperature stability
 99 I'm officially over the one stable temperature espresso machine.
 100 I still don't get it: Why adjust the OPV?
 101 Ideal brew temperature management by HX espresso machine type
 102 The Impact of Autofill on Shot Temperature and Pressure in an HX Machine
 103 The Impact of Frothing on HX Temperature Stability
 104 The Impact of Preinfusion on the Taste of Espresso Shots
 105 The importance of brew pressure, purpose of adjusting OPV?
 106 Initial Set-Up of Rotary Pump Pressure
 107 Insulated boiler yes or no
 108 Internals of an E61 Brew Head [video]
 109 Is a Flojet necessary for vibe pump drawing from bottle?
 110 Is it really necessary to adjust vibe pump brew pressure?
 111 Is there a purpose for the E61 middle brew lever position?
 112 Is there a temperature vs boiler pressure table?
 113 Is this filter design "normal"?
 114 Krups Steam Toy: What was it supposed to make?
 115 Leave it on, or turn it off?
 116 Looking for a meter to go with E61 thermocouple adaptor
 117 Low Brew Pressure = Mild = Lever?
 118 Machine Pumps: Vibration vs. Rotary
 119 Making bottomless portafilter for hire
 120 Making the case against Super Automatics
 121 Making the case for super-automatic espresso machines (again)
 122 Metallic particles/flakes in the water...
 123 Minimum equipment to produce good espresso
 124 Mixing citric acid/sour salt for decalcifying / descaling
 125 Monitoring Brew Temperature - E61 Groups
 126 More on boiler insulation
 127 Need recommendations on plumbing in espresso machine
 128 O-rings & Copper Sealing Washers
 129 OPV adjustment question - QuickMill Alexia
 130 PID on a HX...this is my thinking, is it flawed?
 131 Plumb In Espresso Machine (How To)?
 132 Poor Man's Brew Temperature Measurement
 133 Power consumption info on espresso machines?
 134 Preinfusion on the E61 - revisited
 135 Preparing Espresso Machine for Storage
 136 Pressure profiles, preinfusion and the forgiveness factor
 137 Pressure profiling, flow profiling, and a new rule of thirds
 138 Rancilio Silvia 4 Hole Stainless Steel Steam Wand Tip
 139 Rancilio Silvia with PID vs. competition on shot quality
 140 Random spurts of hot water from steam wand
 141 Recommendations for pressure setting on OPV requested
 142 Removing dents from your espresso machine
 143 Removing Portafilter Spout
 144 Replace boiler pressure relief valve after it blows?
 145 The risk of using a timer
 146 Rotary pump cup clarity achievable with a mod ?
 147 Rotary pump drawing from a reservoir (water tank / bucket)
 148 Shipping an espresso machine - help
 149 Simplified HX Descale [PourOver]
 150 Some thoughts on heat exchanger vs. double boiler espresso machines
 151 Sputtering e61 & HX scale build-up - Cured!
 152 Stinky steam
 153 Super-Automatic vs Automatic vs Semi
 154 Synesso (or whatever) basket vs LM basket
 155 Tamper bottoms: Flat or convex?
 156 Temperature of steam versus water in a boiler
 157 Temperature Stability . . . . from a Heat Exchanger
 158 Temperature surfing Rancilio Silvia
 159 Testing Brew Pressure
 160 Thread sealant/plumber's dope on fittings
 161 Time from cold until ready to brew
 162 Unsure about hookup for rotary pump
 163 Vacuum breaker - serviceable?
 164 Very soft water fools boiler fill sensor - better idea than adding a little salt?
 165 Vibe pump vs Rotary
 166 Water pressure and the effect(s) it may have on rotary pump
 167 What do you look for in a good tamper?
 168 What is preinfusion and does it really matter?
 169 What is the purpose of long HX flushes?
 170 What is the purpose of a vacuum breaker valve
 171 What is the right pressurestat setting for an HX espresso machine?
 172 What is that ugly Allen screw for?
 173 What is a three way solenoid valve?
 174 What is the ultimate home machine?
 175 What makes it an E61 group?
 176 What steaming pitcher shape do you prefer?
 177 Where can I get citric acid?
 178 Which basket for a fill, level then tamp 14g dose?
 179 Why are HX espresso machines so popular?
 180 Why backflushing is important to the health of your espresso machine
 181 Why difference in pressure between blind filter and brewing?
 182 Why does the idle temperature drop during the day?
 183 Why Reduce Inlet Water Pressure?
 184 The Worst Thing about HX Machines/Heat Exchangers are evil
 185 Yet another way of making your own bottomless portafilter
 186 Your favorite tamper, if you could choose only one...
 187 Zero cost adapter for portafilter pressure gauge

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Lever Espresso Machines Forum
 1 Alternative food safe lube to Dow Corning 111
 2 Bleeding pressurestat lever machines. (Especially 2nd gen La Pavonis)
 3 Bosco group: double vs single spring version [video]
 4 Building a lever machine.... from scratch
 5 Calculating the force on the level required to reach 9 bars?
 6 Clevis to Lever - further explorations in Espresso Space
 7 Comments on my technique [video]
 8 Dalton's law (And problems from it)
 9 Dating vintage espresso machines [ANCC, Serial]
 10 Deep cleaning an Elektra Microcasa
 11 Descaling copper boilers--something NOT to do!!!
 12 Descaling an Elektra Microcasa a Leva
 13 Do I need to empty lever machine's boiler each day?
 14 Draining boiler of lever espresso machine while away?
 15 Elektra/Pavoni side by side
 16 An Espresso Travel Kit: Taking charge of your coffee when away.
 17 Fellini does espresso ...
 18 The 'Fellini Move' in Pictures
 19 Gaggia Italia Lever Group 3D Model Available
 20 Has anyone ever PID'd a lever machine?
 21 How do lever machines work? I know, no pump ... but ...
 22 How to adjust the LaPavoni / Gaggia pressurestat
 23 How to clean an Europiccola
 24 Incomplete list of Gravity-fed lever machines
 25 Is it ok to leave the boiler full of water for 24 hours?
 26 Izzo/la san marco group info
 27 La Pavoni DP 47 1949 handle mechanism
 28 La Pavoni Europiccola instructions... for newbies
 29 La Pavoni lever history--age of used machines
 30 La Pavoni Pro in the hands of pros
 31 A Lesson from Christopher Cara in Using a La Pavoni Home Lever Espresso Machine
 32 Lever espresso machines that do not overheat like La Pavoni
 33 Lever multiple pull techniques
 34 Levers and SO coffee
 35 Levers at higher altitudes
 36 The LMWDP guide to lever espresso stands of the world
 37 Lubricating a lever machine
 38 The Lure of the Lever
 39 Manual boiler refills for the impatient
 40 Milk foaming on La Pavoni
 41 The new lever group thoughts
 42 Olimpica Lever and History
 43 Olympia Cremina Official Factory Setup Information
 44 Olympia Express Parts and Support Issues
 45 Packing an Olympia Cremina for Shipping
 46 Pavoni europiccola newbie confused... and heads up on a decent price
 47 Peppina Redux
 48 Ponte Vecchio Lusso piston removal - revisited
 49 Portafilter cold wash vs cold towel
 50 Preinfusion pressure profiling on a modified Bezzera Strega
 51 Pressure Profiling Techniques for Spring Levers
 52 Reaching the Zen Zone with a Two Switch La Pavoni
 53 The Relationship Between Water Temperature and Boiler Pressure on a Pre-Millenium La Pavoni
 54 Ristretto in a hand levered machine?
 55 A Soft Pull Technique
 56 The Super Strega: Modifying preinfusion pressures and other functional improvements
 57 Testing pressure release valves for La Pavoni and others
 58 To tamp or not to tamp
 59 Top on or off when emptied over night?
 60 Tour of Kent Bakke Collection at Seattle Leverfest, January 13, 2018
 61 Using the Olympia Cremina -- The Movie (Video)
 62 Visit to the Olympia Factory
 63 Warning: Filthy Images! How to Descale a Lever?
 64 What's so great about an Olympia Cremina?
 65 When filling lever machine cylinder, where does the air go?
 66 Why do I get better espresso with a single-shot basket?
 67 Why a double basket with single pulls?

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Grinders Forum
 1 Burr Wear Indication
 2 Can running a grinder without beans damage it?
 3 Cleaning the burrs of a Macap M4 Stepless Grinder
 4 Cleaning Cimbali Jr. grinder
 5 Cleaning Grinder Between Blends
 6 Cleaning a Mazzer Mini
 7 Coffee grounds in new Mazzer grinder - normal?
 8 Compak K10 WBC vs. Mazzer Robur taste test
 9 Convenience of Stepless vs. Stepped Grinders
 10 Damage espresso grinder burrs by adjusting them too close?
 11 Deep cleaning of very dirty Mazzer Super Jolly
 12 Dialing in a stepless grinder
 13 Difference between Mazzer Mini E burrs and Super Jolly burrs?
 14 Do grinder settings change while breaking in?
 15 Doserless to doser and back again... the debate continues
 16 Empty bean hopper before changing grind settings?
 17 Flat vs. conical burrs
 18 Flavor profile and grinder burrs
 19 Getting started with MACAP M4 Stepless
 20 Grinder burr seasoning?
 21 Grinder burr types explained (flat, conical, DRM)
 22 Grinder burrs touching is the "kiss of death"?
 23 Grinder cleaning - when and how?
 24 Hand (grinder) Jive - a photo essay
 25 Hopper chopper - making the commercial grinder fit in the kitchen
 26 How important is the grinder really?
 27 How important is running the grinder while adjusting?
 28 How often to clean your grinder
 29 How often to replace burrs in Mazzer Jolly home use?
 30 How to evaluate condition of used Mazzer grinder
 31 How to find the grinder true zero point
 32 How to know grinder burrs are worn out?
 33 How to maintain or tell if a commercial grinder is in good health?
 34 How to make your Mazzer dose like an Anfim
 35 How To Remove Mazzer Lower Doser Vane WITHOUT BREAKING!
 36 How to Tame a Messy Mazzer Doser
 37 How to use doser as intended
 38 Improved grind setting rings for Mazzer & Macap grinders
 39 Improving Mazzer doser efficiency
 40 Is this grinder break-in?
 41 It's the Grinder, Stupid
 42 La Cimbali Junior Grinder Mod - Hopper Throat Extension
 43 Large conical vs flat burrs: Consistency and pour characteristics?
 44 Low Extraction = Uneven Extraction = Worn or Bad Burrs?
 45 Lower burr carrier design for reduced clumping
 46 Making adjustments to grind setting while motor is running
 47 Mazzer doser lever doesn't return
 48 Mazzer Kony - removing doser microswitch instructions
 49 Mazzer Mini adjustment only while running?
 50 Mazzer Mini Component Photos
 51 Mazzer Mini Old and New Burrs -- A Macro Look
 52 Mazzer Mini short hopper on Mazzer Major?
 53 Mazzer Robur owners: What's your cleaning protocol?
 54 Mazzer Super Jolly (2-liter bottle) doserless modification
 55 Mazzer Super Jolly "Home Depot" Hopper
 56 Minute Rice to clean a grinder
 57 Must the grinder be running when making adjustments?
 58 My cheap and easy stepless Rancilio Rocky mod...
 59 Need help removing doser from Mazzer grinder
 60 Need tips to unlock stuck adjustment of used grinder
 61 OEM vs. third party grinder burrs
 62 Origin and Purpose of Doser
 63 Pros and cons of doser vs. doserless grinder?
 64 Rancilio Rocky Mod - Easy Continuous Grind
 65 Really cleaning an old grinder
 66 Removing interlock collar from a mazzer kony hopper... without breaking it!
 67 Removing Super Jolly lower burr carrier
 68 Replacing burrs of Rancilio Rocky grinder
 69 Rocky burr wear
 70 Rocky Mods - How to turn it into an uber grinder
 71 The role of fines and what we really want from a grinder
 72 Ross Droplet Technique-Eliminating Grinder Static
 73 Small flat vs. large flat vs. conical burrs: Taste differences?
 74 Sour/bitter espresso... is it my grinder?
 75 Stalling the Motor on a Mazzer Super Jolly
 76 Starting espresso setting for Rancilio Rocky
 77 Switching Macap M4 from stepped to stepless - DONE!
 78 Titan Grinder Project: Can it Beat the Mazzer Robur?
 79 Unofficial technical guide for Helor 101 Hand Grinder [User Manual]
 80 Urnex Grindz Espresso Grinder Cleaner (before/after photos)
 81 Use preground coffee while saving for an espresso grinder?
 82 Vacuum for Grinder
 83 Warning about grinder burr / carrier removal
 84 What is your grinder of choice and why?
 85 What's with the clumps?
 86 When to replace burrs on Mazzer Mini
 87 Which grinder would you choose?
 88 Which way to turn Macap stepless to make the grind coarser?
 89 Why is the Rancilio Rocky so unpopular here?
 90 Why so widely spaced grind settings for some espresso blends?
 91 Yang Chia/Feima 600N
 92 Your Grinder has Narrow Sweet Spots Too, Right?

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Coffees Forum
 1 Acidity and drinking temperature
 2 An Aficionado's Guide to Espresso Blending
 3 Arabica: Varietals or Terroir?
 4 Are Tobacco Flavours Common?
 5 "Attack" in espresso tasting
 6 Blend differences for pure espresso and milk-mixes?
 7 Blending for Mouthfeel
 8 Coffee Characteristics by Origin - great reference
 9 Cupping 101
 10 Dark roast espresso blends
 11 Decaf bitterness after a couple days
 12 Decaf Coffees Post-Roast Shelf Life
 13 Difference in decaf/regular coffee beans?
 14 Do the fancy flavors used to describe coffee actually exist?
 15 Do I need to restrict myself to beans marked ESPRESSO
 16 Do you add sugar to espresso?
 17 Do you handicap your single-origin espresso evaluations?
 18 The Elusive Clarity in the Cup
 19 Espresso Blend Does Not (Always) Mean Dark-Roasted
 20 Espresso Blends; Why Bother?
 21 Espresso Tasting Notes
 22 Favorite/"Best" single origin espresso?
 23 Forgiving beginner's coffees?
 24 Forgiving espresso blends for the beginner...
 25 Freeze 'n' Re-freeze
 26 Freezing decaf vs. regular roasted coffee
 27 French Roast vs Espresso Roast
 28 General rule to allowing coffees to rest?
 29 Getting close, seeking advice to maximize flavor
 30 Good coffees I've had recently
 31 Good espresso I've had away from home
 32 Have you purchased "ultra premium" priced coffees for espresso?
 33 History of Geisha Cultivar
 34 How long are coffee beans REALLY fresh?
 35 How many double espressos do you get per pound of roasted beans?
 36 How many pounds of coffee do you consume per year?
 37 How often do you change espresso blends?
 38 How old is too old?
 39 How to recognize stale coffee?
 40 I don't understand this coffee freshness craze
 41 I once had a farm in Nicaragua
 42 If you had to recommend just one Single Origin coffee for espresso?
 43 Is body the enemy of clarity?
 44 Is brew temperature the most difficult part of the equation to figure out?
 45 Is it possible to tell why some coffees are more forgiving?
 46 Leaving coffee beans in hopper
 47 Lightly roasted African beans
 48 List of our Favorite Roasters
 49 Maximal Distinctiveness: A Quality Standard For Roasting And Brewing Specialty Coffee
 50 Micro-Rant - on fresh coffee vs Good coffee
 51 The Miracle of the Bean
 52 "Muddy" Flavor?
 53 New SCAA-WCR Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel
 54 Precise Blend for Verona Espresso From Classico Coffee
 55 Preground coffees from the supermarket
 56 Proper way to drink espresso?
 57 Questions for those who freeze coffee still in the bag...
 58 Rate of coffee staling
 59 Ratio of Robusta to Arabica in Espresso Blends?
 60 Really stupid newbie question...what makes it espresso?
 61 Recommended Espresso Roasts for Neophytes
 62 Refrigerator or Freezer for Coffee Storage?
 63 Single Origin training wheels
 64 Smell your espresso
 65 Some venting on freezing
 66 Storage of Roasted Coffee Beans to Maximize Flavor
 67 Storing extra coffee
 68 Sweet espresso?
 69 Thoughts on an Italian Espresso Blend
 70 Three good beginner espressos please
 71 Too much coffee; how to store?
 72 Understanding the Place of Single Origin Specialty Espresso
 73 Valve Bag Storage Life
 74 What does 'bright' flavour descriptor mean?
 75 What is the standard for reporting brew temperatures?
 76 What is your favorite decaf espresso blend?
 77 What's wrong with Robusta?
 78 Who is your favorite online roaster?
 79 Why coffee needs to ''rest'' before making espresso
 80 Why is there no standard for coffee freshness?
 81 Why isn't sweetness a cupping score category?

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Coffee Brewing Forum
 1 Aeropress - what's your preferred regimen?
 2 Best (inexpensive) grinder for drip/french press?
 3 Bonavita Kettle - Flow Restrictor
 4 Break and clean method for French press
 5 Brew 101: How to Adjust Dose, Grind Setting, and Temperature by Taste
 6 Brewing ratio chart for all methods of brewing?
 7 Burr grinder for French press?
 8 Coffee on the road quandary
 9 Cupping technique to minimize suspended grounds
 10 Experiments with Preground Coffee for Espresso and a Brew Pot
 11 Good approximate Mazzer grind setting for espresso/French press
 12 Good tutorial for French Press?
 13 Grind Sifting for Brewed Coffee
 14 Grinder settings for drip/French press/perc
 15 How to brew with a Chemex [video]
 16 How to make cafe cremas
 17 How to Make Japanese Iced Coffee
 18 How to prepare Turkish coffee
 19 Iced coffee, what do you use and how do you make it?
 20 Is some French press mud normal even for a Mazzer Mini?
 21 Pourover brewer basics [video]
 22 Pourover vs. French press
 23 Return of the French Press
 24 Solubles Yield as a function of Grind and Dwell Time
 25 Summary of iced coffee brewing methods
 26 Turn your French press into a French pull
 27 Vac pot: it's not just for coffee any more
 28 Various Brewing Methods Guide.
 29 What is your favorite way to brew coffee?
 30 Why good espresso grinders not good for drip ???

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Buying Advice Forum
 1 Advice on getting advice
 2 Appliance timer for espresso machine?
 3 Basic inexpensive espresso machine recommendations
 4 Best $100 to $150 second grinder
 5 Best espresso machine for around $500 budget
 6 Best Inexpensive Grinder?
 7 Beware of fraudulent online espresso equipment vendors
 8 Buying / upgrading espresso machine or grinder this year?
 9 Can I get good espresso from a budget friendly espresso machine?
 10 Choosing a grinder that can switch between espresso and drip
 11 Clarification of an old question: Merits of conical vs. flat burr grinder?
 12 Difference between cheap espresso machines and expensive ones?
 13 Do I need an upgrade to make good espresso?
 14 Entry level or mid-priced HX espresso machine?
 15 Espresso machine for latte lover with $400-$600 budget
 16 First time buyers
 17 Grinder vs Espresso Machine: How to split 2K?
 18 Help! $1000 budget for espresso machine & grinder
 19 Help choosing a superauto for my parents
 20 How long before you upgraded from a Rancilio Silvia-class espresso machine?
 21 How to choose an espresso machine and grinder at the "right" price
 22 How to price used espresso equipment
 23 I told you so...
 24 If You Were Buying a Second Espresso Machine for a Second Location...
 25 Inexpensive grinder suggestions
 26 Is E61 HX espresso machine a good place to start?
 27 Is good espresso possible on a student's budget?
 28 Is there a "Blue Book" of used espresso machine values?
 29 Is this a good beginner espresso machine?
 30 Limited budget espresso machine recommendations
 31 Looking for basic HX espresso machine
 32 Looking for cheap espresso machine and grinder
 33 Looking for a cheap(ish) but decent starter espresso machine
 34 Opinions of buying a new model espresso machine
 35 Opinions on high-end grinders?
 36 Possibly upgrading to double boiler
 37 Rancilio Silvia Dilemma - it's a love/hate thing!
 38 Recommended inexpensive scale for weighing coffee?
 39 Should I bother with an espresso machine?
 40 So, the Rancilio Silvia seems to have fallen out of favor?
 41 Sources of espresso equipment upgraditis
 42 Starting an upgrade. From Mazzer Mini to what?
 43 Super-automatic espresso machines
 44 Tips for Safer Online Buying of Used Espresso Gear
 45 Tips on upgrading from Rancilio Rocky/Silvia combo
 46 Titan Grinder Project provokes upgrade fever - what's the cure?
 47 Upgrade grinder then espresso machine?
 48 What accessories does every home setup need?
 49 What are "must have" accessories for new espresso machine
 50 What E61 & grinder would you buy for <$2K?
 51 What was your upgrade path from a Rancilio Silvia class espresso machine?
 52 Where should I be able to find food grade silicone grease?
 53 Which hand grinder for espresso works best?
 54 Who do you trust for unbiased advice?
 55 Why not double boiler with PID?

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Home Roasting Forum
 1 Advanced sorting/culling coffee beans
 2 Artisan Getting Started Guide - Collaboration Welcome
 3 The Best Way to Improve your Shot is a Popcorn Popper!
 4 The cheapest and simplest way to improve your roasts
 5 Coffee Roasting Defects Pictorial
 6 Do pro roasters cup each batch before blending?
 7 Does anyone blend different roast levels of an SO?
 8 Does type of heat affect roast profile
 9 Espresso Blends Inspired by Black Cat
 10 Espresso Home Roasting Log
 11 Experience great professional coffees before you start home roasting
 12 Favorite recipe for espresso blends
 13 Green bean age and its effect on espresso
 14 Green bean for enhancing espresso blend's body
 15 Green Coffee Sources - 2018 List
 16 Green Coffee Sources List - 2019
 17 Guide to Commercial Roasting Technology and Controls
 18 Home roast dictates too fine a grind?
 19 Home roasting, 19th century style
 20 Home roasting - what's the big deal?
 21 (Hopefully) Useful Home Roasting Tips
 22 How to Home Roast
 23 How to make a chocolate blend?
 24 How to Profile Article: brain storming session
 25 Interesting professional roasters' discussion
 26 The Longest Day
 27 Managing environmental temperature in the roaster
 28 Measuring the moisture content of green coffee
 29 My First Espresso Blend
 30 On Idle Noise
 31 Post roasting analysis by smell/fragrance?
 32 Quest M3 Buying Decision
 33 Quest M3 - Modification & Accessories Summary
 34 Quest M3 Mods
 35 Quest M3 Roasting Instructions
 36 Roasting 101s: Cupping while standing on one leg
 37 Roasting 101s: Understanding degree of roast
 38 Roasting Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
 39 Roasting Profiles for Espresso?
 40 Roasting techniques to emphasize the coffee's origin
 41 Rob Hoos: Thermocouple lesson
 42 Small Commercial/Large Home Roaster Index
 43 Spot the green coffee defects!
 44 Thermometry for Heat Gun / Dog Bowl Roasting
 45 Tips For Safe Use of LP/Gas Roasters In a Residential Setting
 46 To roast or not to roast
 47 The Ultimate Home Roaster Project
 48 What Are Your Most Satisfying, "Best Value," and Most Disappointing Green Coffees?
 49 What do the differences in bean gloss mean?
 50 What is the latest on the storage of coffee greens?
 51 Why does it seem that pro-roasts last longer than home?

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Knockbox Forum
 1 12 Angry Men
 2 Advancing your enjoyment of espresso
 3 ° and ± for Dummies
 4 Are signature drinks necessary?
 5 Are we straying from the path of righteousness?
 6 Bottomless portafilter = more volume
 7 Brew pressure and its effects on espresso
 8 Brew time too fast
 9 Caffeine content of espresso
 10 Can a little sugar completely transform taste?
 11 Coping with coffee stained teeth?
 12 The craziest %#*$ing thing I've seen all day...
 13 Crema: How does it form anyway?
 14 Designing pressure profile
 15 Digital scale deal
 16 Do ultra precise brew temperatures really matter?
 17 Does struggling with unforgiving equipment make a better barista?
 18 E61 active group heat using pump inline w/thermosyphon loop
 19 The effect of espresso drinking on cholesterol
 20 Espresso Machines and Power Surges
 21 Espresso Shot Log Google Form Template
 22 The eternal search for the perfect drinking cup
 23 Ever made a bad drink on purpose?
 24 Ever suffered from caffeine withdrawal?
 25 Find the man in the coffee beans! (riddle)
 26 A fool and his money
 27 The goal is great TASTING espresso, not great LOOKING espresso
 28 Hall of Shame: ''What I did when I was a newbie...''
 29 Have we reached the end of innovation?
 30 HB Roadshow - Espresso Tamper Reviews
 31 History of Olympia Express
 32 How do you serve coffee for guests?
 33 How hot should espresso be drunk?
 34 How long after roasting is coffee at its best?
 35 How many coffees a day do you drink?
 36 How many sins does milk really hide?
 37 How much have you spent on espresso equipment?
 38 How to conceal your new equipment purchase from the spouse
 39 How to develop coffee tasting palate?
 40 How to recognize good espresso?
 41 I've set him on the road to ruin
 42 The Ideal Palate Refresher
 43 Introducing Friends to Better Coffee
 44 Is dishsoap residue harmful to all forms of coffee preparation?
 45 Is espresso not supposed to taste bitter?
 46 Is your espresso habit unhealthy?
 47 Knockbox favorites
 48 MAP and MSRP practices of online resellers
 49 Measurement of espresso machine performance
 50 Mo' Better Clarity
 51 The most important lessons I've learned so far
 52 A note on comparison tests
 53 The obsession with sweet espresso - a dogma in the making
 54 Online copy of Illy's "Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality"
 55 Online espresso cost calculator
 56 Opinions on Consultation Services?
 57 Order of Importance: Coffee, Grinder, Espresso Machine... and Barista?
 58 The Perfect Espresso Towel!
 59 Pithy advice from your fellow baristas
 60 A Plea for Intelligent, Adult Espresso Machine Discussions
 61 Portafilter cooling down a lot?
 62 Post rarely or not at all?
 63 Pre-Infusion and Extraction Time
 64 Pronouncing Italian Machines
 65 Received wisdom about brew pressure
 66 Recommended Surge Protectors
 67 Recommended syrups for espresso drinks
 68 SCAA Barista Competition - Competitor Debriefing
 69 SCAA conference - is it worth your time and money?
 70 The Secret Life of Ristrettos
 71 Should I PID my Heat Exchanger?
 72 Show us your cup collection
 73 Sink Shots Grudge Match
 74 Tactile consistency of espresso
 75 Titan Manual Grinder
 76 Ultimate Home Espresso Accessory
 77 USBC Barista Competition - Competitor Debriefing
 78 Used a hole saw to convert portafilter to bottomless [pictures]
 79 WBC standards don't reflect real world usage
 80 What Are the Thresholds of Reliable Tasting?
 81 What constitutes a 'true' cappuccino?
 82 What is the most important thing to keep in mind while learning?
 83 What is the proper volume of a single shot of espresso?
 84 What is the threshold for caffeine addiction?
 85 What should good espresso taste like?
 86 What's the story behind your login name?
 87 Why not a ristretto?
 88 Why should taste be subjective when sight isn't?

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