Clumpy crema

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espressomonkey

#1: Post by espressomonkey »

I've attached a photo -- excuse the latte art. the dark spots are clumpy bits of crema. Anyone ran into this before? Making espresso on a Pasquini Livia 90.

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Pressino

#2: Post by Pressino »

It's hard to say because we're looking at milk foam rather than just the layer of crema on a shot. I'm not sure what you mean by clumpy crema, but I've noticed that when I make espresso from very freshly roasted beans, before they have fully outgassed, the crema (which is mostly CO2 coming out of solution) tends to be rather frothy looking. Could that be what you're experiencing?

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Kaffee Bitte

#3: Post by Kaffee Bitte »

Could be those darker spots have a higher amount of dissolved solids. Fines making it through the filter.
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#4: Post by kris772 »

My vote would be super fresh beans.

Nice art... What steam tip do you use?
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#5: Post by espressomonkey (original poster) »

I use a two hole steam tip!

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#6: Post by espressomonkey (original poster) »

Pressino wrote:It's hard to say because we're looking at milk foam rather than just the layer of crema on a shot. I'm not sure what you mean by clumpy crema, but I've noticed that when I make espresso from very freshly roasted beans, before they have fully outgassed, the crema (which is mostly CO2 coming out of solution) tends to be rather frothy looking. Could that be what you're experiencing?
I'll post a photo tomorrow morning without any milk!

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#7: Post by kris772 »

espressomonkey wrote:I use a two hole steam tip!
thanks!
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#8: Post by Ken5 »

I am curious, what beans are you using, and how close to roast date?

I recently finished a bunch of Saka beans and they had an amazingly huge amount of crema, with bigger bubbles than any of the arabica medium roasted beans that I typically use. Sort of reminds me of the texture in your photo.

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#9: Post by espressomonkey (original poster) » replying to Ken5 »

these are the beans I'm using: https://www.fourbarrelcoffee.com/collec ... ya-githiru roasted on june 14th so 13 days old

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#10: Post by espressomonkey (original poster) »


Here is a photo of just my espresso shot