Help with pulling decaf espresso shots - Page 2

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#11: Post by cgibsong002 »

hundcafe wrote:I didn't change it from when I got it - the pressure is set to 10 on the pump I believe. I have the paddle mostly open, so the pressure at the group head goes up to 11 or so (on really fine grinds) but is generally between 9-10.
Yep, what poster above said. On my synch, it came set at 9.5 bar. I was getting ok results but nothing like what i got in the shop. Everything just had a harshness to it. Then i plumbed in which changed it to 10 bar, and every shot was horrific. I lowered to 8 bar and suddenly every shot is frickin magic. COMPLETELY changed the dark roasted decaf i was struggling with. Now it's great. Lower your pump pressure and i bet you'll have a better time.