This morning, I discovered quite by accident that my wife had moved my grinder around while cleaning the counters or such and had moved the gross adjuster lever down to full coarse, unbeknownst to me. So I grind out what I think is my normal morning espresso based on the dial in I had yesterday. It looked way wrong and that's when I discovered that it had been set to full coarse.
Rather than sink the grounds and then re adjust for an espresso, I took advantage of the full programming capability Breville offers over pump control, and made what was essentially, a single serve drip brew. I set the pre infusion to run for 99 seconds, and the pre in fusion pressure here and there between the minimum and about 80, and let it run with a little six ounce teacup underneath until it was full. Made quite a nice drip-type brew. Probably more like an Aeropress, because there would have been some pressure as well, though under 1 bar. I'll play around more with pump pressure settings as I develop this technique a little further. It may turn out that this is no better than an americano, although it seems like it is much closer to brewing than espresso. 99 seconds for a six ounce brew.
Anyway, a tasty coffee. I don't like disturbing the the espresso settings on a dialed in Vario, so I won't be using my Vario any more for this type of drink. But I will for sure use one of my other grinders so I can make one of these single serve brews again.