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    Espresso, how is my crema?

    Heres a quick picture of my latest single shot of espresso. Ive got a pretty good crema with the "tigerstripe" pattern I keep hearing is good. Comments?


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    On your next pour, put it in a lined shot glass and take a picture and post it.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    After getting a new burr grinder and some more learning, I'm getting a lot darker, red like crema and a LOT more of it.
    On pulling the shot, the glass fills like 75% or 80% crema.

    The only question I have now is that im finding that the crema disapates relatively quickly, like in 3 - 5 minutes, less time if im sipping on it.

    Is this a sign that I might have poor beans, expired beans, or that I might have robusta beans or all of the above?

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    I heard a while back that the average shelf life of a shot is about 30 seconds. If you are getting 3 minutes plus out of a shot, I would say you are doing good!!!

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    I believe that the standard is around 3 min give or take. And robustas are known for adding quality crema to the shot. Also old or poor bean quality would definatly take away from your shot. However; an aged bean like the Monsooned Malabars will add a great deal of magic to the crema. I have to agree with Jackson, if your getting 3-5 mins I would do that little "Thats Right, its my Birthday" dance. My humble .02
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    Here is my latest shot with local "Coffee and Company" espresso beans.

    It shows from start to about 40 seconds after the finish.


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    oh and yeah, that is a $120 machine made delonghi, with a $90 delonghi burr grinder! so you can still pull a decent shot after all!

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    anyone?

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    Do you like the taste of your shots? It's about you and not what other people think.

    There are a lot of people here that will tell you that your wasted your money on a Delonghi and that it probably won't ever produce a good shot.

    I've drank espresso from just about every line of espresso machine manufacture and it really boils down to the quality of the espresso over the machine. Don't take me the wrong way when I say I've had bad espresso on a $30,000 machine, because I have.

    A good machine helps a lot, but will do nothing for a bad espresso blend.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

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    ....

    Quote Originally Posted by psycho supreme
    Here is my latest shot with local "Coffee and Company" espresso beans.

    It shows from start to about 40 seconds after the finish.

    Man, that coffee looks good I have never tried expresso. What is the difference between it and say homebrewed black coffee, like JFG or Foldgers, in a cheap coffee maker?

 

 
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