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    Breville Barista Express: need help with extraction

    Hello,

    I have just bought my first espresso machine, a Breville Barista Express.
    I have been playing arround for about two hours trying different configurations (all of them using a single wall 1 cup basket), but my shots are far from being drinkable.

    One of the "best" shots I have been able to pull is with the following configuration:
    * Grind size: 4
    * Grind amount: 6 o'clock
    * Tamp: about 27 to 33 lbs of pleasure (levelled with the Razor)

    Result:
    * Flows start at 8 seconds while the pressure gauge is in the upper limit (i.e. right below the solid zone).
    * Extraction takes 24 seconds while the pressure gauge is in the upper zone.
    * Coffee is short and too strong.
    Lamentably, I'm unable to post the links with the videos as I'm a newbie in the forum.

    The problem with this situation is that there is
    * under extraction since the extraction takes less than 25 seconds;
    * over extraction since the pressure gauge is in the upper zone and the flow starts at 8 seconds

    Any help will be much appreciated!

 

 

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