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  1. #1
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    Aug 2006

    Questions from a Rookie

    I've been using an inexpensive Krups Brava espresso machine now for a couple of years and was never really happy with the quality of the shot.

    I'll be getting a Breville Cafe Roma espresso machine and I think it has much more potential than the Krups. I've found some good information on how to make a good espresso online, but I have a few other questions:

    - Grinder - I have a Braun kmm30, it's an inexpensive burr grinder and it does work, but it's a pain to clean. Do you have to clean it after each use?

    - Coffee - I usually buy the Lavasa (sp?) brick in the supermarket, I've bought Starbucks beans and have grinded them before a shot, but never really noticed much of a difference (I know it's not a simple answer), but are bricks like these capable of yielding a good shot, or do you have to buy beans, store properly, grind and use right away, etc?

    - Use of the machine - I've read that you should 'pre warm' the machine before pulling a shot, so does this mean I put some water in the tank, run it through without the espresso, then pour more water in, then use with espresso? If this means something else, please explain.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Statesboro, GA
    If you have the money buy a burr grinder. If not a regular grinder should do fine for you.

    Find a Whole Bean espresso roast: there really is no comparision between whole bean fresh coffee and pre-ground

    You are correct about pre-warming your machine. This should be done.
    if it hasn't been used in a while. I do the same w/ my drip coffee maker

    mmm espresso



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