hotmetal

07-05-14, 11:16

Hi all,

I've been reading up on here how best to set up my MC2 and I've got somewhat confused.

I was under the impression that the idea is to adjust the grind until it takes about 25 seconds to get 2 x 1oz shots. I've done this and, to me, the espresso seems pretty decent considering my machine's limitations.

However, I've been reading the threads "what's in your cup this Saturday" (or something) and people are talking about "Xg in, Yg out, Z seconds". The "grams out" (which I take to be the weight of espresso in the glass) seems to be much less than the 2 x 1oz shots that I'm using as my baseline for timing.

So, my "vital statistics" are as follows:

14g in (this is the maximum I can squeeze into the "double" unpressurised portafilter that fits my Delonghi

50g out (with the crema at the 1oz lines on my two shot glasses

25 seconds (because that's how I've set the MC2).

So if others are pulling 25g out from 14g in, does that mean I should be grinding much finer to try to get ONE 1oz shot from my 14g basket? Confused!

My scales aren't exactly accurate (normal kitchen ones ±2g) but it's a start.

I'll be asking for recommendations for a scale too, if you have one. And maybe looking to buy a machine that has a proper portafilter that can actually take more than 14g without hitting the shower screen.

I've been reading up on here how best to set up my MC2 and I've got somewhat confused.

I was under the impression that the idea is to adjust the grind until it takes about 25 seconds to get 2 x 1oz shots. I've done this and, to me, the espresso seems pretty decent considering my machine's limitations.

However, I've been reading the threads "what's in your cup this Saturday" (or something) and people are talking about "Xg in, Yg out, Z seconds". The "grams out" (which I take to be the weight of espresso in the glass) seems to be much less than the 2 x 1oz shots that I'm using as my baseline for timing.

So, my "vital statistics" are as follows:

14g in (this is the maximum I can squeeze into the "double" unpressurised portafilter that fits my Delonghi

50g out (with the crema at the 1oz lines on my two shot glasses

25 seconds (because that's how I've set the MC2).

So if others are pulling 25g out from 14g in, does that mean I should be grinding much finer to try to get ONE 1oz shot from my 14g basket? Confused!

My scales aren't exactly accurate (normal kitchen ones ±2g) but it's a start.

I'll be asking for recommendations for a scale too, if you have one. And maybe looking to buy a machine that has a proper portafilter that can actually take more than 14g without hitting the shower screen.