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tonycollinet
13-02-10, 11:38
Hello all.

Slightly less fanatic than the US based coffee forums I've seen - much nicer atmosphere.

Well why am I here? Looking to improve my espresso. I'm using a Gaggia baby class, and Iberital MC2 grinder.

I am hoping this combination is "good enough" for now, but am not fully happy with the epsresso I am getting.

While I do get a crema, it is relatively thin. Which is the best forum to post in for advice?

Thanks.

Glenn
13-02-10, 11:48
Welcome Tony

The best forum to post in is this one (http://coffeeforums.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=7)

You have a decent grinder,, capable of grinding fine enough to choke your machine so no issues there.

The Baby Class has enough oopmh to enable you to go a wee bit finer with your grind than you are at present, which should see an improvement in crema. (a broad assumption but I usually find that people are using too coarse a grind, resulting in less water contact with each coffee particle, therefore leading to more watery liquid)

Do you pre-heat your cups?
How old are the beans?
What type of beans are you using?
Do you store them at room temperature (not in the fridge/freezer)?
Try fining up your grind a wee bit and let us know if there is an improvement.

tonycollinet
14-02-10, 12:19
Will repost into the correct forum if that is OK.

EDIT: Answers here (http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1715)

BanishInstant
14-02-10, 02:41
Hi Tony and welcome.