took delivery of the Mara X on Friday and have been trying to pull a good shot all weekend with little success. I bought a kg of crappy beans just so I could play around and experience the process but I do have some good beans that I also used with the same results.
From what I can work out I am not getting enough pressure in the shot before it starts pouring currently always pours at < 2, which I though meant more coffee or a finer grind. Here is what I am doing, and would appreciate any tips!
1. Grinding beans as fine as seems possible (As I am trying to reduce the flow and does not seem to grind if I turn the dial even finer) Eureka Zenith))
2. 18g out into the standard basket that came with the portafilter, tamping put in machine and go Temp I.
3. hits 40g out after about 18seconds, pressure is less than 2 when it starts pouring.
4. does not taste good, little crema.