I had the grind on my rocky set for drip for a month or so while my espresso machine was in the shop. Problem is now I can not get get my espresso grind back. I opened up the top and am trying to remove the brass plate. but I can not budge it. Help!
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Re: adjusting grind on Rancilio Rocky
because it didn't work a wilde the upper burr holder could be jammed, carefully take id off, clean it good and then put it back until you touch lower burr with the upper.
to get starting point you adjust burrs to touch each other. when they
touch each other you have finest grinding, after you hear metal voice
you turn back 3 dots and grind only for 1 dose. you check it, if it
goes to slow, you go one more back and clean grinder, THAN you grind 1
dose more. 2 or 3 times and you will get perfect grinding.
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The Rancilio Rocky coffee grinder is a superb, highly recommended machine, but its doser is pretty useless in the home. First reason: you want to grind coffee instants before you brew or pull your espresso shot; otherwise, the grinds just lose aromatics and flavor. The doser only works for multiple doses, so you're better off just grinding the amount you need each time. If you're buying a Rocky, get the doserless model.
If you have the doser model, like I do, you also find that the vanes which sweep the coffee into your portafilter or cone leave a layer of grounds on the doser floor. If not cleaned out, they turn rancid. There are coffee web sites with fairly complicated instructions on how to modify the vanes to do a clean sweep. Here's the simple way:
Flip up the doser cover, and spin the vanes while pressing your finger lightly on the outer top edge of one vane. The vanes have enough play so the pressure brings one into light contact with the doser floor, sweeping 99% of the grounds into your waiting portafilter.
Sounds like your group handle needs a new basket (the piece with all the small holes in it). Presuming that grind is set correctly and that coffee is being tamped enough? Sometimes as the basket gets older, the holes can get larger and coffee doesn't have enough time to infuse with the coffee before exiting.
Have you tried to hoover up the grinds from time to time, from the grinder blades. The coffee beans and ground can gather under the blades from over time. It should not be a problem though.
For better crema you may want to replace the blades.You should replace every 3-6 years. Rancilio Rocky Grinder Flat blades
There could be a piece broken around the chute where it comes out of the grinder and enters the grounds chamber. There is a rectangular opening in the plastic that can get broken causing the grounds to enter the machine.
The Silvia comes equipped with a "pressurestat" that may have gone out of adjustment. Do a google search on that and you will find numerous pictoral guides on how to do this. The owner's manual that came with the machine (they have electronic versions at espressotec.com, among other places) will also give you basic instructions. Good luck!
to get starting point you adjust burrs to touch each other. when they touch each other you have finest grinding, after you hear metal voice you turn back 3 dots and grind only for 1 dose. you check it, if it goes to slow, you go one more back and clean gruinder, THAN you grind 1 dose more. 2 or 3 times and you will get perfect grinding.
Try taking the portafilter out and run water through it as if you were making an espresso. check if the water coming out is very fast. I believe there is a screen there that is held in by a flat screw. If you take that off you should be able to see light through it. If you can't soak it in some cleaner until you can see light through it. There could be a couple of things causing this. The other thing that comes to mind is that the boiler has to much pressure but it should say on your gauge if that is happening. You might find that it just needs a good cleaning.
Your assumption is correct. But you do not have to (and you can not) see the grinder wheels to adjust the grinder. The numbers on the bean container indicate the level. All you have to do is to push down the release lever (on the right side) and then turn the container -- towards right for finer grindings (lower number) or to left for coarser coffee. Around 12 is usually suitable for espresso machines. Willy
I had a problem like this with my first proper Gaggia. Cutting a long story short I found that the coffee I was using wasn't ground finely enough. The Illy stuff that comes in cans was ok, but pretty much everything else preground (incuding Lavazza!) was too coarse.
Sidestep the problem by getting yourslef a Rancilio Rocky grinder then you can adjust the grind in TINY increments for your perfect coffee moment...