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Rancilio Silva - coffee lost its punch

I have owned my machine for 2 years and it has been great. But recently my espresso just does not taste like it used to: seems to have lost flavour and strength. I also seem to get more water than before in the drip tray after each cup, although I not sure what a reasonable amount is. I took the solenoid apart, as per the on line instructions, but found nothing wrong. I ony use it only on weekends, so light usage.

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  • j281 Jun 01, 2009

    EsWorld, I am the only coffee drinker in the house, and only on weekends. I grind only what I need at the time, but I don't always go through a bag a month. I'll try the larger grind, and the machine cleaning. Thanks.

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Try backwashing the group with purocaff.
Are you using coffee ground at the store or do you grind just before use?
How fresh is the coffee less than a month or more?
If more than a month(whole beans) it is no longer useful.
If more than a 3 days(ground), that is stale also. It will be very diffucult to get good espresso from that(not impossible, but difficult).

If using store ground, it cannot be ground older than a week(coffee loses flavor and taste minutes after being ground). Try getting less coffee more often and adjust the grind setting that you use. If you have always used setting 3 on the store grinder try 2.5.
If grinding at home adjust the settings on the grinder to a slightly coarser grind and fill the portafilter slightly over the top of the basket, now tamp to the indent(fill line) in the basket. that should be sufficient to pull a great shot.

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