Finding that my shots are coming out too fast! Have adjusted tamp, grind you name it. This only started after I purchased my first Conical Grinder(Breville bsg450). Used to use simple blade grinder and had much better(slower extraction) HELP
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1, Check the grind on the grinder. Imagine grounds as rocks and sand, if you are using rocks then the water will run too fast and with sand it will run too slow. 2, If using an automatic machine(water volumes are pre-measured), check to make sure that you are getting the correct volume(3ozs fro a 2ozs shot, and 4ozs for a 3ozs shot), an once of water stays in the coffee during extraction. 3, Adjust the tamp(packing pressure) of the coffee, fill the portafilter with coffee a little over the top, then level it out and tamp to the fill ring on the inside of the basket.
GET A NEW MACHINE. i just bought one used for $25. the previous owner said it had been sitting in his basement for over a year, and that he used it only maybe ten times (WHY, I WONDER?). it was not cleaned before being stored. let me preface my comments by stating that i have used a saeco-made starbucks barista machine for about 9 months now, and this one was supposed to be a backup. here are the things that i have issue with about this machine: 1) re: the thumping sound during steaming: the pump inside the machine is poorly mounted; it has a metal bar around it which, i believe (from examining the guts of the machine) has scarred an adjacent plastic piece from repeated impact, while causing the thumping sound everyone hears. one can feel the vibration on the outside of the machine by placing a finger or hand anywhere on it's surface. the cause: poor quality pump and poor manufacturing.
2) and in support of "poor manufacturing" theory: if you hold up the metal coffee filter basket to the light, you can easily see the hole. yes, coffee comes thru ONLY ONE HOLE in the filter basket. there are a score of other "holes" that you CANNOT see light thru-these are FALSE HOLES. comparing to an espresso maker that costs twice as much, every hole seen in the filter basket is in actuality a hole (light can be seen through each). clearly, the breville basket lacks a crucial/vital step in its finishing: the last step of drilling out each individual hole (instead of drilling only one).
to review: i spent $25 on this POS. how much did you spend? no wonder cust. service doesn't help!