Question about FrancisFrancis! X1 - Stainless Steel Espresso Machine
What do I do? The temp is correct, water is in the bin but the machine now takes forever to make a cup of espresso and it comes out so slowly there is no crema.
Try removing the metal grille from the machine. I don't know the term, but it's held in with a single allen screw on the underside of the machine. Don't use the allen key that FrancisFrancis provide, it's made of soft metal and useless. Buy a decent one.
I did this, and found coffee 'goo' a millimetre thick on top of this sheet of metal. Once I'd cleaned it off it was fine. To clean it, I put it into a cup and soaked it with Mr Muscle oven cleaner, left it for an hour, and then scrubbed it clean. I ran a sewing needle across the back to help clear the pinholes.
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
You may be grinding the coffee beans too finely - it tends to 'pack' when you do this and restricts the flow.
nb If you grind too 'coarse', the water pumps straight through and virtually no flavour is extracted.
Practice adjusting the coarseness on your grinder. Mark your grinder when you find the right cut.
Posted on Mar 02, 2008
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