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  1. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi there Need your advise...please I have mignon and duo temp pro for about three years now had to change burrs in mignon as couldn't get rid of bad channeling even with freshly roasted coffee... Now with new burrs everything was working great like, but only for a week. Evry time getting...
  2. Sage Forum
    Hi Everyone, Much like many of the other Barista Touch users on this forum, I too am having extraction problems. Having followed some of the great advice on here, I'm not paying any attention to the 8-12 seconds start time (it's 4 seconds every time for me) and I'm taking time to weigh my beans...
  3. Brewed Coffee
    I saw this on Barista Hustle: Seems like another one of his pseudoscience theories to me. I have a hard time believing in the "water doesn't penetrate into the inside of the grounds" idea when grinds are >250um though I guess there's some upper limit on how large particles can be to hit a...
  4. Sage Forum
    I have had the Barista Express for about 2.5 years. Recently I have had issues with the extraction. It continues to extract my coffee fully and it wont stop until there's no water left in the machine. I have descaled the machine and back washed it. I have used different grinds and beans and the...
  5. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hey! I just treated myself to a Sage Barista Express Espresso for my birthday and starting to learn some new things which is great. In the package it said an espresso extraction should take around 25-35 seconds. Mine is taking around 6-9 seconds! So I'm going wrong somewhere... I'm doing a...
  6. Coffee Lounge
    Assuming you've dialled in your beans and found your perfect extraction.... what do you do then? Repeat and repeat? Or for the sake of variety, keep trying different ratios and combinations? For those of us who like variety between one cup and another, what's the procedure? Change extractions...
  7. Videos
    This is a video I made ages ago, shortly after getting my shiny new Alex Duetto I was happy with this shot, but what do you guys think? Does it look like a decent extraction to you?
  8. Coffee Beans
    Hi folks, Just been having a chat at work about coffee and wondered if anyone has any recommendations for beans that are easy to get a good cup from? I love fruity coffees but at but at work we have a porlex hand grinder, not ideal water and using French press brew method - it doesn't seem to...
  9. Sage Forum
    I've already emailed Sage about this to see what they say but figure it can't hurt to get a second opinion. My Oracle doesn't seem to be grinding fine enough for what I expected. During my white glove service I was using Rave Italian Job but Steve (CC Barista) didn't seem to be able to get it...
  10. Brewed Coffee
    Came by this interesting article by Scott Rao where he also touches on the limits of extraction yields. https://www.scottrao.com/blog/2017/8/27/fines-fine-for-espresso-not-so-fine-for-filter
  11. Home Roasters
    Hello I'm re-setting up my x2 1kg roasters in my shed and wanted to know other peoples setups. I believe I have x2 options. 1. Directly link the roasters to an inline fan (heat resistant) with a variable control. I would need a pre-filiter to protect the fan, any ideas? 2. Construct a hood...
  12. Coffee Lounge
    Good afternoon, Hoping for some pointers re my methodology. Using Fracino Dual Fuel and getting consistent 35g/36g yield from 18g dose, extraction time is around 24/25 secs. Fracino portafilter with VST 18g ridged baskets. Beans just now are Bazilian Ipanema roasted on 10/08/17. The problem...
  13. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    I've recently acquired an 18g VST basket and I do like but coffee definitely runs faster through it, I received some Gaslight from BB yesterday and tried it this morning. I'm dosing 18g and I'm getting 35g out in just 18 second? The grind is very fine, could I be grinding to fine? I realise...
  14. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Do you fellow members deliberately under/ over extract a certain coffee as you prefer the taste of it that way? an example from me is Crankhouses CH7, I seem to prefer a ratio of 1:1.5. Bearing in mind I can't control dose, this gives me around 32 grams from 21g. Here's the thing, if it takes...
  15. Coffee Lounge
    Hi, Just a question out of curiosity... I was wondering how (good quality) coffee shops get consistent doses of coffee repeatedly? Do they use scales? Or do expensive grinders have scales built in to them so that you can just programme the grinder to output 18g (for example) and it does it...
  16. Coffee Lounge
    Hi, just had a quick question about coffee flow. I'm about to start some CC Gusto Gold beans on a gaggia classic with a compak k3. Basically i was wondering, in general really for espresso extraction, if you are looking for a steady flow of coffee throughout the extraction process? Or is it...
  17. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Spotted this twitter conversation involving Maxwell @ Colonnas about their espresso recipes. He states that pretty much all their espresso shots are pulled in 10-13 seconds. He's achieving 24% EY in some cases. EK43 and I assume low pressure. What's going on here?
  18. Brewed Coffee
    Hi all, I am wondering how you guys adjust your brews based on taste. I am aware of Barista Hustle's Coffee Compass: https://baristahustle.com/blogs/barista-hustle/the-coffee-compass I have trouble when a coffee is tasting flat almost flavourless. Both the descriptors "dull" and "empty" are...
  19. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hi all, So this morning I made a video of my current technique/routine, it'd be great to get some thoughts on this and what you'd do differently. This is by far one of the better extractions that I've had recently (18g in - 36g out - 35 seconds - tasted nice and balanced, perhaps a slight hint...
  20. Videos
    Picked this up for £7.52 on ebay. £10 on a couple of baskets, £10 on rancilio steam wand and a bit of hacksawing and filing later this is the result. Looking to PID in the future. This is a bad example as it stays reasonably consistent but quite often find the extraction speeds up a LOT...
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