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After doing lots of research I finally purchased the following setup:

 

Elektra Micro Casa-Leva espresso machine + Anfim KS grinder

 

So far, the results have been terrible - I just can't get it right.  As a last-ditch attempt, I am posting this to see if a:) anyone has used this set-up and can offer advice, or b:) someone in Brisbane would be kind enough to come around and help get it right.

 

If not, it's going on eBay!

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Cheers,

 

Sean

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which burb in Brissie are you in?

 

you're obviously all over it and well researched to have a go at one of these settups - I did see this on CG, especially the last sentence, so it sounds like it's a twitchy thing

 

"Grind, tamp and volume of grounds are absolutely crucial to getting a great shot with the Micro Casa a Leva. There's no way around it. You will not get a good shot with Illy preground. You won't get a good shot with fresh roast coffee that's been ground in a cheap grinder. You definitely won't get a good shot if you use old beans. And you won't get a good shot if you're even slightly off on your grind, your tamp, or the volume of grinds you use."

 

am in Bris north-side but have no experience with such a machine - but I can offer to deploy a Pharos hand grinder and a plain old Rocky to see if grind is the issue - my guess anyway

 

I've taken to weighing my beans to within 0.5gms and this has improved consistency significantly - perhaps try different grinds but all with the same weight of beans to at least get one variable under control

 

hopefully there are others more learned than me that can sort this for you as it must be doable

 

edit:

also picked up this on the grinder "It houses tempered stainless steel flat burr grinding blades and has a similar stepped adjustment to the Best, with somewhat large increments, …." - more and more suspecting the control of grind and dosing as your issue given the "large increments"

 

edit 2:

if it helps, I've converted my Rocky to step-less grind so you're more than welcome to borrow it and play till sorted

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They are easy machines to use Sean

What specifically are your issues 

How fresh are your beans ? 

 

You still live near Bowen Hills 

 

 

Hi - the beans are from Campos and Elixir and were bought only a few days ago.  Some of the issues: too bitter, no body, too slow, too fast, puck too wet....and combinations thereof!  Now living in Kelvin Grove btw.  Cheers!

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Hi - the beans are from Campos and Elixir and were bought only a few days ago.  Some of the issues: too bitter, no body, too slow, too fast, puck too wet....and combinations thereof!  Now living in Kelvin Grove btw.  Cheers!

1 ) As long as the beans are no more than 4 to 6 weeks old from roast date it should be right

2) Re to bitter - it's one of three things - Over-extracting your coffee, Using water that is too hot, Using the wrong grind size

3) Re rest of issues - same as above but add tamp pressure to the mix

So it's mostly the nut behind the wheel on L plates

Practice makes perfect Sean and I feel you need a hands on lesson to get the basics down pat

If I can help with a visit or you can bring your kit over to my place so we can compare with my lever and a hands on lesson from myself - then we can T it up

I have 40+ years experience with the coffee/cafe industry

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1 ) As long as the beans are no more than 4 to 6 weeks old from roast date it should be right

2) Re to bitter - it's one of three things - Over-extracting your coffee, Using water that is too hot, Using the wrong grind size

3) Re rest of issues - same as above but add tamp pressure to the mix

So it's mostly the nut behind the wheel on L plates

Practice makes perfect Sean and I feel you need a hands on lesson to get the basics down pat

If I can help with a visit or you can bring your kit over to my place so we can compare with my lever and a hands on lesson from myself - then we can T it up

I have 40+ years experience with the coffee/cafe industry

 

That would be fantastic, thank you.  Please let me know when you're free - I'd really appreciate a lesson!

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That would be fantastic, thank you. Please let me know when you're free - I'd really appreciate a lesson!

Don't feel any performance pressure Sean if you are crap, I will still offer you $15 for the lot.

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