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Date: 10 Feb 2007 09:09:37
From: robert
Subject: Rancilio Silvia
I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?





 
Date: 22 Feb 2007 16:02:14
From: robert
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia
On Feb 10, 12:09 pm, "robert" <rdi...@gmail.com > wrote:
> I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
> The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?

Sorry not to get back sooner, I was away on business. To answer your
question: Lavazza preground.



  
Date: 23 Feb 2007 10:56:37
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia
"robert" <rdini1@gmail.com > wrote:

>On Feb 10, 12:09 pm, "robert" <rdi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
>> The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?
>
>Sorry not to get back sooner, I was away on business. To answer your
>question: Lavazza preground.
>
That would be a great part of anyone's problems. That stuff may work
on a steam-driven machine, or maybe one with an crema-enhancing
portafilter, but for 'real' espresso you NEED fresh beans, properly
roasted and a quality grinder. Anything else just won't do. It's that
simple.


Randy "pre-ground only works for beef and wheat" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




  
Date: 22 Feb 2007 19:04:24
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia

"robert" <rdini1@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:1172188934.925775.184390@t69g2000cwt.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 10, 12:09 pm, "robert" <rdi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
>> The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?
>
> Sorry not to get back sooner, I was away on business. To answer your
> question: Lavazza preground.
>

That's the problem, stale preground, roasted who knows when crap!
Craig.



 
Date: 10 Feb 2007 22:03:09
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia
"robert" <rdini1@gmail.com > wrote:

>I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
>The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?

Did you get a new grinder?
What coffee are you using?
Dose and tamp technique?
Warm-up time?
Using a proper tamper and not the plastic POS that came with Silvia?
Measure tamping force?
Time the pull?
Check the brew temp?
Where did you learn your technique/methods of prep?
Machine facing Yemen?


Randy "espresso is easy. good espresso takes practice" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




  
Date: 13 Feb 2007 20:45:25
From: Roger Shoaf
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia

"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com > wrote in message
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> Machine facing Yemen?

Bravo Randy, To those who are about to clean our monitors we salute you.

--
Roger Shoaf

If knowledge is power, and power corrupts, what does this say about the
Congress?




 
Date: 10 Feb 2007 14:08:10
From: Basset
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia
On Feb 10, 12:41 pm, "Craig Andrews"
<alt.cof...@deletethis.rogers.com > wrote:
> "robert" <rdi...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:1171127377.828212.158340@v33g2000cwv.googlegroups.com...
>
> >I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
> > The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?
>
> Oh, it could be just about everything & anything! www.coffeegeek.com,www.coffeegeek.com/forums
> Craig.

A few thoughts:

1. If you get more than 2.5 oz in 25 seconds, your grind may be too
coarse or you may not be tamping heavily enough (30 lbs is kind of the
accepted std; try it on a bathroom scale to get an idea). Or it could
be a bit of both.

2. The older your coffee is, the less likely you will get crema, even
with a decent grind.

3. If there is a sour taste, your water is not hot enough, and you
need to wait a bit longer after the light goes out. There are plenty
of online articles about the Silvia and water temperature.

Cheers

Julio



 
Date: 10 Feb 2007 12:41:47
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia

"robert" <rdini1@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:1171127377.828212.158340@v33g2000cwv.googlegroups.com...
>I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
> The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?
>

Oh, it could be just about everything & anything! www.coffeegeek.com ,
www.coffeegeek.com/forums
Craig.



 
Date: 10 Feb 2007 09:38:26
From:
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia
On Feb 10, 12:09 pm, "robert" <rdi...@gmail.com > wrote:
> I just got a new Rancilio Silvia and I'm not having any luck with it.
> The coffee is bitter and without crema. What I am I doing wrong?

More info needed- what kind of coffee are you using? (the most
important factor of all. . .)

What grinder? (factor #2)

With that info, I'm sure a number of folks can jump in to offer
help. . .

Wes