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The staff at Euro Coffee Machine Services love their coffee, This article outlines some of the common areas to check when the coffee you make isn't coming up to scratch.

 

 

Is your Coffee Machine hot enough?

The temperature of the boiling water in your machine should be at least 85ºC-95ºC. If there is a problem with the temperature, the heat exchanger located inside your machine may not be working properly and you may need to contact us.

Is there enough water?

Make sure you check your water level. The water level in your machine should be always 70 % filled. If your water is not being replaced after making a few espresso's you may need to contact us.

How's the pump pressure?

Check the manual that came with your machine, make sure you are operating within the recommended guidelines. Adjust the knob on the pump to obtain the appropriate pressure.

How's the machine’s pressure?

Check the manual that came with your machine, make sure you are operating within the recommended guidelines. Adjust the knob on the pump to obtain the appropriate pressure. To reduce the pressure, loosen the screw and if you want to increase the pressure, tighten the screw. 

How are the grinding blades?

If your espresso machine has a grinder attached to it, make sure that the grinding blades are working properly. You could check by grinding some of your beans and scrutinizing them. If they are not of equal size, it means that your blades need to be repaired or replaced.!

Too many Grounds?

The ground coffee should not be filled more than ¾ of the portafilter or filter basket. If your machine uses pods, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

Extracting time.

Time is a factor when extracting espresso straight to the cup. The recommended time range of extracting espresso is after 18-24 seconds and the liquid should be dark brown in colour topped with golden crema. The perfect espresso is extracted after 22 seconds.

Why is timing important?

it is in this time range (18-24 seconds) that espresso is not too diluted and not too concentrated. To tell that espresso is too diluted (below 18 seconds), it has reddish brown color as it is being extracted. To tell that the espresso is too concentrated (after 24 seconds), it is black in color as it is being extracted.

Get rid of expired espresso!

It is best to serve espresso immediately! Expired espresso (14-18 seconds after extracting) will oxidize and the taste and aroma will be affected. Expired espresso will leave you with an extremely bland or bitter taste in your mouth, eliminating the pleasure of tasting the perfect espresso.

 

If you are concerned that your coffee machine is not working the way it should please contact us for an obligation-free quote.