I have a question about Cellini portafilter basket size vs coffee weight. I've read that generally speaking in order to pull a single shot you should start with 7 grams of coffee and a double requires 14 grams. However, I noticed that when I weigh the coffee on a scale, 14 grams doesn't do much to fill the double shot basket of the Cellini. When I tamp the coffee it sits well below the line on the inside of the basket. I checked the scale and it's accurate, so it seems to me that the double basket requires more like 20 grams rather than 14 in order to pull a double shot. I tried pulling shots using only 14 grams and it just doesn't seem that the basket is made for such a small amount, but what do I know. Am I way off? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Just broke out the Lavazza Super Crema and gave it a try in my month-old espresso machine. Compared to other coffees I've tried in my machine, I too feel the Lavazza Super Crema is a very good value and holds its own against my other favorites.
I'm relatively new to good espresso and haven't...
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Thanks mjackson for your reply to my question below about the Cellini Classic. I have a few questions about maintenance I was hoping you, or someone else, could help me with. I've had the machine for about a month. I backflush with the blank filter basket after every use, and wipe everything down with a damp cloth, including the group head gasket, but I'm sure it's time to do more. I received some Urnex Cleancaf with the grinder that I ordered. Can I use this as a backflush detergent to clean the group head? Anything else I should be doing regularly to maintain the group head?
Also, I was thinking of buying a cleaning brush for the steam wand but it seems to contain a rubber tube, so that's probably not a good idea. Is there anything special I should do to maintain the steam wand?
Finally, I use the machine about 10 times a week to make about a dozen to 20 drinks. When should I think about descaling and what do you recommend I use?
Thanks for your help.
Noticed that you're apparently no longer selling the Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic. I'm curious to know why, especially since I purchased one recently.
I noticed that whole bean coffee comes packaged a couple of different ways. In one case the brand I've ordered comes in what feels like a slightly vacuum-packed brick (Lavazza) and in the other case the bag is much softer, more loose, and apparently contains more air (Danesi). Is there a reason for the difference? Does the difference impact freshness before the seal is broken and the bag opened for the first time?
I recently purchased a Rocket Espresso Cellini Classic. It's my first espresso machine, so I have nothing to compare it to, but, so far, I'm really pleased with the performance. I'm getting to where I'm pulling consistently good espresso shots with really beautiful crema, or, if not, I can readily identify where I went wrong and get back on track.
That said, I am curious as to why the Cellini Classic isn't listed among WLL's prosumer models. Where is it that my wonderful machine falls short of that classification?
Also, I can't find any reviews of this model, so I was hoping someone here could share his/her experience with the Cellini Classic.
I bought a bag of Segafredo Zanetti Ho.Re.Ca to try with my very first home espresso machine. I am definitely no coffee connoisseur (heck I can barely spell the word - "connoisseur" that is) but I've found I really like it. It's grown on me as I go through the two pound bag. I busted it out after finishing the WLL Monaco Whole Bean that came with my grinder and which was very good but a little on the bitter side (probably my fault since I was brand new to brewing espresso). It tasted very different from the Monaco and took a little getting used to because the bit of bitterness was supplanted by an "earthy" taste that I couldn't really put my finger on and hadn't tasted before, but the taste has grown on me and I really, really like the stuff. Just sayin'
Bought a bag of Segafredo Zanetti Ho.Re.Ca. Wasn't sure about it at first. It has sort of an "earthy" flavor to it that I can't put my finger on, but it's starting to grow on me. I've decided that I really like it.