tried again there now. Better results. Still need to catch it a little earlier. The coffee definitely wasn't as burnt as before, and while its still cloudy, there were definitely less bits in it, pumping up the spout from the filter.very interesting. i've always had bad results with stove top makers - i.e. burnt coffee. i may try this again in the future. i have a gaggia classic espresso machine for the last 15 years or so, and i've used the hob one at times when it's needed a service. never thought of pre boiling the water, timing it or even running it under a cold tap. always suspected i was just doing it wrong...
i've been using the fair trade beans from lidl for some time. i really like the colombia ones. not particularly expensive.
oh also, and I never knew this before, but you have to always put the full amount of water in, up to the line, otherwise the pressure levels aren't right, it seems
I'm obviously a philistine but why on earth would you need an expensive grinder? I think the one I have cost about 30 quid.
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