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sydney1128

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Espresso with Krups XP5620
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:29:05 AM »
Bought this Krups last year but didn't really get a chance to look into making proper espresso.
Last night decided to seriously do it properly, and hey check it out!

Krups XP5620 (bought during year end sale from Courts last year with free electric grinder at around $150, cheaper than most of our cables!!!  ;D)


Tried make this beans that bought locally. Tried 4 times with grind size of 2.5, 1.8, 1.2 but all tasted sour!
Then tried the last time at 1.0 it taste better but not fantastic.
Guess it is not really suitable to make espresso  :(


Then tried this beans from Sydney at grind size 1.8.
Crema looks good, taste isn't bad, aroma is decent. Maybe I should try with different grind size to get the better of it, will do so next time.


Lastly decide to try the Bali peaberry at grind size 1.8.
I must admit this is the best among the three. Look at the rich crema, the aroma is pretty strong and the taste is fantastic!
Have body and the extract is just nice. Taste like one we want to spend in a cafe!
Very nice and never expect the cheap Krups XP5620 can brew such quality espresso! Worth it!
Check it out at www.dombacoffee.com
Just realised they have a branch in SG at International Plaza selling at $17+ for 225g.


After 6 cups of espresso during midnight, you can imagine my remaining night to be like ;)

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Re: Espresso with Krups XP5620
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2016, 10:24:37 PM »
Grind is important as is tamping...tamp to hard and grind to fine will stall the flow, so its a delicate balance. Beans MUST BE FRESH - if 3+ weeks after roast date then going down hill fast already 4+ weeks time to throw IMHO

Campos nice beans from Oz if you get still fresh

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Re: Espresso with Krups XP5620
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 12:34:37 PM »
This Krups is having automatic tamping for the grounds, so for the time being I don't have to worry on tamping.
But in future when I upgrade my machine, I will definitely got to get one and do it well.

hmmmm...... I guess my beans are over 3 weeks old by now.....
Maybe that is the reason why the Campos are not as strong as the Bali beans....

But I am glad to brew a proper espresso from the Krups  :D

Next will wanner try latte...

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Re: Espresso with Krups XP5620
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 02:29:06 PM »
Latte will cover up a multitude of sins  :-X

When you start to be able to control more or all the aspects of the brewing process you appreciate the little changes that can be made...

Its a bit like speaker placement and main listening position changes in the audio arena.

beans - blend, freshness, grind, weight, tamping, water - quality, temp, pressure, group temp, shot timing, they can all make and or break a decent result, and I've probably even missed a few things there... 

coffee along with wine have some of the highest levels of complexity and flavonoids in food groups.

http://coffeemakersusa.com/coffee-antioxidants-and-flavonoids/
« Last Edit: December 09, 2016, 02:51:31 PM by Wizardofoz »