Be a Barista
- Preheat cup
- Remove portafilter from group head
- Wipe clean and dry
- Dose basket: 7-9 g single; 14-18 g double; 21 – 27 g triple
- Leveling of grounds into dosing chamber
- Tamp the ground firmly: 30-50 lbs. / 14-23 kg of pressure
- Clean portafilter rim of grounds
- Purge group
- Insert the portafilter into the group head
- Start the pump and brew into preheated cup
- Observe the flow 20-30 seconds: 1-1.5 oz. single volume; 25-30 seconds: 2-3.0 oz. double; 30-40 seconds: 3-4.5 oz. triple.
- Serve or use to make espresso-based beverage
- Remove portafilter, knock out spent grounds and wipe clean
- Return portafilter to ground head to keep pre-heated
Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee
The Six Essentials
- Three-to-four-minute brew time
- Water temperature at 200O F (+/- 5O F)
- Level coffee bed
- Add proper amount of grind per pot
- Clean coffee machine, brew funnels and glass decanters
- Proper amount of water
Important Coffee Facts
- Do not pre-pour coffee grounds into filters and stack them. Coffee grounds lose their freshness when exposed to the air and will absorb foreign odors. The surrounding odors will destroy a pot of coffee.
- Shake the brew filter with coffee grounds before putting in the coffee machine to ensure the bed is level. This will ensure an even coffee brew.
- Never allow coffee and brew funnel to sit in the machine before brewing, as drying and staling will occur from the heat and moisture in the tank.
- Ensure the undercarriage above the brew funnel is clean, as rancid oils may collect and ruin a perfect pot of coffee.
- Coffee machines should be cleaned regularly during the operating day by wiping with a damp cloth.
- Coffee should not be brewed using soft water.
- Dump grains immediately after completion of the brew.
- Never add the remains from an old pot of coffee with a freshly brewed pot. If there is half a cup of coffee left in a pot, dispose of it.
- Never serve coffee from a pot in the middle of a brew cycle.
Maintaining Coffee and Equipment
- Use a de-liming spring to clean water lines. This will keep a proper brew time.
- Ensure the spray head is clean and all six holes have constant water flow to ensure an even spread of water over the bed of coffee. Use a toothpick to clean the holes. (Always keep an extra spray head in the event of loss).