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Coffee Expert review great machine brews really well to Gold Cup Standard
on 1 December 2016
I'm an AST for specialist coffee association of Europe I purchased this machine based upon it having a proper burr grinder. I have brewed various coffees and after adjusting grinder have consistently brewed coffee at correct extraction of 18% to 22% I will add to review after another week of use. If you like coffee great machine easy to set up and programmable for brewing times so you can wake up with fresh coffee ready to go.
Update I cannot understand why other reviewers have not been able to dial in there required strength, I will confirm the following grind size is adjusted by silver knob on top surface of machine, if not sure about grind size for your particular coffee start in middle position, the strength function from light to dark bean will dictate how many grams of your chosen grind size is ground along with your selection of cup volume from 2 to 12 cups, the 2 to 12 cups setting will also dictate volume of water used from tank to make your coffee, the machine will use even from a full water tank the appropriate amount of water to suit your number of cups selected. if your coffee is not strong enough when at strongest setting then decrease the grind size to allow more water coffee contact time extraction, if too strong first try adjusting the amount by decreasing the strength button lighten the coffee bean symbol.
Please also note this machine is a Filter brewing machine that brews with gravity and should be used with coffee roasted for Filter brewing, you will not get Espresso extraction from this machine as Espresso is much more finely ground and most importantly brewed under 9 BAR pressure to release oils emulsions in coffee producing a rich crema on cup. You will not produce that style of coffee from this machine, but will produce wonderfully extracted Filter coffee from this machine and for best results owing to Filter size and shape I recommend smallest ideal brew size for good extraction be at 4 cups to allow equal wetting of coffee. If anyone has any questions about using getting best from their machine please ask via Amazon.