Tom's Espresso Bar

Late evening espresso. Finca las Delicias from Johan & Nyström.

Late evening espresso. Finca las Delicias from Johan & Nyström.

Espresso drinks chart

Espresso drinks chart

“Today I begin the burdensome journey of switching from cappuccino to single-shot espresso as my go-to coffee drink.”
The best coffee beans you can find in Stockholm: the special blend for Mellqvist Kaffebar (http://www.facebook.com/MellqvistKaffebar) made by David Haugaard (http://haugaardcoffee.blogspot.se).

The best coffee beans you can find in Stockholm: the special blend for Mellqvist Kaffebar (http://www.facebook.com/MellqvistKaffebar) made by David Haugaard (http://haugaardcoffee.blogspot.se).

I did a small experiment today; tried some coffee beans from Bali that my mother-in-law bought. It’s been lying in my fridge for a bit too long perhaps. As you can see the beans are quite large.

I tried it on the 3rd step setting on my Hario grinder and I immediately saw that it was much too coarse - probably the beans were too dry.

As expected, the coffee went through the machine in probably less than 10 seconds. The resulting coffee was almost transparent, no crema at all, and very bitter.

Update: I tried again the day after, with the grinder on setting 1, and this time I got perfect crema and the coffee tasted better!

I did a small experiment today; tried some coffee beans from Bali that my mother-in-law bought. It’s been lying in my fridge for a bit too long perhaps. As you can see the beans are quite large.

I tried it on the 3rd step setting on my Hario grinder and I immediately saw that it was much too coarse - probably the beans were too dry.

As expected, the coffee went through the machine in probably less than 10 seconds. The resulting coffee was almost transparent, no crema at all, and very bitter.

Update: I tried again the day after, with the grinder on setting 1, and this time I got perfect crema and the coffee tasted better!
Unfortunately, the Gaggia Classic ships with two items that will prevent your barista training and must be replaced:
1) the pressurized filter basket, identified by the singular hole on the bottom. Buy a new filter basket for $15.
2) the plastic “turbo” steam wand. Replace it with a Rancilio-style wand for $30.

I purchased both my replacement parts on eBay.

Unfortunately, the Gaggia Classic ships with two items that will prevent your barista training and must be replaced:
1) the pressurized filter basket, identified by the singular hole on the bottom. Buy a new filter basket for $15.
2) the plastic “turbo” steam wand. Replace it with a Rancilio-style wand for $30.

I purchased both my replacement parts on eBay.