How come there’s no crema on my espresso?
Portafilter packed with coffee grinds of the correct size.
Dear Coffee Detective. I watched your video review of the Breville Duo Temp Pro and bought one. I’m not saying you steered me wrong or anything, but when I use it to make espresso I don’t get any crema on the espresso. Also, the machine feels like it’s struggling, like the pump isn’t strong enough.
Is this a breville problem or a me problem?
Please help as I REALLY want this to work.
I’m guessing that it’s neither a Breville problem or a “you” problem.
From the sound of it, it’s a coffee particle size problem. It sounds like your coffee is too finely ground. When that happens, the puck of coffee creates a near-solid block, the machine has a problem pushing water through it, and you get a trickle of espresso with no crema.
You didn’t say whether you bought pre-ground coffee for your espresso, or whether you grind it yourself.
If you grind the beans yourself, change the setting so the grinds are a little coarser.
If you bought coffee pre-ground for espresso, try switching brands. This may sound a little weird. You’d think a company would know what size was just right. But years ago I had the same problem. Exactly the same as you describe.
These days I mostly grind my own beans when I make espresso. But when I’m feeling a little lazy, I have been known to buy one of those “bricks” of espresso from a store.
And I make sure to avoid the brand that caused me trouble before.
The thing is, the particle size is really important when making espresso. Too small and you get the problem I described above. Too big, and water goes through too fast, under too little pressure, and you get a very weak and watery espresso.
I hope this helps!
NickMore on espresso and espresso machines.Video review of the Breville Duo Temp ProChoosing an espresso machine for your home.What is espresso?Making stovetop espresso with a Bialetti.