Coffee Recommendation? I've had my machine just over a week now. I am not yet sure what to make of it. I have tried using Cafe Bustelo and another US brand, but just don't seem to be able to get the flavor. Any suggestions? Maybe a finer grind?
Have you tried the Lavazza Crema e Gusto Coffee, Italian Espresso ... try the medium roast ... and I use Dean Half & Half milk. Most people will be against using half & half, however the way I look at it is when you are steaming Milk using expresso maker the steam adds a bit of water to the half & half hence lowering the thickness to right level.
I have been through 4 - containers of Cafe Bustelo in this machine - I have long been a fan of "CB" and it makes a nice cup. I hope it doesn't get to popular and prices rise or it flies off the shelves!
This is such a difficult question because it really depends on what kind of coffee you like. As someone who discovered love for coffee while living in Italy, I would get Pellini Top (my favorite and I see Amazon carries it now), Illy, or Lavazza Oro. If you prefer a milder flavor, I'd get Lavazza Crema e Gusto (my husband calls this one a girly Lavazza).
I've been using Starbucks bagged Espresso. I have them grind it. I've had mine for about 6 weeks and sometimes it would struggle to push the espresso out or leak water out the side..and considering it was a new machine I was upset. I asked the girl at Starbucks and she told me to try a coarser grind. So instead of the 3 that Starbucks normally grinds it at...I asked them to grind it at a 3 1/2 and I took it home to try it and it was PERFECT! Poured at a decent rate, had good crema, and NO leaking water out the sides ;) <3 Hope that helps!
I guess everyone may have different tastes, but one coffee I always comeback to is Caffe Vita - Luna blend. It's based in Seattle and Amazon do carry them(not Prime, though). You won't be disappointed.
I prefer Pilon espresso coffee.....has a rich coffee taste and great crema. It is a regional cuban coffee made in Florida and you may not find it in your area. I have to get it shipped to me but it's worth it.