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Problem with the Lelit 57mm filter basket

I have been using a LELIT espresso machine for over a year to make my beloved coffee. This machine is interesting for several reasons which have already been mentioned in an article published on this site. I wouldn’t go back. Today I will focus exclusively on the LELIT filter supplied with the machine and the problem it poses due to its design.

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Learn to use a La Pavoni, step by step

Although very busy for several months, I decided to take over my blog on coffee. Today, I offer a detailed tutorial, on all the steps that allow me to make a success of my coffees with a levered La Pavoni.

You should know that the levered La Pavoni are very “sensitive” machines. That is to say that the slightest “mistake” has consequences that are immediately felt in the cup. Therefore, when you start with a La Pavoni, the first coffees are very often missed. But do not be discouraged, with practice, you manage to find your technique and implement your protocol to make all your coffees successful.

Old photo of me extracting coffee with a La Pavoni. I changed the portafilter and filter (I switched to the IMS filters and the same for the shower). I really like the colors we have in this flowing coffee.

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How to use Nespresso reusable capsules ?

As François Etienne explains in his book “Le guide pratique du café”, Nespresso has done good to the world of coffee. This great brand has managed to make (with their varied range of capsule) realize to the general public that coffee does not have a single taste. They paved the way for the concept of “coffee for oneself” and people began to take an interest in the different possibilities that a cup of coffee can offer.

Some of the consumers (including me) who can be categorized as “disappointed with Nespresso” have begun to return to conventional extraction systems with the sole purpose of creating a good coffee. But there was in my case an intermediate step that was to use reusable Nespresso capsules. I relighted my old Nespresso machine to explain step by step how to use it with reusable capsules.

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How to use a Moka pot ?

Moka pot are created at a time when espresso machines were very expensive. They allowed the general public to access, at home, coffee close to espresso. It is actually possible with espresso maker moka pot to have a mousse very close to the cream of an espresso. To get there, you have to use some coffees and have some technique.

Let’s see how to make a coffee with an Italian espresso maker moka pot.

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The best of knock box for your espresso machine

In the same vein as my article on scales to weigh his coffee, I made you a selection. Today, I’m going to talk about the “knock box”. These are boxes that allow you to easily eject a cake of coffee grounds and recover it to value it. There are different types of knock box for all budgets. At the end of the article, I will even show you some craft knock box. Thus, if you are handyman you can make one yourself.

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La Pavoni lever machine – regular maintenance

La Pavoni coffee machines are extremely durable. They have a very good design, but like any machine, you have to maintain it. I had already talked a little about it in this article, when I started with my La Pavoni. Today I will complete my information of the time focusing on the maintenance of the boiler and pistons. It is recommended to perform this maintenance from time to time (approximately every 6 months). This is something that will increase the longevity of your La Pavoni coffee machine.

For the writing of this article, I used my personal experience as well as the video (below, at the end of the article) posted on the Youtube channel of the brand. We will discover how to dismantle the entire machine, how to clean it, and how to remount it.


How to promote the coffee grounds ecologically?

As a good coffee consumer, you can become a real coffee grounds factory. Rather than throwing the coffee grounds directly into the trash or sink, it is possible to recycle. After conducting my little survey, I have selected for you ecological tips to recycle the coffee grounds.

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List of premium hand coffee grinders

Several reasons push me to prefer manual mills to electric mills. They are less noisy, have precision mechanical side that I like, waste less coffee (with less retention). At the time I sought to acquire a coffee grinder, I started listing all the premiums manual coffee grinders on the market. This is the purpose of this article.


[Barista tip] spreading the coffee in your portafilter

Spreading the coffee in the portafilter is a step to take just before compacting the grind. Incorrectly done, this step can be the cause of bad extractions of your coffees. When you have more coffee on one side of the basket and you cup directly, it creates less dense areas, which will facilitate the passage of water.

Thus, a bad distribution of the coffee grounds before packing them contributes to an ignoble extraction of the nectar. To remedy this problem, there are some small tips. Some of them are little used in the professional world because they take time. Baristas will therefore be more likely to use accessories dedicated to this task.

In any case, it is essential to have the portafilter basket cleaned and dry before adding the grind. This in particular prevents the coffee sticks and adheres to the basket.

Finger leveling

This is a method often used by people who fill the basket of the portafilter to the brim. With the finger, spread the coffee without packing it and expel the rest. I’m not a fan of this method, because I think we’re wasting coffee by applying it.

Tap the portafilter

Another method that does not require an accessory is to tap the portafilter on the worktop to break the mounted grounds. Then with your hand you tap on its sides (of the portafilter) to try to adjust the level. This method is the one I used at the beginning, it requires experience and is probably the longest and least effective.

One of the risks of this approach is to put coffee everywhere.

Weiss distribution technique

The use of a wooden toothpick or stalk to break the mounted grounds and spread the coffee grind into the basket is often coupled with a funnel. The funnel makes it possible to avoid getting out of the basket coffee by mixing with the toothpick. A funnel can be made by cutting the top of a plastic bottle or the bottom of a yoghurt pot at the right size. Below is a video to explain the process.

These are now objects that are marketed by BPlus. It was created in limited edition when the group “The Pavoni Lever Machine Owners” reached the 4000 members.

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Coffee distributor

Coffee distributors are accessories created specifically to evenly spread the grounds in the basket. They are generally sold between 15 $ and 60 $ but can reach extremes as well as tampers (for example, the luxurious O.C.D. brand sells its distributors at 180 $).

You have to buy a coffee distributor that matches the diameter of your portafilter. Nevertheless, it is a rare accessory for certain sizes. For example, there are a lot of 58mm distributors, but the 57mm is much harder to find (and expensive).

For La Pavoni machines, as I explained for the tamper, I recommend a diameter of 51.5 mm for the coffee distributor. This extra half millimeter prevents coffee from remaining on the edges of the basket. A distributor of such a diameter is rare, I acquired mine for 40 € at BPlus, a company that I had already presented during my test of the coffee grinder Apollo. If you want you an purchase a low expensive 51 mm coffee distributor here.

It’s easy to use a coffee distributor. There are blades under the dispenser which turning will spread the coffee well in the basket. It is necessary to adjust the height of the dispenser (by screwing or unscrewing it, the rim of the dispenser abuts on the portafilter) so as not to pack the coffee. After evenly distributing the coffee, it remains to pack it with your tamper.

My impressions about the usefulness and the interest of such a tool are very positive. The simplicity, the speed of execution and the regularity of the result justify in my opinion its acquisition. I recommend however to choose a heavy accessory (about 450 to 550 g).

By applying one or other of these tips, the water will cross evenly the cake of coffee which will optimize your extractions.