Coffee blend: We recommend a strong dark roast, or Italian-style roast to achieve a stronger tasting brew. And remember - fresh is best. Head to your local roaster or cafe to chat about their available blends. Tip: After some coffee recommendations? Check out our new House Blend, ground specifically for use with your capsules! We also asked our customers for their favourites. Here are some of the top tips for a great go-to blend - Veneziano Forza, Gigante Black Silk, Genovese Super Brazil, Merlo Forza 5.1, Bellissimo Ultimo, Botero Brass, Dimattina Espresso Bar, ONA The Hitman, Mocopan Profondo, Niccolo House Blend, Niccolo Decaf, Industry One Stone Hammer Blend, L'or Espresso Onyx.
Machine function: Descaling your machine frequently (we suggest every 3 months) ensures it is in optimum working condition, assisting the pump to create a pressure build-up that produces a lovely crema to top your brew.
Grind method: If you grind at home, using a burr grinder will help you achieve a better brew (blade grinders can create too much dust).
Grind size / tamp: The grind size may be too coarse. Try applying more pressure (very firmly) when tamping, and ensure the capsule is filled to the top.
Lid: Experiment with the interchangeable Steel Filters. If tamping more firmly hasn't assisted in resolving the weak brew, switch to a filter with less slots. Check out this video for a better look at how a combination of tamping and switching filters effects the brew results.
Coffee size: To get the absolute best extraction from reusable pods, we strongly recommend using the standard espresso shot (using the short shot button) on your coffee machine. This provides the perfect amount of water to extract the best elements of the coffee (oils, aroma and flavour - yum)!
Brewing a long shot can adversely affect your extraction. For a better tasting long or mug coffee:
Lungo - use 2 pods on a 40mL extraction setting
Long black - use the short shot button, and top with boiling water (by running your coffee machine without a pod in it)
The other bonus of brewing this way? You will actually extract less acidity from the coffee, resulting in a less bitter tasting cuppa.