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Why is the crema not forming on the coffee when using ground coffee?

I have an espresso machine and when I use store bought ground coffee and when I make the shot the light brown foam dosen’t form on top. 

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  • 1 month ago

    The coffee may be stale. It should be within three weeks of the date it was roasted. The temperature may also be too low.

  • As CB said - you need to use an espresso grind

    You need to tamp properly (test as you go and adjust accordingly)

    Machine needs to be HOT

    What machine are you using?

  • CB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Use and Espresso grind (and espresso bean)  made for making espresso - much finer than normal ground coffee and much darker bean. You probably aren't extracting enough oils that act as a surfacant to cause foam.

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