Back to steam - coffee coming out of Bell again. That little rubber gasket doesn't do squat where I'm sure it fits, but works wonders where it shouldn't. Or does Bell work through pushing steam with the coffee? Someone ... anyone ... Bueller?
Gonna give this another run and see. Anyone care to kick in I'm all ears ... well eyes.
Run number deux (two tries per day, as three is just tooooooo much coffee and I'll sound like kaybean) and it is somewhat better. I think I'm learn'n the ways of Bell. I might have been building too much pressure inside of Bell before opening the coffee valve. Shorten the time a little and it was a better flow of coffee and less steam. Coffee seemed to be of pretty good strength. So there's an improvement. Will work down this road a little more and see where it takes me.
Note to self ... make sure you put the right amound of ground coffee to water. Although ... ground coffee for 3 servings and water for 6 servings did make a pretty good cup of regular coffee.
And following up on my last post. If I don't let too much pressure build up inside of the Bellman before opening the coffee valve I get a lot less steam coming through with the coffee. I really need to get a proper steel container that I can leave with it on the stove. Just no room with the Bellman on the burner to have a cup beside it, so I have been letting the Bellman heat up some first before opening the coffee valve. Not as per the instructions but a work around that has produced good reults now that I have figured out the steam thing and the location of the rubber washer.
What can I say ... love hate thing going on here, slowly working its way to real love.
Where we're at is this ....
1. Start with fresh cold water in the boiler.
2. Grind coffee to middle gring setting on my ginder. Consistenice somewhat like salt.
3. Level off coffee in basket. No tamping, tapping or any sort of pressing of coffee into basket.
4. Tighten everything up.
5. On the stove top burner. Crank it up to high and set the timer on 12 minutes. Why 12? Why not. That's what we're working with for now.
6. Check to see if you're going to get a steady flow of coffee after 7 minutes. I seem to be getting it after a full 12 minutes. Your milage may vary.
7. Slowly open coffee valve to see what you're going to get. Either a good flow of weak looking coffee, nice black coffee or steam. Weak coffee? Let it get hotter/sit longer. Nice black coffee, let it flow and keep openning the coffee valve slowly to keep the flow up. If you're getting steam, it's too frig'n hot and I don't know what to tell you other than to let it bleed off slowly'ish and see if you can get some coffee flow coming through.
I have noticed to get the coffee flowing I have to open the coffee valve slowly, but consistently, otherwise it will stop.
8. When all you get is steam and no coffee ... you have all the coffee you're going to get. Shut off coffee valve to build up the steam pressure and get ready to make some steamed milk.
I am still working on the steamed milk part of all this. Sometimes I am successful. Sometimes not so much. This is something to practice up on. I will let you know how that turns out.
So far this has worked best to give me a consistently good coffee from Bell. If you have found something that works better, I'm all ears or eyes as the case may be.
Went for another latte from Bell this morning. My steamed milk was a flop. Just wouldn't expand. Mostly just bubbles. And I thought getting the coffee out of it was going to be the problem. Ay caramba!!
Anyone have a link to a milk steaming vid that is easy to follow? I'm going to do a search, but several searchers are better than just one.