I am considering moving from the Gagia Glasic MDF grinder combo to this Platinum Vogue for the convenience and...
I am considering moving from the Gaggia Glassic MDF grinder combo to this Platinum Vogue for the convenience and quicker brew time (we have twins arriving in December, and I know I'll need the coffee but don't anticipate having as much time!) I'm not quite clear what the difference is between the OptiDose setting and the E-Plus setting. OptiDose is described as effecting "intensity" and E-Plus determines "aroma". Could someone explain the difference? How do they relate to each other, and how would I adjust them to brew, say, a strong cafe crema or strong double espresso shot? Thanks!
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OptiDose is basically the amount of coffee (in grams) going into each shot. The E-plus system is a flow restrictor that imitates a firmer tamp. It controls the rate at which water passes through the coffee.
Thanks for the reply Kathy. But....what does that MEAN to a novice like me? :) How do the two settings compliment each other, or work together? Or don't they? Maybe I just need a refresher on the relationship between amount of coffee and flow rate. I like strong espresso....so would I set OptiDose to max (most coffee) and E-Plus to min (slower flow)?
Hello Adam, If you would like strong espresso, you are correct with the OptiDose to max and the E-Plus to min. If you were to make a cafe crema, I would suggest setting the E-Plus to max flow. You can set the Optidose to the strength that gives you the taste you are looking for. Having the E-Plus set at max will draw out how long the coffee takes to give up its goodness. Resulting in less bitter notes.