This past weekend I used my new La Pavoni espresso machine several times. I was playing with grind and tamp and pulls.
I had like one successfully shot.
The machine is easy to use. It heats the water quickly. Everything works– or seems to.
I think I've narrowed down my issues to either (a) too coarse a grind or (b) not enough tamp.
The grinder I have is a cuisenart burr Grinder set to finest. It should be ok.
I may also not have put enough coffee in the holder thing.
It's gonna take me several more tries to get this right– but I like the manual pull thing. It feels more like I'm "making" the espresso.