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EvanOz85
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:52pm
Subject: Recently preferring higher brewing ratios..
 

For years I've stuck with a 1:16 coffee/water ratio, but recently I have found that ratio to taste strangely weak. I haven't changed any parameters in my brewing and I am roasting my own coffee the same as always. However I am now finding that I prefer a higher ratio of 1:14.5. I don't know if my taste buds are changing or what..but for 480.5g of water I now use 33g of coffee instead of my usual 30.

Anyone else had this happen to them?
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 3:15pm
Subject: Re: Recently preferring higher brewing ratios..
 

As I experiment with different brewing parameters, my goal is to bring out the richest and best the bean can offer.  What I find is that I am on an ever 'increasing' curve ...of whatever it is I'm doing.  That often results in coffee that is more than reasonably intense.

To counteract that, I have coffee several times a week at a coffee-bar that is not great but is consistent.  Always the same bean ...grind ...brew time, etc.  

And then I re-adjust my own brew parameters.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 6:18pm
Subject: Re: Recently preferring higher brewing ratios..
 

EvanOz85 Said:

For years I've stuck with a 1:16 coffee/water ratio, but recently I have found that ratio to taste strangely weak. I haven't changed any parameters in my brewing and I am roasting my own coffee the same as always. However I am now finding that I prefer a higher ratio of 1:14.5. I don't know if my taste buds are changing or what..but for 480.5g of water I now use 33g of coffee instead of my usual 30.

Anyone else had this happen them?

Posted November 14, 2012 link

On the surface this sounds like you are enjoying the taste of your roasts and look to bring out even more of that flavor - a good thing!

I start with the 1:16 ratio for a new bean but do go stronger too. I brew a lot of 500mL or less pots and cups - I think these seem to benefit more from the higher ratios than larger pots.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 5:18am
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I agree with JKaplin and EricBNC -- I too usually go with a stronger ratio than 1:16 of coffee to water.   For probably the same reason, the more I like a coffee the more flavor I want out of it, so I tend to increase the dosage.     Especially when the coffee has a lot of body, I like to load up with a higher dosage.
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EvanOz85
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Roaster: Hottop B, Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:13am
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I should have been more specific..sorry.

I was referring to pour-overs in my original post. I've been using a high ratio with full immersion methods ever since you originally posted about it and I've had great results. However I am now preferring the same high dosage in pour-overs as well.
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:11pm
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So did your preference for a higher pour-over brew ratio coincide with the immersion brew ratio change? Or did it occur later?
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EvanOz85
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:57pm
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Several months later!
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