jaybar Senior Member Joined: 13 Sep 2011 Posts: 118 Location: Brooklyn Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 8:39pm Subject: Does one need to use more coffee when brewing Decaf ?
I find that when I brew decaf, the coffee tastes weaker than non-decaf. The beans are identical except for decaf/non-decaf. The amount of water used, brew temp. and grind remains constant, yet I find decaf to be more "watery". Is this possible? Do I need to increase the coffee dosage? Change temperature or change grind? I am using a Chemex. The difference is not as apparent when I use my kalita 185, but it is still there.
yakster Senior Member Joined: 25 Feb 2009 Posts: 1,013 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Factory / La Peppina... Grinder: Vario / Kyocera Vac Pot: Yama 8 + Pyrex Lox-in Rod Drip: Brazen / Kalita / Chemex /... Roaster: Behmor
Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 2:01am Subject: Re: Does one need to use more coffee when brewing Decaf ?
I brew my Wife a cup of decaf in the Kalita Wave 155 each morning using my standard 16:1 coffee brewing ratio and I don't notice it being noticeably watery. This is dosing at 14 grams for 225 grams of water. I also have been pulling decaf espresso shots using the same typical dose (16 grams in my La Peppina) as I use for regular coffee and don't notice a difference in concentration.
I have heard that decaf stales faster, could this be a factor in your coffee? The decafs I've been using are home-roasted coffees from Mexico and Ethiopia and the Shadow Puppet decaf blend from Chromatic Coffee.
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