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Posted Tue May 10, 2005, 12:02pm
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daktarz Said:

Singles are easier? Why? I don't understand what you mean by side-channeling and no blonding. I know what the terms mean but I don't understand why you think they don't apply to singles but do to doubles. Clearly, if you extend the pull long enough through a single you'll get blonding. And if you're using a naked portafilter you'll CERTAINLY get channeling with a single. With my basket it's close to impossible NOT to get channeling.

But, with regard to your question, I routinely pull singles for myself, whether for a cap or a straight espesso. My wife likes a lot of milk so for her I use the double, naked, pf and then texture 8 oz of milk or thereabouts for a, to me, huge cup of milky espresso. At least it has a nice latte art on it as well.

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For me, isngles are easier. I do not have a scientific explaination but I get no blonding or channeling in 30 second with my naked portafilter. When I'm pulling doubles I get some sporadic sprays at about 18 seconda and it's totally blond at 25 seconds so I have to stop it at 22 seconds. My single shots taste better and they are not so messy. I never get sprays or side-channeling or blonding before the 28 second mark with my single basket. I love it.

 
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Posted Tue May 10, 2005, 12:04pm
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brianmch Said:

I was pulling singles today in an effort to reduce my caffine intake.  My beans are getting a bit stale so the shots were only so-so, but I was noticing that the puck, while dry, didn't come out evenly, with the grounds sticking to the sides closest to the top.  Anyone else run into this?  

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Sometimes, but not too often thought

 
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Posted Tue May 10, 2005, 3:17pm
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I pull mainly singles for the grind/dose/tamp cycle practice. My espresso intake stays the same, I just have twice as many cycles to run through. I seem to worship the process of the art after a while, and feel somehow incomplete when I get only half the normal/expected number of cycles in!

That, and I have no guilt whatsoever sinking a single after a bad first sip or its the first grind of the day or if the pour didnt look right or the target pressure/times wernt matched or the machine didnt quite sound right or preinfusion lasted too long or...

I *will*, however, jump to doubles for company (mainly for caps, to save time, and to get guests outta the kitchen sooner if a single isnt enough volume for them). I usually make a double or 2 beforehand to refresh the differences in technique well enough for company (as well as to help turn my social switch to the 'on' position). But after party cleanup, in goes the single basket again.

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Posted Tue May 10, 2005, 5:27pm
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daktarz Said:

And if you're using a naked portafilter you'll CERTAINLY get channeling with a single.

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Ahem

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*cough* *cough*

*coughbullshitcough*

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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 9:11am
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I recently started playing around with my single basket and my triple basket.  

NOTE:  Keep in mind that I draw the same amount of espresso in about 25 seconds for each of these sizes.

Triple:
I agree that a tripple is "supersized" American mentaility.  From a taste standpoint, It is a bit too much for me on a regular basis.  Also, from a financial standpoint, it's too expensive for every shot.  That's a lot of coffee and great coffee ain't cheap. And if you are drawing 1-1.5 oz. from that much coffee the grind setting is very sensative.

Single:
I have an E61 group and PF's.  The single basket has a smaller area of holes in the center (about the size of a quarter) which I believe is the reason for the earlier comment about avoiding side channeling).  I like that it uses less coffee but it's a bit weak for my taste.

Double:
That's the size that suits me best really.  Taste wise it's the right intinsity.  It doesn't use too much coffee.  I make a once ounce from the double basket and it is mostly crema and quite awsome.  With the excelent roast I use (see profile) and the filtered/softened water, and a stable rotary vane pump, I get some damned good ristrettos.   I have a hard time finding coffee houses that do better really.

 
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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 9:21am
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singforsupper Said:

Single:
I have an E61 group and PF's.  The single basket has a smaller area of holes in the center (about the size of a quarter) which I believe is the reason for the earlier comment about avoiding side channeling).  I like that it uses less coffee but it's a bit weak for my taste.

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Gerald,

Thanks for pointing out this key variable.  I also find that under-dosing a bit in the single basket helps avoiding channeling.  I am still pulling singles these days, drinking macchiatos, and single cappas.  The taste is just fine, even in a 6oz cappa.

Cheers,

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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 9:31am
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Without getting technical, I definitely notice my singles taste much better than either a double or two singles coming out of the double portifilter. I also notice that they look at you kind of funny in Italy when you order "un dopio" (that could be me butchering their language though).

 
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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 9:38am
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Clingstone Said:

Without getting technical, I definitely notice my singles taste much better than either a double or two singles coming out of the double portifilter.

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I think so, too...
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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 10:49am
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This is the case for me as well. I figured it might have something to do with the shape of the basket and/or the fact that the single basket has a smaller area with holes compared to the double.

Thus I'm always pulling singles.
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Posted Thu May 19, 2005, 11:39am
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twomartinis Said:

Ahem

<clears throat>

*cough* *cough*

*coughbullshitcough*

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beautiful picture and shot. what kind of machine is that? and also, love the text. classy. LOL

 
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