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atarinaper
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Location: San Jose, CA
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Espresso: LM Strada MP
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: Able Kones, Chemex, Fetco
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 5:45pm
Subject: Re: Yet another newbie experience
 

qualin Said:

I think I would have to be Arnold Shwartzenegger to tamp that hard.  "I'm going to tamp dis potta filta now.... AAAARRRRGHARGARHARGHARGH..."   .... :-)



What is the best way to measure the dose? should I pop out the portafilter basket, tare it on the scale, then grind into the basket, then pop it back into the portafilter?
It seems to me that the Rocky is set up in such a way where it was meant to grind directly straight into the portafilter.



If I'm seeing the hex bolt embedded in the puck, does that mean that my dose is too big?

I'll admit, The temperature surfing aspect doesn't look too hard to do. I'll have to play with this. Sometimes I feel that pulling shots with this machine is like a box
of chocolates, you'll never know what you're going to get! :-)



Thanks for the link. I guess this is something I'll have to mess with. It sounds a little tricky.



Ahh.. Well, I've learned my lesson, when I can't dial in the shot anymore, the beans have had it.

Now, it makes me curious, if I can't pull a shot with stale beans, should I just grind them up for drip coffee and leave it at that?

Posted July 21, 2012 link

For scales my favorite is this one: Click Here (www.amazon.com)

you can flip the plastic cover over and place your portafilter right on it for weighing.
It's hard to say, if you see the hex bolt embedded, but my doses run around 18-19.5g doses for double ristretto shots depending on the coffee and it's age.

I'd really suggest PID'ing the machine, you're going to have a much easier time getting consistent results, by having that factor remain the same.
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