Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 8:02am Subject: Re: I don't get it? Did everything wrong.
That is an awesome idea!! I have no idea why I never thought of that. I have noticed that when I get to the bottom of an espresso, it starts tasting quite sweet, while the top of the shot is somewhat bitter. (When I do it right.)
I didn't think of it either. I learned it from Heather Perry when I took her Barista training course.
I've been eyeballing the dose for now, I know this won't cut it. I got my hands on a postal scale, still trying to figure out how to measure the dose with it. The portafilter is too heavy for it! :-) At least my wife is OK with the grinder leaving coffee grounds on the counter.
Take the spring out of the pf handle, then you'll be able to get your basket in and out easily. Tare your scale with your basket on it, then reweigh it after you fill it. After you get a technique down, you won't have to weigh it every time. I think I weigh mine about once or twice a month and, fortunately for me, I'm always spot on.
So, after doing some reading, this is basically the ratio of water to coffee. I'll admit that it's a little harder to precisely control this using an semi- automatic machine, I've been going purely by eyeball, stopping the shot when I see the level of coffee reaching the 1 oz line on a pair of shotglasses. According to what I've read, this is a "Normale" double shot.
Of course, now you're going to go by the way the extraction looks and tastes, rather than how full your vessel is.
I have to admit that while a Rocky is probably fine for the majority of people who like making cappuccinos or lattes, (It seems like I can get away with bloody murder and people tell me I made an awesome coffee) I'm increasingly getting a little frustrated with it.
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