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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 9:46am
Subject: PortaFilter groundpack
 

I am new to all of this and have a question about how the grounds should look after brewing in the portafilter.  I am using a Starbuck Barista Athena and the grounds have to be cut out with a small sharp knife after I pull the 2 shots.  Is this normal or should they pop out when struck in the trash?  If they should pop out, what could be causing them to be so solid?  Thanks for your help.

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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 2:29pm
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Questions: do you mean 2 shots or a double shot?  Is the puck dry on the inside?

 
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 2:40pm
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Two shots.  Puck is dry.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 7:42pm
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Are you using a pressurized portafilter or have you modified your portafilter to be non-pressurized?

IMHO, I would knock your grounds out with a knockbox instead of using the trashcan. It's a bit more hygenic.

Try downdosing and see what happens.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:59am
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Just trying to understand, you are saying you use the same grinds for 2 shots of coffee and when you pull the grinds out of the portafilter it is dry on the inside?

 
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 7:07am
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Same grind.  Two shots.  Dry on the inside.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 7:09am
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Portafilter is pressurized.  Will try downdosing.  Thank you for your suggestions.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:55am
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Let us know how you are doing.  I would not pull two shots of coffee on the same set of grinds.  A knock box is nice to have.  I got a pro one off craigslist for little of nothing with some extra pitchers and a thermometer.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 1:54pm
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i'm pretty sure he means one shot glass under each of the two spouts on the pressurized portafilter.  so one pull into two shot glasses.

do you have a knockbox?  usually the pucks need a couple "knocks" on something to free them from the basket.
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012, 3:48pm
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This is a good read
http://www.frcndigital.com/coffee/HowToEspresso.html

 
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