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Chanty
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Joined: 26 May 2005
Posts: 227
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Vario, had an MDF
Vac Pot: none
Drip: none
Roaster: I buy beans from many...
Posted Mon Sep 9, 2013, 9:52pm
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I've raised the Vario to 1 on the Macro instead of 2.  Micro is at P/Q.    Instead of hitting the portafilter on the counter after grinding into the basket & possibly causing some coffee to come away from the edge of the basket & cause channeling--I'm using the heel of my palm & smoothing/leveling the coffee in the basket.  Then tamping & twisting.   For about 3 days now, I've gotten nicer, slower pours.  So far so good.
I weighed with a scale a roaster borrowed me.  What I've been using is 15g & 17g.
The only time I got sour shots were when I had gushers. When I have the slow pour, my shots are better than the most of the coffee cafes are.   The roaster had the best shots in the world.  He made me a couple cappuccinos.  He has an over $1,000 grinder.  I want to say Compak, not sure though & a double boiler espresso machine(don't remember what kind--but thousands of dollars).  I could never justify that $$$$ for my own eqpt. with my 4 shots a day( 1 cappuccino).  When the espresso is done pouring, my puck is firm & damp, definitely not soggy or puddly.
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Gig103
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Location: Arizona
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: French press!
Posted Mon Sep 23, 2013, 8:24pm
Subject: Re: Vario lately producing gushers no matter where I put the Micro
 

Chanty Said:

Can I ask what type of scale you use to weigh your dosages?   I only make 2- double shots per day so hopefully there is a very small, not so expensive scale out there?  Thanks.

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I bought a jeweler's scale from eBay that works great at 0.1g resolution. Here is a more recent listing of the one I have, I got it for $6.50 and free shipping
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