Posted Wed Feb 24, 2010, 11:35am Subject: Does anyone pull 7g singles?
I just ran out of coffee (delivery due today though) and figured I could pull a single with what I had left.
Using the single basket for the first time was odd, tamping didn't seem right (the basket tapers in towards the middle) and the pull was lighter than most (timing was good, blonding was apparent, flavor was... alright, but not something I would ever pay for, it tasted like an espresso light.
Does anyone prefer these to ristretto? I can see how it would save coffee, and like I said the flavor wasn't bad, it just wasn't as full bodied as what Im used to. I feel like I accidentally stumbled into a long forgotten realm of espresso, though instead of a looking glass, it was an empty hopper.
Currently pulling: Whatever Sweet Maria's sends me :D
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Posted Wed Feb 24, 2010, 1:20pm Subject: Re: Does anyone pull 7g singles?
My first machine came only with double baskets (pressurized, but I quickly fixed that) so when I upgraded to a lever and it came with a double and a single, I tried out the 7 g single; this coincided with a thread on singles which made me eager to try it. I was getting only sink shots with the single and on the advice of others concentrated on pulling good doubles.
Now, with a couple of months behind the lever, I feel that it's easier to pull a good single then a double and I really enjoy the singles for straight shots... working them in not just at the end of a session or when I only have a we bit of coffee left, but starting with them. My technique is completely different to avoid over-extracting the single with the extra Fellini pulls and delays that I use with a double. I still pull and enjoy doubles and use them for any cappuccinos I make. Another advantage to the single is that you can get more shots in on any one given session, doubling the fun of the pull and the taste and giving you more opportunities to dial in grind or temp.
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Posted Sat Feb 27, 2010, 10:54am Subject: Re: Does anyone pull 7g singles?
When I had Anita, I went through a single shot phase, where I used a couple different very light roasted coffees and pulled singles. It was fun. After that, I would use the single basket(La MArzocco) for single origins and such, but not exclusively.
I havent played around too much with the single on the La Spaz, but only because, I havent yet. I do plan too...one of these days/
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Posted Sat Feb 27, 2010, 12:52pm Subject: Re: Does anyone pull 7g singles?
I only do singles, although they're about 7.25g. I grind fine, tamp light and get about a 30 second extraction. The taste is full and the amount is perfect for me as I'm in the habit of getting six to eight shots a day.
I can't think of a good reason to go to doubles or triples - it's that first taste of a good shot that says with you.
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