NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 2,046 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo Vac Pot: N/A Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe Roaster: N/A
Posted Thu May 17, 2012, 1:33am Subject: Re: Single Shot vs Double Shot?
Using the single shot basket is usually harder than using the double.
With an 8 g dose the basket is usually not full enough. Fill the basket with ground coffee until there's a small heap, so that the basket is full to the rim once you've leveled out that heap before tamping. That is usually a good single dose, so you might want to weigh that amount for future reference. Now all you have to do us dial in your grinder until you get the right extraction, because the single basket usually needs indeed a finer setting than the double.
One further note: The La Marzocco single baskets are a little easier to handle than most other ones.
*** "This drink of the Satan is so delicious that it would be a shame to leave it to the infidels." (Pope Clement VIII on coffee, when he was urged to ban the beverage)
Steve, you are absolutely right. My espresso machine only came with one basket, that being the double, and I have been using that one to attempt the single. I need to find a diff basket so I can make sure!
It is conclusive from this thread: 1) Must use single basket 2) Must grind finer for a single shot rather than double
Simple Solution: Double shots only =P
Thank you all for the replies, especially NobbyR for going into depth.
BTW, the espresso maker mentioned is the Saeco Aroma. I am having a case of upgraditis!
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