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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 11:10am
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Look at espresso pulls on youtube and you will get an idea of what crema looks like.....

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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 7:06am
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Most laymen coffee drinkers converting from gram to teaspoon are wanting to know how much their favorite coffee shop is using to make their favorite drink. In my case it is a triple shot esspresso. no creamer and a little turbinado. i have one every morning. sometimes another in the early evening. http://southernfood.about.com/library/info/blconv.htm conversion calculator is stated as being as close to accurate as can be when measuring quanity to weight. it says 2.1 grams teaspoon is 10 grams. In all actuallity i use a tablespoon for a shot which the above said calculator says 1 tablespoon (.70 tablespoons = 10 grams) per shot which is french press grind of the darkest roast i can find. That being said you are going to get more if you grind espresso grind. Also remember a regular person isnt even going to take the time to really do there own let alone break it down to a scientific level. Most people arent really going to care of purity of taste. after they add toffee or hazelnut flavored creamer and pink sugar substitute they have ruined whatever pure coffee flavor there is. So ultimatly i say to the original poster start off with 2 teaspoons per shot if its not to your liking then add a little more or withdraw a tad bit.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 7:55am
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If you insist on measuring by volume and not by weight, at least pick up a 7 gram coffee measure (like this one on Amazon. Then it's easy - one level scoop for a single, two for a double, rounded if you want to experiment with updosing. Keep the coffee measure with your coffee stuff so you don't have to go digging in the kitchen drawer every time you're making yourself a shot.
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 11:50am
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Netphilosopher Said:

Well, the best measurement would be by mass.  I should clarify that 1 LEVEL tablespoon is basically 15ml, and 1 LEVEL teaspoon is 5ml.

1 level tablespoon, on average, is 5g of coffee.  It can be as low as almost 4g, and almost as much as 6g.  Add ~25% if heaping, meaning 1 heaping tablespoon is 5 - 7.5g.

1 level teaspoon, on average, is 1.7g of coffee, as low as 1.3g and has high as 2.  Add ~25% if heaping, so 1 heaping teaspoon is 1.5g - 2.5g, but that's also dependent on the geometry.  Some dry food measures add +35% for heaping teaspoon, and only +25% for heaping tablespoon - so three teaspoons heaping may be significantly more than one tablespoon heaping.

The Illy scoop - not sure what actual volume is.  I suspect it's something around 20ml.

Darker roasts tend to be on the lower side of the density.

Honestly, heaping is a crapton of variation - but all that really matters is if you like what yer makin'.  Just don't be surprised if you end up especially strong when you change your coffee variety - the density varies depending on varietal and roast - a 7g scoop is only 7g if the density is one specific value.

There's the counterargument that the density variation is actually served best by measuring coffee by volume (keep in mind I don't buy into this, just bringing it up as a discussion about "how many tablespoons per shot?").

Lower density implies darker roasting, therefore less water (which isn't part of the extraction), so 1 tablespoon being 4g of dark roast, and 1 tablespoon being 6g of light roast (with maybe 4% more water in the roasted coffee?) you're getting partially compensated by the mass of the water because you're using volume.

The idea seems intuitively correct, but the math doesn't work out - the changes in density aren't just due to loss of water mass in the bean alone.  Just stuff to keep in mind.  When it comes to dissolvable solids, it's still a case of knowing the mass being better than volume.  Water only makes up 1%-6% of the mass of roasted coffee.

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where are your calculations coming from? im using a ingredient calculator myself so im not in front of a teaspoon or a scale at the moment. According to online calculators 2 teaspoons equals a gram loosely. Your statement says the opposite. Usually when an ingredient calculator calculates it does not add a heaping variable. it's level. unless your using paula dean's calculator then just add double the amount ;P

also btw excuse my 2.1grams teaspoons = 2 grams earlier. I was in and out of a just woke up daze and having to force my eyes open.

 
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The biggest problem with converting teaspoons to grams is that volume&#8800;weight, and a teaspoon of lithium and a teaspoon of uranium do not weigh the same. So, if you want grams, use a scale. If you want teaspoons, use a measuring spoon. As netphilosopher has pointed out, even between two different coffee roasts, the density can vary a fairly large amount, so that x tsp. of one coffee could have a very different weight than the same amount of a different coffee and roast.
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Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012, 10:02pm
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RandallFlagg Said:

A Google conversion of gram to teaspoon says that 10 grams of coffee is 2 teaspoons.

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Grams to teaspoons!?

Q: "How many inches in a minute?"
A: It depends. What day is it, and what size pants do you wear?"

But seriously, weighing the mass of the coffee is the only way for consistency. It really doesn't matter how much space it takes up. Some grinders create a dense mass of grounds and other a very fluffy mass.

 
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