rdldew Senior Member Joined: 27 May 2013 Posts: 2 Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 10:39am Subject: Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is pretty neat
I'm very new into brewing my own coffee. My spouse just purchased the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista for me. I'm having trouble understanding how many shots (or ounces) of espresso are made with each portafilter. I've scooped up my grounds and packed them in pretty well. It seems like more than a double-shot can be made with the larger portafilter.
I feel like I've read a ton of guides about espresso, from a couple posts here, and even read other websites. I guess I just don't understand it enough.
The smaller filter basket is for a "single" espresso, which should be about 1 ounce. the larger one is for a "double" which should yield about 2 ounces. This amount of espresso will be produced in about 25-30 seconds if you are pulling the shots correctly.
The baskets are most likely pressurized, so the quality of grind is not a huge issue, but please use fresh (roasted in last 2 weeks) and grind just before making the coffee.
Good luck and have fun experimenting!
Dana Leighton - Espresso hack and CoffeeGeek moderator
Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 12:57pm Subject: Re: Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is pretty neat
I wouldn't worry about the single basket too much. The larger basket will be full with less coffee by weight compared to machines most here post about since your basket is a smaller 53mm give or take a mm. The double will give a stronger shot which will work better in a milk drink anyway. Dana is right about the fresh coffee part too.
Also - welcome to the forum. : )
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 6,833 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Tue May 28, 2013, 6:56am Subject: Re: Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is pretty neat
Randy, Welcome to the board. As you have found out, a shot is 1 oz of coffee. A double is two. Espresso is about the most extreme way you can brew coffee. Go ahead and try different things but when over extracted, the brew becomes, well to us, undrinkable.
FRESH COFFEE, FRESHLY GROUND is very important, fresh beans are less than two weeks FROM THE DAY THEY WERE ROASTED, NOT A BEST BY DATE. Freshly ground is less than 15 MINUTES before brewing.
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