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rdldew
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 11:39am
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Hi Everyone,

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.

Here is the manual from their website: Click Here (www.mrcoffee.com)

I hope I didn't overlook my answer. I bet it was sitting right in front of my face. lol

Thanks in advance.
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 12:10pm
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rdldew Said:

I'm having trouble understanding how many shots (or ounces) of espresso are made with each portafilter.

Posted May 27, 2013 link

Hi Randy, and welcome to the CoffeeGeek forums.

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!

 
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 1:57pm
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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.

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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 2:58pm
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Ok. So that basically means one drink per double-scoop. And that assumes I use a double-shot in my drink, which I do. :-D

It just looks so dark and rich and ready for another press of the button after I've made that first drink. lol It seems like I could make more and it would be just as fine.
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 3:51pm
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rdldew Said:

It just looks so dark and rich and ready for another press of the button after I've made that first drink. lol It seems like I could make more and it would be just as fine.

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Try it! You might like it! You'll probably find that wen trying to make 4 ounces of espresso from a double basket is that you'll get something watery and more bitter.

 
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 7:31pm
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Welcome to the brewing coffee world. Experimenting would do you good because you would be able to tell which flavor and how you like your coffee to be brewed in the future.

Goodluck!

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Posted Tue May 28, 2013, 7:56am
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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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