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Topic: Introduction and Question on the Amount of Beans (11 msgs / 229 lines)
1) From: Nate
Good Morning, All,
I've recently joined this list and have been lurking for a few days.  I'm
from Columbus, OH and most commonly frequent Stauf's (if there are any
Columbus folks out there).  I haven't started roasting yet, but I'm looking
forward to playing around with an old West Bend popper and see where things
go from there.  My green beans will be coming sometime after January 2nd...I
can't wait.
I did have one questions right of the bat, though.  I recently switched to a
Chemex brewer but I haven't quite figured out the right amount of beans to
use yet.  I've found that 4 1/2 to 5 cups will fill my to-go cup in the
morning and leave me with just enough for one mug. What I can't seem to
figure out, though, is what amount of beans should I use in the Chemex.  Is
there a rule of thumb that I should know? I prefer stronger (read: more
flavorful) coffee as opposed to weaker.  I've been messing around with the
grind and the amount used in the pot, but I think I need to start with a
couple constants and change things from there.
Also, is there a general idea of how much water to use at once? By that I
mean, how much do I pour into the top of the Chemex.  Should the coffee be
pouring out the bottom or only dripping?  I think that might be part of my
problem too.
Thanks,
Nate

2) From: Vicki Smith
Welcome to the list, Nate, and to the seductive world of home roasting.
I don't have a chemex, so I can't answer any of those questions. I do 
know that generally, one uses 1.2-1.5 grams of ground coffee per ounce 
of water, but I have no idea id the general equation works for chemex 
brewers.
I looked up Tom's Chemex tip sheet 
http://www.sweetmarias.com/brewing.inst.chemex.html),and this is what 
it says:
"Using a medium* grind for regular paper filter brewing, put 2 rounded 
tablespoons of coffee per 6 oz cup into the filtercone. Chemex 
instructions state one rounded tablespoon per 5 oz cup: standard SCAA 
brewing is 7.25 grams per 5 oz cup, which is closer to 2 rounded (not 
heaping) tablespoons. (This is the ratio for all filter / infusion 
brewing methods). If you get our blue scoops, then its one level scoop 
per 8-10 oz water."
vicki
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3) From: Nate
Morning, Vicki,
Thanks for the link.  That pointed out that I was missing at least one
important step:  pre-soaking the filter. Ah, so much to learn.
I might need to invest in small kitchen scale, but if I do some
back-of-the-napkin math my 5 cups should be about 6 - 7.5gms, which sounds
like it is about 2 Tbsp.  Hmm, I don't think I'm using enough grinds.
Nate
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4) From: Vicki Smith
A digital scale is a very nice (and inexpensive) thing to have. I use it 
whenever I make coffee, when I roast, and in the kitchen for other 
tasks.  I paid around $20 CAD for mine. It may seem awkward to use it at 
first, but it only adds a few seconds to your routine, and it sure is 
great to be able to enjoy consistently great coffee every morning.
vicki
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5) From: Brett Mason
Blue Scoop
  (Beach Boys music playing in the background "Little Blue Scoop")
Sweet Maria's
  Miscellaneous Page, most teh way downhttp://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.misc.shtmlCheers,
Brett
On 12/29/06, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

6) From: raymanowen
The units are somewhat problematic.
"7.5g per 5oz cup" is not the dishwater you will get with
7.5g per 5 cups.
Eschew water pollution. I used 40g per 40oz in the TV = 5oz/ 5oz cup, and
it's really a nice extraction. Ground at 47, it's approved by my Celtic
Critic. I'm not alone!
As a kid, I disliked brewed coffee but liked the flavor of a bean in the
oral grinder...
Remember, you are currently using coffee you get commercially. It's called
"commercial coffee," an expression neigh onto scorn.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

7) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/29/06, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)  wrote:
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The "Blue Scoop" is equal to a 1/8 cup measuring cup.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Which of course equals two tablespoons.
miKe

9) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Ok so where do I get a blue scoop? 
 If you get our blue scoops, then its one level scoop 
per 8-10 oz water."
vicki

10) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Thanks now if I can just get online some day.....
LOL
Blue Scoop
  (Beach Boys music playing in the background "Little Blue Scoop") Sweet
Maria's
  Miscellaneous Page, most teh way downhttp://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.misc.shtmlCheers,
Brett
On 12/29/06, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

11) From: Andy Thomas
Welcome, Nate.
I use Chemex every day and this is what I do. Measure
1 scoop (2 level Tbsp, abt 7.5 grams) beans per 5 oz
cup into grinder. That is, 4 scoops for a 20 oz pot. I
don't know how to tell you how fine to grind because
your grinder is surely different than mine, so you'll
have to experiment with that. Ground coffee goes into
the filter cone -- I don't pre-soak the filter. When
the kettle is boiling or near-boiling I wet the
grounds, wait a few seconds, then slowly fill the
filter cone. The water drips at first but then streams
in a very narrow laminar thread. It takes about 1.5
minutes (guessing -- I've never timed it)for the first
filterful of water to drip through. Then I refill the
filter and do it again. If I'm making more than 20 oz,
I need a third pour. I always wait for the pour to
finish dripping/streaming before adding the next pour.
I have pre-measured the water so I pour until I have
used it all.
I hope this helps. Let us know how you do it when you
work it out to your satisfaction.
Andy
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