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Topic: Measuring for shot > RE: +Adventures in "O" roasting, or back to simple basics (56 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Been using the same basic technique learned watching Dr. John of Malabar
Gold five years ago. Fill PF to slightly heaping, tap PF lightly to settle
grounds, Stockfleth's to finger swipe level (at one time used straight part
of doser lid for swipe, Dr. John's crew used tongue depressors), light
straight tamp, light tap from side grazing top of basket to knock any loose
"wall" grounds down (used to actually tap the side of PF as I'd seen done by
many but went to the basket lip grazing tap from watching competitions),
nutating med tamp (similar to NESW) to straight firm tamp and almost zero
pressure polish. (Sounds complicated but is (now) second nature and takes
only seconds) You can actually vary the dose by how you do Stockfleth's
updosing or down dosing a bit based on finger position and/or roll. To help
assure straight tamp I use a technique I learned watching some top baristas
like Billy Wilson, using three finger "tripod" touching the basket lip. In
other words the tamp hand has three fingers touching the lip of the PF
basket while the thumb & pinky "hold the tamper" with tamp force actually
applied by the palm of the hand. Oh, and yes those baskets be hot (or they
should be when you build the shot and will be doing a series of shots!), but
I have "chef" fingers:-) The approximate amount of whole bean by volume for
a LM double basket just happens to be a slightly heaping 60cc scoop. Don't
have a clue where I got it, been using it for years.
So it's I measure slightly heaping 60cc scoop whole beans for the number of
shots to be pulled and dump in hopper. If pulling more than one shot series
grind approx' for one shot, build PF as above with finger level swipe slight
overage (if any) back into doser. While shot pulling grind for next shot.
The actual weight isn't important per se because it varies with different
beans different roasts same beans different basket etc. What's important is
consistent technique and getting so for same bean same roast same basket you
can do a series of builds with less than 0.5gr variance. (Last time I did a
6 PF build technique check did pretty good able to get 0.2gr variance.)
More than you asked about but oh well...:-)
Oh, and yes it had been asked and answered before but again oh well!
(Guess I'm in an unKurmudgeonly mood:-)
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