My method for dialing in espresso

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Postby nickthorpie » Mar 12, 2018, 4:37 pm

So over the last year+, I've used HB to guide me along the beginning of my espresso journey. As with anything, there are 50 different people that tell you to pull a shot of coffee 50 different ways. I thought I'd contribute my method of dialing in my shots that I think pulls everything together. Let me know your opinion on this is :)

Basically the premise of this method is based on two constants:
1. The shot is to come out at 1Ml/Second - Basically I stop the shot whenever the time and weight match. (e.g. when I hit 25 sec and 25g, I'll stop it right there)

2. The grinder doesn't get adjusted - What I mean by this is that I find that grinders have a special sweet spot. Irregardless of if it pours fast or slow, it rarely channels, and still tastes great when you find this sweet spot.

Well how do I dial it in without moving the grinder?: Well, all that's left to adjust is the dry dose. I just keep adjusting it until the brew ratio is 1:2, keeping in mind rule #1

For example: My Gedeb Natural I currently pull 17.5g in : 35g out : 35sec
My Colombian Caturra I pull 20g in : 40g out : 40sec

This method scales for higher and lower doses appropriately, and allows you to use different coffees on the same grinder! I like that finding the sweet spot encourages dialing in based on taste instead of numbers. Hope you find this interesting :)


Postby jpatrickramos » Mar 12, 2018, 9:07 pm

One of the great things is that there are so many tasty ways to brew a delicious shot of espresso!

I'm glad that you've found a system that works for you!
Enjoy it!!!


Postby BuckleyT » Mar 12, 2018, 11:11 pm

..and you can always pull the shot a little hotter or cooler if additional compensation is needed, without touching the mechanics of the grind or the puck.



Postby nickthorpie » replying to BuckleyT » Mar 13, 2018, 11:30 pm

does that affect the shot time or just flavour?


Postby jpatrickramos » replying to nickthorpie » Mar 15, 2018, 1:55 am



Postby BuckleyT » replying to jpatrickramos » Mar 15, 2018, 9:28 am

Yeah. What he said.


Postby liquidmetal » Mar 16, 2018, 11:01 pm

I'm going to disagree and say that I believe higher/lower temperature will give you more/less yield, so it would effect time. Should be a simple experiment tho

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Postby radu » Mar 17, 2018, 3:30 am

From what I saw, it does affect shot time. Higher temperatures yield slower shots.
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