How many double espressos do you get per pound of roasted beans?

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How many DOUBLE espressos do you get per pound of roasted beans?

More than 25
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#1: Post by SF_Marty »

I searched on this in the forums but couldn't find an answer. I already know that the answer "depends" on many things. I'm just trying to ballpark an average number for planning purposes. Feel free to post your average (if known) here.

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#2: Post by Nick »

1 pound = 453.6 grams
8-9 grams per shot + 1-2 grams of waste per shot = 9-11 grams used per shot
50-41 shots per pound.

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#3: Post by HB »

Good question! I converted this to a poll and refined it to assume double espressos. If it's a blend I know well (i.e., few grinder adjustments), then around 25 doubles is possible. Realistically it's more likely in the low twenties. For a completely unknown blend, I'll burn 3-4 shots dialing in if I'm lucky and double that if I'm really unlucky.

I have marks on the grinder collar as "start here" points for a few different blends. A feel of the grinds helps narrow it down too. High moisture content = grind coarser, for example.
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#4: Post by another_jim »

I guess nobody is pulling traditional 14 gram doubles and getting 32 cups per pound.
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#5: Post by Ken Fox replying to another_jim »

I put about 18g into my double baskets, figure about 2g of waste in the grinder per cup (as an average figure, including the little bit I grind through to clean the chute and doser when the grinder has been idle for a long time), which would be roughly 22+, but allowing for sink shots the real # is probably around 20.

The Harrar Horse SO that I have been using most of the time, lately, is very consistent and as a result I don't have to make as many grinder adjustments and have fewer sink shots. The slow ramp up to pressure in both my machines (now that the rotary has a delay timer) helps to reduce sink shots as well.

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#6: Post by SF_Marty (original poster) »

Thanks for doing this Dan. Appreciate the forum for all the info I've learned.

FWIW my (I assume all) Rocky grinder holds 1/2 pound of roasted coffee and (after dosing and tamping) I'm getting almost-exactly 12 - full, double baskets for my La Pavoni Europiccola. Now, I know the diameter (at ~50mm) of my portafilter is less than most, so I'm curious how does the amount of coffee used by me compare to a more standard 58mm basket? The 24 doubles per pound matches the poll's majority pretty well so is my Pavoni's basket deeper than a wider, 58mm basket?

(Sorry, I don't have one to compare with.)