When did this espresso extraction go blond? [video quiz]

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When did this espresso extraction go blond?

A
1
0%
B
6
1%
C
15
3%
D
72
16%
E
99
22%
F
165
36%
G
74
16%
H
27
6%
 
Total votes: 459

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HB
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#1: Post by HB »

The Home Barista's Guide to Espresso advocates ending the extraction by color, meaning blonding of the stream of espresso. But does everyone agree what "blond" means? To test, I created a video of an ordinary espresso extraction with markers A.. B.. C.. through H.


When would you cut off this espresso extraction?




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Dan Kehn

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jesawdy

#2: Post by jesawdy »

Hmmm. 6 votes and 6 different answers right now.... goes to show you that it's different strokes for different folks. I voted G, but F looked like it was about there.
Jeff Sawdy

Spresso_Bean

#3: Post by Spresso_Bean »

I voted F because it looked like the blonding started to show in a few areas at that point, but it still looked pretty decent even at H. I've had worse and still drank it.

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Jasonian

#4: Post by Jasonian »

Better lighting probably would have helped.
Owner - AJ Coffee Company
HB Rocks!

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welone

#5: Post by welone »

I voted for F although it was hard to decide.
my 2 cents are that the beans as well as the type of grinder strongly influence the sharpness of the blonding point. When I changed from the MDF to the K-10 the blonding point became much more fuzzy. When using 'older' beans (already a week out of roast) the blonding point seems to become more distinct. Also when using a lower dose the blonding point is easier to detect than with a high dose.

CoffeeOwl

#6: Post by CoffeeOwl »

voted F, though maybe it could be E as well

EDIT: where I would stop it. :D

I think with spouted portafilter it would be another good quiz!
'a a ha sha sa ma!


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ntwkgestapo

#7: Post by ntwkgestapo »

I went for G (F was close, but decided G was closer!)... Oh well, different strokes for different folks! :D
Steve C.
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stevendouglas

#8: Post by stevendouglas »

I went for D. I usually end the extraction when the "crema cone" volume drops significantly, which it seems to toward the very end of D.
Steve Douglas
Sacramento, CA

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JonR10

#9: Post by JonR10 »

I had a tough time deciding between D and E (either could apply for me)
Anyways....I went conservatively with D

ThaRiddla

#10: Post by ThaRiddla »

i went F, but I could see going to G. The video is a little dark on my screen here at work as well.


I'm so used to spouts that I might be able to tell better on a spouted pf.