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  1. Not in the post, the Amazon man brought it. https://www.thekitchengiftco.com/dreamfarm-grindenstein-coffee-knock-box-black/?gclid=CjwKCAjw0ZfoBRB4EiwASUMdYWMNk1adQMSQQE3LIbkzE9ivADESbh_eTOYSURdu33TLpdCeyAZPTBoCJ58QAvD_BwE I've been making do with a plastic food container up until now.
  2. DDoe

    Shot size

    I suppose for me, as a real novice, it means the good tasting bit we're after in the cup. There's probably a better term for this so apologies for any confusion. Things are on the up.
  3. DDoe

    Shot size

    OK. I can understand that as long as the taste suits it doesn't matter what it's called, and ending up with something you like is the most important thing. What I'm finding hard to wrap my head around is if using twice as much coffee to water ratio how is full extraction happening. Am I overthinking things and need to just accept that 17g coffee to 35g shot in around 25 seconds IS WHAT WORKS!
  4. DDoe

    Shot size

    There's something confusing me (actually there are a LOT of things that confuse me but, one thing at a time 😁). It concerns the size of a shot of espresso in relation to the weight of beans. On here it seems most use somewhere in the region of 17g of beans and pull a shot of around 30g or so. Surely 30g in the cup is a single shot not a double but the 17g of beans is the sort of weight used to make a double shot. What am I missing? Has my maths really deteriorated that much? Have I got totally the wrong end of the stick? Please help. Thanks.
  5. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    I think I'm getting close. Tamping still a bit uneven (must work on holding the portafilla a bit straighter), shot time for a 35.something grams is now up in the 20+ seconds and a decent crema. The coffee tasted fine, room for improvement but definately much nicer. Made hubby an Americano and he enjoyed it, if he hadn't he would not have spared my feelings. Onwards and upwards. Thank you very much for your help.
  6. That's great thanks. "See" you on the flip side.
  7. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    It didn't go too well apart from tasting ok(ish). Shot took about the same time, so actually slower than the last one as it was shorter by about 25g, but there was almost no crema. Still getting the tamping a bit lopsided, wasn't helped by my slipping mid tamp. Tomorrow I'll try a finer grind and try to make a better job of the tamping 😁.
  8. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    Will do. I have to limit my coffee consumption so won't have another until this evening. Just watched the youtube video, unsurprisingly I'm going about it the wrong way. Thank you for your help. It's so hard to know where to start making changes.
  9. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    Cheers Mrboots. It certainly was weaker than I would like. The setting has been changed on the grinder. I'll give weighing the shot a try. Any idea what sort of weight I should be aiming for? From looking on here it's not an exact formula but rough ballpark would be a good start. Thanks.
  10. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    There was 17g in the portafiller. I didn't weigh the shot but I used 2 shot glasses and both had pretty much 30mls each, just weighed this ammount of water and it was 60g. This seems a lot of espresso from 17g, however if it was a shorter shot it would have taken even less time. Did the shot taste less sour because, being longer, it wasn't so under extracted? Would I be right in thinking I need a finer grind and eventually pull a shorter shot?
  11. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    Just popped in quickly to say thanks for the links guys, not had time to read/watch yet but will do. I weighed my beans today and used the mignon as single dose. The coffee was less sour than before but I think I need to grind a bit finer as the dose only took 17 seconds to pull. It's onwards and upwards from here, I feel this was progress. My tamping is still a bit uneven but there could be a reason for this. I fractured my wrist, along with tendon and cartlidge damage, in October and it's still a bit on the clunky side.
  12. DDoe

    Tamping pressure?

    Thank you Mrboots. That's one thing that isn't causing the sour taste in my shot then 🤣. I've got such a lot to learn. I borrowed a set of small scales today so will now be weighing both beans and shot to try and get that sorted, hopefully this will enable me to dial in the grinder. Once I can produce a decent shot it's on to milk frothing.....simples!
  13. Hi all, I could do with a bit of help with tamping please. How do I know if I'm tamping too hard or too light? Thanks.
  14. Any chance of 2 for £10 + postage? Don't really need 6.
  15. Bit of a cake monster then Jony? 😁
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