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  1. Been following the Niche experience thread and wouldn't mind trying the dosing cup method , don't suppose Niche will sell just the cup so i looked round the net and found a couple of options unfortunately none seem to be either in UK or Europe just wondered if anybody had ideas where i could purchase one ? https://acaia.co/products/portafilter-dosing-cup https://www.artisansmith.com.au/collections/precision-dosing-cups/products/precision-doser
  2. Hi Folks Who else is single dosing with a Robur? I have an Anfim S450 (Aussie developed version of the Camaino Super Barista) with 2 fans on the back and 450 RPM speed. But also recently picked up a good doser Robur ( I prefer dosers for better distribution and minimal clumping). It is the auger version and has been producing some remarkable shots and consistently so. Removed the auto-fill flap of course. Who else is single dosing with Robur and are you happy with the result?
  3. As I just usually make one coffee i've got into the habit of either taring with the PF, or, since using the niche, taring the cup - then weighing the beans into the cup. i looked at this process and thought Why not just put the beans in the bag on the scale, tare that - and just spoon out the required dose directly into the grinder? Does anyone else do that
  4. If anyone has one to spare? Thanks
  5. hi just ordered one myself looks good value .. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/coffee-grinder-dosing-funnel-58-mm-coffee-catcha-catcher-/172380169236?hash=item2822a8a414:g:hwcAAOSwzaJX9lNA could come in handy for someone or back up have updated link
  6. Just got myself a bottomless Portafilter for my rancilio silvia machine. It came with a 21g basket pre installed. I tried dosing it with 18g and what came through when pulling the shot was main water and very quick. I guess this is down to not fully dosing the basket or can a basket be under dosed and still give good results? If not would the best option be getting a VST 18g one? Also I am finding that with the stock Portafilter and double basket dosed with 14g I am getting good results with one bean (25g extraction in about 30 seconds) but with another the same 14g dose takes up to 40 seconds and hence tastes over extracted. Do I need to grind courser for the second bean or maybe dose slightly less?
  7. Usually I've been dosing at 16g, with as fine a grind and as light a tamp to give a mouse tail when giving a good pull. Decided to try 15g instead to get a 1:2 ratio (Square Mile, Red Brick) and ground a little too fine as I was lifting the back of the La Pavoni up when pushing down on the lever. Managed to get drips out to start with, eventually getting a trickle but it took a while. Persevered as I didn't want to have a sneezing fit all over the counter. 15g>30.2g. Surprised at how good it tasted.. Got fruity cherry and caramel out, checked the packet and that's what it said. It was hard work though and I was worried I might break it as it did not want to move a first. Lessened the grind and tried again, stiff pull at first but got a steady mouse tail with pressure lessening all the time - noticed less crema and wasn't as nice. Could be a couple of things, one must be the heat build up after the first shot? I'm going to have to do this again, to discount any variables (but not at the minute, too much caffeine lol). What have others used as recipes/ratios for best results? I know La Pavoni's can be fickle creatures due to temp build up, but I only do 2 shots at any given time anyway so it's never been a problem to me.
  8. Two sets of Dosing Scales plus Timer One Brand new unopened The other used £17.99 plus p&p
  9. I ask the question as I been wondering if I've been wasting coffee. let me explain: My setup is gaggia classic, Caedo E7 grinder, currently Mossoon Malabar from rave: In the past I have been dosing around 17 grams (seems to fill up the double basket nicely). In order to get 34grams of coffee in around 27 seconds i've had my grinder set to about 4 anything finer and it it take ages or no coffee comes through. therefore it got me thinking that i'mnotusing my grinder to its full capability as it can grind much finer. Recently i have been tried turned the grind setting finer to 3 and dosing 14 grams (the stated size of the double basket) and I'm achieving similar amount of coffee in a similar time. I cant really notice a difference in taste or crema, so whats the point in dosing more but grinding at a coarser setting? Is it a waste of coffee?
  10. Hi Today I took the plunge and ordered a eureka zenith 65e from bella barista. I have been using a vario and single dosing 15g into the hopper before every drink. I'd like to start using on demand grinding but not sure of the best way to dial in so would like some advice. When using new beans do you weigh the contents of your basket and adjust the time till you reach the required dose? The vario is a decent grinder but I recently upgraded my machine from a Sylvia to a rocket evo 2 and I want complete consistency from shot to shot that I'm not getting at the moment. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
  11. Hi All, I'm looking into electric grinders for use with aeropress or other brewed methods (non-espresso basically). Given that a lot of these brewing methods seem to work best with a specific amount of ground coffee (give or take), I'm confused about how it's possible to get the right amount with either a doser or doserless grinder, without wasting too much coffee. Is it really the case that you can only get multiples of the dose weight from a grinder with a doser? Or that you have to just eye things up or keep returning to separate scales to weight what you have ground with a doserless grinder? The only grinder I've seen so far that seems to simplify this is the Baratza / Mahlkonig Vario W, which grinds by weight. I'm curious what grinders those of us who use brewed methods have, and how they ensure consistent amounts of ground coffee with each brew. Cheers, Jon
  12. dfk41


    On my L1, I usually dose at 15 gms pulling about 30 mls from it. On a pump machine, what size basket and dose would you need to effectively pull 2 single shots at the same time please?
  13. Hi I have recently switched from the La Spaz to the GS3. i think i now have a dosing and distribution issue. I am trying to grind straight into the portafilter and, as you know, you get the classic volcano. The issue is that i try to 'fill' the volcano but this is quite difficult to do reliably. I either have to bang the portafilter to try and get the hole filled or else i try and use my finger but the level of the coffee is below the top of the basket so this is not very easy and leads to poor results. The outcome is that i get a lot of duff shots with massive channelling and (with a naked portafilter) are clearly not right. To try and compensate for this problem i have tried upping the dose to 20 gr (18 is my standard) and this is successful. When i do this there is now plenty of coffee in the basket and i can use the usual north, south, east, west technique to fill the hole and get a flat puck. However, i really don't want to be dosing 20r for each shot and wanted to know: 1. shall i buy a new basket...in which case the issue is what size. i was thinking i could get a strada 14r basket and then dose 18 gr and hopefully this would be ok. 2. Should i get a VST basket or are the La Marzocco baskets already VST... i think this is the case from my reading? 2. Or should i just grind into a cup and then get some sort of dosing ring etc to make sure the grinds a nicely distributed. This seems like a poor option as the whole point of the M3 is that it is meant to give great distribution when you grind straight into the portafilter. It would also add in extra steps and fiddling Finally, as you know we did have an informal versalab thread 'what weights 38lb and can fit it your hand luggage'. This has now been closed by i have contacted Glenn who suggested i start a new thread for this enquiry and he would investigate what happened with the previous post. Any advice gratefully received thanks
  14. Morning all, What sort of output are people getting using one pull (no fellini etc.) on their millenium machines with a double basket? I find myself getting ~25g from a standard single pull, this is whether I dose 12, 13, even 14 or 15gs. I've done a bit of searching online and from the small amount of info I've managed to find people seem to be getting 30g plus... Thanks, Harry
  15. I purchased several of these and have two available. They're lovely little dosing cups with a small segment taken out of the collar to accommodate the EK43 bag holder (they can be used on other grinders with space, I've used mine on a mythos too). You can then simply dose into it, pop the PF over the top, flip, jiggle and robert's yer fathers brother. Can be seen in action (by someone who know what they're doing and not my clunky hands £24 + PP (or collection from Sheffield).
  16. I've never used the EK43 but in every video I've seen people grind into a cocktail shaker then pour into the portafilter. Is there any reason you can't / shouldn't go straight into the portafilter? I've seen 1 video of the R120 in use, one of Frans', and he grinds straight in but can't find any more to back up what a standard routine is. Are there any fundamental differences in the grounds both of them kick out? I'm sure if I actually used either the answer would be obvious but any education would be welcome!
  17. So, I've been getting the hang of my Giotto Evo over the past few weeks and am very pleased with it! I'm wondering however what sorts of coffee quantities people are finding work best. I'm using a VST basket (supplied by the retailer when I bought the machine) which is labelled as being 17g, and all the advice I come across seems to recommend using no more than 18 or 19g of coffee at most, and perhaps much less. Now, I can produce a nice espresso with 17 or 18g but the puck is always very soggy afterwards. I can also produce what I think is an equally nice espresso with 20g (and a slightly courser grind), which results in a firm puck that can be knocked out cleanly. Does the evo tend to need/like overdosing? If I can get as good a coffee using 20g it's just nicer and more convenient to have a firm puck afterwards. But I'm confused that this seems to run contrary to all of the advice on "normal" dosing quantities. With 20g the tamped puck doesn't actually touch the grouphead filter when the portafiller is attached, but I guess it is very close. I'm beginning to wonder if the basket could have been mislabelled and is actually larger than 17g...
  18. So, I've just made a small aluminium foundry. I plan on casting a doser/funnel for personal use. If I'm successful, I'd happily make a few more for you lot. I really dont want this to seem like I abandoned the forum for ages, then came back on to sell things. I'd only pass it on for a few quid on top of postage, say £7 posted or something like that. You guys helped me out massively when I first got into coffee, I'd love to do something like this as a thanks. If this seems as some sort of sale and dash, it's not. If you register your interest and I'll get round to you sometime. If this fails, sorry. I have a rough idea of how to do it, but I'm thinking about the methods of casting.
  19. Hi all.....when I received my classic, contained in the box were three coffee filters which I assume were.. one for Pods... one for one cup and one for two cups. Now I was advised to always use the two cup filter which seemed reasonable... however... if making an espresso in an espresso cup do I still use the two cup filter and if so does the 20/25 second delivery still stand. A further cause for uncertainty is that close examination reveals that two sizes of tamper are required... one for the one cup filter and the larger one for the two cup filter.The larger tamper will not tamp the coffee correctly in the one cup filter. I hope these queries make sense as I am a bit confused..... what it amounts to is.... does the 20/25 sec. delivery time also apply to the two cup filter when used for an espresso. PLEASE help..... take care... Frederick
  20. Hey guys! I have a Gaggia Classic bought in 2016 from the UK. It should be 9403/11. I have a double basket but I don't know whether it is a 14g or 16g basket. Mine has a ridge on the vertical side. I have been dosing 17-18g and flow seems okay, but the taste is bitter. The following video at 4:10 shows of the two baskets. Some images of the basket I have. From left, Gaggia Pressurized Single, Gaggia Pressurized Double, and Gaggia Commercial non-pressurized double Coffee that comes out with the lack of crema. Looks like overextracted with 17-18g? Thanks in advance!
  21. Bought this here http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?32677-Sold-Hg-one-blind-tumbler&highlight=blind+tumbler Off coffeechap last week for £30 posted .. Tried it , prefer my dosing funnel £25 posted Cheers
  22. Hi, Just wondered if anyone switches between basket sizes much? Is it the case that a 15g dose in a 15g VST will require roughly the same grind as an 18g dose in an 18g VST? I tried it with my previous beans and that did turn out to be the case, but don't know if all beans would act the same. But it does seem logical that a certain weight of beans in one basket will produce a similar flow to a different weight of beans in another?
  23. I have, for some time, been considering one of these... http://coffeehit.co.uk/scottie-callaghan-dosing-tools-3-piece-set which are now in stock, but as I have no feel for the product's efficacy, am reluctant to fork out over twenty quid for three bits of plastic of unknown performance. However, I bought a cheapo pair of scissors the other day from Asda for a quid. I've now found that the curve of the blade's back edge makes a great dosing leveller, which I've used to good effect as it has a nice gentle curve not unlike one of those of the Scottie Callaghan product. The scissors are 19cm long (that should identify them). The rest is self-explanatory from the photos. Tony.
  24. I missed out on the group buy but found this source: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Glass-Rod-Tube-Supplies-Cutting-TO-ANY-SIZE-/151909246537? I've just received a 150mm x 58mm with 3.5mm wall thickness tube. I also requested that the sharp edges be taken off the ends (fire polishing). The cost was: £9.15 for the tube £2.00 extra for smoothing the edges £5.50 postage so £16.65 total posted which seemed reasonable considering it was an order of one tube. The only slight issue is that there a are a few very light scratches but they're only visible if you're looking for them so I don't think I'll complain. Hopefully this will be of use to someone.
  25. Happy New Year everyone. Firstly I would like to apologise to you all for my ranting and raving about MyEspresso, my machine hasn't missed a beat since it was returned to me. I think I got a little carried away with some of the posts I read on the forums plus the brusque manner with which I was treated and assumed that I was being given short shrift. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the machine. That out of the way, I got 2 lovely pressies for Christmas. A naked pf and an 18g VST ridgeless basket. I've read all the posts below but couldn't find an answer to my problem so.... With the old portafilter and stock basket, I got to the stage that dosing 18g with the WDT yielded excellent consistent results but as is the nature of this hobby, I was curious about possible improvements. I asked for and got the aforementioned toys and had a go. The first shot (new pf plus VST) went through in about 13s and tasted awful. When I got it out, the grounds were very soggy and the was no imprint on the coffee even from the screw. After that I tried dosing more than 18g and went as far as filling the basket, levelling it and then tamping. This was much better but I am wondering if I do in fact own a 20g basket which is what it weighed in the end. I know its all slightly irrelevant and all I need to do is find something that works but my questions are.. What do you good people typically dose into the stock rancillio basket ? If its 18g then I definitely need to dose more because my VST is noticeably larger which makes me wonder if its the correct one The other question is do you bother with WDT (I have a Rocky) because that seems to enable me to tamper down further the thus moving away from the screen. WDT seems to lead to a but pulled shot in terms of dead spots etc but I will need to compensate. I hope that makes sense. Ed
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