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jaybar
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 7:39pm
Subject: Does one need to use more coffee when brewing Decaf ?
 

Hi

I find that when I brew decaf, the coffee tastes weaker than non-decaf. The beans are identical except for decaf/non-decaf. The amount of water used, brew temp. and grind remains constant, yet I find decaf to be more "watery". Is this possible? Do I need to increase the coffee dosage? Change temperature or change grind? I am using a Chemex. The difference is not as apparent when I use my kalita 185, but it is still there.

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Jay
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 1:01am
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Jay,

I brew my Wife a cup of decaf in the Kalita Wave 155 each morning using my standard 16:1 coffee brewing ratio and I don't notice it being noticeably watery.  This is dosing at 14 grams for 225 grams of water.  I also have been pulling decaf espresso shots using the same typical dose (16 grams in my La Peppina) as I use for regular coffee and don't notice a difference in concentration.

I have heard that decaf stales faster, could this be a factor in your coffee?  The decafs I've been using are home-roasted coffees from Mexico and Ethiopia and the Shadow Puppet decaf blend from Chromatic Coffee.

 
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 5:43am
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THANKS Chris
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