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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 3:39pm
Subject: 18 grams in a double, tripple or other basket?
 

The brewing instructions for black cat espresso call for 18g of coffee.

Should I jam this into a double basket or under fill a triple basket?

Or do I have to buy a special 18g basket?
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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 3:56pm
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How big is your triple? 20g? 18g basket would be ideal, but I would lean toward overdosing rather than under. That's just me.

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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 5:51am
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My normal dose is 18g in a double basket. I have put in as much as 22 g but that is not the norm for me. I found that I really do not get any use out of my triple basket and just stay with my double. Try it both ways and see which you prefer, either would be OK but I tend to see 18 g in a triple basket as being under dosed. YMMV!

 
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 9:41am
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^ +1

I do use my triple routinely, and I dose at 20g, but there's room to dose closer to 22g without frank overdosing.  I would stick with the double for 18g.  If you do and feel you're overdosing, you might want to look into splurging for a VST...or better yet...see how you like other doses of Black Cat.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 4:51pm
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thank you for the info. I have a standard silvia double basket. The only way I can fit 18 grams in is if I partially fill the basket, tap lightly on the counter to distribute, fill more and tap against the counter before tamping.

otherwise it just overflows

is that standard procedure?
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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2012, 9:00am
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some people do that, yeah.  I was taught that method when I went to my Barista training course at Klatch Roasting...and I had a Silvia at the time.  I don't use it anymore as I find that for my equipment it leads to an overdosed shot that I don't like.  I would recommend you take "18g" as a suggestion and adjust dose to your machine/equipment and taste.  

There are lots of ways to dose, and once you find one that works for you, the best thing to do is keep it consistent.  My method is to simply fill my basket as centered as possible, and then use a N, S, E, W -esque finger sweep to level and distribute the grinds (trying very hard not to apply any downward pressure while I sweep), then I tamp, just until I feel the grinds compressed (about 20-30 lbs).  I do it this way every time, and for me (again, I'm using a triple basket w a naked pf) I get 20 g every time I weigh it (which is only occasionally to make sure I haven't lost my touch).  I adjusting my grind as necessary to vary shot timing.  YMMV, however.

I highly suggest reading Randy Glass's (frcn) easy guide to better espresso (article 12 under "how-to"), on his website www.espressomyespresso.com

 
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Posted Sun Jul 1, 2012, 2:16pm
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after some additional experimentation, there is just no way to jam 18 grams into the standard silvia double basket. No amount of knocking, tamping or distributing was able to get the puck low enough to leave any space between the screen.  If this is the case, what basket are people using?

I've had some success at the 15 gram level, but the espresso seems to be missing a certain "brightness"
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Posted Mon Jul 2, 2012, 2:56pm
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are you that glued to using Black Cat?  Nothing wrong with that if you are, but I'm just wondering.  Me, it's not my favorite, but some people really love it.  I can't tell you what others use for dosing black cat in a silvia, but I use Strada baskets (which are very similar to VST and they fit my rancilio oem pf handles...and my silvia when I still had it.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 2, 2012, 4:23pm
Subject: Re: 18 grams in a double, tripple or other basket?
 

j123 Said:

after some additional experimentation, there is just no way to jam 18 grams into the standard silvia double basket. No amount of knocking, tamping or distributing was able to get the puck low enough to leave any space between the screen.  If this is the case, what basket are people using?

I've had some success at the 15 gram level, but the espresso seems to be missing a certain "brightness"

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Different "double baskets" from different manufactures (in some cases from the same manufacture) will hold varying amounts of grinds. Different beans and the different fineness of grinds they require can alter the max amount that will fit in the same baskets. I have a ton of different baskets from different manufactures and out of these I have my favorites, what I use is usually defined by the bean or blend I am using. Right now I am on a HQ triple basket kick, this thing will do 21g and can be overdosed to 26g no problem with my machine for many beans however they only make a 14g basket and a triple. VSTs are nice but you need multiple sizes to change the dose by more then 2g. The 18g VST sounds like a good match for your blackcat beans although their may be some less expensive options if money is tight.

There is an option with your stock basket, decrease the amount of liquid you extract. So if 15-16g is the max your stock basket will hold comfortably then just pull less then two ounces (not sure the specs Blackcat wants in extraction to the 18g overdose) or better yet use a scale to weight your extractions to be more precise. This is what I did with every triple basket I had before the HQ since most could barley handle much more then 22.5g and this is not much of an overdose for a full triple.
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