osteenjames Senior Member Joined: 1 Aug 2013 Posts: 50 Location: St Paul Minnesota Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Mar 17, 2014, 5:53am Subject: Need to lower dose from 18 grams using VST Basket
Hello I love and have been drinking espresso for years. For medical reasons I have to lower my dose "Grams" per shot. I usually use a VST basket 18 gram and use 14 grams. I need to lower dose to 10.5 as I can tolerate this amount much better without feeling Im going to explode or go mad. The smallest VST basket I could find is 15 grams.
Question: What is my best size/type basket I should use to accomplish my goal of 10.5 grams per shot.
Equipment: Nouva Simonelli Oscar Professional and Baratza Vario grinder.
Dayglow Senior Member Joined: 5 Oct 2007 Posts: 74 Location: Greenville, NC Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Mar 17, 2014, 7:28am Subject: Re: Need to lower dose from 18 grams using VST Basket
My suggestion to you would be to either find a very nice single basket as they will hold a much smaller dose to start and give you less final headroom when you under dose. An 18g double basket under dosed has a huge amount of headroom which may cause extraction issue. I think what you may want to consider is actually doing regular 18g doses your VST but doing a 50/50 regular beans for espresso and decaf for espresso. It will net you the lower caffeine amount I am guessing you seek without compromising the shot too much. Others can say what they will about decaf espresso. Yes it does lack a little something, but I actually enjoy straight decaf espresso later in the day. It lets me have my evening ritual of making shots without any disturbed sleep risk. The trick with decaf espresso is finding a roaster who does one well. connoisseur quality espresso is a niche for roasters not often focused on and decaf is even more so. There are several that do it though.
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