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Single Baskets

edited January 1970 in Accessories
I see KK and SS are using singles.  Since I started on my coffee journey everyone said ditch the single, use a double.  :D

So, how many of us are actually using their single baskets.  I used mine tonight to make the wife's coffee and she liked it, the pour was pretty good.  She's always complaining that my coffees are too strong, I pull her a double ristretto and pull it early, but forget now and again.  >:D

The single seemed to pour well, but I still had to pull it early because it got very watery near the end (remember I'm using a lever).

Happy wife, happy live though, so if it keeps me in the good books it's worth it! :)

Comments

  • I have used singles for some years now And it's never been a challenge for me on the machines I have owned With the current machine the Strega I sometimes cheat and tamp a double basket with a single amount of grounds and it still works for me KK
  • Until recently I have always used a double or triple for ristretto for a single cup of coffee. But recently I bought a Synesso single  and am using it with 12-13 gm of grinds to get very reasonable shots, albeit only about 25-30ml. Working on it! ;) L
  • on 1375870058:
    ... very reasonable shots, albeit only about 25-30ml.
                Why,?.. how many ml do you want for your single ?
  • Always use a 'double' basket myself, 18-19gram coffee, anywhere from 20-45gram shots which vary between 30-60ml. Never seen the need for a single. On the very few occasions a 'weak' coffee is  requested, I just ditch part of the shot or stop early. So, is there any reason at all I should use a single? I don't think so, but am willing to be persuaded. I realise others may have more call for singles, just don't know if that applies to my own circumstances.
  • Only have the one basket for mine, which takes about 13g coffee for the standard 30ml lever shot. Not sure I could fit a bigger basket inside the 49mm portafilter.
  • on 1375924815:
    Only have the one basket for mine, which takes about 13g coffee for the standard 30ml lever shot. Not sure I could fit a bigger basket inside the 49mm portafilter.
    Size is not the only/main factor though. The shape of a single basket (or at least all those i have seen) changes the flow dramatically. Water flows past the coffee at the base of a single much quicker than at the top.  That changes the technique required and flavor profile in the cup. Is your basket a single or double?
  • I've always presumed it was a double basket as it has the shape of one as per this image: doublesmallsingle.jpg
  • Looks like a double. Small, but standard shape. Reminds me, I  have a large (28g) double kicking around that hasn't been used in a while. Must go looking for it, roast a batch of robusta and man up.
  • Standard shape but 49mm... forgot to mention that
  • Out of curiosity why don't singles just have the full width but shorter so they still have the same contact with the shower screen as a double.
  • I'd imagine you would need to grind "Turkish" and tamp "Swarzeneggish" to prevent a gusher!  :P The thinner the biscuit, the easier it is to crumble :question:
  • on 1375945898:
    I'd imagine you would need to grind "Turkish" and tamp "Swarzeneggish" to prevent a gusher!  :P The thinner the biscuit, the easier it is to crumble :question:
    Well yes, but I wonder if anyone has actually made one to try?  Would be interesting to see the difference.  If you dosed a single dose into a double basket there would be too much distance from the shower screen in my opinion.
  • Just went the other way and started using the 'man size double'. Nice consistent pour and the straight sides help the puck to knock out. Nominally a 28gram basket, but actually holds 26gram. It produces shots I am willing to split - getting rather nice 55gram double shots from it.
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