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  • Single shot basket problems

    I have a Quick Mill QM67 and I'm having problems producing a 7-8g single shot with the 58mm single shot basket supplied.
    I can get a nice pour using 12g, but if I go any lighter I am not able to get a good tamp (because of the shape of the basket) and it always pours to quickly.
    Can anybody recommend a suitable basket in the 6-9g range that would do the job?
    The tamper I am using is 58mm bought from one of the coffeesnobs sponsors.

  • #2
    Cant say I have used it, but VST have a 7 gram basket and is available from site sponsor Pullman Not sure if it will fit the quickmill though....

    Things Coffee | Pullman Tamper, Coffee Tamper, VST Filter Basket, VST Refractometer, Hottop, Coffee Roaster, KN-8828B-2

    I use an 18 gram ridgeless VST, and although unforgiving on sloppy technique, it is fantastic for highlighting faults and areas that need improvement.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply, I've looked at the VST and will probably get one but there has been talk on how unforgiving they are, so I was wondering if there have been others that have had success with other single baskets..

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      • #4
        I don't think that the single VST baskets are any more difficult than any other basket if you have the right size tamper.

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        • #5
          Called in to one of the local coffee retailers to see what they had in stock and he recomended forgetting about a single basket and just use a double and put less coffee in it. I'm using a double at the moment and filling with 12 and 18g for a large single and two smaller cups. Didn't realise that you could get away with 8g in it as well.
          Does anyone else use the same basket for all their coffee shots?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by b430m View Post
            Called in to one of the local coffee retailers to see what they had in stock and he recomended forgetting about a single basket and just use a double and put less coffee in it.
            You might like to recommend that your local coffee retailer shout himself a training programme so that he can learn what not to do and then appropriately advise anyone who might visit him.

            Sorry- but you can't use a basket 1/2 full.

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            • #7
              I have been using a VST 15g basket close to a year with my own home roasted coffee, noted this month using Talk Coffee Urban Blend, you just have to get the grind right, the dose right, this is a good basket I can said more flavor comes out of it than the Expobar stock basket. The Urban Blend just so delicious not one complain from my family.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
                You might like to recommend that your local coffee retailer shout himself a training programme so that he can learn what not to do and then appropriately advise anyone who might visit him.

                Sorry- but you can't use a basket 1/2 full.
                This guy runs classes for domestic use up to advanced barista!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by summercrema View Post
                  I have been using a VST 15g basket close to a year with my own home roasted coffee, noted this month using Talk Coffee Urban Blend, you just have to get the grind right, the dose right, this is a good basket I can said more flavor comes out of it than the Expobar stock basket. The Urban Blend just so delicious not one complain from my family.
                  Are you using the basket and dosing it with 15g or less for a single?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by b430m View Post
                    This guy runs classes for domestic use up to advanced barista!
                    I'd be taking Chris' advice way before someone who recommended what you posted above "b430m"

                    Mal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by b430m View Post
                      This guy runs classes for domestic use up to advanced barista!
                      He might like to enrol in one- but employ someone who know what s/he's talking about to take the class.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
                        You might like to recommend that your local coffee retailer shout himself a training programme so that he can learn what not to do and then appropriately advise anyone who might visit him.

                        Sorry- but you can't use a basket 1/2 full.
                        Chris, what would you recommend as a single shot basket and how much ground coffee would you use?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by b430m View Post
                          Chris, what would you recommend as a single shot basket and how much ground coffee would you use?
                          A single basket, appropriately dosed and with the grind set accordingly. Alternately you could do what most here (and in cafes) do and consign it to the bin.

                          Single baskets = finicky = hard work

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                          • #14
                            just up dose 1g > 2g depends on the beans, weight of naked porta filter with vst basket on Hario scale is 482.5g, I dose it up to 499g when I use the Urban Blend, MM grinder. Its just me, I prefer to use the 15g vst basket as my single shot basket, I found the flavor from the stock 7g basket too light.

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