Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Trouble extracting single shot

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    3

    Trouble extracting single shot

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi guys,

    Im relatively new to coffee making at home and have had the sunbeam em6910 for about 3 months with the sunbeam em040 grinder. Im finding when I use the double shot basket I get a good extraction and the coffee sounds great. With the single shot basket using the same grind settings and coffee the machine really struggles to extract and it never tastes as creamy or nice.
    Is it common to have to grind at different settings if you are using a double or single.
    Just after some advise or feedback if anyone else has had similar experience and how they solved it.
    I threw about 5 shots down the sink today trying to find the perfect single shot grind

  2. #2
    TC
    TC is offline
    .
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    14,665

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Gday Gav and welcome to CoffeeSnobs!

    Most in the business simply throw the single in the bin ;)

    You are correct that you will either need to dose or grind differently to obtain a satisfactory shot from a single...

    I think the last time I used one would be at least 10 years ago...

  3. #3
    Bean Powered Member jaybee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    260

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Do yourself a favour and dont bother. If you really want a single, put your cup under only one spout of the double.

    The only thing I ever achieved in trying to perfect my single shot, was screwing up the settings for my double!

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    59

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Quote Originally Posted by 500F17010A010D040407070F030C620 link=1320651651/1#1 date=1320652125
    Most in the business simply throw the single in the bin
    Quoted for truth.

    Throw it out, and enjoy what follows.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    3

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Ha ha. I was thinking that but thought it is a bit of a waste of coffee.
    I will use the double in future.
    I think I read somewhere ghat the middle part of the extraction is the best. Should I use the double and let the start fall to the drip tray

  6. #6
    Bean Powered Member jaybee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    260

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Quote Originally Posted by 163B313C3933540 link=1320651651/4#4 date=1320652462
    Should I use the double and let the start fall to the drip tray
    Just drink the lot and stay awake a little longer ;D

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    112

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Keep the start of the extraction mate, that is the best bit.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    116

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Do a double ristretto instead, get the first 30-40ml of the double shot.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    59

    Re: Trouble extracting single shot

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    The start of the shot has the most total dissolved coffee solids, which means proportionately, it has the most of the good bits. The dissolved coffee solids gradually lessens the longer the shot is run. So by that reasoning, the final stages of the extraction is the bit you dont want to use. That being said, the tail contains solids that many deem necessary, so dont necessarily pull ristrettos just because theyre theoretically more intense - you might find certain coffees suit your tastebuds more when extracted completely. Just experiment, figuring out things will be much more fun!

    Personally I use different amounts of a shot, depending on what sort of coffee Im having.



Similar Threads

  1. Grind differnce between single shot and double shot?
    By Wilki in forum General Coffee Related...
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 9th April 2012, 01:57 PM
  2. VBM - Tamping the single shot PF
    By BobT in forum Brewing Equipment - Pointy End ($1500-$3000)
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 2nd February 2009, 04:58 PM
  3. Single shot baskets
    By 2onnet in forum Brewing Equipment (non-machine specific)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13th September 2007, 09:15 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •