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    Single vs Double on EM6910

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

    I recently was given some single origin beans to try from a local roaster. Normally I opt for an "espresso" blend, but this was something different.

    Anyways, as I was going to sample them at night time (well, 6pm ish) I thought Id have a single in a slightly smaller cup (210ml) rather than my normal double (300ml).

    I dont know if it was the single origin beans, or that the coffee / milk gods were smiling nicely on me, but OMG, what an experience. The taste was just fantastic, a little zing on the lips (not bitter or sour, but a nice tingly feeling) and the taste was bouncing around my tounge. Definitely one of the best coffee experiences I have had yet with my Sunbeam (and my wife wanted to lick the cup clean, it was that good)

    Weird thing is, in the following days I have been using the same beans for my normal morning fix (double shot latte in 300ml ACF cup) but the zing hasnt been the same. Still very nice, but not the same *buzz that I got with the single filter.

    Is it normal that a single espresso could exhibit more liveliness in a slightly smaller cup than a double shot in a slightly larger cup (even though the ratios have changed from 30/210m to 60/300ml)?

    Sen

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    Re: Single vs Double on EM6910

    all things are possible

    make yourself another single and find out

    graham

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    Re: Single vs Double on EM6910

    As roasted beans age, the flavour profiles do change. Maybe you hit the time "sweet spot" for your palate. Try the same beans from the same roaster again and see if the flavours are similar at similar times. Is it possible that you ate someting that complimented the flavours of the coffee? You did say this experience happened in te evening as opposed to your normal morning kickstart.
    I to have had the frustration of not being able to re-create a taste in some of my roasting efforts, I guess thats what separates us amateurs from the professional roasters. That being said i love having different flavours/blends/roast profiles from week to week.

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    Re: Single vs Double on EM6910

    Unfortunately Im fresh out of the beans now and back to the usual blend.

    I hadnt eaten anything with (or before) the coffee, so it really struck me as odd (particularly as it was only 1 night between the two experiences).

    For whatever reason, the milk was particularly good that night (exceedinly velvety) so it could have just been that the stars all aligned at the right time.

    I can see Ill just have to drink more coffee to experiment and try to recreate the sensations, bugga :)

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    Re: Single vs Double on EM6910

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    The sunbeam "single" is actually a double that holds about 14g (two tbsp) of coffee without overdosing --> ie. 14g will give you a nice clean solid puck and even extraction.

    I find the sunbeam "single" quite ideal for extracting about 50-60ml into a large 250ml cup. With stronger beans (higher acidity) it is even possible to break it up into two 170ml cups for two cappuccinos (with a bit more foam than usual so the milk to coffee ratio is about the same)

    The sunbeam "double" ~20g triple basket is too much for me... but makes two 220ml cup lattes pretty well. Id extract no less than 60ml from the sunbeam double basket - extracting less than that seems to reduce the sourness/bitterness somewhat and it doesnt cut through milk as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Senator link=1222292335/0#0 date=1222292335
    Hi

    Is it normal that a single espresso could exhibit more liveliness in a slightly smaller cup than a double shot in a slightly larger cup (even though the ratios have changed from 30/210m to 60/300ml)?

    Sen



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