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    how much coffee in the head?

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    Hi
    I have recently relocated my business and the coffee side of things is booming.. Still I have a lot to learn..
    How much coffee from the grinder should i be putting in the head? I was told only two flicks from the person I got the machine?grinder from. Is this correct or not? I watch many videos and forums etc trying to find out. Please help?

    Kell

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs LotR.

    To answer your question: It is probably close enough but it also depends on the grind setting and freshness of the beans for it to be spot on.
    It may have been when it was last set but is surely not now.

    Tell us more about your experience and where you are.

    I think you are a candidate for some training.

    If you think its booming now it could be much better if you understood what you should be doing to make excellent coffee.

    The new location may be the reason for the increase in coffee sales.
    The customers maybe just trying you out for a start.
    What is the rest of the business?

    Bad coffee can result in loss of overall business or at the very least a downtun in the coffee sales.

    I visit some places for the food but wont touch the coffee.

    If theres better coffee and the food is just as good somewhere nearby, guess where the customers will end up?

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    Hi Thundergod
    I am in Roxby Downs SA, I own a cafe with my wife in the main street (mall) directly opposite woolies prime location. Previously we were up in a side street makin approx 5 maybe 10 coffees a day with a jura x-7 machine auto. So now we have the two group caramila machine which performs very well. We are now doing an average of 100-200 coffees a day but plenty of room for improvement. I am always searching for answers as we are in an isolated area where its difficult to just ring someone and seek help. We have seating for aprox 70 people which stay mornings the shop is full for several hours. Also we have, pies all bakery lines (we dont bake) and ya normal burgers etc etc. Hop this helps you out a bit to be able to provide more info.

    kell

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    Well the business experience is there.

    It sounds like location is the reason for the increase in coffee sales then.

    200 a day would be a busy 8 hours for coffee alone and a big shop from 10.

    Knowing your location may help someone else with there suggestions for you.

    Are you tied to a deal for your coffee or are you able to buy whichever brand of beans you want?
    What brand are you using now?

    Are you aiming to just get things under control for now?
    Will you then be wanting to push the coffee to its maximum potential?

    Pies are easy to serve up.
    The effort is in the coffee and the burgers (mind you in my day a few dozen burgers at a time wasnt a problem).

    Sorry for all the questions but it all helps.

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    Welcome to CS lunchontherun!

    All these questions arent relevant. A simple answer to your question:

    Basically, 7grams is considered the right amount for a single basket and 14 for a double.

    However, it should be noted that basket sizes can vary considerably. So, presuming you are tamping correctly, if you can see the shower screen imprint in the coffee puck once the shot has been poured, then youve probably dosed correctly.

    It does sound like you need more help than dosing though, and I suggest you give Chris Natoli from Talk Coffee a call (site sponsor on your left). It would be a good investment to get him across from Melbourne and help you with your set-up.

    Good luck with it all.

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    thanks dennis
    I do have a couple coming from Adelaide on Friday from where I get my coffee from and they will be a huge help. Getting very addictive this coffee thing skys the limit.. Going fine on the coffees themselves my clients are telling me its fantastic and very few complaints i am getting. The only complaints i get are from those that do not know anything about coffee and its obvious.
    cheers
    kell

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    Re: how much coffee in the head?

    wow.. that is a busy little place you got there.. ha

    yeh, i was going to suggest that you contact your coffee and/or machine supplier to get some training..(they owe it to you for going through all those kilos) you can never stop learning about ways to make great coffee, and the correct dose and tamp is essential.

    hope the help you get from the couple is good, and in the mean time.. check out the other 100,000 posts on C.Snobs, they are a valuable source of information!!

    good luck!



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