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NFT: How much coffee for 1 good strong cuppa Joe?

BlueLou'sBack : 2/1/2019 12:37 pm
Lost my scooper which measured pretty much a perfect amount for a drip brewed single strong cup. Using a single cup machine designed for use with Keurig compatible pods or self measured into a gold mesh screen basket. Today measured out 4 rounded tsp. and that seems just about right for a very strong cup the way you might be served in France or Italy - if they ever made drip coffee in Italy, home of espresso, which I'm not sure anyone does.

4 rounded tsp. for 1 normal sized bad ass cup sound about right?

Working 2 different brands now. Pete's "Major Dickinson's" blend and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's "Italian Roast" both bought ground but dated and very fresh and good.
I think the generally agreed upon ratio for drip is 2 tablespoons  
Ben in Tampa : 2/1/2019 1:12 pm : link
to 6 ozs water.
I always go 1 tablespoon per cup...  
x meadowlander : 2/1/2019 1:36 pm : link
...+2. So a 10-cup pot gets 12 TBSP.

I use Columbian exclusively. Lately, I've been mixing a pound of Hazelnut with a 2.5 lb can of Columbian.
I guess two level tablespoons for a single 7-8 oz cup  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/1/2019 2:33 pm : link
is pretty much what I'm doing, figuring that a single rounded tsp is 7-8 ml. It's good and strong this way from the two brands/blends mentioned above.

For larger pots or batches I think I'd use less, as you get more extraction over a longer brew period.

Thanks for the notes.
Pete's "Major Dickinson's" blend  
BlueinRoch : 2/1/2019 5:45 pm : link
Great stuff. One of my favorites.
Yeah it's a great blend but neither of us  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/1/2019 7:27 pm : link
spelled it correctly (of course you were quoting me so that's a my bad all the way.)

Peet's "Major Dickason's Blend" is indeed a bomb. But The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Italian Roast is excellent in it's own right, just not as distinctive as the Peet's.
for the best coffee  
JerrysKids : 2/1/2019 8:46 pm : link
buy the whole been and grind it at home. I'm to lazy to do that so most of the time I buy it at the deli's near me that have very good fresh coffee made from fresh ground beans. I notice coffee only has a shelf life of a few days after opening it. It gets bitter fast. I do like the Costco Kirkland Signature 100 Colombian Coffee.
Gotta go by weight  
santacruzom : 2/2/2019 1:01 am : link
For the best consistency. When I do a pour over using a Chemex, I use a 1:15 coffee to water ratio (usually 600 grams of water and 40 grams of coffee). I lessen the coffee to 1:18 when using my machine, which I seldom do these days.

My mother in law looks at me like I'm prehistoric when I use the scale, but I think it's way faster than scooping.
It's been a while  
santacruzom : 2/2/2019 1:03 am : link
Since I've tried them since I roast my own coffee now (easy! And cheap!), but Cafe Britt is incredible for a huge brand. Try them out some time.
3 heaping Cafe bustelo  
idiotsavant : 2/2/2019 3:31 pm : link
But then will redrip as many as 3x. If it goes to 4 I give it a boost.

First cup, impatient, half full, splash of boiling water right in (Americano style) then splash cold.
.have extra mug nearby for #2. Avoid waste and mess
RE: 3 heaping Cafe bustelo  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/2/2019 3:36 pm : link
In comment 14284568 idiotsavant said:
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But then will redrip as many as 3x. If it goes to 4 I give it a boost.

First cup, impatient, half full, splash of boiling water right in (Americano style) then splash cold.
.have extra mug nearby for #2. Avoid waste and mess

Note to self: never drink coffee at idiotsavantís.
I usually just put a tsp of  
Bill in UT : 2/2/2019 7:19 pm : link
instant Espresso on my tongue at take a sip of boiling water
RE: I usually just put a tsp of  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/3/2019 1:10 am : link
In comment 14284770 Bill in UT said:
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instant Espresso on my tongue at take a sip of boiling water


Great technique!

For you...






And ONLY you.
I use a 30 ml scoop  
section125 : 2/3/2019 6:45 am : link
for a measure to 2 cups of coffee(6 oz) - so 15 ml to a cup. I just use a basic Mr Coffee machine(had all kind of fancy machines and the plain old Mr Coffee just is the most consistent, least expensive machine there is). I'll make what is marked as 8 cups on the pot and use 4 scoops of coffee.
Everyone has a different expectation as to what is strong and what is mild.
Lou sounds like you like espresso style, which is an altogether different roast of beans. Not sure you can achieve the same result with standard Colombian coffee beans.
RE: I use a 30 ml scoop  
santacruzom : 2/3/2019 4:45 pm : link
In comment 14284939 section125 said:
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for a measure to 2 cups of coffee(6 oz) - so 15 ml to a cup. I just use a basic Mr Coffee machine(had all kind of fancy machines and the plain old Mr Coffee just is the most consistent, least expensive machine there is). I'll make what is marked as 8 cups on the pot and use 4 scoops of coffee.
Everyone has a different expectation as to what is strong and what is mild.
Lou sounds like you like espresso style, which is an altogether different roast of beans. Not sure you can achieve the same result with standard Colombian coffee beans.


Espresso isn't necessarily a different roast. You can make a good espresso with medium roast and the same bean can be suitable for both espresso and brewed. Espresso simply requires a much finer grind and pressure.
RE: RE: I use a 30 ml scoop  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/3/2019 5:21 pm : link
In comment 14285360 santacruzom said:
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Espresso isn't necessarily a different roast. You can make a good espresso with medium roast and the same bean can be suitable for both espresso and brewed. Espresso simply requires a much finer grind and pressure.

+1
I mean  
santacruzom : 2/3/2019 5:28 pm : link
You WILL find roasted beans that were roasted in such a way to develop a profile that is most compatible with espresso, but it is definitely far from a requirement to use beans labeled "espresso."

But unless you are actually using an espresso machine, you aren't really making espresso. An aeropress can kinda sorta approximate it but it isn't the same.
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