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Londinium and Monolith shot, pardon the dog at the end ;-)

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Today’s espresso with my Monolith grinder and Synesso Hydra…

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Mini-Latte Art in 2oz espresso cup

Mini-Latte Art in 2oz espresso cup

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Olympia Cremina & Monolith in action…

Olympia Cremina & Monolith in action…

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When in doubt grind finer and dose less

One of the hard things in espresso preparation is adjusting the dose and grind based on taste. I found this, at least for me, to be hard for quite some time.

But, after making and tasting thousands of shots, I think that in most cases when we do not like flavor, we are actually under-extracting. So if your shots is excessively bitter or excessively sour, in all likelihood, you are under-extracting and need to grind finer and use lower dose to increase extraction.

But espresso preparation and our taste is not that linear so if that does not work for you go in opposite direction ;-) Increase dose and grind coarser.

Tags: espresso
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I had this “classic” 58.4mm tamper base around and decided to make Claro Walnut handle for it.

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Spalted Minion

Spalted Maple stabilized wood handled, stainless steel 58.4mm base, ~540 grams weight.

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Ebony Gabon base with Red Heart handle 58.4mm all wood button tamper.