Ask Gail: How Many Grams Fit In a Portafilter?
When you get your first espresso machine the first thing you want to do is pull a shot! As you are grinding out your beans you may ask yourself, how much coffee am I supposed to grind into my portafilter?
Well the answer is, it depends. As you may already know brewing espresso is a balancing act of multiple variables. And even the slightest change in a variable can drastically change your result! So the numbers below are an average amount of coffee that should go into each portafilter.
Your grind setting will affect this amount, how oily the coffee you are using will affect the amount, even the humidly in your room will have an effect! So precede with caution. :)
Under typical situations a single basket will hold 11 grams of coffee. A double basket will hold 17 grams. And a triple basket will hold 21 grams of the good stuff!