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do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 06, 2007 10:57AM
I prefer to buy coffee beans and grind it myself, it just tastes better. I grind it until it's more like fine sand, and I think it tastes great, but my wife usually grinds it much finer than I do, until it's like flour, and to be honest, I don't think it tastes as good as when I grind it. She says she doesn't feel the difference, but I do.

So, what is the way you grind it, and why? do you feel a difference in taste between find and very fine ground coffee? does it matter what kind of flavor it is when you grind it?
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 06, 2007 11:02AM
there are whole sites devoted the the coffee madness.
I make it very fine for the espresso machine and less so for regular coffee.
But I have a cheapee Braun grinder, not a high end burr grinder like the coffee freaks recommend.

[www.coffeegeek.com]
[www.wholelattelove.com]
[www.singleservecoffee.com]

real fine for coffee tastes murky to me. I pretty much stick to Trader Joes French Roast.



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 06, 2007 11:30AM
Thanks for the links, Fritz. Hmmm, Turkish coffee, I haven't made one in years, and that's what I grew up with; I started drinking Turkish coffee when I was 12 or so.

I have to brew one RIGHT NOW!
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 06, 2007 11:42AM
I keep meaning to pick up the necessary accouterments for Turkish at Kalustyans in NYC......
I love the stuff, but only see it at a few restaurants.

I didn't drink coffee till my late 20's on my first tour in Europe.
Now I like to start my work days with a capp and an almond croissant from my fave French patisserie in NYC. The no matter what carp comes my way that day, I don't f'in' care.



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: May 06, 2007 11:51AM
After going through a whole "gotta have the best" period with coffee, I ended up with a French press and using Illy dark roast, medium grind coffee that comes in a hermetically sealed can.

This simple and fast brewing method produces the best coffee Mavis and I have ever had.

I still like a cup of espresso from time to time, but I don't want to make the investment for the quality equipment I know that it takes to make a really excellent cup at home, plus we don't have the counter space.

BTW, at one point I did have an excellent espresso setup and even had five pounds of whole bean shipped to me each month, from a small private roaster in Beverly Hills. I still like our present method and coffee choice the best.

Hmmm, I wonder what I did with my ibrik?
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: roshi
Date: May 06, 2007 12:29PM
I use a french press. So I went to Starbucks and asked the guy to grind some for me for a press. He ground some beans and put them in a clear baggie, so I would have a model. I do this once every couple of years.

Bodun makes a fantastic stainless-steel french press. Doesn't break like the glass ones.
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: May 06, 2007 12:31PM
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Fritz
The no matter what carp comes my way that day, I don't f'in' care.

I hate those "Attack Carp"!

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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: estnyc
Date: May 06, 2007 02:16PM
I have one of those Boduns. They're fantastic. Coffee doens't get cold, and it tastes fantastic.



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Z
Date: May 06, 2007 02:53PM
Based on recommendations here, I picked up one of those Bodum Columbia stainless french presses. Can't say enough good things about it.

The degree of grind that I use, however, varies with the brewing method. Coarser for the french press, finer for the basket, finer still for the espresso. I just buy turkish 'powder' grind since my cheap Bosch blade grinder would probably burn out its motor before getting the right consistency.
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: fromish
Date: May 06, 2007 03:05PM
Careful with French press-it's delicious but...

Studies have found that drinking large amounts of coffee made by the French press method increases LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, while drinking filtered, percolated, or drip coffee does not [1]. The French press method allows certain Diterpenes, such as Cafestol and Kahweol, to remain in the coffee while other brewing methods either remove or limit these chemicals. Cafestol is the most potent cholesterol-elevating compound known in the human diet.

A link to original medical research on this:
[www.ajcn.org]
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: May 06, 2007 03:54PM
I also have the Bodum stainless steel French press and love it.

We always make the full 32 oz and drink the saved coffee for another day or sometimes even two. Seems as if it gets more mellow the second day.

I read about the LDL increase from drinking French press coffee, but as far as I can tell from my latest blood work, it hasn't affected me.
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: May 06, 2007 04:58PM
Interesting you bring this up.

I just bought another of the fine Gevalia pots for $15 or $20, and I wasn't getting the taste I wanted out of the coffee. Where I am, the water is extremely loaded with lime, so I bought bottled water (just grocery gallons) and had little improvement.

I bought a can of Hills Brothers' coffee (it was on sale) and it said "ground."

I'm no snob about this stuff. When I'm done, it's loaded with sweetener and flavoring, and to me it is just "hot, tan caffeine." But still, the aroma is always enjoyed - long before I could ever stand the taste.

At best, this pre-ground stuff was what I recall from the percolator days. Compared to the Gevalia coffee, this was large grind sand vs. Gevalia's powder. I find that I must use 33% -50% more of the "big grind", to get the same darkness when brewed.

The whole taste issue still hasn't fixed itself yet - wondering if there is an issue with the maker itself. I ran two loads of water through, a vinegar wash, and two more loads of water, before even using it - still, the stuff is just "off" - first time ever I've noticed from a drip machine.

I've been tempted to get my food processor out and see if I can atomize the mass merchant brand - but it isn't worth my time. I was going to post a photo of the difference in the size of the grinds, but I don't even feel like doing that!

Sorry... it's a Sunday.

:-)



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Pam
Date: May 06, 2007 07:14PM
It may not be the grind, but the brew temperature. Over time I can see where consumer drip machines may lose temp control, maybe brewing at a lower temp. For the coffee geeks like me it's all about grind, tamp, and temp. Grind and temp still applies even for the Mr Coffee folks.
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: May 06, 2007 07:45PM
>
> it's all about grind, tamp, and temp
>

Sound like a motto for a stripper

: -D



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Carthaigh
Date: May 06, 2007 07:55PM
I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Peet's coffee. My favorite coffee by far. Get a bag of the New Guinea, and get ready to live.



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Silencio
Date: May 06, 2007 09:15PM
I use a Braun burr grinder. I grind it as course as possible, since I brew with a French press. Haven't had my cholesterol checked in a little bit -- guess I'd better.
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Phy
Date: May 06, 2007 11:17PM
I use a Krups burr grinder and brew in a Krups drip machine. I also roast my own coffee in a sweet little machine (Zack & Dani's) I got for a gift a few years ago. I grind it pretty fine, but not powdery.
Lately, I have been getting green coffee beans from a place called the Green Coffee Bean Company. ( I also like Sweet Maria's beans.) Their Sumatra Aged Mandheling is superb when roasted to a dark vienna or Espresso roast.

Just had my bloodwork done and am just below 200 in the cholesterol area. Maybe I will invest in a French Press; my kids all swear by them.



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Posted by: Pam
Date: May 07, 2007 05:11AM
I use the Zach & Dani's for home roasting too. My favorite from Sweet Maria's is Komodo Blend (decaf).

If you get a french press, check out the filters Sweet Maria's sell for them. They make a huge difference! I use my french press when I travel and don't have access to my espresso machine. Or when we lose power.
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Posted by: Dakota
Date: May 07, 2007 07:29AM
I use a professional grade grinder at...Giant and use an electric percolator. To tell you the truth, it tastes no different than what comes out of a can of Folgers.
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Bodum press
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 07, 2007 09:37AM
are y'all talkin' about this one?

[www.bodumusa.com]

I was gonna get an Aerobie, [aerobie.com]
but it's only single or so.
Something bigger for entertaining would be good and the old Melitta drip is wearing thin on me.



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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Pam
Date: May 07, 2007 10:03AM
I have the 4 tasse Bodium, you just get whatever size makes sense to you. Keep in mind the coffee should be consumed immediately and not left sitting around.

[www.sweetmarias.com]
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Re: do you grind your own coffee? how fine do you grind it?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: May 07, 2007 11:16AM
Grind it to a pretty fine powder for drip, or coarsly for a french press (my preferred brewing method.

Basically, the longer you expect the water to be in contact with the coffee, the coarser the grind.
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Re: Bodum press
Posted by: GeneL
Date: May 07, 2007 11:51AM
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Fritz
are y'all talkin' about this one?

[www.bodumusa.com].

That's the one we use. I'm drinking a fresh Bodum-brewed cup as I write.
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