Who else grinds coffee?

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by DeaconKC, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Los Angeles, CA
    Maybe our grinder is just crappy then. The bf seems to make way more of a mess with the grinder than with the regular old machine.
  2. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Beautiful Horse Country
    I like chewing on whole beans. Grinding coffee seems to ritualize the coffee experience. I like that;)
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  3. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    Let's just have your coffee nerd call my coffee nerd and let them argue it out. ;)
  4. randooch

    randooch I'll Lock Up

    Ukiah, California
    Big Topic!

    I keep escalating my coffee habit. Now I'm up to a Rancilio espresso machine, a Slis burr grinder, and freshly roasted whole organic beans from a local source. A good cup of americano, or two or three, every morning makes it easier to get out of bed.

    Health nuts beware the French press! It's tasty, but that form of coffee is the worst for increasing blood-serum cholesterol. It's all the oils, I understand. Filtered is the best, and espresso is in the middle.

  5. Spitfire

    Spitfire I'll Lock Up

    Copenhagen, Denmark.
    ME TOO!!!!!:D
  6. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    I know a guy who sprinkles finely ground coffee on vanilla ice cream.
  7. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Oakland, CA, USA
    Let me start by saying some of us here roast our own beans from
    time to time, as well as grinding them!

    Really? You can control both the temperature of the water
    and the duration of the brewing with a French press, but not
    with a siphon. The French press leaves in more coffee solids.
    Quite a different brew.

    Actually, the water has to be boiling (210F around here, I believe)
    to rise up in the siphon. That's too hot for optimal coffee brewing.

    Which most people don't do because a roiling boil burns coffee.

    Huh? Siphon systems certainly still are made, in Japan and I believe
    in the UK as well. I think Starbucks offered one quite recently.
  8. Frykitty

    Frykitty Familiar Face

    Kootenay mountains
    Stainless steel stovetop espresso is the only I make coffee. Avoid the aluminium ones. I buy locally roasted beans and grind them at home. Honestly I've only had one or two Starbucks in my life, and I didn't really like them. That's just one mans opinion, because obviously they are insanely popular.
    A post just isn't complete without a picture:)
  9. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

    Southern England
    I always use freshly ground coffee when I make coffee with my espresso machine. I even used to buy green beans and roast them in my own mini roaster. The smoky smell is amazing, but it's hard to buy the un-roasted beans these days.
  10. Rachael

    Rachael A-List Customer

    Stumptown West
    ever since I gave up caffeine, I grind and press my decaf. I couldn't drink it otherwise. Also, it helps me pretend that I'm drinking real coffee, and the placebo effect kicks in a bit. I miss caffeine. :(
  11. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    All the way...!!

    • Grind the beans just for each cup of coffee (as the coffee deteriorates 'very' quickly). I've discovered in European countries that 'love/respect' their coffee and hence their customers, that they will just 'grind enough beans' for that customer's cuppa (even in really run-down trucker's cafes in Spain, the coffee was to die for!).

      Either French Press or Italian Espresso maker. I tend to use my Gaggia Espresso machine 'far too much' (could explain a few things about this hyper Irishman!) and it is my daily workhorse.

      (A little nugget of info) One of the reasons I headed 'north' to the cold (on the last USA visit) was to find the ulitmate Coffee House in Seattle (I love, love, love the stuff).

      Last year I went on a professional Barrista's course, just because I love the whole science and ritual behind making the ultimate 'cup of Joe!':D
  12. spiridon

    spiridon A-List Customer

    Gulf Coast (AL)
    It's amazing what marketing can do.....Starbucks has convinced everyone that over-roasted coffee is good coffee......and then they charge a ridiculous price for their OVER-ROASTED beans to top it off!
  13. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    I really prefer Coffee made at home.
    I prefer my own brew to anything out there.
    And paying for a cup of Coffee seems to take away from the experience-
    for me, at least.

    The oils included in press Coffee are what makes it better.
    I never intended my Coffee drinking to be healthy.

  14. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

    Metropolitan New Orleans
    Belly Tank, you're golden.
    KittyT, you too.

    I will offer this nugget....keep some of your freshly ground coffee a few days, then compare it to grocery-store coffee. They'll smell the same. I'm sorry to say, that the freshest of pre-ground coffee is stale before you ever cut into the vacuum-sealed packaging. And having a bit of tupperware to "keep it fresh" is nearly useless as it's already stale.

    I French press on the weekend, and at work I use an AeroPress.

    If you all think grinding your own beans produces an amazing and fresh cup of coffee (and you're NOT wrong) wait until you try it with beans you've roasted just the day before.....
  15. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    When I still lived in Copenhagen, I saw Coffee presses in the "Cheap Shop", "Tiger", for the great price of only DKK20(around $3.50)-
    Big spender that I am, I bought 3 of them.

    Seems that they last better in my kitchen than the Bodum (Chambord), which cost about 20 times the price.

    I still have 3 un-broken coffe presses...

  16. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    For the sake of playing Devil's Advocate,
    I just made some Coffee in my "Krupps" filter.

    Has that instant coffee twang in my cheek.


  17. Bean Storage.

    So how do you store the beans? Or do you folks have a friendly local bean dealer that will sell you just enough beans for one cup of coffee? I'm certain that Algerian Coffee Stores would not provide such a service.

    I've heard tell of keeping them in the fridge, keeping them in the freezer, keeping them in vacuum sealed tins … what's the best then?

  18. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

    New York City
    Storing them in the freezer does harm and no good.

    A cool, dark place in a sealed container is your best bet.

    (The above comes from the wife, who taught me everything I know in this arena.)
  19. Mahagonny Bill

    Mahagonny Bill Practically Family

    Try to find one of these beauties: The Kichenaid BCG100ER Best home grinder I have ever seen. The section that grinds the beans is removable, so you can lift it off the base and empty it directly into your coffee contrivance. Very neat, no mess.

    I always grind my own coffee. During the week I use a Krups drip machine with a thermal carafe and timer. I grind the beans and set the timer the night before. The coffee is not the peak of freshness, but it is ready when I wake and is still better than Folgers. The weekends are for the French press.
  20. just_me

    just_me Practically Family

    Not everyone. lol I can't stand their coffee. It tastes burned (not to mention that it's overpriced and the employees are pretentious).

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