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Posted Thu Jun 23, 2011, 2:10pm
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Just learned that people use to add egg shells to coffee grounds when brewing it in a pot. Found it reading up on hobo or cowboy coffee. Posts claim that it provides the smoothest cup they've had. I'm going to the kitchen now to give this a try. Maybe it can be added to French press. I'll try the French press instead of in a pot since I've never had coffee that way. Anyone else add egg shells to their grinds?

Ok so I just tried it with my French press and there's a noticeable difference vs without. The more I thought about it while it brewed I thought it wouldn't work since the shells are stationary. I did peel a thin layer inside of the egg shells off. Not much of a cook so that was new to me. I know hard boiled eggs have it sometimes but not the shell itself. Hmm. I used maybe an 8th of a shell for 1.5 cups of water. It does produce a smoother almost milder taste to the coffee. I'm going to study this some more but it shows some promise.
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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011, 6:14am
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Netphilosopher Said:

I know this changes the taste, but I personally don't like what it does to the taste of the resulting coffee.

Posted June 24, 2011 link

Well, I dare say the original users of the eggshell method weren't using freshly roasted and ground specialty grade coffee... ;)
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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011, 6:08pm
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That kinda implies that the people of the day had homogeneous practices and placed more of a premium on freshness and less on convenience than people of today...

This site http://www.pine3.info/Arbuckles.htm indicates that the glazing of coffee beans (eww) was invented in 1865, while this site http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodbeverages.html reports of an 1850 advertisement mentioning "Put up in water-proof and air-tight packages and guaranteed to retain its strength and flavor for years.".

This book from 1830, by explicitly mentioning that "Those who pride themselves on first rate coffee, burn and grind it every morning." implies that the method is not universally practised. It does seem to confirm that their bean quality wasn't particularly high, though, if burned roasts tasted better... Click Here (digital.lib.msu.edu)
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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011, 6:29pm
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Egg shells are for peasants - once I started using a fish skin (washed & dried only) I never looked back.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Sat Jun 25, 2011, 1:38am
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I like how this thread transformed from an interesting experiment into an even more interesting history lesson.

 
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