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TMiller
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 7:45am
Subject: Will cheap coffeemaker give good quality coffee bad taste?
 

Hello,
I posted a similar thread to this one but not exactly the same so I decided just to post a new thread instead of bringing back an old one. I have a $25 Mr. Coffee and I was wondering whether this would affect the taste of good quality ground coffee? I heard that cheap plastic coffee makers will give coffee a plastic taste and I was wondering if this was true. I'm currently trying to upgrade from Folger's and actually try real coffee rather than supermarket coffee. I would definitely buy a grinder and a better coffee maker if I was able to, but I'm a 17 year old student and it's a little bit out of my budget. I am however looking to order fresh ground coffee online but I don't want  to spend money on expensive coffee if it will lose its taste. If anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 7:59am
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If you're ordering pre-ground coffee, its already lost its taste by the time you get it. Even a cheap whirly-blade grinder and fresh whole beans will get you massively better coffee than anything preground, and far, far, superior to Folger's or any other supermarket coffee made from commodity beans.

I understand about being on a budget. I've spent most of my life there. But if coffee is important to you, you need to figure out the equation of how much the pleasure of a properly made, freshly brewed cup of really good coffee is worth and budget (in the other sense) to save for a better machine.

On that end of things, thrift stores can be your friend. There are almost always better coffee makers than what you currently have available at Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other local thrift stores. Just make sure it's got all the parts and you can return it if it doesn't work. I've seen numerous "grind and brew" type machines sitting on the shelf at my local Goodwill. Not the greatest, but better than what you've got. And usually under $20.

Even better, get a hot pot, a drip cone, and a small grinder. Yes, it's not as automatic as open the can, put coffee in the filter, pour water in the machine and drink the result, but it's a huge step up in quality. Grinders for pourover/drip are less pricey and you can, though it's not ideal, get by with a little whirly blade grinder for a while doing coffee that way.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 8:47am
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Tight budget, you could also get like a $20 Moka pot, and a cheap hand grinder, like a Hario Slim or Skerton like $30-40 and you'll be set. May find a cheap Moka or pour over pot like mentioned above as well as old hand grinders at thrift stores, salvation army etc. Where are you thinking of buying online fresh beans?
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:11pm
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Thanks for the replies. GVDub, thanks I'll check out what you recommended. I think I am going to go with a grinder. I was also looking into an Aeropress. I've seen good reviews and it seems pretty affordable to me.

GMIN, I was looking into the Hario as well and that would probably be my choice if I did get a grinder. I do have the money to get and grinder and everything but I was skeptical because I hear that fresh ground beans make a better cup of coffee than supermarket coffee but I don't know how much better it tastes. One person that I talked to said that it doesn't make that much of a difference. How much of a difference would you say there is?

I was looking at gocoffeego.com after someone on here recommended it. Do you know of any other good sites where to buy quality coffee? Thanks.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:25pm
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TMiller Said:

Thanks for the replies. GVDub, thanks I'll check out what you recommended. I think I am going to go with a grinder. I was also looking into an Aeropress. I've seen good reviews and it seems pretty affordable to me.

GMIN, I was looking into the Hario as well and that would probably be my choice if I did get a grinder. I do have the money to get and grinder and everything but I was skeptical because I hear that fresh ground beans make a better cup of coffee than supermarket coffee but I don't know how much better it tastes. One person that I talked to said that it doesn't make that much of a difference. How much of a difference would you say there is?

I was looking at gocoffeego.com after someone on here recommended it. Do you know of any other good sites where to buy quality coffee? Thanks.

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Oh there's a huge difference between fresh roasted and something bought at a store or even Starbucks that's been stale and sitting for months if not longer. And if your talking pre-ground, goes stale in about 15 min or so, so pre-ground coffee that's packed (or even if you bought a bag and ground at the store) will already taste blahhh, better than nothing, but if you can get good beans a cheap hand grinder you'll see way better results.

If you still on a budget for beans, a lot only sell in 12oz bags, but I think on gocoffee you can find Batdorf & Bronson in 1lb sizes at same/cheaper price as others offering 12oz, and plenty of other roasters like Paradise offers good prices on lb and shipping. I actually just placed an order for 2lbs shipped less than $20 of Brazil Santos from Don Pablo down here as heard from a few people how good they are including a member on here, hard to beat that pricing.

Search for a coffee roaster in your area too, quick search showed Stumptown and Dallis Bros are close to Queens and can just swing buy and grab a bag.
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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2012, 2:14pm
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I'll probably go with a grinder and beans then. Do you think an Aeropress would do the job? And if I bought an aeropress, what size of ground beans should I use? Isn't it medium or medium-fine? Is all the coffee on gocoffee decent?
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:03pm
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I'm very happy with my Aeropress, both when I was using the paper filters and with my Disk Fine.

The grind I'm using is 5 clicks back from "locked up" on my Hario Mini Slim...maybe as fine as table sugar...it is just starting to clump a little...heck, you'll figure it out, fairly fine anyway :-)

The way to tell how fine to go with an Aeropress is how long it takes to press, around 30 seconds is good. Press with about 10 pounds or so of pressure (more pressure will actually make things go slower because you compress the grounds). If it is hard to press the grind is too fine and/or you are pushing too hard.

I don't have any experience with gocoffee but have been happy with everything I've received from Paradise Roasters. Any of the sources you have heard mentioned on this site will be a huge improvement over grocery store beans.
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