I've used both burr grinders and whirly blade grinders for drip coffee, every day, for about 40 years now. Starting with my first Chemex in 1972.
I stand by what I said. Switching from preground coffee to whole beans and grinding it yourself will make a vastly bigger improvement in paper filter drip brewing than the difference between grinders. Sorry if that is not "geeky" enough...
JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,409 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2012, 9:11pm Subject: Re: My Idiot Proof test of the Brazen
Had the Brazen for a week or 2. Been grinding and brewing once or twice a day. Been using fresh roast i picked up in Tampa Fl from El Molino Roasters in Ybor City. The cups I have made are delicious. However, since I was using a Cuisinart previously, and rarely using fresh beans, I really couldn't compare the taste to what I was making before. I often get a cup of Dunkin decaf after lunch at work. So i picked up a bag of pre-ground Dunkin decaf at the grocery store. They didnt have whole bean decaf. I put in 1 tbsp grounds for each 6oz as the bag suggests and brewed about 30oz. My Brazen produced a cup identical to the Dunkin store. That's my test and confirmation that the Brazen makes coffee the way it should be made. Oh yeah, I did a 45 sec pre-soak and brewed at 200 deg. Perfect.
Do you really think using pre-ground coffee is "perfect"? Hmmmm . . . .
I'm afraid 'm forced to agree with Randy:
That shows that you are getting as much out of the beans as Duncan gets out of them. Assuming that they are using the usual commercial brewers (Bunn, Curtis, etc.) I would theorize that the coffee didn't have that much in it to start with.
My reference to "Perfect" is in relation to the quality of the Dunkin Decaf I brewed compared to the store brewed. It certainly isn't as rich as the whole bean I grind. For the record, I am grinding my whole beans with a "cheap" burr grinder (Mr. Coffee). As this is my first burr grinder, I can't speak to the grind quality compared to a "quality" grinder. However, I can say my grinder gives a much more consistent grind than my Magic Bullet blade grinder. As a coffee novice, I have come to appreciate burr grinding and the quality of the brew produced by the Brazen. Not sure I will ever reach the technical expertise of many on this board, but I like reading posts that give insight on coffee extraction. I have been looking at the Bonavita kettle and Clever dripper to use when I only want to make a single cup. I may wind up drinking a little more decaf since this hobby seems to lead to caffeine overload. Need to find some high quality whole bean decaf.
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