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allenkt
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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 2:10pm
Subject: Different beans = different grind for Chemex?
 

I finally got a Baratza Virtuoso and a Chemex and have been using that every morning for the last couple of weeks. I've also been using beans that have been roasted 3-4 days before I bought them (which is surprisingly hard to find here in Hawaii) to try and get the best flavors.  I think I have it dialed in to where if I use a 14-15 on the grinder it works out pretty well.

But yesterday I got some new beans (from Tonx.org) so wanted to try those.  They were roasted on the 10th (6 days ago) and are Quilanga De Loja from Ecuador.  I did everything the same and used the 15 setting on the grinder.  I didn't really notice they were any different when I poured them into the Chemex filter  but when the brewing was done the grounds looked like a semi solid mass of mud and the coffee was a bit stronger than I expected.

So wouldn't this mean the beans were ground too fine and possibly were over extracted because of it?  And if so, is there a problem with the grinder or do different beans actually turn out differently at the same grinder setting?
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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 2:30pm
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Coffee beans can vary in density, which affects grinding. I'd say, just try a little coarser grind. FWIW, I also just received the Quilanga De Loja from Tonx. On my Trifecta MB, I ended up going one setting coarser in the process of dialing it in. But once you have accomplished that, it's truly an AMAZING coffee. Hope this helps and take care!

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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 4:09pm
Subject: Re: Different beans = different grind for Chemex?
 

Generally, you'll have to change your grind every time you open a new bag of coffee beans.  You'll adjust for each method you brew, and you'll keep ajusting as your beans age in order to get the best flavor coffee you can get.  Some people don't care or don't notice the difference.  I'm usually happy with "close enough."
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:03am
Subject: Re: Different beans = different grind for Chemex?
 

redkiosk Said:

Coffee beans can vary in density, which affects grinding. I'd say, just try a little coarser grind. FWIW, I also just received the Quilanga De Loja from Tonx. On my Trifecta MB, I ended up going one setting coarser in the process of dialing it in. But once you have accomplished that, it's truly an AMAZING coffee. Hope this helps and take care!

Jim

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I also just got the tonx. Pretty good.

Usually the darker the roast, the coarser the grind.
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