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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 3:27pm
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Can anyone provide a starting point for grinder settings for this combination? I will be using a swiss gold filter and brown paper filters depending on my mood. My understanding is the gold filter requires a coarser grind

I am very familiar with brewing espresso with my gaggia classic and I have that dialed in perfectly. How do I tell if my coffee is brewing correctly? Time+taste as a starting point similar to espresso?
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013, 9:48am
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On my Encore I'm usually in the 11-13 range for drip. Your grinder might be slightly different, though. More importantly, you should taste the coffee and judge whether it's over or underextracted, just as you would for espresso. The gold filter will only require a coarser grind if you're getting an unacceptable amount of sediment.
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:24am
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Lee_M Said:

On my Encore I'm usually in the 11-13 range for drip. Your grinder might be slightly different, though. More importantly, you should taste the coffee and judge whether it's over or underextracted, just as you would for espresso. The gold filter will only require a coarser grind if you're getting an unacceptable amount of sediment.

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11-13 seems low? I believe the encore instructions state 15+ is for drip. I did a brew at #20 today and it was a little watery so going lower does make sense.
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 10:43am
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I just got a Virtuoso and also have a Bonavita (using paper filters). Even with the differences in Encore and Virtuoso, I'm having the same experience. I started out on 20, 18 was better BUT need to go lower. I'm starting to wonder IF my grinder was properly calibrated at the factory. I can still go finer but wonder.
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 1:11pm
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It's possible that my grinder is mis-calibrated. However, it's been my experience that anything over 14 leads to very fast drainage times.

I'd suggest trying grinding finer and finer until you start getting harsh bitterness, then taking it back a notch or two.
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 2:08pm
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msboo Said:

I just got a Virtuoso and also have a Bonavita (using paper filters). Even with the differences in Encore and Virtuoso, I'm having the same experience. I started out on 20, 18 was better BUT need to go lower. I'm starting to wonder IF my grinder was properly calibrated at the factory. I can still go finer but wonder.

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I think we are definitely in the same boat, but I think Lee might be right. I grinded at 13 today and the coffee was much better than 20. A tad bitter, so maybe 14 is my sweet spot. Luckily I get my intelligentsia coffee whole sale, so I am going to do some experimenting this weekend, but I think Lee's range is right. I think... I did not time the brew.. I should have.
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 6:39pm
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I need to order some coffee from Intelligentsia. Was in Fresh Market yesterday and saw 2-3 different varieties from Intelligentsia on the shelf, along with some Counter Culture. Was surprised and wanted to buy so I checked the roast dates---all were little over a month old (past roast date) so I passed. I then saw a store clerk pouring a large bag of beans into one of several bins of beans sold as their store brand roasted coffee beans. Curious (but not interested in bins o'beans), I asked her who did their roasting--she didn't know but was more than glad to inquire for me. Fews minutes later she told me they couldn't reveal the roaster, that it was confidential. Just wish the Intelligentsia and Counter Culture had been fresh.

I'll be messing around with my grind settings this weekend as well. I'm so thankful for others' comments, very helpful. This forum is kinda like a Coffee Gear Therapy group. When frustrated you know you're not alone.

Happy Grinding, Becky
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:19am
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Grind setting 16 (Virtuoso) was better this morning. Next pot will try grind @ 15, see how that goes.
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 2:02pm
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I tried 14 today and I think that is the sweet spot for me.

Now I need to figure out what is best for french press
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013, 9:39am
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Well 15 was bitter so 16 is my drip setting.

JBrady....  when I get a Clever Dripper I'll be trying to find a good coarse setting too, like for French Press.
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