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jaybar
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 11:09am
Subject: Using a Chemex with Decaf. Does anything change ?
 

Hi

I brew using a Chemex. I will be moving to Decaf. Do I need to do anything different with regard to brewing with my Chemex or grinding for the Chemex?

Thanks

Jay
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 5:49pm
Subject: Re: Using a Chemex with Decaf. Does anything change ?
 

Nothing that I can think of.  I routinely use my Chemex 3 cup model for both high-test for me, and decaf for my wife.  I change nothing other than the actual roast.

There is, however, the possibility you'll notice a flavor difference after drinking regular coffee, so you might find yourself adjusting the grind for a longer brew time to extract some extra strength/flavor.

And BTW... I've recently found that coffees decaffeinated via MWP (http://sweetmarias.com/health.eco.html) as opposed to the standard SWP, to me, is much more flavorful.
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 1:19am
Subject: Re: Using a Chemex with Decaf. Does anything change ?
 

My imperfect understanding of the world is that decaffeinated beans become more brittle by the process; thus your grinder will likely produce more fines with decaf than usual. If you want to try an adjustment, I'd recommend grinding a little finer to ameliorate this effect and to shorten the brew time accordingly.
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