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tilt_a_whirl
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Posted Sat May 1, 2004, 1:38pm
Subject: Grinds...but what does it look like?
 

Hi there,

I'm new to the site and am learning a lot.  One thing I would love to see is exactly what proper grinds look look wheter they be espresso, drip,  press, etc.  I have read several recommendations on how long to grind for specific brews, but has anyone seen or know of somewhere I can see pictures or read accurate descriptions of what these grinds should look like?

This may be a shot in the dark, but I thought it was worth a try.
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jim_schulman
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Posted Sat May 1, 2004, 1:53pm
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Generally, a quick way to check grinds is to pinch them between your fingers and feel how granular they are:

  • Turkish: a powder, like flour.
  • Espresso: very fine grained, like 10x sugar
  • Drip (fine grind): like fine sand
  • Medium Grind (vacuum pots, fast French Press, and cupping): a tad finer than table salt
  • Coarse (for slow french press): between table and kosher salt.

You can go to a supermarket, buy some cheap beans, and grind them at the standard setting to get a feel.

 
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Posted Sat May 1, 2004, 3:50pm
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Thanks for the tip Jim!
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Myronjoshua
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Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Rocky (Zassenhaus  Mill Box...
Vac Pot: Aeropress..does it count??
Drip: Bialetti Kaliffa-needs a...
Roaster: GENE , FZ-RR 700 (Havitush)
Posted Sun May 2, 2004, 2:48am
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Here is a link with three images. I, personally, have not always found visual examination all that helpful for me.

I agree with Jim, Feeling is believing!
best, myron
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