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Eric052492
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Posted Wed Aug 10, 2011, 12:19pm
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Hey everyone.  First time poster, however, I've been browsing this site for quite a long time.  Here's my question.  I'm just starting to use a french press to brew my coffee and through a bit of experimentation, I think I may have finally found the proper grind.  The only thing is, I think it looks way too coarse.  I wanted to get some opinions and make sure that I'm getting the full flavor out of my coffee.  I'll post some pictures below.  Thanks in advanced!

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Posted Wed Aug 10, 2011, 3:00pm
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Thanks for the response.  I was not able to get a hold of a mm ruler so I took some pictures using coins as references.  It seems as if some of the grounds are the proper size but there are also some boulders thrown in there too.  I still get a small amount of sludge at the bottom of my cup which makes me think that the sizes can't be that off.

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These are two more pictures after I brought the grind down to the lowest "french press" setting my grinder has, which by the way is a Cuisinart conical burr grinder.
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Posted Wed Aug 10, 2011, 6:12pm
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In image 11, I like to use the size in the 3:00 to 8:00 areas.
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Posted Thu Aug 11, 2011, 4:35pm
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I actually have the next step up from the $40 dollar grinder.  I purchased the cbm-18n conical burr grinder off of Amazon.com for $100 (they say retail is $185).  My grinder before this was a $60 Krups burr grinder which was nowhere near coarse enough for French Press.
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Posted Thu Aug 11, 2011, 6:07pm
Subject: Re: French press grind
 

I have that grinder too - I like it except for some static (run a strip of metal wire or foil into the container so the grounds pass close or touch as they fall into the container to discharge the static) but the grinding is OK for press, drip, etc and espresso in a pinch but isn't designed for grinding that fine a particle size long term.

I would grind only a little coarser than drip (the middle setting between coarse and fine on mine works OK for press for my tastes) since the majority of the grounds will be too large to get past the screen filter on the press.  The fines will be about the same, maybe a little less than the coarser settings, and the coffee will taste better.  Back off on the steep time if it gets too strong using a smaller grind.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2011, 2:45pm
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Ok, so today I tried bringing the grind down to the middle of the recommended "drip brew" grind.  The coffee definitely had a much better flavor and the sludge at the bottom was relatively minimal.  Here are a few pictures.  
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This picture is an example of the finest my grinder will go in the drip grind category.  I will try this next time I use my press and see how it turns out.
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