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BRiley
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 6:57am
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All:

I have found this excellent coffee I love at my local shop.  I bought a bag of beans, and I've been reading a lot here.  There seems to be a consensus on using a nice grinder making a huge difference.  My coffee shop asked if I wanted the beans ground.  They have a really nice grinder, which looks to me like a Compak.  I opted out b/c I was considering buying my own burr grinder, although I would probably spend less than $200 on it.  

The biggest question in my mind is, which is more important to maximizing flavor?

*The quality of the grind?

*The time it was ground?  

Example:  If they use their really nice, expensive grinder, and I use the bag of coffee over a couple week period. . . Is that superior to me getting an entry level burr grinder (I have a blade one now), and grinding it myself in a potentially inferior grinder?  What about my blade grinder?

Also, I'm using a Cusinart drip machine from probably 10 years ago.

Thanks a lot for the advice.
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 7:46am
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The situation you describe really boils down to fresh versus stale coffee.  The fresh coffee is the stuff you grind yourself - always preferred - and the stale coffee is the stuff someone else grinds before you have it - always a no-no.  The quality of the grinder isn't a factor in this situation.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 7:53am
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emradguy Said:

The quality of the grinder isn't a factor in this situation.

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And that answers my question.  I'd be better off using my Braun blade grinder, than having the shop grind it for me.

Thank you!
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 8:17am
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BRiley Said:

I'd be better off using my Braun blade grinder, than having the shop grind it for me.

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Marginal.  You're taking Ron out of context; he was reacting to the choice between the shop's grinder and your putatively planned $200 burr grinder.  Get a decent burr grinder.  Ideally, something in the class of a Baratza Virtuoso or Breville Smart.  

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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 2:07pm
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Thanks, Rich!  Yes, indeed, I was comparing to the ~$200 grinder, not a whirlybird bean hacker. I couldn't really say how that would compare to fresh beans pre-ground on order at the roastery and then stored well in your home. That is a pretty extreme example. As Rich says, a decent grinder in your home will definitely outclass the stale grounds pre-processed through the superior grinder.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 5:13pm
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This is relevant: Click Here (ablebrewing.com)
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Posted Fri Jun 20, 2014, 5:38pm
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jbviau Said:

This is relevant: Click Here (ablebrewing.com)

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Ultra relevant. Thanks very much for all your help on this. I think I'm going for a Smart Grinder ASAP.
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