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Bulletproof Lover
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I live nextdoor to a expert from Community Coffee. He has turned me into a coffee snob. I thought my craft beer habit was bad. Coffee is way more expensive.


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CarRamrod
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
i want a espresso machine.... what should i get without spending hundreds....


jordan21210
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Hundreds won’t get you anything worth using for espresso. Need thousands for good home espresso.

Pretty sure OP has recommended the Aeropress or something similar for “espresso” on a budget.


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Cap Crunch
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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It's convenient and provides a full immersion brew (big flavors and big body). However, the metal screen/filter does not remove nearly enough fine grounds and leaves you with a silty, sometimes dirty tasting coffee.
Try this: brew as you normally would, but when you put the top on, leave the metal filter an inch or so above the surface of the coffee (don't plunge). Pour against the filter and into a paper or fine metal filter, and let it strain into another vessel. This will up the flavor a ton, and if you're dealing with good coffee you'll want to taste what's there.

I want to follow up on this because its the main issue that I have with my French Press. I notice that its hard for me to get a consistent grind with my coffee grinder. It's an inexpensive electric grinder and I inevitably end up with some of the coffee way too fine. This always ends with my last couple of ounces of coffee having a lot of sentiment that makes me dump it out. Do you think double filtering like above would completely solve that issue? Or should I looking getting a better grinder that allows me to get a more consistent coarse grind?

If so, do you have any recommendations on a good grinder that wouldn't break the bank? I would be fine with a mechanical one if that's the only way to get a cheap one.

ETA: I see your post on the previous page now, just wondering if you have recommendations for something less than $50ish
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BRPHXCoffee
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
This has come up several times in this thread, but for good reason.

I'm drinking an El Salvadoran (Loma La Gloria) espresso brewed over ice right now. It tastes like green apple, cotton candy, and milk chocolate. Each sip gives me 60 seconds of a myriad of flavors—it's an experience. But the shot I'm drinking was ground on a $3,000 grinder and brewed on a $40,000 Synesso MVP Hydra. A professional barista dialed in the specs that allowed for this coffee to taste as good as it does. And he'll have to dial it in every hour or so to keep it pulling right. He set the pre and post infusion settings this morning, and he'll adjust those throughout the day as well. At the end of the day, he'll have to spend 30 minutes back-flushing and cleaning the machine and grinder. It's a ton of work!

Accomplishing this at home is nearly impossible. You can barely get a decent spro grinder for less than $400, and a usable espresso machine is hard to find for less than $4,000. This is something that would be good for the house: LINK

It's just too much money and too much work to get decent results at home. The closest thing I've found is an Aeropress. Here's my spro style recipe:

Inverted, plunger set halfway between 2 and 3.
20 grams ground on Baratza setting #6. Level coffee bed in bottom of the Aeropress.
185 degree water to rim, stir for 10 seconds. Top with a splash as it settles, cover with washed filter and cap, invert and press for 30 seconds. Stop when you hear the hiss.
I brew this over ice and top off with more ice.

I've held off buying this: LINK
But with practice you might be able to get a decent shot. The reason I haven't pulled the trigger boils down to this: it's a hassle, and at the end of the day you're better off just stopping by a 3rd wave shop for spro or choosing a home brewing method that yields a great cup of coffee.

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yatesdog38
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I put my coffee in a french press. About 1/3rd coffee to 2/3rds water. I let it sit in a cabinet for 12-15 hours. Then I fille a 20z Gus's fried chicken cup half full of ice. 2 shots of my concentrated cold brew, a splash of caramel flavoring and then top it off with whole milk. It is really tasty

Am I doing it wrong?


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BugAC
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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BRPHXCoffee


Speaking of aeropress, i just ran across the 2pour. Any thoughts?

LINK

Image: https://www.2pour.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2POUR_Coffee_Press_2-683x1024.jpg




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KamaCausey_LSU
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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I want to follow up on this because its the main issue that I have with my French Press. I notice that its hard for me to get a consistent grind with my coffee grinder. It's an inexpensive electric grinder and I inevitably end up with some of the coffee way too fine. This always ends with my last couple of ounces of coffee having a lot of sentiment that makes me dump it out. Do you think double filtering like above would completely solve that issue? Or should I looking getting a better grinder that allows me to get a more consistent coarse grind?

I've been having the same problems. Bought some chemex type filters and pour through after pressing. It makes a huge difference especially in a morning cup.


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BRPHXCoffee
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Happy new year! Hope everyone had a great holiday. Did you drink any great coffee or get any cool gear?

I got myself one of these for Xmas: LINK

Wanted to give a quick review, as Moccamasters have come up a few times in this thread.

The good: In short—probably best home drip setup I've tried. It has few moving parts and is designed and built to last forever. Most drip setups pull a ton of acidity out of the coffee. This mimics a pour over more than anything. The basket has an open/half open/closed switch, so you can bloom the coffee pretty easily and then open it up and walk away. The shower head is pretty decent, but I've yet to achieve a flat bed of grounds at the end of the brew. Considering buying one of these, but I think it would be overkill: LINK
Definitely glad I went with the thermal carafe, it stays at the perfect temp for 5+ hours and doesn't get too stewy or stale. It also has a "brew thru" lid that distributes the brewed coffee evenly in the carafe so every cup is consistent and the same strength. It uses common paper filters that are available everywhere. I'm still dialing in ratios and grind size, but of the 15 times I've used it I'd say 14 were amazingly good. I've been grinding on #18 on the Baratza Encore and using 43 grams of coffee for a 6 cup brew cycle.

The bad: It's pricey. For $300+ I expect a lot. It lives up to the hype, but is not without flaws. The spray head should do a better job of evenly distributing water and saturating every grind. I can get great results by moving it back and forth (it pivots freely over the grounds), moving the basket back and forth at the start of the brew, or stirring the grounds during bloom—but I shouldn't have to do this. Lastly, it leaves a small amount of water in the boiler at the end of the brew cycle. If you use it daily or run a pre-brew cycle to heat up everything and wash the filter this isn't really an issue. But again, this shouldn't be a problem with equipment in this price range.

Overall, I'd say it's a great addition to the brew team and something I'll use often for years to come. If you're looking to upgrade your setup, this is a great option. Parts are widely available and is easily repaired if needed. Very much a "buy it for life" brewer.

For fun, here are a few more coffee items I'm wanting to check out:

LINK / This guy will brew cold brew in four minutes. It's $100, and seems to basically be an automated Aeropress. To make quick cold brew in an Aeropress: 20 grams finely ground coffee, 50 grams room temp water. Stir for 60 seconds, press, dilute to your preference and add ice.

LINK This will produce a super clean cup of coffee and look great while doing it. But they can be dangerous if not used right.

LINK / Gives you a perfectly even distribution of water for pour overs. Played with it at work and it does the job, but $45 is steep for what it is.

LINK Nitro cold brew in a compact setup. You would basically brew a batch, add it in and nitrogenate with cartridges. Stout faucets aren't cheap, and the price doesn't seem awful. Well done nitro cold brew is amazing. Ours tastes like peanut butter cups, and you get the creamy mouthfeel without adding any dairy.

Anything you guys are wanting to see reviewed?


Paul Allen
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Atlas coffee club membership. Just had some from Myanmar. Delicious.


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jordan21210
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Got a Capresso Infinity Plus burr grinder to replace my $40 Krupps burr. So far it’s great. I know it’s not a Baratza, but replaceable parts and all I just didn’t feel like I could justify the $50 price premium. Capresso Infinity is proven enough *knocks on wood*.


Bronson2017
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Hey BRP, just ordered the last piece for my coffee setup, the burr grinder.

Now I just need to get some fresh coffee beans.

Thanks for your information! Can't wait.


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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Capresso Infinity Plus burr grinde


Still doing the trick for you?


lionward2014
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
My wife got me a Chemex for Three King’s Day, and honestly wouldn’t have known where to begin without this thread.

Thanks for all the time and effort you put into it answering questions.


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jordan21210
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Yup. Love it so far. As OP mentioned, with a higher end grinder the grinds are sooo consistent. My Krupps left dust and clumps in the grinds, the Capresso gives perfect medium/fine every time.


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