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rettucs

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very interesting. i've always had bad results with stove top makers - i.e. burnt coffee. i may try this again in the future. i have a gaggia classic espresso machine for the last 15 years or so, and i've used the hob one at times when it's needed a service. never thought of pre boiling the water, timing it or even running it under a cold tap. always suspected i was just doing it wrong...

i've been using the fair trade beans from lidl for some time. i really like the colombia ones. not particularly expensive.
tried again there now. Better results. Still need to catch it a little earlier. The coffee definitely wasn't as burnt as before, and while its still cloudy, there were definitely less bits in it, pumping up the spout from the filter.
 

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oh also, and I never knew this before, but you have to always put the full amount of water in, up to the line, otherwise the pressure levels aren't right, it seems

For this reason it can be handy to have ones of different sizes. eg a single serve one and a larger one. Or just drink a massive cup of coffee that you make from the big one
 

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cheers, i bought one in avoca a couple of years back and it's gone very sloppy.
my wife bought a tea/coffee filter thingy in tesco yesterday (so she can use loose leaf tea more easily), and the box had a little catalogue in it, which included this, which looks interesting. it has two burrs, an 'easy and fast' one and one which i guess is a 'you can't enjoy it unless you've suffered making it' option.

 

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I got a burr one some years ago, it has a kind of a nut thing you can turn for fine/coarse control. I don't use it, its a pain in the hole.
 

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We treated ourselves to this one last year, it's *awesome*

 
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I'm obviously a philistine but why on earth would you need an expensive grinder? I think the one I have cost about 30 quid.
 

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I'm obviously a philistine but why on earth would you need an expensive grinder? I think the one I have cost about 30 quid.


A blade grinder doesn't actually grind the beans so much as chop it, which apparently is bad.

I quite like the ritual involved in hand grinding beans, probably much in the same way some people enjoy doing rollies.
 

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i have a mill i can use, but i *think* the benefit of a burr grinder is that the grounds drop away when they're the right size. a mill will continue to chop up the grounds which have already reached the right size, while it's still dealing with the bits that need to be chopped down, so it doesn't give a consistent grind.
 

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