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  • Is This Statement Correct?

    Firstly Im not sure if this question is in the right thread.
    Someone has told me that you cant use purchased pre-ground coffee in the single base un-pressurised baskets...Is this correct??

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    Re: Is This Statement Correct?

    You can...Thats the simple answer.

    It wont be nearly as good as freshly ground to order.

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    • #3
      Re: Is This Statement Correct?

      you can use it...........

      i would not call it coffee but, more like brown water that might taste a bit like coffee

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      • #4
        Re: Is This Statement Correct?

        the issue is that you need to have a grinder to get the coffee at the right grind and then tamp for your coffee machine.

        no two coffee machines are the same (even the same brand machines)
        so each one needs "just the right" grind to get the best coffee out of it.

        if you dont own a coffee machine, but was thinking buying one and using pre-ground in one, you might be better off with a plunger.....

        even whole beans at the supermarket are not the best to use, you need a grinder and fresh coffee to get the "best". but plenty settle for less than the best...... as the wall of coffee at the SM tells us...

        but this is coffeesnobs   not coffeeslobs  ;D

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        • #5
          Re: Is This Statement Correct?

          Pre-ground is stale.
          Stale coffee offers less resistance to the water, therefore it gushes through.
          Thats why pre-ground is used with pressurised baskets because they supply the missing resistance and at the same time produce simulated crema.

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          • #6
            Re: Is This Statement Correct?

            And if you are meaning stupormarket preground then it is generally a mid grind size and not suitable for espresso anyway.

            If you have to (not a good option) while you arrange a grinder try and get friendly with the nearest good local cafe and see if they will sell you very small lots of say 100g preground for espresso but it still may not perfectly suit your machine for grind size but still a lot better than totally stale off the shelf. But as quick as you can buy a decent grinder

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            • #7
              Re: Is This Statement Correct?

              It all depends on your grind size – generally ground coffee you find in supermarkets are of a mid-to-fine grind size (as beanflying said) which is not designed for espresso machines, unless you like a poorly extracted espresso... There are some companies that grind more fine, especially for your espresso machine, but are rare to find…
              Best bet is to buy a grinder and grind your own – I bought a mazzer Jolly from my local café. They were changing coffee suppliers and the let it walk for $100!!!

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