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    AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

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    Hi All,

    This is my first post...and like all other first timers, I ask you to take it easy on me!

    I bought the awesome AeroPress few weeks ago after reading a few reviews on this very site. But now I have a question about coffee powder.
    As a newbie to making my own coffee in Australia...I dont know what grind type would suit best with the AeroPress filter.
    On websites, I have see
    Espresso, Filter, Plunger, Percolator.

    Please tell me which to purchase. I would prefer buying it on the store on this website...which I still need to look through.

    Ive tried searching the forums, but couldnt find anything substantial...hence I am posting.

    Thanks!

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Quote Originally Posted by 626E6160676E7D7B797C0F0 link=1241571939/0#0 date=1241571939
    Hi All,

    This is my first post...and like all other first timers, I ask you to take it easy on me!

    I bought the awesome AeroPress few weeks ago after reading a few reviews on this very site. But now I have a question about coffee powder.
    As a newbie to making my own coffee in Australia...I dont know what grind type would suit best with the AeroPress filter.
    On websites, I have see
    Espresso, Filter, Plunger, Percolator.

    Please tell me which to purchase. I would prefer buying it on the store on this website...which I still need to look through.

    Ive tried searching the forums, but couldnt find anything substantial...hence I am posting.

    Thanks!
    Hi and Welcome!

    The most common information or recommendation you will get is, buy the best grinder you can afford which will allow you to experiment and vary grind to meet your own preferences and use fresh beans - or better yet, roast your own!

    B

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Hi Manu, you need a grinder so that you can grind lovely freshly roasted beans just before you brew your coffee ensuring maximum freshly and flavour in the cup.
    A Sunbeam EM450 is a good starting point or as BenS said get the best quality grinder that you can afford.
    Freshly ground, fresh beans=good coffee ;) ;)

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Welcome Manu

    I use any type of bean - freshly roasted and freshly ground, of course. I cant really give any pointers for what beans are suitable -your tastes may be different to mine. You do get different flavours from the AP compared to an espresso pour - often more intense as the water is in contact with the grounds for longer.

    As for grind, an espresso grind is OK for a single shot but, in general, a coarser grind is required. Do you have a grinder Manu? If not, get yourself a good one.
    Ive been using a Zassenhaus hand grinder for my AP shots and find the finest setting will choke it (the plunger is very difficult to depress). Trial and error is still the best guide

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Hi Manu

    To address your question, the grind that I find most suitable falls between espresso and filter. Espresso grind makes it a little difficult to plunge and alters the flavour.

    Grinding the coffee for yourself as part of the preparation will also produce far better flavours than pre-ground.

    Theres a thread below discussing a grinder that seems to do an admirable job...

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1240128496/50

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Hi Manu,

    If you havent already seen it:
    Ive posted some pics of the Aeropress in action with the Kyocera Manual Ceramic Grinder in the thread: *http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1240128496

    I had a laugh : cuppacoffee beat me to it ;D

    To get the most enjoyment from coffee, always use freshly roasted beans (rested for 3-7 days) within 3 weeks of roasting. *Always grind just before use. *Once ground, the "volatiles" which give the depth and complexity thats so enjoyable, have more of a chance to escape. *The rule of thumb is to use grinds within 3 minutes of grinding.

    Good luck and welcome to the forums
    Mark

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    if you are using a preground coffee, go coarser (closer to plunger than espresso). I have preground some coffee to take over to a friends place with the aeropress, and had better results with a coarser ground than espresso. Of course, this is why I have bought one of the aforementioned handgrinders so that I can always have freshly ground coffee...

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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Excellent! Thank you everyone.
    I would have loved to have a nice grinder. But, I am way too low budget wise.. Since I am still a student...I am practically living by the dollar now!

    I usually try to buy pre-ground coffee....which is why I posted.

    But your posts were really helpful.

    Thanks!




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    Re: AeroPress Coffee Grind Type?

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    if you are near a coffee roaster that also sells the aeropress they can probably grind for you? No location in your post, but I got my aeropress from the coffee barun and they can grind it for you if ur in SA...



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