Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Decaf pre-ground issues

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    10

    Decaf pre-ground issues

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all, I purchased some beans from a roastery and included some decaf for some visitors who dont like caffeine after a certain time of day..anyway I got it pre ground (have Lelit Combi) and it must be too coarse because it just pours out. Tried tamping quite hard which barely helped - is there anything I can do except bin it?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Dennis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    4,512

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Use it in a plunger/french press. Not ideal as far as grind is concerned, but if the quality of the beans and roast is good you can still make a nice coffee with it.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    10

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Dont have either of those....would it work in a stovetop?

  4. #4
    .
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,312

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    If it has supposedly been ground for a pump driven espresso machine but turned out to be too coarse for that, then in theory it could be close to a stove top grind.

    Try it and see, and adjust your technique to suit once youve run the first pot through.

    Rgdz,
    A.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    23

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Your going to find it virtually impossible to get good extraction using preground coffee in an espresso machine. The band for the right grind for espresso is very narrow and varies greatly between machines (and baristas), it will also need adjusting as the beans age. Denniss advice is good, a french press (or stovetop) will be much more forgiving.

    Decaf is also notorious for its short shelf life, even as whole beans, so preground is probably best avoided. Why not buy beans and grind yourself, since your machine has a grinder?

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    10

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Thanks all. Getting rid of the decaf and will get some beans and grind a small amount to use when we have people over so it stays reasonably fresh. Best i can do for those who dont want "real" coffee.

  7. #7
    .
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,312

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Sorry but to keep any coffee beans or ground in the cupboard simply on the basis of or on the off chance that someone drops in and wants decaff, is to shoot yourself in the foot. This is because you would need to keep freshening up your supply of beans say for argument sake every two weeks, and chuck the old stuff whether it had been used or not otherwise it just wont make a palatable coffee the older it gets.

    Unless you happen to have a reasonably constant turnover of decaff, if it is only going to be used sporadically and in small amounts it would be better to keep a jar of instant decaff in the cupboard for those that want it.

    Rgdz,
    A.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    23

    Re: Decaf pre-ground issues

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    You could always use it in cooking once it gets to needing to be refreshed - many lovely recipes out there.
    Good quality decaf still makes a pretty rad tiramisu (and heaps of other delicious desserts!) without the unwanted "squirrel effect" at 12 am. :P



Similar Threads

  1. Decaf Wow Issues
    By Ausnadian in forum Home Roasting - Tips, Tricks, Ideas
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 20th August 2012, 05:34 AM
  2. Ground Coffee
    By jporter in forum General Coffee Related...
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27th March 2010, 05:55 PM
  3. DECAF - any decaf lovers/experts out there?
    By richy_4000 in forum Blending Room
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 15th June 2007, 10:02 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •