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    Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

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    Hi all :)

    Using the Bodum C-Mill, has always served well for French Press Style Coffee... But with the addition of a new Sunbeam Crema Im wondering if it will ever be able to achieve a fine enough grind without burning the coffee?

    I add about 16g beans to the bowl then pulsed about 25 times (there are no auto settings) This achieves a fairly grainy mass. If I keep pulsing will it help? Or will the heat just burn the beans?

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    Re: Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

    You are highly unlikely to get grinds suitable for use in espresso machines using a blade grinder.

    Invest in the recommended entry level coffee grinder (or better): Sunbeam 0480 or 0450.

    Keep the Bodum for grinding spices.

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    Re: Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

    Hi Elliebee,

    Unfortuately this style of grinder is not suitable for Espresso becasue the grounds created arent fine enough or consistent in size. The cheapest suitable grinder is the Sunbeam EM0450/0480 available pretty much any appliance store. Otherwise, for form over function, Di Bella in Albion have a great range of grinders and Merlos (whom you mentioned in a previous post) in the Valley have the Sunbeam and beyond (however Merlos arent a site sponsor mores the pity, so given that we are talking on the CS sponsors dimes maybe try Di Bella first eh).

    Good luck!

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    Re: Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

    Thanks Brett ;D

    Yeah Im really looking forward to the sunbeam grinder. Just was hoping there was something I could do in the meantime hehe Christmas is so far away! ;)

    Has anyone tried getting to DiBella from the Bowen Hills Train Station? Apparantly its only 350m but Im not too familiar with the area?

    I went to the Merlo at UQ

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    Re: Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

    The others have already answered the question Elliebee but so that you know why its not good enough let me explain the difference between a blade grinders and the type you need.

    There are two types:
    Flat burr and conical burr grinders.

    The difference is in the shape of the burrs.
    In both cases though, the beans are ground between two burrs that are set at the distance apart required for the fineness of grind you require.

    The blade grinder you have smashes the beans to bits as the blade spins through the beans like a mini food processor.
    The longer you smash them the smaller the pieces will get.
    However theres no control over the size of those pieces.
    Theyll be all different sizes from chunks to dust.
    The chunky bits will under-extract when water is added as they are too large and the dusty pieces will over-extract because they are too small.
    There should be some pieces just the right size but theyll be outnumbered by the others.

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    Re: Bodum C-Mill - is a finer grind achievable?

    ;) thanks thundergod. Looking around i see that getting expresso fineness from a blade grinder is very much like getting blood from a stone!!

    Interesting thought, would this over/under extraction mix lead to a weak & Bitter brew?

    Could this bitterness perhaps be confused with burning the grind ?



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