Post By AlternativeBrewing
Porlex not grinding fine enough?
I got a porlex tall for work to brew pour over using a V60. I've found it doesn't grind fine enough - I'm wondering if I have ended up with a faulty grinder. I have dialled it to 1 click to only just get a suitable outcome.
I use 24g coffee to 400g of water - looking for a 2.5 - 3.5 min brew time (including a 30 sec bloom). No issues getting this using my Niche Zero, however when using the porlex, I started off going off the recommended setting of around 7-9 for pour over and was way way too coarse with a very short brew time with sour coffee. Have reduced from there and have started to hit around 2min 45s using 1 click.
Is this normal? If so, doesn't this make it useless for espresso as it wouldn't be able to go anywhere near fine enough?
it is useless for automatic espresso. It could still work for manual espresso and certainly moka pot.
Have you compared the grinds from the Niche to the Porlex to see if they're similar? - I would suspect still a difference in the pour times, even if the grind size are similar.. the Niche will have a better particle size distribution - resulting in a more consistent flow and time.
If you can't go any finer with Porlex, you'll have to adjust another parameter with your brewing to increase extraction. I'd suggest water temperature and pour rate. Possibly throw an extra stir or two in there as well.
Regarding the Porlex issue - try removing the burrs completely giving everything a nice wipe down and placing it all back together - sought of turning it off and on again style - I discovered can help.