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    Questions RE: Sunbeam EM0480

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    Hi all,

    I bought this grinder a few weeks back & have been struggling a bit since. Just FYI, its the first grinder Ive ever bought -- I dont know too much about coffee only that I like a good cup & want to be able to brew one.

    Most people seem to recommend the grind setting of around 23-25 for a plunger, but Im finding that I shift between 20/21, and even then Im not quite sure Im getting what other people might call a good grind. Is this normal that my grind should be set so fine? Does it indicate a problem with my machine?

    Any setting higher than 21 and the coffee is usually too weak with a normal-high amount of coffee in the plunger. I havent tried just putting a crazy amount of coffee in the plunger simply because I dont think I should have to. Any setting lower than 20 and there is a significant amount of sediment at the bottom of the cup (is this normal for a plunger?) & it often tastes quite bitter. Mind you, it does taste slightly bitter at even 20/21 -- Im starting to wonder if I just have a weird pallet.

    Another question I have is that I often find a few flakes of little white/yellowish, bark-chip looking things in the ground coffee. Im not sure if this is normal or not.

    Anyway, thanks for any help. Ive been browsing these forums for the past few weeks but this is my first post :)

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    Re: Questions RE: Sunbeam EM0480

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    I wouldnt be calling 20-21 fine as opposed to 23-25.
    Much of a muchness to me.

    Fine is around 13-15 (espresso setting).

    What brand plunger?
    What size plunger?
    How much coffee are you using?
    How long do you brew the coffee before plunging?
    How hot is the water you use?

    The bark looking stuff is probably chaff; not a worry.

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    Re: Questions Sunbeam EM0480

    Im using a Bodum Chambord French Press, 8 cup.

    Ive been trying to follow Bodums recommendations of 1 scoop per cup of water but have tried 2, 3 & 4 scoops with the plunger generally about 2/3rds full.

    Im mostly letting the coffee brew from about 0 - 6 minutes but cannot tell much difference even when I leave it 10-15min. The water I use is either boiling or just under boiling. Ive often wondered if brewing time is one of the problems.

    What do you recommend?

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    Re: Questions RE: Sunbeam EM0480

    Bitterness would come into it it if you brewed for too long.

    Just under boiling is good for the water temp.

    Im no plunger expert so hopefully with the extra information youve now supplied, one of the snobs more knowledgable about plunger will come along soon and sort out the problem.

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    Re: Questions RE: Sunbeam EM0480

    Thanks for your help though, I have a few ideas of things to try out.

    Ive gone through so many coffee beans trying to learn =p

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    Re: Questions Sunbeam EM0480

    Quote Originally Posted by Avatar link=1225241685/0#4 date=1225267045
    Thanks for your help though, I have a few ideas of things to try out.

    Ive gone through so many coffee beans trying to learn =p
    As Thunder stated, but dont forget... The ALL important issue... *

    What beans and HOW fresh ?

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    Re: Questions Sunbeam EM0480

    ^ Bean Bay roasted sample pack, sent out around the 15th Oct.



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