JavaGator Senior Member Joined: 27 Sep 2012 Posts: 34 Location: Orlando FL Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 7:19am Subject: Grinding Frustration
Very pleased with my Brazen and cheap Mr. Coffee burr grinder. What I have come to find as a frustration is wanting to vary the coffee I drink every day or so. I load the grinder with a half pound of beans and it lasts me most of the week. It's a pain and mess to unload the hopper to grind another variety. Almost makes me feel like I need 2 or more grinders. I guess the only answer is to only load the hopper with the amount of beans I will use at one tiime, but that defeates the purpose of the 8oz hopper. How do you handle this?
redkiosk Senior Member Joined: 13 May 2012 Posts: 196 Location: Chicago Metro Area Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Illy Francis-Francis X1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso w/ Esatto... Vac Pot: Someday, very intriguing! Drip: Trifecta MB, Kalita Wave... Roaster: A sure path to divorce!
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 7:44am Subject: Re: Grinding Frustration
I'm using the Trifecta MB with a Baratza Preciso w/ Esatto scale, and have run across the same problem. Lately, I've been filling my hopper, maybe a quarter full and starting with that. If the coffee is exceptionally good, I'll finish the 12 oz before switching to another coffee. Sometimes when we are entertaining and I want to give guests a choice of coffee, I'll plan ahead and pre-weigh small amounts of different coffee on a small digital scale and drop them in as needed. Yes, it's a pain to tip the grinder and empty the beans out. Most of the time, I'll finish a 12 oz bag, then clean the grinder before switching to a different coffee. 12 ounces of whole beans doesn't last long in our house, so we still manage to drink a few different kinds of coffee, while still keeping the beans within two weeks of roasting. Hope this helps and take care!
The pathologically precise are annoying, but right!
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:25pm Subject: Re: Grinding Frustration
I used to experience a similar frustration, because I wanted to change brew methods and coffee varieties several times per day. I bought a second, inexpensive grinder ($75) and justified it to my wife by showing all the retained ground coffee and partially ground beans that I had to throw out every time I changed.
As I learned from more experienced coffeegeek members, gained experience and refined my brewing skills it became very evident that using the timer on my grinder was not giving me the accuracy I required for my best cups.
So I now weigh the number of grams of coffee beans I want for each brew and grind that. When you get used to doing it, it only adds seconds. I do have to deal with increased popcorning (bouncing of the beans as the hopper empties), but my grinder is fairly easy to pulse as I empty the hopper, so it is not bad.
If your grinder is not easy to pulse (I suspect it is not) this may be more of a problem. You have what is probably the most accurate water temperature control of any auto brewing machine on the planet (I am somewhat jealous), it would be a shame to not weigh your coffee if you are not already doing that.
I think I will do this. Probably a hand grinder. That way I wont load a hopper and can just use it when I want to add a little variety.
It is funny that when I set my Mr Coffee burr grinder to a given measurement of grind, it never produces the same weight (g) of coffee in the receptacle. I have been using about 50g at the .9L mark on the Brazen.
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