Torrentula81 Senior Member Joined: 9 Jun 2011 Posts: 7 Location: Northwest usa Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jun 23, 2011, 2:10pm Subject: Egg shells for a smoother cup
Just learned that people use to add egg shells to coffee grounds when brewing it in a pot. Found it reading up on hobo or cowboy coffee. Posts claim that it provides the smoothest cup they've had. I'm going to the kitchen now to give this a try. Maybe it can be added to French press. I'll try the French press instead of in a pot since I've never had coffee that way. Anyone else add egg shells to their grinds?
Ok so I just tried it with my French press and there's a noticeable difference vs without. The more I thought about it while it brewed I thought it wouldn't work since the shells are stationary. I did peel a thin layer inside of the egg shells off. Not much of a cook so that was new to me. I know hard boiled eggs have it sometimes but not the shell itself. Hmm. I used maybe an 8th of a shell for 1.5 cups of water. It does produce a smoother almost milder taste to the coffee. I'm going to study this some more but it shows some promise.
This book from 1830, by explicitly mentioning that "Those who pride themselves on first rate coffee, burn and grind it every morning." implies that the method is not universally practised. It does seem to confirm that their bean quality wasn't particularly high, though, if burned roasts tasted better... Click Here (digital.lib.msu.edu)
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