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micvog
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 1:52pm
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I use a Bodum Bistro and have found that, if I keep the hopper at least 1/3 full, I consistently grind 21g in about 12 seconds (using Alterra Black and Tan that is anywhere from 2-10 days old).  My scale only measures whole grams and 9 times out of 10 I am right on.

This year I have started using a Chemex and an AeroPress in addition to a Melitta pour-over.  Since each of these require a different grind setting, I measure my beans, put them in the hopper and grind (single-dosing?).

Not sure what kind of coffee you like, but if you like dark I would check out Ruta Maya in Austin.  I had a chance to try some freshly roasted and loved it.  Now I only have access to stuff roasted 30-days prior and it doesn't seem to age well at all.  Perhaps because it is so dark.
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 3:29pm
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I am familiar with Ruta Maya, although I have yet to sample their product.  Based on your recommendation, I'll be sure they are on my list.  Thanks.
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 4:42pm
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What is it about French roast is it that you like?
The darker the roast the less you taste the coffee and the more you taste the roast and in roasting, it does not get much darker than Starbucks French roast except for Kingsford BBQ bricks.

I have a hunch that it isn't so much dark roast you like but more of a heavier flavor. You might like a Sumatra at a city + roast level..

 
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 6:45pm
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I have the same Bodum Bistro burr grinder and use it almost entirely for french press (Espro or Bodum). Initially I tried using the timer as well, but soon gave up on it because of the same inconsistency as you noticed and because at the time I was often switching the grind size between AeroPress, Bodum french press and auto drip.

Since I brew 2 or 3 different varieties of coffee every day single dosing is the logical choice. Even if I wasn't changing varieties I would still weigh the beans and grind only what I need for each brew because of the added accuracy and improved bean storage. At one time I was concerned about the "popcorning" as the beans emptied the hopper, but this grinder empties much better than a couple of other electric burr grinders I have used recently.
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 8:07pm
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calblacksmith Said:

What is it about French roast is it that you like?
The darker the roast the less you taste the coffee and the more you taste the roast and in roasting, it does not get much darker than Starbucks French roast except for Kingsford BBQ bricks.

I have a hunch that it isn't so much dark roast you like but more of a heavier flavor. You might like a Sumatra at a city + roast level..

Posted April 16, 2013 link

I guess the best way of finding out is to be adventurous and try a number of different types.

An Austin local roaster called Andersons comes highly recommended.  They have a Sumatra Dark Roast:  http://www.andersonscoffee.com/results.php?category=2&secondary=5&Submit=Search

Ruta Maya, previously recommended in this thread, has a medium roast that is available in a smaller 12Oz size:  http://www.rutamaya.net/store/12-ounce-ruta-maya-organic-medium-roast-3.html
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