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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 7:13am
Subject: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

Curious what kind of input I will get on this, because I can see the merits to either.  I'm extending my memorial day weekend to a 5-day trip, and found out the only coffee maker in the house I'm renting is a Keurig, so I'll be bringing my french press.  I have decided I am not going to try and pack and travel with my burr grinder, so the question is do I get a good grind on the coffee before I leave using my burr grinder and try to keep it sealed air tight, or bring a small (dare I say it) blade grinder and grind fresh each day?  

On one hand I get a good consistent grind but a few days old, on the other, I get freshly "ground" coffee with a poor grind quality.  

thoughts?
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 8:39am
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

short answer is bring the blade grinder (more of a bean hacker, if you ask me) and pulse it a few times over 10-15 seconds grind time...ie, don't run it continuously for the 10-15 seconds.  That should get you in the ballpark for an acceptable press pot extraction.

I would also suggest picking up a manual grinder like the Hario Slim or Skerton (or an OE Lido, if you can spare the cash) for such an occasion.  If you get the Skerton, you could possibly receive it and a lower bearing mod kit from OE prior to your trip.

 
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 8:45pm
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I'll even the score and recommend the higher quality and consistent burr grind before you leave. The blade grinder is just a total hack, though fresh ground, will produce both over extracted and under extracted swill in the same cup. My experience with this problem is the better quality grind will provide the better extraction and should make a better brew at least for a few days out.

Try this; take both pre-ground and whirly-blade and report back on your findings. Might be interesting....
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 6:08am
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

Check this out:

Click Here (ablebrewing.com)

In a nutshell, another vote in favor of quality pre-ground...
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 6:39am
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

^thanks!  That study is exactly what I was asking for!  Being that I will be less than 7 days out, I guess I'm leaning towards grinding before I leave, especially because it will be brewed in a press pot.

Thanks for the input all
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:06am
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

Thanks for posting the link to that, jbviau.

I used a blade grinder a long time ago but quickly discovered that buying coffee freshly pre-ground in a good grinder and then storing it sealed and cold was far superior. I would think that this would be even more true for French press.

A decent small hand grinder would be an even better solution.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 8:36am
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Sure thing. I hope they do a few follow-ups to that cool little experiment eventually.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 11:20am
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I love the old fashioned burr mills (Zassenhaus et al.) for those times I don't/won't carry the kitchen sink. The only thing my whirly-bird is good for is masticating spices just prior to cooking with them. B'sides, the links to a simpler day is joyful meditation in-itself.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 12:25pm
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

I also now use the old whirly blade for grinding spice mixtures. Mine is permanently yellow from turmeric.

The Porlex mini is so small you could carry it in your pocket. But it doesn't do that great a job grinding coarse. A Rosco mini would be perfect as long as money isn't an issue.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 1:34pm
Subject: Re: pre-burr-grind or travel w/blade grinder for FP
 

jbviau Said:

Check this out:

Click Here (ablebrewing.com)

In a nutshell, another vote in favor of quality pre-ground...

Posted May 21, 2013 link

That's an interesting experiment. Questions that come to mind for me. Did they use a pulse or continuous method with the whirlybird bean hacker (aka blade grinder); and 2) would one get similar results using a press pot? Also, how would it come out if the beans and preground were not stored in a proper valve bag?  Which leads me to ask...does the OP have proper valve storage bags?


jpender Said:

I also now use the old whirly blade for grinding spice mixtures.

Posted May 21, 2013 link

Same here!

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