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Unhookthestars
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Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 8:13pm
Subject: Question: Adjusting the Grinder Setting according to the roasting date
 

Hello, all.  Most of us will agree that, by and large, coffee loses its flavor as it gets farther away from the roasting date.  I usually start noticing this decline in flavor toward the tail end of week 3 post-roasting.  Well, today, I decided to conduct a mini-experiment to see if I could "resurrect" the diminishing flavor.  

Prior to today, my hand grinder had been set to the medium-coarse grind typically suggested for Chemex brewing (usually, 7-8 clicks to the left, although I've recently switched to 9, with generally satisfactory results).  This morning, I readjusted the setting from 9 clicks to 7 clicks, and what a difference it made!  Just like that, the sweetness was back.  Of course, nothing could quite match the intense flavors from the first 1-2 weeks past roasting, but the uptick in intensity was considerable.  Unfortunately, with this morning's cup of coffee, that batch of beans is a goner.   My question:  Has anybody else tried doing something like this?  If so, did you experience similar results?
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NobbyR
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 9:10am
Subject: Re: Question: Adjusting the Grinder Setting according to the roasting date
 

I can only speak for espresso, but the older the beans get the finer you'll have to grind in order to get extraction right.

 
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Unhookthestars
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:52pm
Subject: Re: Question: Adjusting the Grinder Setting according to the roasting date
 

Thanks for your reply, NobbyR!  I don't do espresso, only Chemex and Aeropress, but I can see how the same principle might apply.  The more flavor the beans lose with age, the longer the steep time necessary to extract the remaining flavors.  I'm a relative coffee novice, so I hope I'm not oversimplifying, but this makes instinctive sense to me.  Thanks again!
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