Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 5:26pm Subject: Help finding the right FP grind (Pictures Included)
I have attached a link to photobucket, that has various FP grind settings on my Baratza Encore and I need advice on which one looks best:
Please help! I wanna find the best possible grind setting, because all grinders are different. I'm using some old Starbucks coffee...And I know the type of bean ect will change the grind a tad but the setting you chose will get me started..Posted them their because you can see them better! Going for a 4 minute steep unless you suggest longer on a certain setting.
Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 5:39pm Subject: Re: Help finding the right FP grind (Pictures Included)
Barrett, no wonder your coffee tastes weak., your grind is way to coarse IMO. Reduce that by about half.
Also I see boulders, big chunks., a mishmash of different sizes. What will happens there is that the big chunks of coffee will under extract & produce weak coffee, too many fines (dust) over extract & produce a bitter harsh taste.
You need a grind as even in size as possible to produce the best results.
Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 5:56pm Subject: Re: Help finding the right FP grind (Pictures Included)
Well I'm not familiar with the Encore, so it'd just be a guess. I do my French press different than most people I suppose.
The way it works for me is I grind till I have a resistance to the push down. To keep it simple, after my coffee is added to the press with water at my preferred brew temp, I push the coffee under to wet & bloom, but don't swirl it around & drop the temperature.
After my 3½ - 4 minute steep time I push down the top of the press. I have my grind adjusted so that it doesn't push down too easily, I'll have to push maybe ¼ - ½ or so of the way down., then pull up a tad to dislodge/relieve the grinds against the bottom of the screen.., then finish the press.
No I don't have a good pick of my grind, sorry.. You're getting too 'hung up' (pun intended lol) of grind size/s, pics., etc. What works for me, may not work for you. You'll know what works for you when you hit the right combination of variables as you're doing now. Water to coffee ratio (to your taste buds), steep time, etc.
As I'm saying, I'd bring down your grind particle size till you get a taste profile/strength/etc, that suits you.
Keep everything the same, but change the grind size smaller. I'd try (you) a #20 grind & report back.
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