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kennyco
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Posted Sun Nov 24, 2013, 9:33pm
Subject: how to brew coarse grounds when the french press is gone?
 

Hi, i have been using the webiste for a while, only deciding to post now.
I grinded a lot of coarse ground coffee from back home (Colombia) and came to work to Argentina for a couple weeks.
The french press i was using (temporary one) got destroyed and now im stuck with these coarse grounds.

So i tried to brew with a generic coffee filter but to no surprise, the extraction was bad and i got saborized hot water.
Now im trying to brew as if i still had a french press:

Put coffee on the bottom of a pot (ceramic as metal seems to damage the taste, can anyone confirm please?) , heat water as usual, pour water on coffee, 1 minute - agitate a lil, 4 more minutes, filter into a thermos and quickly serve.
Im getting decent taste (4 days into experimenting), but its still not enough and maybe not hot enough.

I think during those 4 minutes the water is losing lots of temperature (cover im using on the pot doesnt fit).
Do you guys have any suggestions? i dont really have any way that i can think of  to grind the coffee to expresso size.

Thanks a lot for your inputs and great ideas
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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013, 10:24pm
Subject: Re: how to brew coarse grounds when the french press is gone?
 

Short of finding another French press, I'd say you're doing about what you can. Preheating the brew vessel will help a lot in maintaining proper temp throughout the process, which will improve your extraction and carry into the cup.

Any particular reason you chose to preground your beans? They go stale so much faster that way.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013, 11:52pm
Subject: Re: how to brew coarse grounds when the french press is gone?
 

Given your temporary limitations, the only variables you can adjust are the amount of coffee you're using and how long you're steeping the coffee before you pour it into your filter.

Another thing you can do is prewarm your ceramic with hot water and pour it out before you  put your grounds in.  

During winter, I lose a lot heat in my chemex, so I wrap the kitchen towel around it while it pours through.  Might help you to do that.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 12:43am
Subject: Re: how to brew coarse grounds when the french press is gone?
 

Thanks a lot for your tips, they are actually quite good and will use them next time.
Sadly today i made the biggest mistake ever and ended up burning the coffee, a part of me died after that :(.

I pre-grinded the coffee because here in Argentina people are not that used to drinking coffee so there are no available grinders arround (not enough space in bag to bring one), is there any decent way to grind coffee without one?

Once again, thanks for your help.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 7:40am
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Check out this URL:  http://www.wikihow.com/Grind-Coffee-Beans-Without-a-Grinder
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 9:49am
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We usually brew without brewing machine by putting coffee grounds for about 2 tablespoons per cup of water using the largest liquid measuring cup by pouring hot water on top. We allow the water and coffee steep for about three minutes and stir up the grounds, then steep for another 3 minutes. To strain out floating grounds, we are pouring single cups of coffee using the single cup filter.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 8:06am
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Sadly the ground coffee is way past it's prime. It is really worth the effort of a hand grinder and the space it needs when traveling.

Think of cutting up a piece of fruit such as an apple. When first cut, it is nice clean and white. What happens after about 10 minutes? The surface starts to turn brown doesn't it? This is the reaction of the air on the fruit, OXIDATION.  The same thing happens with coffee but as it is already brown, you do not see it happening. In addition, the pieces are so small that the affect of the air on the coffee particles is much worse, much faster until after about 15 minutes or so, there is not much left of the goodness and only the oxidized grounds are left.

All you can do is to either brew it through a cone filter or in a pot of simmering water, commonly known as "cowboy coffee" After allowing the grounds to settle, slowly pour off the top of the pot to keep the grounds at the bottom.

 
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