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samgabqc
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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2013, 8:09pm
Subject: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

Hi all!

New guys here looking for help! I just bought an espresso/cappucino Breville machine and looking for the right grind for everyday use from my local IGA or Metro in Montreal area. They seem to have "ok" beans but their coffee grinders have 2 settings for espresso..fine and finer.. anyone can help?

Thanks!
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 5:36am
Subject: Re: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

Hi there,

The best advice you will get from the Coffeegeek community is to avoid grocery store beans and invest in a good home grinder.

Grocery store beans are stale, since they're typically months old, if not worse. Preground is even more stale since it degrades more rapidly than whole beans.

You want fresh beans. That means, according to most people on this site, beans that are no more than 2 to 3 weeks old from roasting date. Your best bet, since you're in Montreal is to find a good local roaster. I'm in the Toronto area so I'm not familiar with Montreal roasteries. But others on this site might know some. You can also mail order beans from some good roasteries in Canada who ship fresh beans quickly.

As for a grinder, it is more important than your espresso machine. The grocery store grinder will not suffice. You need a grinder that will allow for very small and fine adjustments to your espresso grind. As many on this site will tell you, you'll get much better espresso with a good grinder and cheaper espresso machine, than a really expensive espresso machine paired with a crappy grinder.

Bottom line, you need fresh beans, freshly ground with a good grinder right before brewing, to make good espresso.

Here's the grinder guide on Coffeegeek :

click here CG grinder guide
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samgabqc
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 6:13am
Subject: Re: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

Hi !

Thanks for the answer! I will look into it and I definitly need a grinder but my question was really in the time being...just paid around 400$ for my machine and I haven't prepare another few hundred for a grinder. I will look around where I live for a good roaster that knows the "Breville grind" for a reasonable price!

Thanks again :)
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 6:39am
Subject: Re: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

Before I bought my grinder, did the same as you did.
Here a list of local roasters and cafe you may try depending of which area of Montreal you are, they will grind for you.

Cafe Rico - on Mont-Royal
http://www.caferico.qc.ca/fr/accueil

Cafe Santropol - St-Urban and Duluth
http://www.bruleriesantropol.com/

Toi et moi cafe - 2 location

Terra Cafe
http://www.terracaf.ca/en/?___SID=U&___from_store=fr

Cafe Union

Those roasters does not have dates on their bag, so freshness may vary.

Cafe St-Henri
http://www.sainthenri.ca/
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 11:14am
Subject: Re: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

Another interesting thing you can do, it order online. You have social coffee who have a great service. Usually, if I order before 16h, my coffee is shipped the same day, and delivered to my door the next day! And the coffee is roasted on the same day the order is placed!

Can't be really fresher than this. And they are affordable too.
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gast
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 4:54pm
Subject: Re: Montreal Area IGA and Metro espresso grinding? HELP!
 

I have just bought a 400 gr pack of espresso west coast roasted by La Societe de Torrefaction de Cafe in Blainville.
www.societedetorrefaction.ca.  Prices are good too. 8$ for the pack. Realy good coffee.
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