Groundbuster
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Oct 26, 2017
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I've been using a french press for work for a couple weeks now. While I do like the coffee is produces I always seem to end up with some grounds or dust at the bottom of my cup. Is that just part of the french press experience? Or is there a step I'm missing somewhere to avoid this. For the record, I am using a burr grinder to freshly grind my beans daily.
Oct 26, 2017
BaconMan
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Oct 26, 2017
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Make sure you're using a coarse grind. French press's long immersion time benefits from larger chunks of been, and since you're using a burr grinder, it should help cut down on extra dust and grit.
Oct 26, 2017
Groundbuster
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Oct 26, 2017
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Thanks for the reply. I am using the coarsest setting on my grinder, which overall produces large pieces, but I guess it isn't always a clean break.
Should I be sifting my grinds? That seems rather tedious.
Oct 26, 2017
djfluffkins
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Oct 26, 2017
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Generally speaking this is unsurprising due to the nature of grinding coffee. I even have fines when I use a Chemex (metal filter), they don't make it into the cup if I use a paper filter.
I would also postulate that the grinder does have a part to play in this, generally speaking coarse grinds are more difficult for grinders to do consistently.
Oct 26, 2017
Jaymun
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Oct 26, 2017
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The sediment can be a welcome part of enjoying your coffee ritual. Turkish or Greek methods of preparing result in the grounds settling to the bottom of the cup before drinking. You simply sip until you reach the 'mud'. Of course, if you prefer a clean drink you may need to sift or filter as required when you pour but I don't think that is necessary and it doesn't effect the experience. Embrace the little coffee nuggets as treasures of the cup. :)
Oct 26, 2017
Groundbuster
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Oct 26, 2017
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That link doesn't work, but I will definitely try grinding mid-coarse next time and see how it turns out.
Appreciate the thoughts/ideas.
Oct 26, 2017
Groundbuster
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Oct 26, 2017
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@bradyarz Now it work. Very interesting indeed.
@Jaymun I just wanted to confirm that it should be part of the experience, I don't really have a problem with it, but no one really talks about it from what I've seen, so I wasn't sure if I was doing something wrong or not.
Oct 26, 2017
SteveChan
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Oct 27, 2017
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I think "muddy" is part of the French Press experience. If you like that full immersion extraction, but don't want the muddyness you might look into getting an Aeropress. Its basically a miniature french press with a paper filter.
Oct 27, 2017
CallieT
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Oct 27, 2017
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Some coffees do Really well with that extra body the silt gives. If you want clean coffee you can see thru You want drip, Chemex is easiest of drip but kinda pricy. Aero press is great because you can time then press the coffee thru, can also be set up to drip. Or you can just let the french press sit for a few minutes and let it settle.
Oct 27, 2017
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