ErickA
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Oct 31, 2017
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My wife and I recently started using a French Press for our coffee and in my opinion, I think the coffee has a richer taste then when brewed in a coffee maker or a Keurig. Our French Press recommends coarse ground coffee, which is the best tasting coarse ground coffee you guys/ladies recommend and where do you buy yours?
Oct 31, 2017
PNWAlive
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Oct 31, 2017
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What city do you live in? If you have a small local coffee roaster, you’ll have the best results (BY FAR) if you buy freshly roasted beans from them and grind them at home. Only grind what you need each day to keep the rest of the beans fresh. You can find out which days the shop puts new batches on the shelf and buy them within a day or two of when they hit the shelf. The bag should have the roast date on it. In my experience, beans are best within the first 5 to maybe 8 days after roasting, and then start going stale, much like any other dry goods sitting on your counter (crackers, bread, etc.). Not that you can’t still use them, but the coffee won’t taste as good after about a week.
If you don’t have a local roaster, you can mail-order from many number of fine roasteries throughout country, and beans that are no more than a couple days old will arrive at your doorstep. Storyville, Kuma, Zoka, Herkimer, or Vivace in Seattle, Intelligentsia in Los Angeles and Chicago(?), Sump Coffee in St. Louis, and the list goes on.
Give up on mass-produced beans bought at the grocery store and try giving your business to a small roastery. (and Starbucks doesn’t count) You won’t be disappointed!
Oct 31, 2017
sybere
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Oct 31, 2017
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I purchase fresh beans and grind them myself. I've found that coffees that smell good to me taste good to me. I suggest you go where beans are sold in bulk and sample sample sample. My faves are french roast, espresso roast and rocket Java(found at winco)
Oct 31, 2017
ErickA
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Oct 31, 2017
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I live in a small town in Arizona called Bullhead. There isn't too much here we actually just got our first Starbucks Coffee shop, that wasn't in our local Safeway. So I may have to search online for a nearby local roaster. What kind of coffee grinder do you suggest?
Oct 31, 2017
PNWAlive
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Oct 31, 2017
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Yeah, I’m sure you’ll find a local or semi-local shop that roasts. If nothing else, LA (like Intelligentsia, or tens of other shops) is a short shipment away. At least try it once and see if you can tell the difference compared to whatever beans you’ve been using.
Recommended grinders at several price points: - Under $50 (wouldn’t go cheaper than this): http://amzn.to/2iksXpt - Under $100: http://amzn.to/2gPZ7sw - Under $150 (quality, best in class for price): http://amzn.to/2gOXMCy
Let me know if you get one! And I’d recommend watching some enthusiast French Press videos on YouTube to see if you can pick up on any brewing techniques. Have fun!
Oct 31, 2017
joto
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Nov 1, 2017
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I picked up a used Zassenhaus grinder on eBay great for all types of grind but takes a little time to turn for fine espresso grinds. Don't buy a cheap spuce mill type grinder.
Nov 1, 2017
pdxguy44
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Nov 1, 2017
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For a French press I think that darker roasts tend to be better because with that long steeping time it really brings out the flavors you get from roasting a bean longer. I like to buy mine from local roasters and go into the shop, but I just started a subscription service through Stumptown that's pretty amazing! They send you fresh roasted coffee every couple of weeks, right about when you need it!
Nov 1, 2017
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