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Coffee Grinders

2007-10-07 21:12:23.3548+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

Went shopping for various necessities yesterday evening, there's a rant brewing here about trying to determine value and the value of brand names, but we're now a four coffee grinder household. And we've probably had half a pound of beans in the house in the past six months.

We just need to keep the various different spice grinds separate.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 00:38:04.473285+00 by: dexev

I've heard that running a handful of rice through the grinder does a good job of cleaning it -- I've never tried it though. Have you tried that? Did it work?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 02:30:51.193245+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, we do that. In fact, as a cleaning method after we've done cinnamon or other sweet stuff... cook that flour up with a little milk... yum. But getting it really clean is several grinds, and sometimes it's nice to be able to toast some seeds, grind 'em, and not worry about cleanup.

We've got one for sweet (cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, cloves, that sort of thing), one for savory (cumin, coriander), one in reserve, and I broke down and got a burr grinder because a neighbor and I have been meeting for coffee and he does Jamaican Blue Mountain on a burr grinder with French press and... I'm going to vary it a little bit, but that's a habit I could savor.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 12:18:48.622481+00 by: meuon

My impact grinder died a while ago, and was replaced with a burr grinder. It does make a noticable difference. Good coffee, like real Jamacain Blue Mountain, is one of those small but appreciable joys of life.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 20:24:32.551767+00 by: dexev

Good to know...thanks. I got a burr grinder a few months ago from (http://sweetmarias.com) and, as an afterthought, added some green coffee to the order. I've been roasting my own since. Time to order a couple of 5# bags...

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 20:38:03.592505+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oooh! Sweet link! Thanks. I can see levels of geekery here, starting with learning more about varietals and which are "Arabica" versus "robusta"...

Alas, my popcorn popper is the wrong sort, and I'm off popcorn 'cause Charlene says it makes my body smell weird, so I'm not likely to buy another just for experiment.

I do need to strike up some conversations at San Anselmo Coffee Roasters[Wiki].

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-10 18:19:11.721107+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've been trying to hand-pour through a drip filter. Charlene had gotten a number of Starbucks cards, which we're unlikely to use otherwise, so today on my way to pick up the repaired Mac I stopped in and got a two cup French press.

Water to 186°F (I've got the instant read thermometers out 'cause there's a party this evening to do truffles for Diana's memorial and I'm melting gobs o' chocolate), mixed with what my grinder thinks is two cups worth of coarse grind locally roasted guatemalan beans, shaken gently, pressed out, poured.

Room for experiment, but pretty darned tasty.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-10 19:06:27.526508+00 by: JT

If you like the French Press, just be sure to watch your Cholesterol

And he said the findings apply to standard percolator or drip coffee, not to high intakes of unfiltered coffee such as the increasingly popular "French press" coffee, which produces a dark, strong cup. He said published studies have "consistently shown that drinking a lot of French press coffee increases LDL."

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-10 19:15:34.28296+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, I knew I'd seen that note about paper filtered coffee and cholesterol somewhere but couldn't place it. Seems like cholesterol is something I should be monitoring fairly closely anyways...

I'm bouncing off 154 lbs and 15% body fat recently, and it's a bitch. I just want to eat and eat and I'm not as careful about the "what" as I should be. Time to get back to monitoring things better.