Jon Peterson wrote:I have tried to vary the grind - from coarse to very fine and vary the ratio of coffee to water.
Howie Hart wrote:Over the holidays, I was gifted a pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain beans, which are supposed to be very good. They were in a typical coffee bag, but that was packaged in a small burlap sack, that had a tag with a date stamp that said "Use before April 2013". When I removed the burlap, the inner bag was not sealed properly. I put some of the beans in my grinder and made a pot that tasted like 8 O'Clock that had been on the shelf for a long time - very stale. I put the rest of the beans through my coffee roaster (sometimes I buy green beans) and re-roasted them, making them just a bit darker and the coffee was great. Anyway, I don't know where you buy your Starbucks beans, but this could be a problem if they don't turn over their inventory.
Mike Filigenzi wrote:Lack of consistency in the grind is a drawback of the spinning blade grinders. I don't think you can avoid getting a range of particle sizes from pretty coarse to extremely fine. Since it sounds as though you really like a good cup of coffee in the morning, it might be worth it for you to get a decent burr grinder. We use a Breville that has served us well for the past several years.
Of course, real coffee geeks will tell you that you must either use the Melitta system or invest in a Technivorm Moccamaster, get a very precise grinder, weigh the beans out rather than scoop them out, etc. etc.
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