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The stove top-type takes a coarser grind than a countertop espresso machine...
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Posted to Thread #13375 at 9:06 pm on Jan 11, 2009
The grind you want is somewhere between a fine "espresso" grind and a drip coffee. The difference has to do with the way the flavor is extracted. Too fine and it can taste bitter, too large of a grind and it can taste weak (The water will move through the grinds too rapidly.) If you're getting your coffee at Starbucks or a major coffee purveyor, they'll know. If you're grinding it at the grocery store yourself, lock in the dial between the drip and the espresso setting.
Also, with all home espresso machines, it's a good idea if you're brewing batch after batch, let the metal cool off slowly. If you brew coffee and then add cold water immediately after, you risk cracking the metal water chamber.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 13375. I just bought an espresso machine. Any suggestions, comments, hints? - DawnNYS - 12:37pm on 01/11/09 (16)
- Fill the basket with espresso grind coffee, fill the base up to but not covering - charlie - 1:20pm on 01/11/09
- The stove top-type takes a coarser grind than a countertop espresso machine... - Traca - 9:06pm on 01/11/09
- OK Traca--put on the pot and I'll bring the Sambuca--Truth be told; we use Madaglia d'oro in our - charlie - 11:12pm on 01/11/09
- LOL! Well...there's a funny story about that... - Traca - 2:22am on 01/12/09
- You've come a long way, baby! [NT] - Pat-NoCal - 3:09am on 01/12/09
- Traca, I love reading your posts. You've indeed come a long way and I really admire how - Curious1 - 1:33pm on 01/12/09
- Awww...I'm blushing! You made my day. Thank you! [NT] - Traca - 8:11pm on 01/12/09
- I know you meant this as a joke, charlie, but I need to know... are there different - DawnNYS - 4:34pm on 01/12/09
- Charlie will have an excellent answer, but pardon me if I barge in. YES, there are different grades - Shaun in TO - 6:08pm on 01/12/09
- I agree with Shaun that there are many grades. My family always bought supermarket grade... - charlie - 7:16pm on 01/12/09
- Shaun...great response! Here's an article: 10 Ways to Judge Good and Bad Coffee [LINK] - Traca - 8:09pm on 01/12/09
- Thanks - off to my local, uh, grocery store or coffee shop, wherever it is I end up! l ;o) [NT] - DawnNYS - 12:26pm on 01/13/09
- One other thing about stovetop espresso makers ... - Shaun in TO - 1:10pm on 01/13/09
- If anyone wants a hint on a french press--use coarser ground coffee so you don't have as much sludge - AngAk - 8:01pm on 01/13/09
- Thanks - I wonder why that is, Shaun. Good thing I know, though, was only - DawnNYS - 5:11am on 01/15/09
- And thanks for your tip too, Ang. I have a French press hiding somewhere - DawnNYS - 5:14am on 01/15/09