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Coffee ! but how to grind it

I love the taste of good coffee in the morning, in fact, working from home it’s a business essential. Can’t abide anything electronic, nespressos etc, so it’s a French Press for me.

Can anyone suggest a MANUAL grinder that I can use once a week to convert 250g of beans to ready-to-go grind? half hour of manual labour once a week is fine, but I cant dedicate time each morning to grind-by-the-cup 25g.

Not sure it matters, but long ago I did the maths & paying WELL over the odds (£7+) for 250g beans is actually around 25p per cup, and easily worth it (compare to Starbucks etc).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hario-Medium-Coffee-Grinder-Ceramic/dp/B001802PIQ

Not sure if this is a silly grind by the cup thing, but this is what I use and it’s fine. Could obviously do it in (3?) batches for 250g. I think it’s worth getting a ceramic burr grinder for a better grind and not to heat the coffee as it grinds. Don’t know about brands but I think Hario is fairly reliable, and there may be bigger capacity ones available. Good luck!

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Don’t grind in advance…grind as you use. Coffee starts to go stale as soon as you’ve ground it.

highly recommend https://www.nichecoffee.co.uk

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Excellent - thanks Tom and James. The Niche machine looks very good indeed however I kinda like the idea of grinding by hand (therapeutic?) so its the Hario for me. Cheers!

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I hope it works for you. I do enjoy the ritual of it. I should say though that I’ve used it less since our second child arrived a year ago- no hands free in the mornings and no co-ordination due to lack of sleep. But I’m hopeful that at some point both of those will improve and it will become part of the daily routine again, rather than a weekend thing…

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it will improve…when they go to uni :wink:

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Nice to see another coffee geek on here, the wine and specialty coffee worlds rarely seem to overlap* which I always found odd as they are both pursuing quality (* super funky nasty natural wine excepted).

I’d love to upgrade my Mahlkonig Vario to a Niche but I cant afford it right now and the fact they are still selling on indiegogo and not a proper store doesn’t sit right with me.

For filter I use a Hario grinder, cheap but a bit inconsistent at certain settings.

I should be receiving my Peak Water at some point soon, hopefully.

I get my little ones in on the act and get them to smell the freshly ground coffee. although they think it smells nice. they won’t go as far as tasting the end product. hope the sleep improves. we have our third on the way… may need a coffee drip

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Had to stay up till 2am last night, jump in a taxi and collect the 16 year old safely from a party, so I concur! Or perhaps I’m a neurotic mother! :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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If you work from home, why are you pre-grinding beans? Grind them fresh each day for goodness sake!

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In the words of the recently departed Caroline Flack, “ in a world where you can be anything, be kind” !!

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Poor taste I think. It seems one can’t beseech in peace now?

Using a Bodum Bistro Coffee Grinder to freshly grind the beans, and an original Bialetti “Moka Express” Italian Coffee Maker does it for me every morning since many years. Nothing beats it.

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I’m not a coffee drinker (can’t stand the stuff I’m afraid) but I am a little bit of a tea geek and get all my tea from an excellent online supplier who also supplies coffee.

Might be of interest/worth checking out for some of you who haven’t come across them before:

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Used to use a Dualit burr grinder with hopper for beans. Only needed to turn the wheel to how much you wanted ground and select the setting for the fineness of grind and seconds later, Bob’s your uncle…
A trip to the Algerian coffee store on Old Compton Street is an amazing experience for variety of coffees and teas. A treat for the senses. They ask you what coffee machine you use to select the optimal grind.
If you are in that part of town ever, I beseech you to go.

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Hi Mike - Thanks for the Kent & Sussex link - looks good, very broad based. If you like tea, try this lot - they are just China (as far as I can see) but have a massive range…

https://dragonteahouse.biz/
https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/dragonteahouse

I buy white tea from them - its absolutely fantastic, literally dozens to choose from - they dont have a UK ‘front’ so you have to go via ebay which is odd. But it does work.

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I shall take a look, thanks!

Thumbs up for the Bialetti! :+1: Can’t start a morning without it… well, I can - but it’s not a pretty sight…!

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Ever compared against Imperial Teas of Lincoln?

I have looked at them. It’s hard to compare as the offerings never match exactly but my impression is they are a little more expensive, which, of course, does not necessarily mean worse VFM! I find their website a little hard to navigate but then Kent and Sussex is not the easiest either; I guess I’m just more accustomed to them. I did look around quite a few online dealers before I settled on Kent and Sussex.

However that Dragon Tea House that @lapin_rouge suggested is new to me and with it specialising in Chinese varieties and a very wide selection of those it certainly looks interesting. I think I could easily slip into spending rather a lot experimenting with varieties new to me. the whole idea of aged teas is a fairly new one to me and certainly worth a little exploration!

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