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Which coffee for French Press?

Didn't get a grinder till recently, but since I got the press a couple weeks ago I bought some ground coffee. My understanding is that grinding it yourself preserves a lot more flavor than opening a bag and sealing it each time? Of the ground stuff I've got some French Vanilla, Starbucks Breakfast Blend, and Hunny brought home some Dunking Donuts that I haven't tried yet. What brands or beans do you usually get? I'm still figuring the amount to put in to the press that I like. I have the 4 cup press (16oz) and I've been using about 3 scoops in there that came with the thing...I like a medium boldness coffee and I think they suggested 1 scoop per cup, and their cup is defined as 4oz it seems.
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The grind for french press is much bigger, in other words not nearly as fine as for a cone or flat bottom brewer. Grind it yourself or be sure to instruct the person grinding your coffee when you buy it that it's for a french press. Get whatever coffee you like. I find this years starbucks xmas blend to be pretty good, years past was bad.

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The grinder I got has a "Press" setting on it, so you can grind it to any level you like. How long do you let yours sit once you've stirred in the hot water? Also, I noticed that they suggest to stir in water that's just below boiling...anything wrong with just letting it boil and pouring it in? Even if I'm doing it wrong, I must say that I'm getting some fantastic coffee from this thing and it only cost $15!
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Top of the line... for grinding coffee machines AND presses... Caribou Obsidian

IMO starbucks can't come close to the flavors and body of this coffee, and I have had coffee all over the world from 3rd worlds to European blends.

My wifes parents always bring coffee back from italy and her dad who is right off the boat love it!

But it is expensive, don't have them grind it, do it yourself, good luck.
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obsidian is quite good.

water that is too hot will make it bitter. I like to remove it from heat once it boils, then grind my beans, toss them in the press, then pour in my water. Stir, wait 4 minutes, press, pour.

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For my grinder I got the Hamilton Beach 80384 Deluxe Custom Coffee Grinder. Haven't bought any beans yet since I have 3 bags of coffee, but will try it out soon. It seemed to get pretty good reviews.
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WOW!!! there is some serious coffee snobbery in this thread




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WOW!!! there is some serious coffee snobbery in this thread
Well, I'm a total newb to coffee, but I realized that the stuff at work was utter garbage. It doesn't have to be world renowned but just something that you look forward to actually drinking. I dunno about going to any expensive extreme's, but a nice cup will keep me happy
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Course grind for a french press, buy whatever coffee you like best. Blends, single varietal, dark roast, just grind it course and you want to add enough hot water to soak the grounds and let it sit for 60 seconds, then add the rest of the hot water and let it brew(steep actually). That's how you get the good flavor from a french press. You go through shit-loads of coffee though. If it's convenient try to make a trip to Intelligentsia for beans, damn good local roaster.

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Didn't get a grinder till recently, but since I got the press a couple weeks ago I bought some ground coffee. My understanding is that grinding it yourself preserves a lot more flavor than opening a bag and sealing it each time? Of the ground stuff I've got some French Vanilla, Starbucks Breakfast Blend, and Hunny brought home some Dunking Donuts that I haven't tried yet. What brands or beans do you usually get? I'm still figuring the amount to put in to the press that I like. I have the 4 cup press (16oz) and I've been using about 3 scoops in there that came with the thing...I like a medium boldness coffee and I think they suggested 1 scoop per cup, and their cup is defined as 4oz it seems.
The amount you use can vary depending on taste and type/strength of the bean. I use Gevalia (various types) or Dunkin Donuts (love their coffee!). I grind mine very coarse. I ama not a fan of starbucks at all..to me their beans are over roasted and bitter.

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