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I've got a bag of beans at the moment that I just can't seem to get a decent brew out of using my aeropress. Extraction seems ok but it just doesn't taste very good. I've tried the same stuff in my V60 and it tastes wonderful. It's a bit confusing.

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The black Wilfa Svart (the good one) is out of stock absolutely everywhere. Our friends have said the newer Wilfa Uniform is better but at £250+ it seems quite pricy. My limit was £200 for a grinder. 

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11 minutes ago, Monkeyspill said:

The black Wilfa Svart (the good one) is out of stock absolutely everywhere. Our friends have said the newer Wilfa Uniform is better but at £250+ it seems quite pricy. My limit was £200 for a grinder. 


Seems to be in stock at origin. £105 and a bag of coffee. 
 

https://www.origincoffee.co.uk/collections/grinders/products/wilfa-svart-aroma-grinder

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It’s much more even with the Wilfa grinder. But I’m not sure about the coarseness. I’m not sure what it should be for V60 but I’ve got it set halfway between the Filter and Aeropress settings. The “Filter“ setting seemed a bit coarse, while the “Aeropress” setting took quite a long time to filter, leaving sludgy cement-like dregs.


I’m still getting some flaky lighter coloured bits at the top, but I think that’s the coffee we’re using. And maybe from swirling too much at the end. This was an Origin coffee (San Fermin, Colombia). Previously we were using Square Mile “Muchagara” (Kenya), which I think was a lot nicer.

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The white bits are just chaff from middle of the beans, most is removed after roasting but you always get a little remaining. You can also get more depending on the type of bean.

 

Play around with the grind settings little by little making sure to use the same amount of coffee and water at as close to the same temperature as possible. There isn't a perfect answer for the right grind because it'll come down to your own taste.

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I’m away at the moment and have been enjoying some terrible brews with my Aeropress Go and KitchenProp hand grinder. 
 

Each cup tastes muddy and somehow both over and under extracted. Which is odd, because the grind doesn’t look horrendous before I brew it. 

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On 23/07/2020 at 15:01, Monkeyspill said:

I’m not sure what it should be for V60 but I’ve got it set halfway between the Filter and Aeropress settings.

 

Make a little diary... It'll take a few days to get it to the right setting.... 

 

You basically want to keep going finer and finer with each cup until your coffee is too strong and bitter. Basically when you get bitterness, you're pretty much at max extraction*. Assuming you're doing the other steps right. 

 

Bitterness is probably not what you want so basically you then start going coarser and coarser until you hit the perfect extraction without bitterness. 

 

But all that said there's no right and wrong there's just what you prefer. But I think it's important to ignore whatever the grinder tells you is right for your kit (they're good as starting points obviously) and try and be methodical to get what you like. 

 

I thought I had mine right but after some weeks I felt like I wasn't quite getting the kick or thickness so I adjusted it in. That's something I love about my Wilfa, there's something like 60 notches and it's nice and easy to go up or down as your mood changes and remember where. My last grinder just had meaningless notches. 

 

* this is what the chap at Square Mile told me. 

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James Hoffmann is bringing back the World's Largest Coffee Tasting. £7 gets you 5 specialty coffees (30g of each) to cup with him on a livestream at 3PM UK in October, I think.

 

I bought the coffees last year but it was the day after I moved house, so it fell by the wayside. Am keen to give it a go this year.

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My wife treated me to a Sage barista express a few months back, which is great if unpredictable - it's quite sensitive to the age of the beans and you could go through quite a lot until you found the right settings. Some brands are fine and others are very hard to get the right extraction out of, luckily we've got a local coffee place that roast their own beans and have found the best extraction set up for them.

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My friend bought the Sage Barista touch and at the same time I opted for the Sage Bambino plus.  I already had a sage grinder so figured I didn't need more than the bambino.  

 

The bambino produces infinitely better coffee than the barista, despite lots of tinkering with the settings on the Barista.

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My trusty Barista Express gives me no trouble at all and produces wonderful coffee. Maybe I have low standards! Either way, it's been an excellent investment. Seemed pretty damn expensive at the time but now, five problem-free years and who knows how many cups later, not so much.

 

And if nothing else, all the extra practice during lockdown has upped my coffee game significantly...

 

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