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Old 08-15-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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French Press Coffee Grind Size

The coffee pot we have right now is driving me crazy. We spent a lot of money on it and it is too late to return it. I will not bore you with the details of what is wrong with it.

For an inexpensive solution I was thinking of getting a French Press. My question is can I use preground drip coffee in a French Press or do I need to have a larger grind?

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Old 08-15-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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I remember this post. Hope it helps.
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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That is what I was afraid of.

Does anyone have any experience that contradicts DQ's experience of needing a courser grind?
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:02 PM   #4
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French press = coarser grind.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #5
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Coarse grind
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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I don't use a coarser grind, but that's just me. I grind my coffee beans closer to espresso grind, and I much, much prefer using a French press over a regular coffee maker What I do is, I just pour the coffee out of the French press over a small ultra-fine mesh strainer that I place over the cup to strain any coffee grinds out.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:19 PM   #7
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Awesome, thanks IC.
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:22 PM   #8
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I use nothing but a French Press and just about any coffee that I get my hands on, especially free samples. :D The finer grind may allow grains to get through so I don't drink to the last drop, but otherwise I don't worry about the grind.
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Buck and I much preferred the French press to any other method of making coffee. Never had a real problem with the fineness, or not, of the grind. If we used fine pre-ground coffee, we usually let the grounds settle for a while before pouring or, as ironchef already mentioned, used a fine strainer to strain out the fine grounds as we poured. French press coffee is really, really good.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:34 AM   #10
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Thanks guys. You have convinced me the way I hoped you would. I do not know if I will break down and buy one since we have cut out coffee except for one cup each on the weekends, but if I find that my money is burning a hole in my pocket then a FP is going to be the first thing I buy.
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