"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-01-2019, 01:08 AM   #1
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
Coffee Upgrade; Long Overdue

For the past six or seven years, I've been brewing store-bought ground coffee in a 4-cup Black & Decker drip machine. But ended up with a pound of whole roasted beans. Could have "ground" them in the spice grinder but decided to get a new manual burr grinder.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	19.7 KB
ID:	35851
Might as well replace the B&D so bought this french press to go with it.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Mueller Coffee.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	33.8 KB
ID:	35852
Used to roast my own beans. Talked about it last year here and 13 years ago here. Can't really do the "cowboy roast" anymore for lack of ventilation and convenient outdoor access but this roaster is calling my name.
Click image for larger version

Name:	FreshRoast SR540.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	17.7 KB
ID:	35853
Any thoughts?

__________________

__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2019, 05:47 AM   #2
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: New Hampshire Seacoast
Posts: 2,510
Roasting your own beans sounds interesting.

I've been buying whole bean coffee from a local roaster, and there is a new roaster opening soon just down the street. The owner is originally from Medellin, Colombia. He's starting off as a one man show, and I'm looking forward to trying his offerings. The coffee roaster is a hundred feet away from a fish market, so the summertime "aromas" ought to be interesting!

A couple of years ago I upgraded from a Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker to a Bonavita. The more precise temperature control of the Bonavita made a significant improvement in the coffee. Never tried a French press, though. I grind the beans in an inexpensive Krups grinder, which does a pretty good job as long as I shake it a few times while grinding.
__________________

__________________
If you are not capable of a bit of alchemy, don't bother going into the kitchen - Colette
tenspeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2019, 11:46 AM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 22,660
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Tenspeed, is your Krups a whirley grinder or a burr grinder? The whirleys can be pretty good, but not for French press. With a French press, the grains need to be uniform largish. Anything too fine goes right through the filter and into your cup. Guess how I know.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2019, 02:40 PM   #4
Master Chef
 
caseydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5,628
I do like fresh ground coffee steeped in a French press. I can't see myself roasting my own beans, especially with so many good roasted beans available to me locally.

Living alone (psycho-doodle does not drink coffee), a small French press is a good alternative to my K-Cup machine for special occasions. Whole beans store better than ground coffee, too.

That small burr grinder looks interesting. I'll have to check that out.

CD
__________________
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Winnie-the-Pooh
caseydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2019, 03:28 PM   #5
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
The press was delivered today but the grinder was damaged in shipping so Amazon refunded the price and I decided to step up to a Baratza Encore grinder.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Baratza Encore Grinder.jpg
Views:	42
Size:	21.2 KB
ID:	35862
That roaster is looking pretty likely. Found a good bean vendor called Coffee Bean Corral pretty close, near Jackson MS. Lots closer than Sweet Maria's, my old supplier.
__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2019, 05:09 AM   #6
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
Yesterday morning the Amazon refund for the Skerton Pro Manual Coffee mill was credited and a couple of hours later, an unbroken one was delivered. Based on the phone conversation with customer service and the email confirming it, I already ordered the Baratza electric grinder which will be delivered later today.

I'm thinking it is okay to keep them both, but open to a different opinion on that matter.

Used the Skerton this morning. I'm impressed with its quality, ease of use, and the taste of the coffee, brewed in the old drip machine, half with the last of the Kroger grind and half with Sprouts roasted organic Guatemalan beans ground in the Skerton. Tomorrow I'll try out the Baratza and the French Press.

New roaster calls are getting louder.

Quote:
Caseydog wrote: That small burr grinder looks interesting. I'll have to check that out.
CD, The original of that grinder was well-reviewed and long-praised by "fine grind folk," but French Press users, needing a much coarser grind, complained that the burrs wobbled in the larger hole required. The "plus" version helped some and the "Pro" helped a lot, maybe even solved it entirely. The grind adjustment mechanism is much improved also. Anyway, that's what I'd read and now, having used it once, I'm glad to have spent a little extra on the Pro, even if it was fully refunded.
__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2019, 02:41 PM   #7
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
To update this saga, after a few days use, I'm 99 and 9/10ths happy with the little manual Skerton PRO coffee mill. It will grind enough beans for a liter of coffee in a couple of minutes, less time than it takes an electric kettle to boil the water. I can keep it in the cupboard when not in use. Asked Amazon to bill me for it again and sent back the larger and more expensive Baratza for a refund unopened. The new kettle and French Press fit easily in the same counter-space as the old 4-cup drip machine.

Will almost certainly order the Fresh Roast roaster mentioned above before my one-pound bag of roasted beans gets used up. It will go where the bigger grinder would have gone.
__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2019, 02:45 PM   #8
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 22,660
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
SL, I'm glad to see that your coffee adventures are turning out so well.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2019, 10:02 PM   #9
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
Having been informed by PM that at least one person is considering buying the Skerton grinder in part because of my comments I feel compelled to explain the small reservation I had about it. I'd hate to read someone blaming me for not warning them. The adjusting nut would loosen during the grind and toward the end, I would get bean pieces that were much too big. I was confident that the problem could be solved with either a nylon nut or small o-ring on the threads below the adjusting nut, although this would have made grind adjustments considerably less convenient.

But getting ready to write this post, I discovered the problem was that the adjusting nut was installed upside down. Even though I don't remember removing it entirely I have to admit it seems more likely that I did it than a person or robot at the factory who screws that nut on all day long. When installed correctly, there is a click every 1/8 revolution making adjustments even easier to keep track of. Before and after pictures follow, in that order. Note: In the second picture you can also see the page in the owners manual warning of this very thing.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190807_211414851.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	33.6 KB
ID:	36051
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20190807_212039061.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	34.4 KB
ID:	36052
__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2019, 10:11 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 22,660
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
SL, that should make things easier, now that you figured out about the adjustment nut. That's pretty funny.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2019, 11:01 AM   #11
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
Was about to spend the refund on the Baratza grinder plus $50 more on a Fresh Roast SR540.

In a happy accident, got to talking to a good old country boy who works in the shipping department at Coffeebeancorral.com. He literally knows their products inside and out. Told me the SR540 heating element lifespan is two or three years, maybe longer since I'd only be using it a couple of times per week. Furthermore, it can't be replaced or repaired. Manufacturer Warranty is 1-year. Well, I'm thinking it ought to last the rest of my life, not an unreasonable expectation at my age but likely to be more than three years. And a decent drum roaster costs more than I'm willing to spend.

I've got my teeth into home roasting again so decided to go back to the old cowboy roast. Didn't expect the newfangled machine to improve on the quality I used to get anyway, but might have to jump through some hoops around BTU's, smoke detectors, ventilation, and chaff removal. No insurmountable obstacles though.

I know home-roasting is a topic with a limited appeal so won't bore folks with further progress reports in this arena.
__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2019, 04:52 PM   #12
Executive Chef
 
Just Cooking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 3,527
Quote:
Originally Posted by skilletlicker View Post

I know home-roasting is a topic with a limited appeal so won't bore folks with further progress reports in this arena.
While I'm not into roasting my own, I have seen others discuss same..

There could be more interest than you might think.. Give it a shot..

Lord knows that some strange topics are discussed here..

Ross
__________________
Disclaimer: My experiences may not be as someone else might think correct.. Life goes on..
Just Cooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2019, 05:14 PM   #13
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 22,660
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by Just Cooking View Post
While I'm not into roasting my own, I have seen others discuss same..

There could be more interest than you might think.. Give it a shot..

Lord knows that some strange topics are discussed here..

Ross
I think coffee roasting deserves its own thread.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2019, 06:36 PM   #14
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 13,395
I agree with Ross and taxy. I've enjoyed your coffee experiments so far, skillet, even if I've been quiet about it. How about starting a new thread so we can follow along on your roasting adventures?

Here's a link to the subforum to get you started:

Non-alcoholic Drinks - Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums
__________________
“You shouldn’t wait to be senile before you become eccentric.”— Helene Truter

"Remember, all that matters in the end is getting the meal on the table." ~ Julia Child
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2019, 07:48 PM   #15
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,903
Well, thanks, folks. But really there isn't at the moment anybody to talk to.
In 2017 Rparrny was interested in the subject and there was a conversation among several members including Cooking Goddess. I happily participated although I wasn't home-roasting at that time.

In 2006 there was an active thread for a while because a guy called KellyM joined the forum and he was interested, but he and I were the only ones roasting at that time.

I'm pretty sure that over the years I took part in a couple more threads of this type but I couldn't find them. Maybe they got lost with an old username, different Email account, or lost password.

So if somebody else comes along and starts a conversation, very likely I'll join in like I've always done. But I'm not interested in Home-Roast Evangelism or posting a series of soliloquies on the subject.

Guess I will add this. Tuesday FedEx will deliver 15 half-pound single bean sample bags from The Carribean, Central, and South America, Indonesia, and Africa. Expect to get a lot of entertainment out of deciding which I like; which I don't; and learning the best roast points for my favorites. The keepers I'll buy in two to five-pound bags and continue to sample new ones. It won't cost very much more than Folgers and I know from past experience that it is something I enjoy and adds to the quality of life. If anybody wants to do similar stuff, start a thread. We'll talk.
__________________

__________________
Carmalita, I think I'm goin' down.

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coffee

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×