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What are the 4M's of espresso?

4M is a term mainly used among Italians for espresso. It is a placeholder for four words that start with "M" in Italian that affects espresso preparation. Some information can be found here. These M'...
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Does this look like a decent coffee grinder?

It looks like a burr grinder, as opposed to a blade grinder. Burr grinders give a more consistent grind size, which is why they're preferred over blade grinders. My guess is it's made of steel, but ...
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Running an empty grinder

No it's not a problem. Producers know that people at home often single dose their coffee, so I assume they consider that when producing a grinder (in fact most coffee shops that do pour over grind ...
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Why does my Moka pot sometimes produce GREAT coffee and sometimes awful coffee?

Actually, this question is self explanatory. I assume you only need some guidance and confirmation for what's going wrong. A better known fact is: if your coffee is underextracted, it tastes sour. ...
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How does coffee grind size affect coffee taste

In your title, you mention grind consistency. This is different from but related to grind size - an inconsistent grind (such as a whirling-blade type "grinder") will have sizes all over the map, from ...
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What’s the best all purpose zero retention grinder for single dosing?

I have a Baratza Sette 270 along with the S2 Cone Burr which is better suited for courser grinds and have been very happy with the result. I like it for its vertical drop of the beans straight ...
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How should I clean my burr grinder?

Hand grinders are usually very simple to disassemble. Read the instructions on this but most are fairly straightforward. Rice can be good but the starchy powder can get into places you can't clean. ...
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How should I clean my burr grinder?

There are products on the market that are made for just this purpose, two examples are: Grindz Coffee Grinder Cleaning Tablets White Capresso "Clean Grind" Grinder Cleaner But neither seem to have ...
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How should I clean my burr grinder?

There are two options. Get yourself some grinder cleaner (Grindz, Urnex and probably other brands), that you just grind through. You can buy it online. It cleans the burrs, removes oils and other ...
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What's a good small hand / electric grinder available on the market?

I was nearly sure that I have already read the answer somewhere here. I couldn't find it. There might be a duplicate somewhere, or distributed among several answers. Anyway... Hand grinders could be ...
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How does coffee grind size affect coffee taste

It's already been stated that grind size will change depending on your brewing method. Here is a quick break down of which grind size aligns with what brew type(the most popular ones). Keep in mind ...
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What ensures a better cup of coffee, a spotless grinder or freshly ground coffee?

Always grind fresh. Considering that the roaster you buy the 250 gr pre-ground coffee also uses some grinder and at most wipes its burrs daily, I would go for the first option. The residual coffee ...
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Do Hand Ground Beans Work for a Moka Pot?

Yes. I've used manual grinders for many brew methods, including moka pot, Aeropress, and pour over, and it has worked well with all of them. Make sure to get one with a good range of adjustment for ...
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Is coffee grinder adjustability worth the higher price?

You absolutely want to be able to choose grind size - even if you have a preferred brewing method and beans, you still want to be able to make some adjustments up or down if necessary. Even more so if ...
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What mechanism in premium manual coffee grinders allows coffee grounds to come out uniform?

There are a number of differences in a premium grinder compared to an inexpensive one. Some affect their ability to produce more uniform grounds, and some affect other characteristics that people are ...
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Does which grind setting you use also depend on the beans used?

It's not just your head! Different roast batches will benefit from different grind settings. In general, this is partly because different roast levels will result in beans that contain different ...
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Why does fresh-ground coffee taste worse than pre-ground?

Or, if I add more coffee (or modify the grind size) over-extracted and watery. I don't have this same problem with using pre-ground stuff from the supermarket in the same coffee maker. I use a pretty ...
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Why does fresh-ground coffee taste worse than pre-ground?

The issue I want to highlight that isn't covered by the other answers is subjectivity. There is a consensus that fresh ground coffee is always better, but this is not necessarily the case. As many ...
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EK43 settings for shop grinding

Note All information below is entirely based on my adjustment to make 11 be a french press / cupping grind thus normalizing the rest of the settings. How I came up with the adjustment was because at ...
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What are some strategies for handling the transition between different-aged beans in a coffee shop Espresso grinder?

I may have an idea. Put the new batch in a container that's easy to remove from the top and at the same time easy to observe. Maybe something like nylon stockings. When you see it touches the bottom, ...
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What are some strategies for handling the transition between different-aged beans in a coffee shop Espresso grinder?

You will just have to find some form of compromise. I think the best way would be to empty the Hopper and then fill it with the new beans (also sometimes you might want to switch up the espresso?). ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

Some people add the fifth M, referring to "Maintenance" (keeping equipment clean, espresso machine descaled, having burrs in the grinder regularly replaced etc.)
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Amount of money I should spend on a Grinder

Depends on if you want to be able to grind true espresso grinds. My daily grinder I received as a wedding present and it suits me just fine, a Cuisinart for about $40 dollars. If I want to grind for ...
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How to clean an Iberital MC2/Challenge grinder that is stuck?

A couple useful posts found in a thread linked below. Text below is two user posts. LeeWardles post seems to have been accepted by the original poster as being correct information, but you can check ...
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Are ghost-burr grinders better than conical burrs?

No The short answer is just no, because you can't really say any kind of burr is better than the others in absolute terms. Flat burrs tend to produce more uniform grounds and some prefer this profile ...
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How can I get a more even grind with a rotary grinder?

I pulse, but start off with very staccato pulses/short time intervals. This allows the beans and pieces to settle often and be in contact with the blades, making the grind more even. After the ...
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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

It's part of the ritual of coffee, which should not be underestimated. A little later I would hear bell-like notes as someone pounded coffee in a brass mortar, varying his strong to produce the ...
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Can the MahlKoenig EK43 be calibrated coarser?

Yes you can adjust the calibration of grind size of the EK43. Have the grinder plugged in and ready. Turn the adjustment knob all the way to the right. Losen the two screws on the sides of the knob ...
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