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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

Hand grinders will work without electricity. You can generally get a conical hand grinder cheaper than you can get an electric one. They also create less noise than a electric grinder. Hand ...
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How can I minimize the amount of grounds at the bottom of my French press coffee?

I have the same problem, and these things definitely reduce it: Grind more coarsely. Blade grinders are incapable of really doing this—they give you boulders and powder. But I've never been satisfied ...
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Ground coffee or beans

Ground beans have a much larger surface area by weight than whole beans. When the surface of the bean is exposed to air chemical reactions take place. I doubt that these reactions have been completely ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

In general, I argue that you shouldn't be able to re-use the grounds. That is, for any brewing session, your goal is to extract exactly what you want from the beans. If you do this optimally for your ...
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How long can I store ground coffee in the fridge?

Coffee should never be stored in the fridge! In the same way that baking soda absorbs smells, coffee will absorb smells and flavors in your refrigerator. These compounds can be extracted when you ...
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Use for old grounds?

They are very good as de-odourizers, we use them in the kitchen and sometimes in a small perforated plastic container in the footwell of the backseats in our car. The fragrant smell lasts a long time ...
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How can I minimize the amount of grounds at the bottom of my French press coffee?

Are you using a burr grinder or a blade grinder? Blade grinders physically cannot give a consistent grind; you'll always have some too-fine (and some too-coarse) bits of beans. If you're having the ...
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How should I store ground coffee?

In general, it's best to not store ground coffee. If quality really matters, then the real answer is to back up. Try to grind only enough coffee for what you're using immediately to brew with. If you'...
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If I'm in a rush, can I simply use raw ground coffee like instant coffee?

It boils down to taste - some people even chew whole beans. Safety-wise there are no concerns1 and the method you propose is not unheard of, it goes by the term "Cowboy coffee" and others. Some ...
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What do producers usually mix ground coffee with to make it cheaper?

I will not go into any political discussion, theory or similar, but I can give you a few historical facts. There have always been times in the last few centuries when coffee was a rare commodity. And ...
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Is it possible to grow plants in used coffee ground so that they get coffee flavor?

Adding coffee grounds to a planting medium (e.g. soil) adds fatty acids, essential oils and nutrients that enrich soil which can help the growth of the plant and it may also affect the colour. One ...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Here's an opportunity to start refining your brewing process. Coffee brewers, including myself, tend to use weight as our measuring unit as opposed to volume since bean sizes vary significantly ...
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Are reused glass jars ever fit for storing ground coffee?

The Short answer to this is no. You should not use a glass jar for storing coffee. Why? The base of the answer can be found here: When Does Coffee Go Off? Coffee goes stale relatively quickly, and ...
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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

When grinding coffee, the particle size of the resulting powder can be described with a bell curve, whose width (and thus, the powder consistency) varies on mostly the roast and the grinding method. A ...
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Can caffeine be extracted by the body when digesting coffee grounds?

Yes. Coffee grounds are simply the ground up seeds found inside the berry of the coffea plant, so eat up! Even after the beans have been ground and extracted into your favorite coffee beverage, they ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

Is it possible that you read a few posts on the Internet the wrong way? The grounds will not disappear, if anything they will appear "more", volume-wise because they swell in the hot water. There are ...
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Is it okay to compost used grounds?

As an avid composter I can say that I have always used lots of coffee grounds and my compost has always done well with it. There are a few reasons why it is beneficial: used grounds are fairly pH ...
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How hot should water be to brew ground coffee directly in a cup?

Your method most closely resembles Turkish Coffee, which is suggested to be served at hot, but not boiling temperatures. Since the exposure to the grounds is so direct, it's easy to burn the coffee at ...
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How can I minimize the amount of grounds at the bottom of my French press coffee?

I am South Indian and this is a coffee producing region, but the typical local coffee in my home state is sold ground extremely fine and will pass through the metal mesh filter of a French press. ...
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What gives Turkish coffee that unique "quality"?

Assuming that: you have found the best available beans in your market. which are then finely grounded and used instantly after the grounding (have in mind the finer the grounding the faster the ...
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Optimizing the office pot

Three quick and easy hacks you can do without throwing capitol at the issue: Shoot a dud pot first thing in the morning. By brewing a coffeeless pot and throwing away the water, you will empty the ...
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Should I use the airtight container, or the opaque container?

I value sealed over opaque. Go for the sealed glass. Opaque is not really the goal, but rather in the dark. Keeping the stuff in a dark location, even in a clear container, will be fine. As far as ...
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Easiest way to brew an espresso in the office?

Probably closest to an espresso is an AeroPress, which is similar to a French press, but uses manual pressure to extract more aromatic componds while being lower on bitter and sour notes than most ...
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If I'm in a rush, can I simply use raw ground coffee like instant coffee?

Seems like a bad way to start a day to me. This method will over brew the coffee and give it a gritty texture (especially at the bottom) but as the other poster have mentioned it really just boils ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

How's the mastering coming? Thought I would weigh in to provide a little extra help. I'm a barista and head of customer education at Handground. We are working on a French Press brew guide right now ...
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How fine should I grind coffee for drip/pour over coffee

In general consistency is more important than a specific setting. The key is that you can actually control both the size of the grind and actually achieve a homogenous grind allowing you to increase ...
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Are reused glass jars ever fit for storing ground coffee?

My experience is that some jar lids are almost impossible to make completely odorless, while the glass simply needs to be soaked in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar for a few hours. I have even ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

With a manual espresso machine, I have used the same grounds for two pulls. They are ok in a pinch if I want that volume but don't want to redo the grind, tamp etc. But honestly it is not as good as ...
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What is the standardized naming of this type of coffee?

The drip-type coffee is available in many countries in Europe. A list of names: Filterkaffee in Germany / Austria / Switzerland filterkaffe in Denmark and Sweden filterkoffie in the Netherlands kawa ...
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What do producers usually mix ground coffee with to make it cheaper?

An easy (but unscrupulous) way to lower the seller's cost of coffee is to add coffee that is cheaper, older, or unfit for consumption because spoiled or contaminated. The frequency and severity of ...
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