Lets talk about COFFEE - Page 83
For myself, palette has moved towards "lighter roasts". Not third wave super light brown on the beans type of roast, but what most people would term medium, maybe slightly dark. Pete's and Starbucks normal blends really do blast the beans in their roasting process. It creates a ashy burnt type of taste with a lot of boldness. Nothing wrong with that, taste is personal. It's become subjective in what I consider dark roast.
One of my personal favorites I found during my coffee obsession phase, less so now than before, was Espresso Vivace's Dolce blend. It's definitely not a bright blend, but its very enjoyable. I'll let the website do the talking for the taste notes.
I grind my beans extremely fine (til they're like powder). I make a double-shot of espresso, sweeten it and then make a mix that's one third coffee, two thirds milk.
I'm willing to drink almost anything once it's arabica beans. Starbucks: frech Roast, Veranda Blend, Komodo. Godiva Flavoured Coffee, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
Recently I'm drinking some some beans I purchased from a place called The Nutbox in Chelsea, NY.
The thing is, what do they mean with coarse/fine? Fine = espresso fine or fine = AeroPress or something fine?
I guess I'll see how content I am with the unmodded results and eventually order the mod in case I'd like a more even grind.
My uneducated guess would be that adding the bearing would leave it completely unsuitable for espresso (you just won't be able to put the burrs close enough together) but still well within proper range for an Aeropress
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Given that pretty much everyone seems to be happy with the mod (from what a bit of googling showed), I'm very likely to get it. Thanks.
Edit: Oh well, just ordered it. 13.54€. Now just some praying that it won't take four weeks due to our beloved slow customs.
I think at the level of the grind we're talking about (they're not whirly blades), the differences the OE mod will make to a Hario is not the most important factor. I've modified my own Hario by wrapping tape around the central shaft where the burr sits so it wobbles a bit less, but I'm not sure it's made any difference in the cup. I also have a Porlex, but I've never used it, because it has the same burrs as the Hario and they are held the same way as the Hario. It's basically a smaller Hario mini with a steel body --- it's good for travel as it fits inside an Aeropress easily.
I think other factors like brew ratio and quality of the beans are far bigger factors in the cup quality than the grinder. Very good grinders for brew coffee (not espresso) may be great for getting that last bit of consistency, but they are pretty far down the list for things to worry about. For espresso, I'd get the best grinder money can buy, but espresso is dumb like that.