Sunday, December 13, 2009


I have a Capresso Burr Grinder. It works fine, but generates a ton of static electricity so the ground coffee flies in all directions when I pour it from the receptacle to my drip coffee maker. I use setting 3.5 for drip coffee. One thing I have started doing is to add a very small amount of water to the beans (dip my finger in water and stir the beans once or twice with my wet finger). This seems to help a little, but I would like to find a better way. Maybe the coarser grind for a press pot will help?

I just bought a 4-cup (32 oz.) French Press and am going to give it a test run.

First try on grind and amount. I am setting the grinder at 9 (coarsest) and use a heaping 1/2 cup of beans (my shortcut). Most coffee sites say use 2 level tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 oz of water. Coffee Geek says use 1 rounded tablespoon per 4 oz. For a full 32 oz. of coffee, this means a range of 8 to 10.7 tablespoons of ground coffee. My experience shows that a 1/2 cup of beans comes to about a 1/2 cup of ground coffee. 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons. 10 tablespoons = 5/8 cup.

Some great notes on French Press coffee making at Coffee Geek.

Some other notes: 4 cups = comes up to the level marked "7" on my drip coffeemaker.

Result: Worked fine, but the coffee could be stronger. More beans next time.

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