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French Press Coffee Troubleshooting? [Moved from San Francisco board]

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French Press Coffee Troubleshooting? [Moved from San Francisco board]

kpaik1 | Sep 7, 2011 09:17 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm hoping there are a few coffee experts here who can help me. I've been using a bodum french press for a while now, and this week I've been trying to get my Peet's coffee to taste the same as when I buy it from them in the store. I'd say I have everything in the process down:

I keep my beans fresh and ziplocked, and grind them only before I use them
I use a Kyocera burr grinder
My grind is not too coarse, not too fine
I use filtered water at the right temperature (short of boiling)
I use a 21 ml of water : 1 g of ground coffee ratio (in between the prescribed 24:1 by Bodum--too weak for me--and the 17:1 ratio places like Ritual suggest)
I observe proper steep time and procedure (1 min to sit, stir, then 3 min covered)

The end result is excellent, but it lacks some of the flavors as when I buy my coffee in the store. Furthermore, different types of beans end up coming out tasting roughly the same for me. For example, this week, I bought their house blend and italian roast, which smell very different from one another, but taste similar in the end.

Any ideas on what I can do to improve? Or will coffee I make at home always be inferior to what I can buy in the store?

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