Can you recommend a grinder?
Our pick for a high-quality grinder that is reasonably priced (starting at just under $100) the Capresso Infinity Model 560.01 & 570.01 are hard to beat. Both share the same conical burr grinding mechanism. The 570 version is a little prettier on the outside with fancier knobs and comes in different colors. Our 560 has been sitting on our kitchen counter doing an admirable job for over ten years and, it looks great doing it!
Learn more about grinders in our “Coffee Grinder 101” article.
I was wondering if you carry coffee pods for a Keurig?
After pressing, the bottom of the press still has maybe an ounce or so of liquid left along with the grounds. What is a practical way to clean that up?
First, make sure you have pressed all the way down, but, don’t press too hard or you will end up squeezing more silt into your coffee cup. My suggestion is you leave the press on an angle in your sink for a bit to have all residual liquid slowly drain out. See answers to other question on what to do with the grounds when done.
Can coffee grounds go down the drain/disposer?
We asked this very same question to a licensed professional plumber. He said coffee grounds should not go down the drain, and they might collect in the drain trap or other places along the way and could cause your drain lines to back up.
Here are some ideas for those grounds.
- Coffee is very beneficial to plants, gardens, and for aiding in composting. They help to aerate the soil and add back certain nutrients most plants thrive on. We have not heard of any plants that can be damaged by them. However, you might want to research your specific plant type first and verify that the grounds are or aren’t beneficial.
- Personally, in the winter, we dump ours (once they are somewhat dry) in with our garbage. We find that our garbage doesn’t smell as a result. Coffee is an odorizer, it absorbs other smells! Hence one reason why you do not want to leave fresh coffee beans/grounds exposed to air, they will absorb what is around them as well as get stale. Never put fresh beans/grounds in the fridge or freezer either.
- During the growing season, we recycle plastic food containers, dump our wet grounds into them and then distribute them outside in our planting beds, around shrubs, etc. We have never had a problem doing so.
Even though I poured the prepared coffee into a cup, once I am near the end of the cup I also see some amount of silt. Is that normal? Do you drink it, or leave it?
Yes, that is totally normal. While it is edible, some people do not enjoy drinking it. You can swirl your cup more as you reach the bottom to sort of “stir” it up. Or, just leave the very bottom, that is a very European thing to do…some countries, they claim it is impolite to finish everything on your plate or cup, supposed to leave a little something…or, others say that is an indication to your host that you want a refill. I say it is just something they made up long ago so they didn’t have to drink the silt! LOL!!!
A couple of things you can do to try to minimize the silt at the bottom of the press:
1.) Do not press down all the way to the bottom of the press when brewing.
2.) Let the press stand for a few minutes after brewing so the silt settles to the bottom.
3.) Pour slower from the press to not stir up what is at the bottom.
4.) As you’re pouring, getting to the end of what is in the press, don’t put that into your cup…dump down the drain.
5.) Don’t drink to the bottom of your cup!
6.) Learn to enjoy the silt! – LOL!!!
As a single person who probably would have one cup of coffee at home in the morning and make a second cup (occasionally 3rd - 1 for drive, 1- for work), what would recommend as far as hardware (grinder, etc), travel cup and amount needed (how much to order to keep it fresh)
Great questions! I’d say get one of our 20 oz presses. Making coffee in them is easy. It becomes second nature, it will be just as quick as any other maker and taste WAY better that way!
They clean up real easy too…you can take grounds with you, as long as you have access to hot water (195 F – 205F) you can brew a 2nd, 3rd, any time! If by chance you don’t have access to the water, they make very nice affordable electric tea kettles, grab some water out of the cooler, heat it up, and for a little more money, you can get one that has a thermostat control, set it to 200 F, it will bring the water to temp and “hold” it there…no worry about boiling dry a tea kettle.
Finally, as for qty of coffee to buy. A lot of that depends on how strong you like to make your coffee. We recommend a water to coffee ratio between 15:1 and 25:1. Personally, I like it right in the middle at 20:1, but, everyone has tastes that vary….which again, is the NICE part of the press…especially if you have multiple presses…make coffee different strengths or different varieties depending on what the drinkers in your house desire! Of course, you will want to vary all this based on your preferences!
My advice would be to get 3 or 4 lbs of coffee. Open bags one at a time. The unopened bags will stay fresh as the day you bought them for about 4 weeks. After that, there will be only a slight difference between them and just roasted. After 2 months, a more discernible difference, and after 3 months, even more. And, it is not to say that our coffee 3 months old is bad! Far from it! It will taste better than anything off a store shelf for 6 months or more, just not as good as when it was fresh.
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