[Homeroast] Taste not the same
ktinkel at broadlyspeaking.com
Mon Feb 15 14:59:33 CST 2010
I also have the Krups Power Brew, and found that I had to tinker with
the grounds and water ratios to get the coffee to taste good. Now I
find I prefer the Krups coffee to that from the TV. I use paper
filters, have been on a Yirgacheffe binge for a while, and drink
coffee unsweetened and black.
Taste is elusive and difficult to quantify, and you and I have quite
different setups, but this is what I did to get coffee that I liked
out of the Krups:
Try grinding finer. The Krups manual says the brewer is designed for
the grind usually found in pre-ground canned coffees, but that was
definitely too coarse for me.
Use filtered water instead of the Krups filter. I draw water from the
door of the fridge.
Turn the brewer off as soon as it is done. In my case, making 4
(Krups) cups at a time, I turn the machine off at 4.5 minutes. (I use
a kitchen timer as a reminder.)
Measure everything (coffee at specific grinds, water, timing) and try
adjusting one factor at a time. If possible, make the same coffee on
your old equipment and the Krups and have a taste-off and compare the
results. Try to describe the differences you find -- "not the same"
is insufficiently descriptive.
My favorite benchmark is a Chemex pour-over coffee maker.
Good luck. Do let us know how it goes.
At 11:25 AM -0800 2/15/10, Dennis Guyer wrote:
>I have been lurking on the board for about a year now. I have been
>home roasting for about that same time. I use an IRoast2, and have
>been very happy with the results. It's now time to ask a question
>as I have run into a situation that I have not been able to solve.
>I use the Aeropress, and CCD for my coffee during the day. The
>question comes up when I have people over, and want to make a larger
>amount of coffee. I then use a new coffee maker called the Krups
>"Power Brew" drip coffee maker. It is suppose to reach the 200°
>target temperature. I do know it is brewing at a higher temperature
>than any pot I have owned. The issue is I have not been able to
>brew a pot of my homeroast that is acceptable. In the AP or CCD I
>enjoy them, but the taste in the coffee maker is just not the same.
>Has anyone had this experience and how did you solve it? Is there a
>coffee Sweet Maria's carries that is better for this type of brewer?
>I have learned so much lurking I thought I would jump in and see if
>someone can help me.
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