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Topic: Bodum Venice Hand Grinder & Stale Decaf (3 msgs / 74 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
In todays mail I received my new Bodum Venice hand grinder from Sweet 
Maria's Sale Page.  I had expected it to be a little smaller and was 
looking for something more compact than my wooden Zassenhaus grinders to 
take on a cruise next month.  (I guess the Zass Turkish grinder is going 
to sea with me).  I did a quick disassembly to check the Bodum out.  The 
ceramic burrs are rather neat.  They appear similar to the Zassenhaus 
steel ones but made of brown ceramic material instead.  I reassembled 
the grinder and set it about 1/3 turn from the burrs touching for my 
first test.
I found a vac sealed jar of Mexican decaf that I had roasted on June 14 
sitting in the back of the cupboard.  (Who wants to waste good stuff on 
grind adjustments?)  It took about 3 tries to get the grind set to what 
I thought was right for the Aeropress.  This grinder won't drift while 
grinding because it has a tab that fits into a slot that locks the 
setting that you select, but it also makes it a bit of a pain to adjust. 
  Well, after all this messing around, I decided to make a cup of coffee 
from the stale decaf.  This little machine is easy to crank, but it took 
me almost 5 minutes to grind two Aeropress scoops.  I was impressed with 
the clean grind.  The resulting grind seems extremely even with no 
visible dust.
Meantime back at the ranch, my water had come to a boil and was now 
cooling in the pot.  I used the inverted method of Aeropress brewing, 
and surprisingly made a GOOD cup of coffee.  This coffee was amazingly 
good - better than I remember it tasting when it was fresh.  But then 
this is the 1st time I have used the Aeropress to brew decaf. I don't 
know what to think.  I don't normally keep roasted coffee more than 
about 10 days.  Is it normal for decaf to still taste good 2 months post 
roast?
JavaJerry
RK Drum roasting in CHesapeake, VA

2) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
Hey Jerry,
    I have one on order too what is the correct setting for the Aeropress?
Dennis
Jerry Procopio wrote:
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3) From: Jerry Procopio
Dennis,
   It isn't marked.  I closed it down till the burrs made slight contact 
when I turned the crank, then I opened it up about 1/4 turn.  This was 
my starting point.  I thought that setting was a little fine, so I 
opened it about another 1/4.  This still seemed a bit fine so I cranked 
it open about 2/3 turn more.  This was way too coarse, so I closed it 
about 1/2 turn from that point.  The resulting grind is something 
between espresso grind and drip.  If you have problems figuring it out, 
give me a call and I'll talk you thru it.
Good luck,
Jerry
Dennis & Marjorie True wrote:
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