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Good morning coffee lovers, I am new to the forum and also a beginner for coffee making. Most likely, I've been doing thing wrong (cringe moments for experienced people, I presume!) so I'd like to ask for wisdom and advice from the forum users. I would like to ask for advice on grind set up on DeLonghi KG79 for different brewing methods My current set-up is this (and I want to learn with these before I upgrade to something more serious): Coffee 1 - Lidl Bellarom Gold 100% Arabica ground coffee Coffee 2 - Bulk-buy Fairtrade whole coffee beans Grinder - DeLonghi KG79 Brewing method 1 - Bialetti Moka Express stovetop (3 cup) Brewing method 2 - Bodum Original Chambord cafetiere (3 cup) Brewing method 3 - Magimix Nespresso U & Milk coffee pod espresso (I use Sealpod refillable pod with my own coffee) This is what I've been doing: KG79 - I usually have it on the "finest" grind setting as I've been told that for stovetop. I tried the "hack" to make it finer, but it struggled to grind at all so I reverted back to default. Bialetti stovetop - Brews okay with "finest" grind, but a bit bitter and not much crema. A bit of sludge at the bottom of the cup, but I'm not bothered. Bodum cafetiere - I got this for Christmas. The "finest" grind clogs up the filter and pressing is very hard. LOTS of sludge in both the cup and cafetiere. Magimix coffee pod - Doesn't work with the "finest" grind. The machine struggles and only extracts in drops, not consistent streams. In comparison to KG79 grinded coffee, Lidl's pre-grounded coffee works quite nicely with all brewing method. So, I'm assuming my set up on KG79 is "too fine" for all three brewing method. Comparing the grind size between KG79 and Lidl is a bit hard for my novice eyes, but it seems that Lidl coffee is a bit more coarse. But I have no idea how "coarse" I need to change the set up on KG79. One could simply tell me "well, just buy Lidl coffee and don't bother with KG79." Very true. KG79 was a present from my wife, whom I very much love, and she spent a lot of time researching to get me the best grinder we could afford at the time, so... So, my questions are: What are the general consensus on grind size for stovetop, cafettier, and coffee pod machine? Given the availability of KG79 (and also it's limitation as a burr grinder), which grind setting is recommended for each brewing method? I realise my questions can open up a whole can of worms, but I'm very much thankful for your expertise in educating a novice on grind settings so I can appreciate coffee more. Many thanks and happy brewing!
Hi, I recently made a foolish mistake! I was getting fed up of grinding beans with my crappy little hand grinder (mainly for cafetière, occasionally for filter) and decided to go to John Lewis and pick up an electric grinder, and the DeLonghi KG79 looked okay, it was variable and claimed to be a burr grinder and was a reasonable price. At this point I had done zero research, beyond knowing that burr is better than blade, which is pretty much just common sense, and didn't realise how important the grinder is. Shiny new grinder in hand I decided I would try the espresso machine bit of my ancient morphy richards again, only to find it still produced crap coffee. After a bit of research I found out the difference between steam and pump espresso machines and then got hold of a Gaggia Classic. After still producing not great espresso, and finding the coarsest grind in the cafetière was giving me sludge in my cup I did some research on grinders. Ooops! John Lewis have a pretty returns policey so are now the proud owners of one slightly used DeLonghi grinder, and I am back with my crappy little hand grinder with a wooden drawer, and the research continues. I've read various form pages, reviews and the grind-off results and am even more unsure than when I started. For starters, I though conical burrs are supposed to be better than flat, but there were only two conicals in the grind off and both of those scored relatively low, and most of the machines people rave about seem to be flat. I was thinking doserless, but if I just load the grinder with what I need then a doser is probably not a problem. I was thinking Iberital MC2, as I've seen quite a few people recommend it, but I gather it's not great for changing between grinds for espresso/cafetière. I like the looks/reviews of the Mahlkonig Vario and the Mazzer Mini, but I don't like the prices ... yes, I know, buy cheap buy twice! So, I guess the main requirements are not too far over £200 if I can help it and easily adjustable between coarse/fine, so probably stepped, which means I'm probably thinking Rancilio Rocky. Does anyone want to help change my mind? Iain