Is it better to: a. Buy coffee ground coarse in the shop for a French press and store it at home or, b. Buy fresh roasted whole beans and grind them at home in my cheap blade grinder that grinds coffee fine/unevenly? What's more important, that the coffee is freshly ground or ground coarse for the French press?
Sent by MarriEditor: Marri, oooh you're on the horns of a dilemma indeed! As someone who really didn't enjoy French press until she had a burr grinder, I would have to give the nod to properly ground beans. When you grind in a blade grinder, you get all this fine silt that can make French press coffee taste muddy and bitter. On the other hand, I feel that freshly ground beans are very important as well, so it's really not a fun choice!
If you do find yourself in a place to spend a small amount of money eventually on your coffee setup, I would highly recommend an Aeropress. This little gadget isn't much to look at it, but it makes a brilliant cup of coffee, and it is much more forgiving of an uneven grind. It's also the fastest way to make a great cup of coffee at home; it's my favorite way of brewing coffee. And at $26 it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a burr grinder, which should cost $100 or more.
Readers, what do you think? Do you agree — or do you have other advice for Marri?