Wrong cof­fee grinder will leave a bad taste

Go! & Express - - GO! IN KING - ALAN HAWKINS

It was sur­pris­ing to see a blade grinder dis­tinctly mis­rep­re­sented as a cof­fee grinder on the shelf of a pop­u­lar chain store re­cently.

After be­ing at­tracted by the price, a closer look re­vealed this sub­terfuge.

In­tended or not, of­fer­ing a blade grinder as a cof­fee grinder is mis­la­belling at best and bor­der­ing on down­right dis­hon­esty.

Real cof­fee grinders use burrs or grind­ing wheels as com­pared to gen­eral pur­pose blade grinders.

The lat­ter are use­ful in the kitchen per­haps but when used for cof­fee, the par­ti­cles are pul­verised into an in­con­sis­tent shale mass with poor uni­for­mity, some too fine and oth­ers too coarse.

This can have a sig­nif­i­cantly neg­a­tive ef­fect on the taste of your cof­fee.

Cof­fee taste is pro­por­tion­ate to the per­cent­age of to­tal dis­solv­able solids (TDS) that your brew­ing sys­tem is able to ex­tract.

The restau­rant-style espresso ma­chines of­fer su­perb ex­trac­tion lev­els and are able to ex­tract higher per­cent­ages than most other brew­ing sys­tems.

The bet­ter qual­ity stove-top and au­to­matic bean-to-cup ma­chines come in a close sec­ond.

Tread care­fully, how­ever, be­fore de­cid­ing to se­lect a ma­chine on price alone.

Many of the cheaper op­tions are un­likely to ex­tract flavour any­where near as much as you are ex­pect­ing.

The well-known Afrikaans ex­pres­sion, “goed­koop is du­urkoop” cer­tainly ap­plies to cof­fee ma­chines.

Caveat Emp­tor, Latin for “let the buyer be­ware,” – cer­tainly ap­plies.

Alan Hawkins is the chief roaster and founder of the East Lon­don Cof­fee Co – www.el­cof­fee.co.za.

Con­tact: [email protected]­cof­fee.co.za

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