It Pays to be Coarse
Well, I’ve been using a french press for a long time and have apparently been doing nothing but mucking it up by making a fine grind …
CoffeeGeek – How to Use a Press Pot:
With a press pot, particle size of the grounds is as important as it is for espresso. The difference is, you want uniform large particles, instead of uniform tiny particles. Cheap grinders can’t give you either – they will give you a mixed bag of big and small chunks. Dust and boulders. It’s what leads to the thing people dislike most about press pot coffee – the sludge.
… In addition, my grinder is what this author refers to as an object that “pretends to be a grinder” as it has blades and not “conical burrs.” I had never had the slightest thought of such a thing until now. And, no, my fresh beans are not strictly between 3 and 10 days old either. Hm, enlightenment doesn’t really feel that good after all.