Illy medium-grind, medium-roast coffee for drip coffeemakers - wow, very smooth and lovely
Recently tried Illy's medium-roast blend for drip coffeemakers and loved it, for 'plain coffee' vs. espresso machine use.
Can any connoisseurs tell me a couple things? Really more than a couple as I tend to ask compound questions :P
- I see that Illy also sells a fine-grind medium roast and am wondering what this would be used for? (Espresso? I thought that was typically dark roast. Or, is it used to make a regular cup of joe in some other kind of coffeemaker maybe?) What does that taste like?
- If I like Illy's medium roast medium grind, what other coffees might I like? (Low-acid maybe? I think Trader Joes has a variety so named.) This Illy medium roast, medium grind coffee I tried was markedly smoother and mellower than my other fave, Gelson's mocha java. (Two more would be Hilton Hotels' lovely standard coffee, fresh-roasted Coffee Tree coffee in Greenwich, CT, and at times Dunkin Donuts' - even McDonald's new blend is not so bad. Not such a big fan of the strong coffees I've had at Starbucks, Pete's, Diedrich, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.)
Espresso is a way of brewing, not a roast -- you can use any coffee that's properly ground. Generally speaking, espresso machines and paper cones use a finer grind, gold cone and flat-bottom filters are slightly coarser, and press pots are the coarsest grind of all.
A finer grind will produce a stronger cup of coffee. The danger is overextraction, which yields an unnecessarily bitter cup.
Illy has both fine and medium grinds, and medium and dark roast with both. While a medium grind is needed for a press, I think either fine or medium will work with paper filters. With a fine grind the brew might be a bit stronger - more surface area, faster extraction. But the pour rate also affects the strength.
Now I use hand pour #2 paper filters, but my first automatic drip machine was one that came with a trial order of Gevalia coffee. If I recall correctly, Gevalia is a fine grind.