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Thread: Coffee Sludge.... Good or Bad?
- 10-17-2012 08:40 AM #11
Most of the sludge I get isn't really fine, it's sort of a mix with small chunks in it, I don't think I have ever seen completely smooth coffee sludge before... IE 100% smooth with no chunks whatsoever.
Do you always drink the sludge?
- 10-17-2012 03:33 PM #12
I do not like chunky sludge. I never have chunks in my sludge at home. The only time I can remember having a couple chunks in my sludge in the last six months was when travelling and using my Bodum travel press. I accidently overfilled the mug and a couple particles slipped by the double ridged silicone edge of the filter.
The small amount of sludge in coffee made with an Espro press from Vancouver contains only extremely fine particles. This press uses a two stage basket filter with the filter size being 10 to 16 times finer than other presses. It also uses a double ridged silicone gasket edge on the filter assembly to prevent particles slipping by.
The type of grinder will also have an impact on sludge which makes it through a standard Bodum sized filter. The best grinders for French press produce the smallest possible amount of particles that are not the desired coarse size. Unfortunately the cheapest grinders (blade grinders) do the poorest job because each particle is struck a random number of times and the sizes end up from fine coffee dust all the way up to the desired coarse size.
When I'm drinking French press coffee properly prepared on good equipment, the small amount of very fine sludge stays suspended in the liquid after a swirl and I always drink it (if it hasn't gotten to cold) because it is my favourite part of the cup.
- 10-17-2012 07:04 PM #13
Ah ok. I see. Do you ever use the sludge for other things? Like I was testing out different things, like coffee ice cream (turned out pretty darned good). I was actually tempted to try out some other recipes as well. I was thinking maybe cookies next... Or maybe some form of pastry. I haven't seen too many coffee sludge recipes though. Been looking online, they have coffee recipes, but none that really use the sludge, or well, not many that I have found.
- 10-18-2012 12:04 PM #14
The only other thing that I have done with coffee sludge was to add it to hot chocolate, and that was good.
Your good results have me interested in other options since I do enjoy coffee flavored ice cream, yogurt and baked goods that I have purchased.
- 10-18-2012 07:24 PM #15
I was attempting a coffee cake, but it turned out really really nasty It was the same color as fudge brownies but did not taste at all like coffee cake I have tried around town. I guess my first clue was it looked like brownies lol....
- 10-18-2012 11:56 PM #16
I like coffee and coffee is not bad for health i take 5 or 6 cups of coffee in a day.When I pour
from my press I always slosh the coffee around to try and pick up more sludge.
- 10-19-2012 08:23 PM #17
I find that coffee sludge is only good from a dark roast though. It does give a nice full bodied finish to the coffee. With a mild/medium roast the sludge is too tangy and acidic to be any good. I'll try the ice cream out. Do you think coconut milk would make ice cream the same as cream/milk would? The fat content of coconut milk is about twice what whole milk is... so kind of like a light cream
- 10-22-2012 07:59 PM #18
You know... Nobody has really gone here yet, and don't throw the tomatoes because I do... Just playing devils advocate...
What about the sludge from instant coffee? Do you think that is still as good? Oh, and you don't think there can be sludge?
Have someone make instant coffee in a coffee maker!
So.. How about it... Instant coffee sludge is still coffee sludge... Would you use it?
- 10-24-2012 08:39 AM #19
Does instant coffee make sludge?
You can always try making your own sludge by taking a little bit of instant coffee and mixing it with a little hot water and then tasting it.
I don't know if you can make instant coffee in a coffee maker. The stirring motion when you mix the coffee granuals in the cup with the hot water is what dissolves the dehydrated coffee granuals. The hot water going through the granuals in the brew basket wouldn't be enough saturation to dissolve the granuals. Of course, you can always try that too and let us know what happens.
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