What Grind is Best for Your Favorite Cup?
The way you grind your coffee has a huge effect on the way it tastes. The following information will help you with a good starting point. Remember, this information is not about my perfect cup, it’s about yours!
A Coarse Grind is generally used for the following:
French Press (press or plunger pot)
Toddy Makers (cold brew method)
Vacuum Coffee Maker
A Medium Grind:
Auto Drip Makers (with flat bottom filters)
A Medium/Fine Grind:
Drip Makers (with cone shaped filters)
A Fine Grind:
Stove Top Espresso Pots
Some Drip Makers (with cone shaped filters)
A Super Fine Grind:
So how does all this science translate into the perfect grind for the perfect cup?
Well, there are probably a thousand different styles and makes of grinders available for home use but there are only two types...
(In our next post we’ll discuss some specific types of grinders…)
We all know the expression "Daily Grind" probably wasn't coined as something the average person is likely to look forward to. However, where coffee is concerned, the daily grind can and should be one of life's greatest simple pleasures.
The rich, spicy aroma created by the grinding of fresh roasted coffee is nothing short of amazing. I'd like to find a way to bottle this spicy scent-full strength, just the way its bouquet permeates the olfactory while expanding to fill the kitchen (or our shop) during the grinding process.
Grinding coffee can be, not only enjoyable, but a relatively simple affair. However it should be noted that the importance of how to grind coffee properly is often overlooked even though it is a crucial step in the composition of a perfect cup.
(Note: For the very best results, grind your coffee moments before brewing. I have a tendency to over-emphasize this obvious point but it is important if your goal is the "Perfect Cup".)
How to Grind Coffee Properly: Match the Grind to the Method...
The tricky thing about learning to properly grind coffee is that it must be ground specifically to your preferred brewing method.
There are three basic selections of grind, “Coarse, Medium, and Fine”, that are used for various brewing methods to get the best flavor possible. What's really tough is explaining what those grounds actually look like! Here is where a picture would be worth a thousand words, but let me try and give you a basic description of what each grinding style should look like when done.
* Coarse - Chunky, distinct particles, reminds me of potting soil.
* Medium - More the texture of coarse sand.
* Fine - Smoother yet. More like sugar or salt when you rub it between your fingers.
(Note: In our next post we will match the individual grind style to a specific type of coffee product)