Grinding coffee is a great way to get that freshly ground taste that can make coffee so much richer. It definitely gives more flavor than buying coffee that is already ground. Another bonus, is that when you do it yourself, you can control the richness.
To get the best flavor from your coffee, grinding the coffee beans properly is key. It is easy to do at home once you know a few basics.
If you are new to coffee grinding, below are some tips on what you need to know. These will help you get the right grind for your perfect cup of coffee.
Get The Right Grind For Your Machine
The way that you grind the coffee should be in line with the type of machine that you’re going to use to brew the coffee. There are three basic grinds that most people use – fine, medium and coarse.
Each coffee brewing method requires a different grind size. Some grinds are better for certain methods than others.
Drip coffee, for example, requires a medium size grind. Espresso requires a fine grind. The French press requires a much larger grind size.
The following is a general guideline for each size of grind and the brewing method it suits.
Fine Ground Coffee
If you grind your beans into a fine grind, the grounds will be very small and make you think it looks like dark salt.
Use fine grind coffee in Espresso machines. These are are considered the most efficient method of brewing.
It is also possible to get an extra-fine grind, although it isn’t common. This is used in vacuum pots or some older Espresso machines.
Medium Ground Coffee
Medium ground coffee beans will feel more like sand when you touch the mixture. They are used in drip coffee makers. These coffee makers pour the water over the grounds in a flat bottom filter.
Coarse Ground Coffee
If you choose to make your grind coarse, then the grounds are thicker and chunkier.
Coarse grind is best in a French press or metal mess coffee maker that has gold or stainless steel filters. These coffee makers steep the water/grounds mixture for several minutes. The grounds are then forced to the bottom of the canister and the coffee poured off.
Types of Coffee Grinders
A coffee grinder doesn’t have to be an expensive addition to your kitchen appliance line up. You can choose between two types of grinders – one is a blade grinder and the other is a burr grinder.
A blade grinder is the cheaper option of the two. It uses the rapid movement of the blades to reach the type of grind that you want to end up with.
Blade grinders can tend to grind unevenly and without consistency in the grind. There are no settings on, so you grind until the desired coarseness is reached.
Blade grinders cause static electricity and can make the process a bit messy if you aren’t used to doing it.
Burr grinders will grind the beans evenly and are much cleaner and easier to use. They are called a burr grinder because it grinds the coffee beans using plates.
They are the best option if you are a beginner to grinding. Burr grinders have settings that allow you to choose the grind you want. This gives uniformity in size and consistency. They are often recommended for espresso grinds, but are suitable for other grinds too.
To start grinding at home, follow the tips above. Choose a grinder to suit your machine and budget, grind to the right consistency and start brewing. It’s that easy.