Get Your Grind On!

It’s the middle of the week and we all need a strong shot of coffee. As I’ve said many times before, coffee is a warm hug in a mug. It makes a good day better and a bad day bearable. It is enjoyed the world over and makes for a great ice-breaker in any language.

Today, let’s learn about different types of coffee grinds. Before we start, I must confess that I am lazy when it comes to choosing a specific grind. I choose a medium grind and then, use that in my French press, drip, and Keurig. I am quite sure I am committing a major travesty in the world of coffee but my coffee tastes great, so for now, I’ll stick to this method. Someday, I may invest in a grinder and a class on grinding, but until then let’s read about what I am NOT doing.

Keep in mind you can make coffee using the whole beans and, apparently, this is quite tasty. But conventional methods of coffee making involve grinding the beans into a powder of varying grit. Grinding coffee breaks down the roasted coffee bean and extracts the oils and flavor so that the water can more easily infuse those elements and make your coffee.

If you choose to grind your coffee, there are some rules that most everyone agrees on:

  1. Do not grind your coffee beans until you are ready to brew your coffee.
  2. Select the right grind for your choice of brewer (espresso, French press, drip, Chemex, etc.).
  3. Choose the highest quality of a grinder that you can afford.
    • Note –¬† you can choose between a blade grinder or a burr grinder. Most experts state that a conincal burr grinder is the best choice, if you can afford one.
  4. Keep your grinder maintained and clean.

Types of Grinds:

  • Extra Coarse – best for cold brewing
  • Coarse – best for French press, percolators and vacuum pots
  • Medium – best for drip makers that use a flat bottom filter, including the ubiquitous Bunn coffee makers found in diners and offices everywhere.
  • Fine – best for drip makers that use conical filters and espresso pots, like the stove top macchinetta del caff√®.
  • Extra fine – best for all other espresso machines, including pump and steam machines
  • Turkish – best for a traditional ibrik coffee pot

The image below is a great visual comparison of various grind types.

Here is another great image from WiredCoffeeGuide that gives you a guideline based on salt coarseness.

There you go! A fast primer on coffee grinds and how to use them. I hope you found this informative. I know I learned a few things in researching this post, like coffee always tastes better when someone else makes it for you!

Thanks for stopping by – now. go out and seize the day with that extra shot of coffee coursing through your veins!