Choosing Your Coffee Grind
Course Grind is larger particles, similar to small breadcrumbs. The size allows the water to interact more slowly with the coffee, resulting in a robust and full-bodied cup, often with lower acidity.
The best use for this grind is French Press, Pour Overs such as Clever Dripper and Chemex.
Extremely Course Ground similar to rough sand, is perfect for cold brew, enabling a slow and gentle extraction over time, leading to a smooth, less acidic, and highly refreshing cold coffee.
Medium grinds, akin to granulated sugar, suit drip coffee makers that most people have at home or Siphon (Vacuum Pot), striking a balance between extraction and clarity. This is the most common grind and labeled Standard Grind.
Fine grinds (Espresso), resembling table salt, are essential, promoting rapid water interaction and yielding a concentrated, rich brew. Turkish coffee demands an extra-fine grind, akin to powdered sugar, creating a thick, intense concoction through prolonged steeping.
It maximizes surface area during the prolonged boiling process, resulting in an intensely flavorful and thick brew
Keeping coffee beans whole and grinding them just before brewing offers several benefits that contribute to a better coffee experience:
- Freshness: Whole coffee beans retain their freshness much longer than pre-ground coffee. Once coffee beans are ground, they begin to lose their flavor and aroma quickly due to increased exposure to oxygen. By grinding just before brewing, you ensure that you're getting the freshest flavors from the beans.
2.Flavor Preservation: Coffee beans contain volatile compounds that contribute to their flavor and aroma. Grinding exposes these compounds to the air, leading to rapid flavor degradation. When you grind just before brewing, you preserve these volatile compounds, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee.
3.Customization: Different brewing methods require different grind sizes. By keeping your beans whole, you have the flexibility to grind them to the specific size needed for your chosen brewing method. This customization allows you to extract the optimal flavors from the beans.
4.Consistency: Grinding coffee beans exposes them to heat and friction, which can create inconsistent particle sizes. This inconsistency affects the extraction process and can result in uneven flavor. Grinding just before brewing helps ensure a more uniform grind, leading to a more even extraction and a balanced cup.
5.Extended Shelf Life: Whole coffee beans have a longer shelf life compared to pre-ground coffee. This means you can store your beans for a longer period without them losing their freshness and quality.
6.Reduced Waste: Grinding beans as needed reduces waste, as you're only grinding the amount you intend to brew. This is more sustainable compared to purchasing pre-ground coffee that may go stale before it's all used.