In previous posts we’ve discussed how to grow coffee beans, how to harvest and how to roast your beans. In this post we will be discussing how to grind those perfectly roasted beans. You might be aware that there are numerous ways to grinds beans, but we will assume, for the sake of simplicity, that a typical coffee grinder is to be for the grinding detailed in this article.
Grinding Coffee: Types of Grind
There are a few major types of coffee grounds – used and un-used. I’m just kidding with that little joke. Below is a small pictorial of the three major types of grind (special thanks to ineedcoffee.com).
The first is a course grind. This grind is perfect when you are using a french press, a percolator or a vacuum pot.
The second is a medium grind. This grind is perfect for drip coffee makers (with a flat bottom) and some vacuum pots.
The third is a fine grind. The fine grind is great for drop coffee makers (with a cone filter), espresso, and if you take the fine grind to a flour like texture then you are ready for a turkish brew.
What does the Grind mean?
When grinding coffee it is important to remember some general guidelines.
1.) The finer the grind, the stronger the coffee.
2.) A coarser grind can take away bitterness.
3.) There is no wrong grind, just a journey to the perfect taste.
Feel free to share some of your favorite grind, roast and bean combos!