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Your Guide to Coffee Grinds



Giving Grinds a Closer Look

When it comes to brewing great coffee, we often talk about the origins of coffee beans, freshness, and roasting methods. Rarely – and wrongly – do we talk about the principles of grinding. Yet coffee grinds are an important key in aroma and texture. That said, the right grinding option plays a critical role in obtaining optimal results.

Following is a quick guide:

01 French Press Coffee Maker: Coarse grind; comparable to small breadcrumbs.

02 Pour-Over Coffee Maker: Medium grind; similar to sea salt.

03 Regular Coffee Maker: Medium grind; similar to table salt.

04 Moka Coffee Maker: Fine grind; slightly less fine than that recommended for a manual espresso machine.

05 Manual Espresso Machine: Very fine grind; the texture of very fine sand.

What type of coffee grinder should you choose?

To ensure a rich flavour that delights the palate, it is recommended that you grind coffee beans at the very last minute, just prior to extraction. The reason for this is simple: ground coffee oxidizes and quickly loses its aromas. In the same way that grind sizes are affected by extraction, grinding methods also impact the quality results obtained.

Blade Grinder

This type of grinder is recommended for herbs and spices, but is not suitable for grinding coffee beans. The blade produces an irregular grind that provides a less velvety and uniform extraction. As well, the heat produced by the blade alters the taste of the coffee. Finally, this type of grinder is not adjustable and cannot generate the fine grind recommended for brewing an espresso.

Burr Coffee Grinder

This type of grinder activates two cone-shaped or flat surfaces to grind the beans. The distance between the two surfaces determines the size of the grind and can be adjusted for the desired texture. The result is a much more uniform grind and savoury cup of coffee.

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