Grind Matters.

Although there are about 7-10 grinds of coffee we are going to focus on 4. Having the right grind for your coffee apparatus can make or break a good cup of joe. The ideal fineness (or coarseness) of your ground coffee depends mainly on what type of brewing method you are going to use. In general, if you brew coffee that is ground too coarse, the coffee can be under-extracted (weak), and less flavorful. If your coffee is ground too fine, however, the coffee can be over-extracted and bitter. Small changes in grind size can drastically affect the taste of your final brew.

GRIND SIZE DESCRIPTIONS (How to identify your grind size):

  • Coarse: Distinct, chunky, pieces of coffee beans. Like heavy kosher salt.
  • Medium: Gritty texture with visible flakes. Like very coarse sand.
  • Fine: Much smoother texture. Like table salt, maybe a little finer.
  • Extra Fine: Coffee grains still barely discernable. Finer than granular sugar.

GRIND SIZE vs. BREWING METHOD CHART (How to select the right grind size):

Grind Size  Brewing Method
COARSE
MEDIUM
FINE
EXTRA FINE
   

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