Coffee Grind Types
Using freshly roasted coffee ground to the appropriate size will significantly improve your coffee experience.
While it might be convenient to purchase pre-ground coffee, the overall coffee flavor and intensity in your cup will be noticeably diminished. Grinding coffee significantly speeds up the time in which coffee starts to lose it’s flavor, that’s why grinding your coffee immediately before brewing makes a big difference. Once coffee is ground the air begins to attack essential oils and other volatile flavor components. It’s only a matter of hours before most of the ground coffee’s aroma has evaporated.
We recommend using freshly roasted coffee ground to the appropriate size to put you on the path to a significantly better coffee experience.
Understanding the mechanics and function of the many brewer styles will help guide you to the appropriate grind setting.
Grind size plays a role in coffee flavor.
Under-extraction occurs when not enough flavor has been taken out of the coffee grinds. There’s still a lot left behind that could balance out undesirables. The most obvious indicators of under-extraction are: sourness, lacking sweetness, salty and quick finish. Quick finish means once swallowed the flavor disappears. There is no pleasant lingering sensation - it's abrupt and unsatisfying.
Solution: Adjust the grind to be slightly finer to reduce the draining rate. This gives the water and coffee more contact time, and in turn more extraction.
Over-extraction occurs when too much of the soluble flavors are taken out of the coffee. This level of extraction results in unfavorable flavors. The most obvious indicators of over-extraction are: bitterness, dryness and generally lacking in flavor.
|Extra Course||Cold Brew Coffee, Cowboy Coffee|
|Coarse||French Press, Percolator, Coffee Cupping|
|Medium-Coarse||Hourglass, Immersion Dripper|
|Medium||Pour-Over, Automatic Coffee Brewers, Siphon|
|Fine||Espresso, Stovetop Espresso|