The Basics of Coffee Bean Grinding

The Process of Grinding Beans

The fineness of grinding beans strongly affects brewing. Beans that are too finely ground for brewing in which they will be used to expose a lot of surface area to the heated water and produce a harsh, bitter taste. If a specific brewing approach is used, in the time of exposure of heated water to ground coffee is adjustable, then a shortened brewing time can be used for more finely ground coffee. This produces coffee of equal flavor and requires less ground coffee.

The Difference of a Quality Grind Versus a Sub-par One

Coffee from a quality grinder has a better cup of coffee than a subpar one even before you brew it. Both cups of coffee are sub-par compared to freshly ground coffee from a quality grinder. A blade grinder is just not a good use for grinding coffee and expecting quality results. The grind is inconsistent and it greatly degrades the coffee and does not allow for a lot of cups even from a quality roasted coffee.

Why is Grinding Properly Important?

Coffee flavors are trapped in cells. The cells can only be broken up by crushing the bean through grinding. The flavors can be released with the help of hot water during the brewing process, to have in our cups. The whole coffee bean in its compact, oval form offers little surface area and therefore little opportunity for the water to provide the content and flavor of the bean. During grinding, according to the grinding setting, the surface area of the coffee increases. It also increases the surface for the water, ending up with a faster transfer of the components in the water and eventually in the cup.

Types of Coffee Grinders

A basic blade grinder is where you put in the beans, put the cap on and push down to get the blade spinning nice. The blade in the center of the grinder looks sort of like a propeller.

A burr grinder is made up of two revolving burrs in between which the coffee is ground a few beans at a time. There are conical burr grinders and flat burr grinders, but both do the same function and grind your coffee well. The distance between the surfaces can be changed, which will end up changing the size of the grind. Coffee purists tend to choose a burr grinder over a blade grinder because a burr grinder will grind the grounds to a uniform size and will enable more control over the grind size than a blade.

How You Grind for Different Preparation Methods

Espresso Even though it’s possible to make espresso without a machine, it’s not as good. Hot water is injected through the grounds and straight into your cup.

French Press This brewing method has a process to make one outstanding cup of coffee. All you must use is one tablespoon for every three ounces of hot water. It only takes three to five minutes to get a delicious cup of coffee.

Drip This method involves heating water to just below the boiling point and then pouring it directly through the coffee grounds once. The result of the drip is a clear and smooth cup of coffee. In the drip method, brewers can utilize different filters such as: paper, gold, steel, or plastic.

K cup These single-serving machines force hot water, under low pressure, through a coffee pod that is composed of finely ground coffee protected between two layers of filter paper or through a capsule containing the ground coffee.

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