Grinding your own beans is an essential step to having the perfect cup of coffee. Here are a few tips that will put you well on your way to grinding beans like a champ!
Ground coffee gets stale much quicker than whole beans. This is why you should buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself at home right before you brew your coffee. Keep your beans stored in an airtight container for best results.
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Consistency is key when it comes to grinding coffee beans. The consistency you need for the ground beans depends on how you choose to brew it. Certain grind consistency works best with specific brewing methods to give you the best cup of coffee.
Course: Percolators, French Press
Medium: Flat-Bottomed drip coffee makers
Fine: Conical drip coffee makers or an espresso pot
It is important to get into the habit of accurate measuring to brew a consistently great cup of coffee. We believe a good coffee ratio to work with is 16 (water) to 1 (coffee). A small kitchen scale is a great tool to use to keep your measurements accurate. In addition to brewing a delicious cup of coffee, measuring will make sure you never grind up more than you need.
Two common methods of grinding coffee beans are with a burr grinder (highly recommended) OR a blade grinder. A blade grinder works like a blender with blades spinning at the bottom of the container. We don’t recommend this method, because it can result in a very inconsistent grind. Burr grinders consist of two cutting discs, aptly named burrs, and the consistency of the grind is determined by the distance between the burrs. The less distance between the burrs leads to a finer grind.
Burr grinders are either manual or automatic. Both work exceptionally well, so deciding which to choose is up to your personal reference. The manual grinders are considerably cheaper than some of the automatic grinders and are compact, which makes them great for travel.