If you are wondering what kind of grind to use for your coffee, we have a few helpful tips. First, we always suggest buying whole bean coffee, then grinding right before use. Once ground, coffee loses its aroma and flavor quickly. When choosing a grinder, we suggest a burr grinder versus a blade grinder. This will create a more consistent grind. There are many economical burr grinders, and it’s an investment that will pay off in better tasting coffee.
There are many factors to creating a good cup of coffee including using the correct amount of coffee, timing, and correct grind size.
Why does grid size matter?
Matching your grind size to the brewing method is important to ensure that you don’t over or under-extract your coffee. When coffee is over-extracted (grind size is too fine or brew time too long), it gives your coffee an overpowering, bitter flavor. When coffee is under-extracted (grind size too coarse or brew time too short), it gives your coffee a watery, sour flavor.
The following grind sizes are a general guide for a variety of brew methods. Each grinder number will vary but matching the texture should help you determine the right grind size for your brew type.
Coarse Grind: Even grind, resembling sea salt texture
- French Press
- Cold Brew (If your grinder allows you to go even more coarse, do it!)
Medium Coarse: Even grind, resembling rough sand texture
- Clever Dripper
- Commercial cascading, pulse coffee makers (Bunn, Fetco)
Medium: Even grind, resembling table salt / sand texture
- Pour overs (cone shaped)
- Drip Coffee Makers (flat)
- Refillable K-Cup
Fine*: Even grind, resembling fine sand texture
- Moka Pot
Extra-Fine*: resembling powdery texture
*Fine grind for espresso and Turkish makers require a specific espresso grinder. It is very hard to achieve that fine of a grind with a traditional grinder.