Coffee Tip of the Week: How ground is too ground? Coffee Grinding Guide, and Mastering the Blade Grinder
Although we recommend a conical burr grinder over a whirly-blade grinder because of the burrs’ ability to produce a much more consistent grind, know that blade grinders are usually less expensive and can still produce a quality grind if you follow a few simple tricks.
For all types of grinds (coarse, medium, fine, etc), if using a blade grinder, we recommend grinding in short bursts of about 2 to 3 seconds each. Holding the lid firmly in place, shake the grinder a few times during the process to make sure beans grind evenly.
The Course Grind is intended for use with press pots, aka “French presses” and electric percolators. For this method in a blade grinder, do 2 bursts of about 2.5 seconds each, shaking in between bursts.
The most popular grind (used for electric drip machines, vac-pots) is the Medium Grind. For this method in a blade grinder, do 4 bursts of 2 seconds each, shaking in between the 2nd and 3rd bursts. Within the “medium-grind spectrum,” try grinding slightly more coarse for flat-bottomed drip filters, right in the middle for paper-filter drip, and slightly finer for vac-pots and cone filters.
The Fine Grind is required for espresso machines and stovetop espresso makers (stovetop “moka”). For this method, we recommend 3 to 4 bursts of 5 seconds each, shaking in between the 2nd and 3rd burst.
If you are using an espresso machine you may need an even finer grind and should try as many as 5 to 6 bursts of 5 seconds each, shaking in between the 3rd and 4th bursts.
Of course, we all have varying tastes and each coffee and machine has its own “sweet-spot” grind, so feel free to modify our recommendations as you learn your own preferences!
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