How To Grind Coffee Beans

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A good grind is the first step to an exceptional brew. This guide will show you the different types of coarseness of coffee grounds and how to achieve a consistent grind each time.

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Coarse ground coffee

A coarse grind resembles coarse sea salt in consistency. With a larger surface area, it’s ideal for any immersion brew—be it coffee press, coffee press cold brew or Mason jar cold brew.

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Medium ground coffee

A medium grind resembles sea salt in consistency. This grind ensures the perfect extraction of flavour from the beans—ideal for brewing with a Chemex, coffee machine or Moka pot.

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Fine ground coffee

A fine grind resembles granulated sugar in consistency. In pour over recipes—where grind size is everything—try not to grind too coarsely or finely as this affects the taste of your cup.

The Differences Between Burr vs. Blade Grinders

Burr grinders use a revolving wheel to grind a few beans at a time, while blade grinders feature a single blade that chops up all the coffee beans into progressively smaller pieces.

Burr grinders grind a few beans at a time, ensuring a uniform grind. Blade grinders are cruder, working at high speed with limited settings. This can result in overheated beans.

Burr grinders produce more uniform grounds—resulting in noticeably better coffee. In contrast, blade grinders can be quite inconsistent, producing a varied grind.

A good rule of thumb for the perfect grind size: the longer the brewing time, the coarser the grind.

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The Different Types of Ground Coffee

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