Do you wonder why there are different types of coffee grinds? In this article, we'll explore the importance of choosing the ideal coffee grind for your brew and how it will affect the taste of your coffee.
When it comes to brewing coffee, there's no one-size-fits-all option. The size of your coffee grinds basically depends on the brewing method you plan to use. The same coffee, grind in two different sizes but brewed the same way, can produce two completely different coffee tastes.
So why is the size of your grind so important? It's all about extraction. Extraction will be another topic for coming blog posts, but brewing method, water temperature, and grind size are some of the variables that will affect extraction. When your coffee grounds are too coarse, you risk under-extracting the beans, resulting in a sour, salty, acidic coffee taste. On the flip side, over-extracting your beans by using coffee grounds that are too fine results in bitter, hollow coffee.
Therefore, using the right grind size for your brewing method is crucial to achieving a balanced, flavourful cup of coffee.
But how do you determine the right grind size for your brewing method? This coffee grind chart is a good starting point.
If you have a grinder at home, the type of coffee grinder you use can also make a difference in the consistency of your coffee grind. There are two main types of coffee grinders: blade grinders and burr grinders. While blade grinders may be more affordable, and convenient, they can produce uneven coffee grounds due to the fast-spinning blades. Additionally, the heat produced by the blades can overcook the coffee. On the other hand, burr grinders, especially conical burr
grinders, crush the coffee beans into a consistent grind with no extra heat, resulting in a more consistent grind.
Coffee is an endless adventure, so if you are grinding your coffee at home, embrace your inner explorer and experiment with various grind sizes to unlock the full potential of your coffee brewing experience.
We really hope you've enjoyed our short post! And don't forget to take advantage of that extra hour of sleep coming your way this Sunday with the daylight saving change. You deserve it! :)