The folks at North Carolina’s Counter Culture Coffee posted a video showing you how to grind your coffee. As you know, your coffee maker determines how fine or coarse your coffee grounds should be. Usually, directions for grinding your coffee have vague descriptions. One such description, “it should be fine as kosher salt,” frustrates me because kosher salt varies in fineness. Believe me, I’ve checked.
Thankfully this video clearly shows you how fine your grind should be for the following brewing methods, from finest grind to coarsest:
- Espresso machine
- Small pourover (I really like the coffee plant printed on the one they use in the video.)
- Large pourover
- Automatic drip
- French Press
According to the video, I’ve been grinding my beans too fine for my Chemex (or what they call a “Large Pourover”). I wonder whether that is because I don’t “pour and pause” like I probably should. Usually, time is short in the morning, and I just bloom for half a minute and then slowly pour the rest of the carefully measured water. That’s the only way I can account for their extended brew time. Their method says it should take about four to five minutes, while my method results in something closer to three and a half minutes.
And if you need a grinder, here are five that I’ve owned or have wanted to own:
- Small manual handheld grinder: Porlex Mini
- Larger manual handheld grider: Hario Skerton Ceramic
- Budget electric grinder: Capresso Infinity
- Entry level electric grinder: Baratza Encore
- Premium electric grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Regardless of your brewing method or coffee grinder, you should experiment until you get the brew you like. There’s no right or wrong way to make your favorite coffee.
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