How to Grind Coffee Beans

freshly ground coffee beans image by wanderfolly

freshly ground coffee beans image by wanderfolly


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© 2013 Shanna Lea

What is the enemy of all coffee drinkers?  Air.  As soon as air comes in contact with your coffee grinds, the coffee loses its flavor.  That’s why coffee manufacturers vacuum seal their grinds—to keep them fresh while sitting on the shelf at the supermarket.  But once you break that seal, air hits the grinds and it begins to lose its quality.

Buying whole coffee beans and grinding them yourself is the best way to ensure that you have fresh and flavorful coffee every morning.  Do you know how to grind your coffee beans properly?

Different types of coffee call for different types of grinds.  Learn to use your coffee grinder properly to make the freshest tasting coffee possible.

Percolator or French Press

  • You will need a courser grind
  • Place coffee beans in the grinder and “pulse”, by tapping the button a few times.
  • The grounds should look like pieces of coffee beans
  • If it looks like powder, start again, and don’t pulse as long

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

  • These coffee machines work best with medium grinds—like the kind you find in a can of supermarket coffee
  • When ground properly, they look like brown sand
  • Hold the button on the grinder while grinding, but not so long where it makes a fine powder

Espresso Maker

  • If you’ve ended up making a fine powder—THIS is where you want to use it.
  • Grind away until your heart is content

To ensure you are getting the freshest cup of coffee possible, grind your own beans right before you brew your coffee.  A fresh cup of coffee can still be bitter or weak, but learning how to grind your coffee beans is fun and an important part of making great coffee.

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