Grind Your Coffee With a Perfect Grinder
Once ground, coffee should be consumed as fast as possible. This is because once the beans are grinded there is more surface area exposed to air and much of its flavor will be lost. Depending on how you are brewing your coffee, you will want to have a particular type of grind.
Types of Grinds:
Uses coarser grinded coffee beans than normal drip coffee to make sure the grinded coffee doesn’t go through the plunger.
Consists anywhere between very coarse to somewhat fine. Coarse is described as a little chunky and the particles are very distinct, almost like heavy kosher salt. Medium is described as a little more gritty like sand.
Very fine grind but big enough so it does not go through the filter. It looks like fine sand. Many coffee shops use this grind when making shots of espresso, hence the name.
The most fine grind you can get. It is so fine that it almost looks like powder or flour. Honestly this type of grind is used rarely.
Blade vs. Burr
Blade grinders use a metal blade to chop up the coffee beans. You can control the fineness by how long you let the grinder run. However, there is a high chance that the resulting coffee grounds are uneven in size and the different surface area exposed from unevenly cut beans creates inconsistent brew quality. Also, the metal blade can create significant heat giving your final coffee a burned taste.
Burr grinders crush the beans between a moving grinding wheel and a non-moving surface. The positioning of the burr controls how fine the coffee is grinded. The evenly distributed separation between the two parts is what gives a more consistent grind than blade grinders. Burr grinders are more expensive than blade grinders but are worth the price increase if you value a great tasting cup of coffee.