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Brewing Guide:

Grind Size

What you need:

  • We highly recommend a burr grinder for an even size when grinding.
  • Our fresh roasted coffee.
GRIND SIZE BREW METHOD
EXTRA COURSE COLD BREW COFFEE, COWBOY COFFEE
COURSE FRENCH PRESS, PERCOLATOR, COFFEE CUPPING
MEDIUM COURSE CHEMEX, CLEVER DRIPPER, CAFE SOLO BREWER
MEDIUM CONE SHAPED POUR OVER BREWERS, FLAT BOTTOM DRIP MACHINES, SIPHON COFFEE, AEROPRESS (WITH 3+ MIN BREW TIME)
MEDIUM FINE CONE SHAPED BREWERS, AEROPRESS (WITH 2-3 MINUTE BREW TIME)
FINE ESPRESSO, MOKA POT, AEROPRESS (WITH 1 MINUTE BREW TIME)
EXTRA FINE TURKISH COFFEE

What’s the Ideal French Press Grind Size?

Use a coarse grind for your french press.

If your grind isn’t right, you will find it hard to plunge down your grinds if they are too fine, and plunging will happen to fast if your grinds are too coarse.

What’s the Right Size Coffee Grind for Espresso?

Use a fine grind when brewing with an espresso machine, and nothing else.

We use a fine grind because espresso machines use pressure (measured in ‘bars’) to brew; meaning hot water is forced through your grounds. Too fine, and it won’t get through, too coarse, and it will gush through.

The not-so-obvious truth is that the ‘fine’ setting on one grinder may not be exactly the same as ‘fine’ on another, so your grind setting may vary.

What’s the Right Pour Over Grind Size?

When we say pour-over we are talking about cone shaped pour over coffee drippers such as these – the Hario v60 and the Kalita Wave.

Start with a medium-fine grind, and adjust it based on your preferences.

For example, if your brew turns out sour (under extracted), use a finer grind next time, and/or increase your brew time slightly. If your brew ends up bitter (over extracted), use a coarser grind next time and/or decrease your brew time.

Here are the quick answers for each type of brewer in the meantime:

Hario V60: Medium-fine
Chemex: Medium-coarse
Kone filter: Medium-fine
Bee house: Medium-fine
Clever dripper: Medium to Coarse (the more coarse you go, the shorter your brew time)
Woodneck: fine, to medium

What’s the Ideal Chemex Grind Size?

The chemex coffee maker is beautiful, but unforgiving. The good news is that you get to maintain lots of control over your brew. The bad news is that it’s hard to get right if you don’t know what to do with this information.  Using the right grind size for the Chemex, is critical.

Use a medium-coarse grind (leaning more towards the coarse side), similar to the consistency of table salt.

What’s the Ideal Aeropress Grind Size?

The beauty of the Aeropress, is that you can alter the final brew by playing around with the grind size and brew time (among other things).

Here’s a guide for grind sizes and your Aeropress, thanks to the Aeropress fanatics at Kaffeologic. Remember to experiment, and record your results:

Brew for a minute (or less) using a fine grind
Brew for 3 minutes + with a medium grind
Brew for 3-4 minutes with a coarse grind
Brew for 4-5 minutes with a coarse grind

What’s the Best Cold Brew Grind Size?

Cold brew coffee is refreshing and full of strange yet pleasant flavours…

unless you use the wrong grind size. Make this mistake and it’s surprisingly full of unwelcome flavours. What’s more, you’ll be bumming pretty hard considering you just invested 16-30 hours into it.

So, make sure your cold brew batch tastes pleasant by using an extra coarse grind.

*Except for in this instance:  use a finer or coarser grind if you alter the steep time. In general: the longer you steep, the coarser your grind. Of course, don’t go finer than medium.

Note down you grind size, your steep time, while leaving everything else the same. How does it taste? Now do it again, but increase the steep time. How does it taste now? Record your findings.

What’s the Ideal Moka Pot Grind Size?

Otherwise known as the stovetop espresso maker.  They both use a fine grind size.

We just told you to use a fine grind, but others suggest a drip grind (medium-fine). Experiment.

Start with a fine grind, and if your brew is over extracted (bitter, sharp), move up to a medium-fine grind. Every moka pot is different, and there are hundreds of models out there, so grind sizes in this case, are not perfectly universal.

What’s the Best Coffee Grinder for Camping?

We suggest a hand burr grinder.

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