How to Grind Coffee Beans at Home | Types of Coffee Grind

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Coffee Grinding

We’ll start with the two basic types of grinders and the various ways you can grind coffee beans at home.

Coffee Grinders:

It’s practically unanimous: every great cup of coffee starts with freshly ground coffee. And when I say fresh, I mean grinding your beans just moments before brewing. Too much trouble, you say? Nonsense! Poppycock! Where shall we begin?

~The Various Types of Coffee Grind~

Blade Grinders

bladeThat high-speed whir heard round the world each morning is a blade grinder. These are the cheapest grinders for general-purpose coffee making.bladeBlade from coffee grinder. Hacks and dices your coffee beans.They come with perky names like Krups or Braun. You probably have one. You shouldn’t. Perhaps you should relegate it to grinding Grandpa’s gruel. They can be very handy but they are not always precise and I do They horribly hack and slice your beans, leaving an uneven grind with course and fine particles in the same batch. The motors run hot; grinding too long can scorch the coffee.

Blade Grinders

bratzaburrFor a step up in precision, now we're moving in the right direction, tally-ho! Burr grinders are the answer to a more perfect union of bean and grind. Disk (a.k.a. plate) and conical burr grinders are your basic choices. Flat disk grinders use two spinning disks to smash the coffee into precise uniform grinds. We'll start with beans, of course! (You may be interested in whole coffee beans from our selection.) Once you have your beans, you're ready to learn about the two basic types of grinders and the notable variations within. you can even get a truly fine espresso grind. But, alas, they can also run hot and, if not careful, can scorch the beans.

Blade Grinders

These are a bit more expensive, but are the choice of both coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike and well worth the price. These are the workhorses. Precision grinds, even for Turkish coffee, and a slow, cool motor.

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Hand Grinders

manual-handIf you’re both counting pennies and are also in need of a way to work out your flabby upper arms, perhaps you could try a hand grinder. They work on the same principle, except your arm substitutes for an electric motor. Watch those biceps bulge! The trouble here is that it takes an awful lot of effort to get even a small brew under way and in that time you could be drinking coffee.

This type of coffee grind leaves the largest granules of coffee and is preferred for French Presses (a.k.a. plungers) or the percolator method of brewing.

Coarse

coarsePrecision is good for grinding coffee at home;

Medium

medium-coffeeMedium grinds have a consistency of granulated sugar and are primarily recommended for vacuum and certain types of drip coffee makers. Because of its versatile size, it can also be used for other brewing methods, but not espresso.

Fine

fineAlso known as an espresso grind, this is a grind with a powdery/mealy consistency used in espresso makers and Neapolitan flip-drips though electric drip and filter brews can use it as well.

Pulverized

pulverized-coffeeLike fine flour, this extremely fine grind is the province of Turkish coffee and usually needs to be ground in a special grinder.

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