Coffee beans can be purchased at grocery stores or local coffee shops either ground or whole. However, experts (and coffee enthusiasts) agree that to get the best cup of coffee possible at home, buying whole beans is the way to go. Because flavors and aromas are released in the grinding process, grinding your beans just before you brew them is the best way to preserve those qualities as much as possible. This is particularly true for finer grounds, as the finer the grounds, the faster the aromas will dispel into the air.
There are two types of grinders
--blade and burr. Blade grinders tend to be slightly cheaper than burr grinders and roughly chop coffee beans like a food processor in which some beans will be reduced to tiny pieces while other beans will have hardly been chopped. Burr grinders, while more expensive, give you a more consistent grind as the process involves beans passing through two different burrs and dropping down into a collection chamber once they have reached the desired ground size.
Here are brief descriptions of what each coffee ground size should look like:
In order to grind your coffee though, you need to first know what brewing method you're going to use as there are preferred grinding sizes for different types of coffee. For example, French press
coffee needs extra coarse grounds, while filtered
, pour over coffee uses medium grounds, and Espresso
needs fine grounds.
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