How to Grind Coffee Beans Like a Pro

Getting a good coffee grinder is essential if you want to enjoy the best cup of coffee. The size of the grind has an impact on the flavor and mouthfeel of the specialty coffee. It also affects the extraction, which is the rate at which the flavor leaves the coffee bean. The size of the grind also affects how quickly the water dissolves the coffee.

Pour over coffee brewing

The size of the grind also affects how many particles are exposed to the water. Depending on the brew method, you may have to use a different grind size to achieve the flavor you want to achieve. For example, a finer grind will result in higher extraction, meaning more flavors extracted from the beans, and a courser grind will extract a fraction of the taste. You want to have the right grind size that extracts the right falvors of the coffee. In addition, the courser grind tends to extract the acidic taste notes, whereas the finer grind will extract the sweet notes. The perfect balance will give your coffee the ideal taste for both filer and espresso. Different brew methods may have slight variations in extraction time, grind size and ideal taste profile. 

Electric Coffee Grinder

When grinding coffee beans, the goal is to create a uniform grind. This is accomplished using a grinder with two or more burrs spinning in opposite directions. These burrs are arranged so that they form a funnel. The funnel directs the beans down the grinder. These burrs are usually made of hard stainless steel, which generates little heat during grinding.

Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder Bur

A good quality coffee grinder grinding machine can be found in most coffee lover's kitchen. This allows you to grind the coffee before brewing, ensuring the ideal result.

However, an electric coffee grinder is one of many tools you can use to grind coffee. There are plenty of options for manual coffee grinders, and you should consider the main advantages of these two options before deciding on either. 

Manual Coffee Grinder


We have a great selection of electric and manual coffee grinders. Both can be purchased from a store online. You want to ensure you're buying a grinder with plenty of room for adjustments for the brew method you intend to use, or find a grinder with diverse compatibilities like the Varia VS3, which is suitable for both filter and espresso brew method. You also want to be sure you're using a high-quality machine. It is possible to have a finer grind on an electric grinder that can be used for espresso brew, but not all are equally capable. The finer grind is only achievable on some of the best-quality machines only. 

Grinding coffee beans like a pro involves using the right tools and a few simple tips. This will help you get the right grind size for your tastes. You may also want to experiment with different grind sizes to see how they affect your taste preference.

Coarse grind for filter brewing

For example, a medium roast coffee bean has more porous cell walls, which allow more water to penetrate the bean. Therefore, it is a good idea to grind the beans coarser than you would for a lighter roast. This will keep more of the flavor locked inside the bean.

It is essential to keep in mind that a fresh bag of coffee may cause a change in the grind size. This will vary from person to person. You should re-calibrate the grinder before brewing your next cup. We usually recommend using roasted coffee a minimum of two weeks after the roast date when brewing filter coffee and around 3-4 weeks when brewing espresso coffee. The best-tasting coffees are not older than three months from roasting. 

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