How to Grind Coffee Beans
The moment that first sip touches your lips, your day is 100% better than it was just moments before. Not many beverages have this impact on people. There is something about the way coffee can touch all of our senses that makes drinking a cup of coffee an experience that we crave daily.
The from the aroma coming from a brewing pot of coffee, to the warmth of the mug in your hand, coffee drinking is more than a beverage, it’s complete happiness.
Coffee impacts our bodies on deeper levels. There are genuine benefits to drinking coffee regularly.
Benefits of Drinking Coffee
We all know that coffee wakes us up in the morning and for many of us, makes the morning tolerable. Did you know that drinking coffee is healthy for us?
Health Benefits of Coffee:
- Contains high amounts of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- Improves mood.
- Increases energy levels (thanks, caffeine!)
- Improves brain function, such as memory and reaction times.
- Increases your metabolic rate.
- Improves physical performance.
- Contains essential vitamins and minerals.
- Can lower your risk of depression.
As one of the world’s most popular beverages, it’s nice to know that the 3-4 cups of coffee your drinking a day helps your body in many ways!
Why not take it a step further and ensure that your daily cup of joe is as fresh as possible.
Griding Your Coffee Beans at Home
Griding your coffee beans right before brewing your coffee ensures that your coffee will be fresh and delicious.
As soon as coffee beans are ground, compounds in those coffee beans begin to react with the air. That interaction can cause the flavor and aroma compounds in coffee to break down slowly over time. This is called oxidation. Over time, if you’re not using your coffee grounds right away, the oxidation process breaks down the flavor and aroma in your coffee.
When you buy pre-ground coffee, you don’t know how long ago that coffee was ground. When you grind your entire bag in the store, you’re running the risk of some of your coffee losing its peak freshness before you’re able to use it.
Fresh is Best.
If you can, griding only the amount of coffee beans you will need each morning is the best way to get the freshest, most flavorful cup of coffee possible.
Oxidation is not the only thing that can harm the freshness of your coffee. The moisture in the air can degrade your ground coffee as well.
Grinding your coffee at home guarantees you have the freshest flavor and aroma out of your coffee grounds.
Grinding Coffee Beans at Home
Depending on the type of coffee maker you have, the size of your coffee grounds will change. Here is a quick list of different kinds of coffee brewing and their associated coffee ground size.
|Type of Coffee Maker:||Size of Coffee Ground:|
|French Press||Course Ground|
|Cold Brew||Course Ground|
|Machine Drip||Medium Ground|
|Moka Pot||Fine Ground|
The size of the ground depends on the length of time the coffee grounds will be in contact with water. French press and cold brew coffee are in contact with the water for the most prolonged period, which requires a larger size of coffee grounds. French press coffee made with finely ground coffee will be bitter and full of coffee sediment.
Recommended Coffee Grinders:
Coffee grinders come with two different blade types, blade grinders or burr grinders.
Blade Grinders are inexpensive and widely available. The downside to blade coffee grinders is they can grind coffee unevenly. With a blade grinder, you end up with some finely ground coffee with some bigger chunks.
Burr grinders provide a more precise coffee ground without the coffee bean dust.
We’ve searched and tested available coffee grounders. Here are our recommendations for Coffee Grinders:
Blade Coffee Grinders:
KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades:
This coffee grinder can grind up to 3 ounces of coffee in as little as 10 seconds. This affordable coffee grinder can make enough for a full 12-cup pot of brewed coffee. The stainless steel blades will stay sharp and won’t rust on you.
Grocery Art Electric Coffee Grinder:
This one-touch coffee grinding comes with a chart for recommended times based on desires coffee ground size. Use a damp cloth on this coffee grinder for easy cleaning
Coarse ground – 8 sec – for French Press
Middle fine – 15 sec – for Moka Pot
Fine ground – 20 sec – for AeroPress Coffee Maker
Ultra Fine – 25 sec – for Espresso Coffee Maker.
Burr Coffee Grinders
Mueller Ultra-Grind Conical Burr Grinder Professional Series
This burr coffee grinder lets you set your grind size with 12 different settings. You will get precisely sized coffee grounds without the dust that causes sediment at the bottom of your cup of coffee. The measuring cup helps you determine how much grind you need for your coffee maker. This coffee grinder can grind enough coffee at one time for up to 32 cups of coffee.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
With this burr mill style coffee grinder, you can make ground coffee beans from extra course for cold brew coffee to ultra-fine for a delicious shot of espresso. With an 8oz bean hopper, you can make enough coffee for up to 18 cups of coffee at one time. This coffee grinder even comes with a cleaning brush for easy cleaning.
Tips for Storing Coffee
If you don’t have time to grind fresh coffee beans every morning, follow these storage tips for the freshest cups of coffee possible. Keeping your coffee beans or ground coffee away from air, moisture, heat, and light will help you keep your coffee fresh.
- Store coffee in an airtight container and keep in a cool or room temperature place such as a dark cabinet.
- Store your coffee in an opaque container. Glass containers look nice, but light and sunshine can degrade your coffee.
- Buy coffee beans in smaller batches
- Grind only the amount of coffee that you need at one time.
- Invest in airtight canisters.
With a home grinder, you can quickly brew yourself a fresh and delicious cup of coffee.