The old saying, “Variety is the spice of life,” doesn’t have to end with your daily Cup O’Joe.
You’ve got the right tool for the job, but you also need the right grind for your brew.
It’s all about the surface area of coffee. One coffee bean has only so much surface that comes in contact with the water. If you brewed a whole bean, the result would be a watery mess. So, by grinding the bean, you get more coffee surface to connect with the water.
The next step is determining how long it stays in contact with the water. For instance, with a coarse grind, it takes a little longer to flavor the water with the coffee goodness. This works best for cold brew and French press, whereas with pour-over or espresso, the water is in contact for a very short time, so a finer grind is necessary.
Why does it matter how long it’s in contact? There are hundreds of compounds in roasted coffee beans compounds that transfer into the water resulting in the manna we call coffee. How you brew it, affects how these compounds transfer and the quality of the results.
Use too large a grind for the method, and you’ll get a weak mess because not enough essence transferred. If your grind is too fine for the type, your coffee with be bitter and too strong.
The ideal way to make sure the grinds fit your brewing method is to purchase whole coffee beans and use a home grinder. Not only will you be able to cater to your brewing whims, buying whole beans will keep your coffee fresher for a longer time.
Though pre-ground coffee is convenient, the grind size limits the options for brewing. Since grinding causes the coffee to lose freshness, this limits the shelf-life of your grinds. When you purchase pre-ground coffee, for best results, store in a cool, dark place (not the refrigerator or freezer), and only buy what you can use within a few weeks.
As you prepare to brew, in mind:
Coarse grounds are used for brewing in the French press and aeropress.
Medium grounds are ideal for use in drip coffee makers and in making cold brew.
Fine grounds are used in pour-over brewers and espresso makers, where water briefly passes over the coffee.
Whatever your preferred brewing method, enjoy the process savor the deliciousness.
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