Picking the correct coffee grind will have a direct impact on the flavor and caffeine extraction of your coffee. The particle size impacts extraction, and the degree of extraction will determine the amount of flavor removed. Too little extraction produces weak, underdeveloped coffee and over-extraction produces coffee with too much bitterness.
Generally, the shorter the coffee brewing process, the finer the coffee grind should be. For example, coffee ground for an espresso machine should be very fine because the brew cycle is only 19 to 22 seconds long. If too coarse a coffee grind is used, the lack of friction will allow the water will flow right through, resulting in a weak espresso shot. If the coffee is ground too fine, the water can't flow through easily, so it will sit too long in the coffee grounds and result in an over-extracted and bitter-tasting espresso shot.
Coffee flavor also depends on the consistency of the coffee grind. The coffee grinder is the missing link to unlock the secret to making a great cup of coffee at home. It is uncelebrated and under appreciated, but using a sub par coffee grinder will produce a sub par cup of coffee.
If your coffee tastes bitter, it may be due to over extraction caused by too fine of a grind. When coffee tastes weak or flat, it is due to under extraction caused by too coarse of a coffee grind. Next time you purchase Allann Bros coffee, discuss with the customer service team how you will be preparing your coffee and they can help you determine the best coffee grind.
- Blade Grinder
- A blade grinder is usually the most economical choice. You control the grind by the time you allow the blade grinder to run. The longer the run time, the finer the coffee grind. Using the blade grinder method is sufficient and you will be way ahead of the game by grinding your coffee just before brewing it, but it is difficult to get consistent granule size with a blade grinder.
- Burr Grinder
- For a more consistent grind, we recommend using a burr grinder. The burr grinder is a modern upgrade to the millstone grinding method. A burr grinder has either discs or cones that that fit together very precisely and crush the coffee beans into uniform size, providing the greatest consistency. Changing the setting on the grinder controls the grind size.