The fineness of a coffee grind influences the flavor of your coffee beans during brewing. At Don Francisco’s Coffee we know to get a rich and flavorful cup of coffee the grind should be matched with your brewing method. For example, using a French press exposes the coffee grounds to heated water longer and work better with a coarse grind. Coffee ground extra fine is much better suited to espresso machines.
So, just how coarse is coarse? And how fine is extra fine?
Coarse Grinds often have very distinct particles like heavy-grained kosher salt. This grind is best used in the classic pot method, the plunger and drip coffee filter methods also require coarser grinds.
Medium Grinds tend to be more gritty like coarse sand and are better suited to drip coffee makers with flat bottom filters.
Fine Grinds are smoother to the touch, a little finer than table salt.
Extra Fine Grinds are slightly finer than sugar, the grains should be discernible to the touch. Both fine grinds and extra fine grinds are best used for pump or steam espresso machines.
What does that mean to my perfect cup?
Beans too finely ground for the brewing method in which they are used will expose too much surface area to the heated water and produce a bitter, harsh taste. On the other hand, an overly coarse grind will produce weak coffee unless more is used. If you want to make a stronger or weaker brew, it’s much easier to add or reduce the amount of ground coffee than to vary the grind.
Visit ShopDonFrancisco.com to see which of your favorite coffees are available in a variety of grinds.