How To Grind Coffee Beans

Grinding Coffee Is an Important Step

HOW TO GRIND YOUR COFFEE

When you prepare whole coffee beans to be brewed, you have to grind them. Grinding coffee is an important step in making a delicious cup of coffee, no matter how you prepare it. Different methods of brewing call for different types of grinds.When the grinds are too small or fine, you might over-extract the coffee and get a bitter and harsh taste. If the grinds are too coarse, you will under-extract the coffee and end up with a weak and almost flavourless coffee. Here is a quick guide on figuring out which grind is ideal for your brewing method.


Perco grind - Coarse
Coarse grind, used to prepare coffee with a percolator or in large capacity coffee makers.

Medium grind
Fairly coarse grind, used to prepare coffee with a French press (Bodum).

Filter medium grind
Medium-fine grind, used to prepare coffee with a paper basket filter. Van Houtte® packaging identified as “ground” contains coffee ground according to this grind type.

Filter fine grind
Fine grind, slightly granular texture, used to prepare coffee with a paper cone filter.

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