A Guide to Grinding Coffee Beans

Grinding your own coffee is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your coffee experience. The grind of your coffee beans has a huge impact on the flavor of your coffee, and once you’ve found your favorite brew method, can help you customize your perfect cup.

Though it may seem a bit daunting, grinding your coffee beans is relatively easy with the right tools and knowledge in hand.

Pick A Grinder
The first step to grinding your own coffee is investing in a quality coffee grinder. Though many types of grinders exist, you’ll generally find two types of grinders: blade and burr. Blade grinders are functional and tend to be more inexpensive. However, consistency is key when it comes to grinding coffee beans, and burr models can provide a more consistent grind.

  • Blade Grinders: Much like a blender or food processor, blade grinders use fast moving blades to chop up the coffee beans into grounds. The longer you grind, the finer the grind size will be.
  • Burr Grinders: Burr Grinders work by pulverizing the coffee beans between two revolving discs or “burrs.” The size of the grind is determined by the distance between the burrs, which can be changed. The less distance between the burrs, the finer the grind size will be.

Select Your Grind Size
Next, you’ll need to figure out your grind size, which is determined by your brew method. Certain grind consistencies work best with specific brewing methods and help prevent over or under extracting the coffee flavor. For example, a coarser grind is generally recommended for French press brewing, as finer grinds can lead to a flavor that’s too bitter for many coffee drinkers.

  • Extra Coarse Grind: Cold brewing, toddy brewers
  • Coarse Grind: French press, percolators
  • Medium Grind: Drip coffee makers, manual pour overs
  • Medium Fine Grind: Siphon brewers
  • Fine Grind: Espresso, Moka pot

Make It Fresh

Once you decide on a grind size, be sure to grind your coffee beans right before brewing to keep your coffee as flavorful and aromatic as possible. Air, moisture, heat and light can all compromise the flavor of your coffee, so try to store your beans in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature, like our Fresh-O-Lator® Canister.