Do You Know How to Grind Coffee?

By Mark Ramos

The way that you grind your coffee makes a serious difference in the way that your coffee tastes. In fact, each coffee grind type is specific to different coffee brew methods, so make sure that you are grinding correctly!

Cheaper coffee grinders do not give coarseness settings, so you may need to experiment with how long to grind to achieve the right consistency. Better yet, why not purchase a commercial quality coffee grinder at an affordable price to have an even better quality? This is something that coffee lovers swear by, and once you begin using a commercial and professional coffee grinder, you will not go back.

To start with, coarse coffee grounds are used to brew with a French Press. The reason that this is a necessary is because when you use a French Press, you have to manually press down the plunger to separate the coffee grounds from the brew. If the grounds are not coarse enough, then they will slip through the mesh filter and plunger to create sediment in your coffee product. This is something that you want to avoid at all costs because it will muddy the flavor of your coffee and potentially ruin your drink. Coarse coffee grounds look like large particles, and they are similar to the texture of heavy kosher salt. If you are using a French press to brew, continue to change your grind consistency until you get the right flavor. Practice makes perfect!

Medium coffee grounds are ideally used for a traditional coffee maker. If you are purchasing pre-ground coffee from the supermarket, then this is the grind that it will be. Nonetheless, it is important to warn you that you should not purchase pre-ground coffee from the supermarket since it will already be stale. Even if you're using an automatic home coffee maker, grinding fresh is the only way to go! The medium grind consistency will look coarse and gritty, similar to sand. Of course, it will be much less coarse than a French Press grind consistency.

Fine coffee grounds are perfect for brewing espresso, and they look smooth with a fine consistency similar to granulated sugar. This is also something that you may have to practice doing if you have a home espresso machine. A shot of espresso should ideally brew within 25 seconds, so if it is faster or slower, you will need to check your grind consistency.

Last of all, extra fine coffee grounds can be used for brewing Turkish coffee, which leaves the fine coffee grounds as sediment in the bottom of a cup. These coffee grounds should be powdered and look almost like flour, and you will definitely need a commercial burr coffee grinder with precision to achieve this type of consistency in your cup of Joe.

What are you waiting for? Get brewing!

Mark Ramos
Article by Mark Ramos
Mark Ramos is a coffee fanatic and owns The Coffee Bump. For a great selection in all things coffee and espresso machines, check out

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