How To Grind Coffee Beans
Jul 26, 2022
How do you grind coffee beans?
- Choose your grinding equipment
- Know the different types of coffee grinds
If you’re ready to transition to freshly brewed coffee from your instant coffee, then one of the things you need to know is how to grind your coffee beans. While there are already pre-ground coffee beans available for sale, grinding them before you brew allows you to maximize the freshness and the flavor of the coffee. This gives you a better quality coffee, which you can enjoy with your family and friends. If you want to learn how to grind coffee beans, keep on reading!
Choose Your Grinding Equipment
There are various ways to brew your coffee beans. You can use machines that are specifically made for this reason. If you don’t want to buy a dedicated coffee grinder, there are also things in your home that you can use to do the same thing.
Machines For Grinding Coffee Beans
There are different types of grinders that you can purchase for your home coffee nook:
- Blade Grinders
A blade grinder is a great inexpensive choice for beginners. The device has a blade at the bottom and offers speed settings, so you can brew coarse to medium grinds.
- Burr Grinders
A burr grinder has multiple blades, which results in a more consistent and even grind. This machine is a good upgrade from a blade grinder. There are also conical burr grinders, which are professional grade and are often used at coffee shops.
- Hand Grinders
Hand grinders are a good option for grinding coffee beans on the go. It’s also a great option if you want to save a bit of money compared to buying an electric grinder.
- 2-in-1 Grinder and Coffee Maker
If you don’t want to buy a separate coffee maker and grinder, why not have both in one device? The Hanabishi 2IN1 Grinder and Coffee Maker can be used both with coffee beans and ground coffee since it already has a built-in grinder. All you have to do is push a button and let it do all the work for you. This appliance can help you save space in your kitchen, and it’s efficient too.
Alternatives To Coffee Grinding
You can also make use of the things you already have at home to grind coffee beans! Some of these can be found in your kitchen. This is a great way to save counter space — and you also get to use your makeshift coffee grinder for other things as well.
- Mortar and pestle
A mortar and pestle is not just useful for grinding spices, nuts, and ingredients for cooking, but can be useful for making coffee as well! These come in different sizes and materials, such as stone, wood, and stainless steel. It might take a little more elbow grease compared to using other methods, but this can make a medium-fine to fine grind.
If you’re a fan of both smoothies and coffee, then you need to get yourself a juice blender. Since it has blades that can make a smoothie out of your favorite fruits, it can also be effective in making coffee grinds. You can try the low-speed setting to achieve a good coarse grind. Remember to grind in small amounts only, because running the blender without pause can create heat, which can cook the oils in the beans.
- Food processor
A food processor is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you could have. You can use it to chop vegetables and nuts, mince meat, make your own nut butter, blend your homemade pesto, slice pepperoni, and many more.
For instance, the Hanabishi 9in1 Food Processor HFP800 can do many things, because it’s a chopper, blender, grinder, shredder, citrus juicer, slicer, kneader, granulator, and french fry maker. You can use a food processor to grind beans to your desired texture.
Know The Different Types Of Coffee Grinds
The grind will also depend on your brew method too, so you have to know what each one is used for
Extra Coarse Grind
These are just slightly ground, so the coffee will have a rough texture. You can even see the shape of the original beans. This is often used for cold brew.
Coarse ground coffee has a similar texture to sea salt. This is used for brew methods where you need to immerse the coffee in water, such as using a French press.
Medium-coarse coffee beans are like rough sand. The texture is between coarse grind and medium grind. This is often the choice for pour-over brewers like a Chemex.
The texture of medium-ground coffee is described as being similar to smoother sand. It’s the prime choice for drip coffee.
Medium-fine grind is slightly smoother than sand, but doesn’t stick together. This is often used for pour-over.
Finely ground coffee is close to powder and has a very smooth texture that packs together well. This is also called the espresso grind and is used in espresso machines.
There are many ways how to grind coffee beans. This will depend on your preference and also the device you use to grind the beans. There are machines specifically made for grinding coffee, but you can also find some alternatives at home that can also help you achieve your desired grind.
If you’re interested in purchasing coffee makers and other kitchen appliances, you can check out our products here at Hanabishi! If you can’t find them in physical stores, you can shop at our official store at the Lazada Mall.