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Different Coffee Grinds

You may not have realized but most coffee makers will brew better if the get the grind just right. Freshly grinded coffee just tastes better in general but getting the perfect grind for your coffee maker is actually one of the most important factors on how good (or bad) your coffee will taste.

Before we continue, it is important to understand the differences between a cheap coffee grinder and a quality coffee grinder. The cheapest coffee grinders are often those that use a blade to grind the coffee. The method is less than desirable because it is all but impossible to get an even grind. "Dust and boulders" is how we refer to it. Almost all quality grinders use the "burr" method to grind coffee. Without getting into the details, it basically crushes the beans, instead of cutting them.

There are a number of different coffee grinds, all of which are designed with specific coffee makers in mind. Understanding these different coffee grinds and how they relate to each other will help you get the perfect grind for your coffee maker. There is no exact measurement for coffee grounds so the terms can be open to interpretation. However, a comparison between the different coffee grinds should help you gauge your grind a little better.

Coarse - Like rock salt
Medium - Like sand
Fine - A little bit finer than table salt
Extra fine - Almost but not quite as fine as flour
Turkish - Like flour

The table below will tell you which grind to choose to suit your particular coffee-brewing method.

French Press Coarse
Percolator Coarse
Vacuum Coarse
Automatic-Drip Medium
Espresso (Moka) Fine
Espresso (machines) Extra fine
Ibrik Turkish

Coffee Maker Grinds

Keep reading for a little more in-depth look at the different types of coffee makers and which grind is best suited to them.

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
This is the most common coffee maker where you pour the water into the top of the brewer and press the start button to brew the coffee. There are many models of automatic drip coffee makers. Some are better than others but as far the grind goes a medium grind is best. There is an exception to this though, if you are using an automatic drip coffee maker that uses a cone shaped filter (as many are now-a-days) a fine grind is called for.

French Press
A French press brewer saturates the coffee in hot water. After a while, you press down a plunger to filter out the grounds. The best grind for French press coffee makers is a coarse grind. Perhaps more than other coffee makers, a French press benefits greatly from having the perfect grind. For that reason we have written an article to specifically about the French Press Coffee Grind.

Espresso (Machines)
An espresso machine will make some of the worst coffee you have every tasted if the grind is not fine enough. The best grind for espresso machines is extra fine.

Espresso (Moka)
While a little bit more forgiving than espresso machines, Moka pots require the correct grind to make a good cup of coffee. The best grind for espresso Moka pots is fine.

Vacuum Brewers
This is one of the oldest methods of brewing coffee and is considered by many to be the best way to brew coffee. However, it is also kind of a hassle to use and should be cleaned often. The best grind for vacuum brewers is coarse. It is extremely important that the grind is not just coarse but free from any coffee dust.

Ibrik Coffee Makers
This is a specialized coffee maker and many people swear by it. If you have not ever heard of it, an Ibrik coffee maker is a small metal pot that only brews 1 or 2 cups of coffee. The best grind for Ibrik coffee makers is Turkish. The Turkish grind is literally like coffee dust and is special to Ibrik coffee makers.

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