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How The Right Size Can Elevate Your Coffee From Bland To Bold

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

Perfect grounds equal perfect coffee. Here’s all you need to know.

The best coffee maker and the best coffee beans in the world won’t brew you the best cup of coffee. Above all else, your coffee grounds are paramount. Here is an exclusive TGC take on why size does matter, and how you should go about it.

The relationship between coffee grounds and flavour.

The selected grind size plays a paramount role in the release of flavour and aroma from the beans, thus determining the taste, mouthfeel, and overall pleasure of the brew. As crucial as the quality of the beans themselves, the grind size is an essential component in the art of brewing a perfect cup. Different brewing methods have unique requirements. For example, using a French press requires a coarse grind to avoid sediment seeping through the filter and into your cup, while a medium grind is preferred for drip coffee makers or pour-over to enable ideal extraction.

With various grind sizes available, it can be challenging to find the ideal one for your chosen brewing method. The Grind Coffee Co. brings you a comprehensive guide to the various grind sizes and when to utilise them:

Extra-Coarse Grind

If you're a coffee connoisseur who likes their brew bold and flavourful, the extra coarse grind is your match made in caffeine heaven! This grind size is like a power-up for your coffee, adding an extra kick of richness and depth to your cup. Cold brew and French press lovers, rejoice! The larger grind particles allow for a slower steeping process, meaning your coffee will be packed with flavour and aroma.

Coarse Grind

The coarse beans, with their grand and expansive shape, resemble nothing less than large, flat lumps that possess a texture similar to sea salt, these beans are not only a visual delight but also a flavour sensation. This particular grind is well-suited for brewing methods such as the French press or percolator.

Medium - Coarse Grind

Are you going for a pour-over or Chemex brew? A medium-coarse grind is the way to go. It's just the right size for a perfect balance of flavour extraction. The result? A cup of coffee that's so smooth and well-rounded, it's practically a work of art.

Medium Grind

The medium grind, with its granularity that mirrors that of sand, is the most prevalent among pre-ground beans. It is designed to be used primarily for drip coffee brewing techniques and it is considered perfect for coffee enthusiasts who appreciate a classic and traditional coffee experience.

Medium-Fine Grind

In love with an intense mouthfeel? The medium-fine grind is made for you, with its fine granularity, is the epitome of precision and efficiency. It is well-suited for brewing methods such as espresso, AeroPress, and Moka pot, where a rapid extraction of flavour is required to produce a strong and intense cup of coffee.

Fine Grind

The texture of finely ground beans is a thing of beauty, a veritable powder that exudes finesse. This grind is commonly referred to as an espresso grind and is often available in the pre-ground form. For espresso machines, it is a mandatory component. It also works admirably in AeroPress with a one to two-minute brew time.

Extra-Fine Grind

This particular grind is predominantly utilised in the art of crafting traditional and delicious Turkish coffee, where its minuscule size allows for perfect extraction of flavour, resulting in a rich, full-bodied, and aromatic cup that is a true indulgence for the senses.

As with any fine wine, the flavour profile of your coffee can be greatly impacted by the manner in which the beans are ground. The Grind Coffee Co. recommends experimenting with various grinds in order to discover your ideal pair. We may have to play mad scientist in the lab, but trust us, the end result will be a cup of coffee that'll make your taste buds swim in euphoria.

Sip, savour, and grind like a pro with our expertly curated coffee selection. Irrespective of one's preference for a pour-over, a French press, or an espresso, we've got the beans and the know-how to elevate your brew to new heights.


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