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Grind Your Coffee The Right Way!

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As we already know, every cup of coffee we drink has a beginning and that beginning starts when a bean is being ground. Whether this procedure is done by you at home using a hand-grinder or by some industrial machine, coffee grinding is one of the most essential steps in making the perfect cup of coffee.

At the end of the day, coffee is more than just a drink, it’s a work of art, and grinding is the process that elevates the art. Still, you don’t have to be an expert to learn how to make coffee beans grinding the way you need. Let’s discover together the basic things we should follow when it comes to grinding coffee beans.

Size truly matters!

            It’s essential to match the grind size to your brewing method when you’re making coffee, this choice will matter quite a bit. For example, when you want to grind coffee beans for an espresso machine the grind will be fine, like a powder, so that the water can push through it quickly and give it a delicious flavor. For those of you who use a French press, the grind will most likely be coarse, as the water will slowly go through the coffee for several minutes.

When you buy pre-ground coffee you need to pay attention to the grind size. Pre-ground coffee is usually suitable for drip-style coffee machines that use a filter. The problem with this size is that it will not work well when using a French press.

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How to keep your beans fresh for a long time?

After you’ve learned how to grind your coffee to the perfect size, the next step is of course to know how to store coffee so it stays fresh for a long time. Storing coffee in the kitchen means that the coffee beans will most likely interact with the environment and thus the process of oxidation commences. After some time, the beans will stale, or worse, rancid. This will make the coffee lose its fresh aroma and develop an unpleasant taste.

The best option is to buy fresh ground coffee and use it as soon as possible, but this won’t always be the case. Storing it in airtight containers will increase its lifespan but not by much. You can also transfer the coffee into a sealable glass or plastic container and keep it in the dark, this will give your coffee a few days or even weeks. As we’ve learned from science class, coffee beans release carbon dioxide. The process is known as degassing. The gas is mostly released in a couple of hours or days after roasting. If you open the jar or bag daily then you don’t need to worry about the CO2 building up and making the coffee taste worse.

Using a burr grinder is better than using a blade!

A quality-of-life upgrade is grinding coffee at home. This will have an instant effect on the coffee taste. It’s just like eating fresh veggies versus canned ones, the difference is humongous!

On the market, there are generally two types of grinders, burr grinders, and blade grinders. Blade grinders work just like kitchen blenders, they have rotating blades that cut the coffee into small particles. These grinders are usually easily available and cheap and will get the job done very quickly. Unfortunately, the downside of them is that the grind will be fairly uneven.

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On the other hand, burr grinders use a revolving set of burr instead of the traditional blades, and they slowly crush the coffee instead of cutting it. Being made out of metal they are resilient and consistent. With burr grinders, the grind size will have the same consistency, so no uneven grinds here. The cheapest burr grinders on the market are the ones made of ceramic, but they get the job done as well as any.

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