The Optimum Grind Size for Your Favourite Brewing Method
There are many variables that come into play when it comes to making a delicious cup of coffee, but one of those that can really affect the taste of it can be the grind size you use to extract it.
Many professional baristas know that there is an art to the optimum grind size for each brewing method, this is why it is recommended to buy coffee beans rather than pre- ground coffee as the size will very much depend on your brewing method and personal preference.
Why is it so important?
The end goal when brewing coffee is to fully develop the beans to a point where the taste and aroma are fully enhanced to our personal taste. This is why grinding is so important, as it unlocks all of those flavours and aromas locked inside the coffee bean.
If your grinding is too fine compared to what is recommended you will over extract the coffee, therefore, leaving you with a bitter after taste. On the hand, if your grinding is too coarse then you will end up with under extracted coffee which has a bitter aftertaste.
What are the different grind sizes?
Here at Sippy we have gone through the process of trial and error until finding our preferred grind size for some of our favourite brewing methods, so let us take you through some of them so you can become your own at home barista.
Grind Size: Fine
Extraction Time: 30 seconds
A fine grind is a must as any other grind size would not allow for enough pressure to extract a shot of espresso as the brewing time for this method is the shortest out of all of the other brewing methods. Additionally, you might need to adjust up or down slightly depending on your machine’s particular needs.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in a Espresso here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Fine or Medium Fine
Extraction Time: 5 minutes
The extraction time for this brewing method is relatively short, therefore, you will want to use a finer grind to extract all of the flavours onto your cup, on the other hand if you find the taste is too bitter or sour for your preference go for a coarser grind.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in an Moka Pot here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
V60 or Pour Over
Grind Size: Medium Fine
Extraction Time: 2:30 to 3:30 minutes
In our opinion this is one of the trickiest grind size to figure out and will vary heavily on personal preference. If the taste is too bitter try a coarser grind, if the taste is too acidic try a finer grind.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in a V60 here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Medium
Extraction Time: 3 to 5 minutes
The whole brew will take up to 5 minutes maximum with this grind size, however, with a finer grind you would be able to have brews in less than a minute. These changes in variables will obviously affect the aftertaste and flavours of the cup.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in an Aeropress here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Medium
Extraction time: 3 minutes
This brewing method is a combination of a drip brewing method and immersion. Feel free to play around with the grind as you will be using a paper filter, therefore, not having to worry about the small coffee particles sneaking into your final cup and leaving you with unpleasant flavours.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in a Syphon here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Medium-Coarse
Extraction Time: 3 to 4 minutes
Try to stick a coarser grind for this method as if it is too fine the paper filter will clog and slow down the process. On the other hand, If the process takes less time then try a coarser grind.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in a Chemex here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Coarse
Extraction Time: 4 Minutes
This brewing method is all about immersion and saturating the coffee throughout the extraction period, therefore, a coarse grind will allow the coffee to not get over extracted during the brewing process. Additionally, this grind size will prevent small coffee particles to get through when plunging.
If you want to learn more about how we brew in an French Press here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
Grind Size: Coarse
Extraction Time: 6 to 24 hours
The extraction time for this method is one of the longest compared to all of the other brewing methods mentioned above, therefore, the finer the grind the more bitter the taste and the harder it will be to remove those coffee particles when serving the end result.
If you want to learn more about how we brew Cold Brew here at Sippy, check out our blog post where we talk all about it.
The grinder you use is just as important as the grind size, however, that is a topic for another day. For the time being we recommend something smooth and easy such as a:
If we missed out your favourite brewing technique or you would like more information on how to achieve the optimum grind size at home feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our coffee experts will be in touch!