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There's something about a great cup of coffee that helps start the day off right. But that amazing aroma and flavor depend on the coffee beans, water temperature, brewing method, and grind size. If the coffee beans are not ground correctly, it can result in an under-extracted or over-extracted brew, which will affect the overall taste of the coffee. So it’s crucial to grind the coffee beans properly to get the best cup of coffee.
Let's take a look at some popular ways to grind coffee:
Blade grinders are the most common type of coffee grinders, and they’re also the most affordable. The blade grinder works by chopping the coffee beans into smaller pieces. Blade grinders are simple to use, but the grind size is inconsistent, which can easily result in over-extracted or under-extracted coffee which will affect the taste. Still, if you don't drink coffee regularly and want to grind your whole bean coffee just before brewing, this can be a good option.
Burr grinders are the preferred method of grinding coffee for coffee lovers. Unlike blade grinders, burr grinders have two abrasive surfaces that crush the coffee beans into a consistent grind size. The grind size can be adjusted by changing the distance between the burrs. Electric burr grinders are more expensive than blade grinders, but if you are a regular coffee drinker, they can be worth the investment for a better cup of coffee.
Hand burr grinders are great for coffee lovers who want a consistent grind, portability, and don't mind supplying the manual power. They are a great value and let you "earn your coffee" with a 30-second morning ritual that works even when there's no electricity. Some of the best ones offer a wide range of grind size adjustments – from very fine espresso all the way to french press. For these reasons, it's our favorite method.
Since you're getting freshly roasted coffee, why not ask us to grind it for you? Our recommendation is that if your using the coffee within 3 to 4 weeks of the roast date, this is probably a better option than using a blade grinder. We use a MAHLKÖNIG EK43 that provides a highly consistent grind :)
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