How to grind coffee at home
Of course there are variations, but the easiest way to get your "perfect grind" is to turn the dial of whatever you are using to both extremes to "fine" or "course" and grind about 5 grams of beans of both extremes - just to test it out. Then you will know by seeing and doing, how your grinder actually works. This can be applied to all hand and electric grinders. It's just an interesting thing to do. As a barista, I would do this in the cafe too, if I got a new grinder. You need to see how sensitive the grinder is, and how it works.
This is a diagram I came up with that I think most simply represents whatever grinder you are using:
Fine = Espresso Coffee
Medium = filter coffee (V60, Aeropress etc)
Course = Cafetiere/French Press Coffee
Examples of different GRINd sizes
You can see that there is a "window of variance". You should be able to change your dial in the direction of “course” or “fine” which is within the “variance” to safely fit whatever desired brew method you want. By experimenting within this 'window of variance' it should help you better gauge your grinder more quickly.
Coffee is subjective, but if you can get familiar with what coffee grind gets you to that cup that you like (within the window of variance) then you can play around with other variables (such as dosage or water volume)
Grinders I recommend & use at home
- The Hario V60 Electric Grinder has just come out and it's awesome! It's one of the few home electric grinders at home that is simple to use, but is very accurate. You'll feel like you're a real barista at home! Check it out. I also have a product review here.
- Hario V60 Electric Grinder YouTube VLOG here.
- I also use the Hario Mini Mill which I've had for years. I take it with me when I'm travelling to ensure I always have freshly ground coffee! I love its quality and accuracy.
- I also have the Baraza Encore electric grinder. It's very basic and simple to use.
*To try a 250g bag of MY TGITC COFFEE BEANS click here
- Start with one recipe first. Then only experiment with your grind size for your first few 5 or so coffee brews. You will hit a sweet spot.
- When making a single cup V60: once you have hit your optimum volume weight (250g-280g) try to aim for your hot water to finish draining at around 3 minutes.
EG: If you’ve poured all your hot water to reach a 280g, and its only taken you 2 minutes, then try turning your dial (1-2 clicks) slightly towards fine. Then your next brew should take slightly longer to filter.
- You can start playing around with dosage (amount of coffee beans in) and yield (end weight of your cup of coffee) after you have a better understanding of how to grind your coffee.
- Make sure you regularly clean your grinders (both electric and handgrinders)
The best thing to do is have a go! Play and feel free to get in touch.