Freshly ground coffee can completely change your perspective on what good coffee really is.
Why coffee grind is so important?
- If your grounds are too coarse, coffee is under-extracted. This is when coffee tastes sour, acidic, salty & lacking sweetness, try to grind finer to balance the intense flavors.
- Over extracted will be hollow & bitter, this is when you have extracted too much flavor out of your coffee. The easiest way is to adjust your grind setting – this time you’ll make it coarser to extract less from your coffee.
- A good cup of coffee should have a balance between flavor of sweetness and acidity with pleasant bitterness but never dominates the cup. It's should feel rich & smooth when you drink it.
Here is a good starting point for every brew method.
Extra fine / Turkish coffee / In texture, it's similar to flour & sugar powder.
Fine / Espresso, Stovetop espresso, Moka pot / It's finer than table salt.
Medium Fine / Single-cup brewers / Aeropress & Hario V60 / Can be compared to something similar to table salt.
Medium / Flat drip, Pour over, Drip machine & Siphon / Similar to regular sand.
Medium Coarse / Chemex & Clever dripper / Similar to something like rough sand.
Coarse / French Press / Can be compared to sea salt.
Extra Coarse / Cold Brew / Similar of ground peppercorns.