A just-brewed cup of coffee prepared with freshly ground coffee beans has a wonderful aroma and tastes much better than coffee made from packaged, pre-ground beans.
Since it’s more time consuming to grind your own coffee beans, why not reserve this activity for the weekends when you have a little more time?
Here are some tips for grinding your own coffee beans and making delicious coffee at home:
10 Tips For Grinding Your Own Coffee Beans
- Buy Arabica beans. They are the best quality coffee beans and produce the most flavorsome coffee.
- Choose a roast of coffee beans suitable for the type of coffee you wish to make – dark roast beans produce strong coffee such as espresso, while lightly roasted beans make more mellow coffee with a less bitter flavor.
- Buy a special electric coffee grinder. A food processor or blender is not suitable for grinding coffee beans.
- Buy the highest quality grinder that you can afford. Burr grinders are more expensive but produce more consistently ground and better tasting coffee. The less expensive blade grinders are not suitable for grinding beans very finely and will not produce consistently-sized particles.
- Acquire a burr grinder if you want to make espresso coffee, because a blade grinder will not grind the coffee beans finely enough for espresso.
- Grind coffee beans to the correct particle size for the type of coffee maker you have. Coarsely ground beans can be used in percolators, while filter coffee machines require very finely ground coffee. Ground coffee with medium-sized particles is suitable for plunger pots.
- When grinding coffee beans, only grind as much you will need for the amount of coffee you are making, because ground coffee does not stay fresh for very long. If you do have some ground coffee left over, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry cupboard and use it within a few days.
- When brewing the coffee, use between one and two level tablespoons of freshly ground coffee for every 6 fluid ounces of water.
- Use filtered water for a better tasting cup of coffee. The chlorine in tap water can alter the taste of the coffee.
- Thoroughly clean your grinder and coffee maker after each use in order to prolong their life and to keep your coffee tasting delicious.
Sit back, relax and enjoy your freshly brewed cup of coffee.