While it may sound crazy, using a good coffee grinder is one of the most important factors to get the best out of your coffee every day. The level of coffee grind (fine vs coarse) and the consistency of the grind are incredibly influential factors for how your coffee will taste. Here are just a few reasons why:
Why a good coffee grinder matters:
Coffee Is Minimalist
Coffee only has 2 ingredients – coffee & water. So much of the flavor of the coffee comes from how these 2 interact.
The water temperature, extraction period (the length of time the coffee is exposed to the water), coarseness of the grind, and consistency of the grind are the major factors that influence how coffee tastes. That means that 2 of the 4 factors that impact the quality of the brew are a direct result of the grind itself. Having a good coffee grinder helps keep your coffee grinds both consistent and ground to the right level for the brew type of your liking.
Consistency Is Key
There are 2 big reasons why consistency is key as part of your daily coffee grind
1. If you’re anything like me – coffee is a part of your daily life. Having a good grinder means that your coffee is going to taste great every day with unwavering quality and consistency. Cheaper grinders make uneven grinds and make it hard to dial everything in to the right grind level every time.
2. There are a lot of moving parts in the search for your* perfect cup (temperature, duration, level of grind etc). Having a consistent grind every time gives you one less thing to have to worry about in the process.
No two people have the same tastes or preferences – play around with grind levels to see which brings out your perfect cup.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Different brew methods taste better with certain grind levels – having a grinder that can dial in an evenly ground, wide range of grind types is key to making sure you are a good matchmaker for both the coffee brew method and your soon to be buzzing taste palette.