THE FOLLOWING GUIDE WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE THE RIGHT GRIND SETTING FOR A RANGE OF BREWING METHODS!
Different types of brew methods require your coffee to be ground to a certain level, because different methods are designed to extract the coffee flavours and aromas in different ways, so the type of grind you use is really important. Below is an approximate guide to different brew methods and the grind type they require.
On a scale of 1-8, these levels will usually range from VERY FINE (1), FINE (2-3), MEDIUM-FINE (3), MEDIUM (4), COARSE (5-7), VERY COARSE (8):
VERY COARSE; 8
A French Press, also known as a plunger or coffee press, is popular across the globe and is common to find in Australian kitchens. If it suits your taste preference, you can also use a COARSE setting, rather than VERY COARSE.
DRIP COFFEE, CHEMEX & SYPHON
Drip coffee, which includes cold drip sets and the Bruer, Chemex coffeemakers and Syphon (or Siphon) coffeemakers use a COARSE grind. Brewing equipment with plastic mesh also use this setting.
PAPER FILTER & COLD BREW
Paper filter methods, such as Pour Over, and Cold Brew coffee methods require medium level grind.
AEROPRESS & STOVETOP
The brew methods use a medium coarse grind, mainly due to the pressure factor in these brew methods. If the grind was any finer it would be difficult to produce a nice brew with the level of pressure used.
ESPRESSO MACHINE W/ CREMA ENHANCING DEVICE
If you were to rub the coffee between your fingers it would feel like sand, maybe a little finer. This is to increase the level of pressure, which is necessary to emulsify the CO2 gases and fatty oils and acids into crema and extract espresso.
COMMERCIAL STYLE ESPRESSO MACHINES
VERY FINE - FINE; 2-3
The grind should look and feel like caster sugar. Again, this is to create the required pressure to create tasty crema topped espresso.
VERY FINE; 1
Turkish style coffee actually requires your coffee grind to be like powder and you should use your finest setting and work up with minute adjustments until the grind is just right for this brew method.