Coarse Or Fine? Best Grind Settings For Different Coffee Brewing Methods

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):

 

Grind Size Setting Chart

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FRENCH PRESS

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.

Learn more about brewing French Press here or shop our range of Press Coffee Equipment.

 

DRIP COFFEE, CHEMEX & SYPHON

 COARSE; 6


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.

Learn more about brewing with Cold Drip or the Bruer here or shop our range of Cold Drip Coffee Equipment.

Learn more about brewing Chemex here or shop our range of Coffee Equipment.

Learn more about brewing Syphon coffee here or shop our range of Syphon Coffee Equipment.

 

PAPER FILTER & COLD BREW

MEDIUM-COARSE; 5


Paper filter methods, such as Pour Over, and Cold Brew coffee methods require medium level grind.

Learn more about brewing Pour Over and Cold Brew Coffee here or shop our range of Pour Over Coffee Equipment and Cold Brew Coffee Equipment.

 

AEROPRESS & STOVETOP

MEDIUM; 4


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.

Learn more about brewing Aeropress and Stovetop Coffee here or shop our range of Aeropress and Stovetop products.

 

ESPRESSO MACHINE W/ CREMA ENHANCING DEVICE

FINE; 3


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.

Learn more about Espresso Coffee here or shop our range of Home Espresso Machines, Coffee Grinders and Manual Espresso products.

 

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.

 

TURKISH COFFEE

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.