Different Methods of Brewing Coffee and Respective Grind Size

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Coffee is the ultimate eye-opener for people who are fond of coffee – don’t we all struggle to function if we don’t sip on coffee the first thing in the morning? That being said, everyone has a different method of brewing coffee, and some are extremely particular about the grind size. Truth be told, it can get quite complicated, but we have curated this blog to make everything easier for you. With this article by Café De Castillo, we will break down different methods of brewing coffee, how the coffee tastes, and the technical aspects (yes, we will discuss the optimal grind size too). So, are you ready to dive deeper into the details?

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French Press

If you like brewing your coffee in a French press, it’s better to use the coarse grind. Truth be told, it’s a popular method since it’s convenient, affordable, easy to clean up, and makes a great-tasting cup of coffee. Honestly, many people complain about the coffee flavor, but it’s all due to using inappropriate coffee grind size. With a coarse grind, you can yield the full benefits of the French press. The French press method includes immersion, where the coffee is saturated throughout the brewing process.

For this purpose, you can opt for a larger grind, so the coffee isn’t over-extracted. Not to forget, this grind size allows you to filter the coffee without compromising on the finer flavor, promising the best flavor till the last sip. The modern French presses are integrated with paper filters (even the right micro-filters), promising the finer flavor that complements your personal taste.

You can try this approach on one of Cafe De Castillo’s best-selling coffee – Café De Castillo Mexican Chocolate

Roast: Medium

This smooth coffee has hints of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla.  Delicious on its own or exceptional as an after-dinner cordial with the Tequila or Kahlua.
All of our flavored coffees start as specialty grade single origin coffee roasted in small batches to a smooth medium. Each order is then carefully flavored with high quality flavoring oils while still warm.

 

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Café De Castillo Mexican Chocolate

AeroPress

When you have to brew coffee with an AeroPress, you can use different grind types. What’s best about AeroPress is the unique design which makes the brewing process more versatile. It’s often designed with a thick paper filter that can keep out the coarse as well as fine grounds, so you can keep experimenting. If you are a beginner, sticking to medium grind is suggested (a balance between table salt and sea salt size). With this grind size, you can brew for a few minutes with the most convenient plunging.

On the other hand, if you opt for a fine grind, a short brew will work perfectly (even forty to fifty seconds are enough). In the case of medium-coarse and coarse grind, three to five minutes of brewing is sufficient. Remember, guys, the selected grind size will directly influence the flavor, but it also impacts how much pressure needs to be applied for plunging the coffee. To illustrate, a finer grind calls for more pressure!

Pour-Over Coffee

This might be the most conventional method of making coffee, but which grind size is the right choice? It’s better to start with the medium-fine grind, but it’s still quite tricky. Remember, grind size can change the coffee flavor, but it also changes the brew time. In the case of cone-shaped pour overs, the medium-fine grind works fine, and when the brewing process is in middle, you can simply check the results. If the coffee tastes sour, the coffee is under-extracted, which calls for the finer grind.

On the other hand, if the taste is too bitter for you, opting for a coarse grind is better. But again, if you are using some other pour-over design, it’s better to stick to what the manufacturer recommends (it matters because every pour-over design impacts the extraction and has different flow rates).

The best way to experience Pour-Over Coffee is by trying it on Café De Castillo’s Italian Dark Roast Coffee

Slow roasted blend of specialty grade Arabica/Robusta. Your favorite coffee delivered straight to your doorstep. Café De Castillo does not roast their beans until they have your order. Every order is roasted the same day and shipped within 2-3 business days by Café De Castillo.

Italian Dark Roast

Italian Dark Roast

Chemex Brewer

With the Chemex brewer, you can opt for a medium-coarse grind. This brewer is designed with a thick paper filter, but that doesn’t make fine grind any better. That’s because if you end up using a fine grind, the filter will be clogged, while a medium-coarse grind helps balance the brew time and extraction. The medium-coarse grind allows a steady flow rate, so the overall brewing time will be around 4.5 minutes.

Automatic Drip Machines

An automatic drip machine works the best with a medium grind, making the entire experience quick and convenient. It’s better to opt for a fresh grind. As far as the filters are concerned, the cone-shaped filters work optimally with a medium-fine grind, while flat-bottom filters work fine with a medium grind. The filter basket and type impact how long water will take to pass through your coffee (the cone filters are quicker, hence the fine grind).

Cold Brew Coffee

For a cold brew coffee, the extra-course grind works the best because it has a longer extraction time and doesn’t need extensive surface area for extracting flavor from the coffee ground. In case you select the fine grind, the flavor will be bitter. Also, you might have to strain the finer particles once the brewing is finished. To summarize, the extra-coarse grind results in a subtle and smooth flavor that everyone cherishes!

Stovetop

For making coffee on the stovetop, a fine grind or medium-fine grind tastes the most delicious. The stovetop method has a short brew time, which means the fine grind helps extract the delicious flavors of the coffee. On the contrary, if the coffee is bitter, you can switch to a coarser coffee grind.

Espresso

With the espresso machine, a fine grind coffee is sufficient as it helps build up ample pressure for pulling the perfect espresso shot. Also, the fine grind works well with short brew time, and it provides the maximum surface area needed to extract authentic flavors of the coffee. On the contrary, don’t opt for too-fine grind as it restricts the water flow. All in all, with the espresso brewing method, using a burr grinder will do a wonderful job!

Cafe De Castillo French Vanilla

Café De Castillo French Vanilla

You have to try Café De Castillo’s French Vanilla Coffee. They roast is medium and this rich and creamy vanilla coffee is well rounded and smooth. The silky flavors blend perfectly with this small batch roasted coffee.
All of our flavored coffees start as specialty grade single origin coffee roasted in small batches to a smooth medium. Each order is then carefully flavored with high quality flavoring oils while still warm.

Order Your Favorite Coffee Grind Now!

To summarize, if you are a coffee lover, you can depend on us at Café De Castillo. We believe in authentic flavors and fresh roasting, which is why we roast the coffee beans only when customers place the order, promising the freshest flavors. So, whenever you place the order, we will roast the beans the same day, and the order will be shipped within 2 to 3 working days. Not to forget, our coffee is brewed in California, where we have state-of-the-art equipment. So, are you ready to place the coffee order?

Café De Castillo products is a US based coffee roasting company. Your favorite coffee delivered straight to your doorstep. We don’t roast our beans until we have your order. Every order is roasted the same day and shipped within 2-3 business days.

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