The ultimate goal when making coffee is to achieve a controlled extraction that define the coffee flavor. What define the flavor of your cup ? Water ratio, brew time, water temperature, grind size and more. Let’s talk about grind size and how it affect your coffee.

The ultimate goal when making coffee is to achieve a controlled extraction that define the coffee flavor. What define the flavor of your cup ? Water ratio, brew time, water temperature, grind size and more. Let’s talk about grind size and how it affect your coffee.
The purpose of choosing the grind size is to control the amount of water in contact with water by using a finer or coarser grind, the amount of time water required to pass through it will determine the extraction of flavour.

Finer grind will have a longer extraction time as the water take longer time to pass through it, however if your coffee flavor are suppose to be fruity and acidity, you are going to trade that with bitterness which mean you might need a coarser grind to get the right taste profile.


Grind chart reference for different brew method. Photo credit : umpress.com

Each brewing method require a unique grind size. An espresso for a finer grind while french press or cold brew for a coarser grind. Above grind chart give you a better understanding of grind size requirement for different brew method. Every coffee will require fine tune on the grinder, experimenting and tweaking to your personal preference. The more time your brew and try, the more your palate develop to identify and make micro adjustment like the pro.