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Coffee Grinding Part 2/2 (From the Coffee Syrups Experts)

In our last blog post, we covered the two most important things to consider in grinding coffee: choosing a grinder and grinding the appropriate coarseness/fineness. If you enjoy making gourmet espresso drinks, then it’s essential that you have at least a rudimentary knowledge in proper grind.

Today, we’re going to cover the last two factors that should be considered in grinding for the perfect cup of coffee. Whether you’re trying to grind for a shot of espresso or a cup of coffee that you’ll doctor up with coffee syrups, it’s important to have these two techniques down pat…

#3 Grind Immediately Before Brewing

It makes sense that grinding your roasted coffee beans immediately before brewing would result in a better, fresher flavor. In fact, the concept of “pre-ground” coffee is still a rarely new and modern one.

If you aren’t convinced, we’d encourage you to do this little experiment. Next time you grind coffee, set aside a little bit. Seal it up in a plastic container, and put it on the shelf. When you grind coffee the next day, open up that plastic container and compare its aroma to the aroma of the coffee you just ground. There’s a noticeable difference, right?

#4 Keep a Clean Grinder

As you grind coffee over and over again, some particles will remain inside the grinder. Over time, these old coffee grounds will leave your coffee tasting rather dull and stale. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning in order to ensure that you don’t have any old particles remaining. We recommend cleaning every one to two weeks (or 7-10 grinds).

What Else Should I Know?

Beyond these four techniques, there isn’t a whole lot more to the coffee grinding process. You’ll probably develop your own little quirks, habits, and tendencies that factor into making the final product taste absolutely delicious.

As long as you use a good burr grinder, choose the right consistency, grind right before brewing, and keep your grinder clean, then you should be able to make gourmet espresso drinks each and every time. And, if not, it isn’t the grinding that’s to blame!

Have some favorite grinding tips of your own? Maybe you like to use different Amoretti coffee syrups for different grinds and brewing methods? Drop us a line on the Amoretti Facebook page, and let us know what’s on your mind!

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Coffee Grinding Part 1/2 (From the Coffee Syrups Experts)

Back in November, we wrote an introductory blog post about coffee grinding, covering some of the basics, such as the distinction between a burr grinder and a blade grinder. As more of our customers taking an interest in coffee processing, roasting, and other facets of the process, we decided to revisit this subject on a more in-depth level.

Even if you don’t know a Columbian coffee from an Ethiopian one, we’re confident that you’ll have a finer appreciation (and greater enjoyment) of coffee if you know a few things about proper grinding.

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Why Grinding Matters

Proper coffee grinding is important – very important. An improper (or untimely) grind can ruin a coffee bean’s complex flavor and aroma. Grind your coffee the right way at the right time, and you’ll discover an entirely new world of coffee! There are four major categories to pay attention to when it comes grinding coffee…

#1 Choosing a Coffee Grinder

As we wrote back in November, there are two types of coffee grinders: burr and blade. Blade grinders are cheap and easy to use. However, because these grinders have one (or two) blades spinning in a compartment, the grind that’s produced often has a lot of variability. You’re sure to end up with some large chunks, fine particles, and everything in between.

Burr grinders on the other hand, feature a grinding wheel that moves against an immovable surface. This means every bean gets ground uniformly, which is important because…

#2 Coarseness & Fineness

You can’t grind coffee finely and expect to get a good cup of drip coffee. Similarly, don’t expect for that store-bought, pre-ground coffee to work in your espresso machine, which requires a fine grind.

While there’s a little bit of trial-and-error to finding the right grind, you can follow these guidelines:

  • Coarse: French Press, percolator, vacuum coffee pot
  • Medium: drip coffee makers with flat-bottom filters
  • Fine: drip coffee makers with cone-shaped filters
  • Extra Fine: espresso machines (both pump and steam/stovetop)

Looking for the third and fourth critical aspects of coffee grinding? Stay tuned for part two of this series. We’ll cover a couple of key things to consider in grinding beans for the perfect cup of coffee. In the meantime, if you need a new coffee syrup for your home bar, try Amoretti Premium White Chocolate Syrup, one of our best-selling flavored syrups for coffee!

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