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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