Grinding Coffee: Pre-ground Versus Whole Bean Coffee

Grinding Coffee: Pre-ground Versus Whole Bean Coffee

So many mornings start with coffee — mostly with pre-ground coffee which is what 75 percent of coffee drinkers in the United States use. However, there’s a special beauty to grinding your own coffee beans, ensuring you sip the freshest and most aromatic coffee. It can be really enjoyable to blitz your own beans, making you more involved in your coffee-making process. If you’ve thought about grinding your own coffee but aren’t sure where to start, read on. We’ll walk you through the grinding process and our devices that will help you along the way. 

Why Should You Grind Your Coffee?

It doesn’t get fresher than coffee that’s just been ground. Aside from its tasty flavor, freshly ground coffee smells also fantastic; that’s because in the grinding process coffee beans release oils which react with oxygen and evaporate. However, don’t let your freshly-ground coffee interact with the air too long, as it will lose flavor the longer it’s exposed.

Types of Coffee Grinds

When you’re grinding coffee, the most important thing is size. This is essential for extraction — when coffee, water, temperature, pressure and time come together to make your brew — and where things go wrong with the wrong coffee grounds. 

Here’s a general overview of sizes you want to achieve, according to your drink of choice:

French Press or Cold Brew: The largest grinds are used for these types of coffee. Their coarse grounds will be close to kosher sea salt in size for a French press and even slightly larger with extra course grinds are used for cold brew.

Drip or Pour Over: These require a medium size grind, something similar in size to rough sand.

Espresso: Espresso requires a fine, powder-like grind.

You’ll know instantly when you’ve used the wrong size grounds. Typically, there will be a bitter taste with grounds that are too fine, and a sour taste with ones that are too coarse. 

Our brew guide section will walk you through the exactly right measurements and techniques to make various coffee drinks.

Tools for Coffee Grinding

We have an array of coffee grinding tools whether you want to press a button or do it by hand: 

1. Ode Brew Grinder

Designed specifically to perfect your coffee grinding needs, the Ode Brew Grinder is able to tackle your daily brewed coffee – AeroPress, pour-over, French Press, cold brew, and more. Featuring 64 mm professional-grade flat burrs, 31 grind settings, and unique single dose loading for maximum bean freshness. However, this grinder is not suitable for espresso or moka pots.

2. Porlex Hand Grinder

Take a step toward fresher tasting coffee by investing in a burr grinder. The Porlex hand grinder features a ceramic conical burr in a stainless steel body designed and created entirely in Japan. Hopper capacity is approximately 28 grams. 1 7/8″ diameter and 7″ tall.

3. Baratza Coffee Grinder

Baratza’s coffee grinder features 40mm conical burrs and a 40-setting adjustment dial to modify from fine to coarse settings using a high torque DC motor with a grind range of 250 to 1200 microns. These features, paired with a static reducing speed throttle, provide a precise grind every time.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to coffee grinding, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t achieve the perfect brew on your first attempt. You’ve already taken an important step to making the freshest possible coffee for yourself at home. Check out our wide array of coffee beans here that can be used to make freshly-ground coffee.

How to Store Ground Coffee

You put in some effort to grind your coffee, now let’s make sure you store it correctly so it doesn’t go to waste. Pick an airtight container for your freshly ground coffee and then store it somewhere dark and dry. You want to avoid moisture at all costs. However once in an airtight container, you can even freeze your coffee and enjoy your ground beans for longer.