Coffee is an essential part of daily living for most people. A cup of morning coffee is a cup of energy that fuels us through busy and often hectic days. Juxtapose to our daily consumption is daily coffee preparation – a relaxing and yet invigorating process that does require attention to detail so that every cup made is a close as possible to a cup of coffee perfection. One important, although often looked overlooked, part of coffee preparation is coffee bean grinding; coffee grinding directly affects the resulting texture and consistency of the coffee drink. In today’s article we are going to look in particular at how to grind for a Turkish coffee.

There are different ways of grinding coffee and they vary depending on the intended method of coffee brewing. The best way to achieve a perfect cup is to match the grind type with the brewing method.

Types of Coffee Bean Grinds

Extra coarse grind – Chunky coffee grind with large distinct granules. This type of grind is usually used for cold brewing methods like Toddy Brewers.

Coarse grind – Chunky coffee grind with smaller granules. This is commonly used for press or plunger pots like French Press coffee.

Medium-coarse grind – Less chunky coffee grind with small granules. This type of grind is used for specialty brewing devices like the Café Solo or Chemex Brewers.

Medium grind – Has a texture similar to coarse sand. This grind type is used for drip pots like Bunn, Newco, or Fetco.

Medium-fine grind – Has finer texture than the medium grind, but still granulated like sand. This type of coffee grind is commonly used for pour-over cones, vacuum pots, and siphon brewers.

Fine grind – Has a smooth texture like that of fine sugar or salt. This the type of grind used for stove top espresso. 

Extra fine grind – Has smoother texture that is almost like flour or confectionary sugar. This type is used for smoother espresso using espresso machines and sometimes for making Turkish coffee.

Turkish grind – Very powdery texture, like flour. Used for the perfect Turkish brew coffee.

Each type of coffee grind will yield the best flavor and texture when paired exactly with the most suitable brewing method. Substituting one type of grind with another for a specific brewing method may not produce very good results and may possibly spoil the flavor of the coffee.

Types of Coffee Bean Grinders

There are two kinds of grinders that can be used to achieve different grind types, but not every grind type can be produced by both of these grinders. Check below the kinds of grinders and the grind types they can produce.

Blade Grinder

Blade grinders are inexpensive and simple to use. They do a good job for most people and are used for coarse and medium grinds. They are a perfect partner for drip pots, Toddy Brewers, and French Press.  Blade grinders, however, are not ideal for brewing methods that require fine coffee grinds. Other notable drawbacks in using blade grinders include:

  • Blade grinders are messy and noisy to use.
  • They produce grinds that lack consistency because the coffee is actually pulverized instead of ground.  This makes the extraction of coffee less smooth.
  • They do not have grinding settings, so it would be difficult to grind the coffee exactly as expected or desired.

Here are some tips on how to grind coffee using a blade grinder:

  • Be familiar with the different grinds. The use of blade grinders requires timing since there are no settings. The timing of the grind will eventually determine the grind output.
  • Watch closely as you grind. The best way to achieve your desired grind output is to make sure that the ground coffee looks exactly like your desired grind type.
  • Grind your coffee for only a short time if you want a coarser grind output. To achieve a finer grind, grind the coffee for a longer period.
  • Estimate the amount of coffee you will need throughout the day.  This way, you can grind coffee in the morning and just prepare your coffee as often as you need to.
  • Experiment with different grinds. In order for you to master the use of blade grinders, try to grind your coffee in different grind types and note the timing each grind type needs to achieve great results.

Burr Grinder

Burr grinders are more precise and versatile to use than blade grinders. However, they are much more expensive too. Burr grinders can be used for less coarse to very fine grinds. It is also easy to use because of its settings that automatically grind coffee according to the set grind type. 

Turkish Coffee Mill

Having gone through the burrs and the grinders, we come to the Turkish coffee mills or grinders – which produce the best result in how they grind the beans for your Turkish coffee. It is also easy to learn how to grind Turkish coffee. Turkish mills are manually operated, so the grinding process can be slow.  The resulting grind output is certainly the best for any Turkish brew because no blade or burr grinder can produce a perfect Turkish grind. You may also wish to checkout our article that provides an easy step-by-step guide to making a great Turkish coffee using an ibrik.

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