A great cup of coffee starts with the beans and for better results, we say grind your beans at home. Burr grinders create uniform grinds, which results in better flavor.
About Coffee Bean Grind Size
Grind size is key to controlling flavor extraction and coffee strength. The finer your coffee grounds, the easier it is for the water to extract flavors because the water soaks into smaller pieces much faster than larger ones. This is why fast-brewing methods like espresso call for a much finer grind size than those that need to steep slowly for the best flavor, like pour-over or French Press. Where an espresso grind should feel like fine table salt, a French press should be closer to coarse Kosher salt, and automatic drip machines, somewhere in the middle.
Follow the steps below for using the OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (and if you've got the Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Integrated Scale, we have directions for using that grinder, too):
1. Remove the lid from hopper and fill with whole, roasted beans. Replace lid.
2. Hold the hopper and slowly rotate to adjust the grind size setting.
- 1-5= fine (for espresso)
- 6-10=medium (for pour-over/drip coffee)
- 11-15=coarse (for French press/cold brew)
3. Plug into outlet and slide the grounds container onto base. Make sure it clicks. 4. Turn dial to set timer to desired grinding time, from 0-30 seconds. When first using the grinder, start with 10 seconds and weigh or measure the amount of grounds you get. 5. Push the OXO button to start the Grinder. For more information about the Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, including cleaning, care and storage, check out the full instruction manual(Opens in a new window).
Want more coffee help? Learn how to store your coffee beans to keep them tasting fresh, how to clean your coffee maker, and what to make with your leftover coffee.