How to Grind the Beans

Coffee expert Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee explains what coarseness of grind to use for various coffee-brewing methods, from French press to espresso machine.

Released on 3/24/2010

Credits

Starring: Mike Phillips

Transcript

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Hello, my name's Mike Phillips
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and I'm with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.
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Today we're gonna talk about
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adjusting the grind of coffee
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for the brew method that you're using.
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There's a wide array of ways to brew coffee
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and each one needs a very specific
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and consistent grind setting to achieve the best cup.
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Now for something like a French Press
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where the coffee's gonna be in contact
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with the water longer
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you're gonna want a coarser grind.
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Something like this.
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Similar to a sea salt almost.
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Not quite as blocky
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but definitely chunks that you can pick up.
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For a grind like an espresso machine
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you're gonna want something a bit finer.
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Not as fine as a powder
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but something you can definitely pinch
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and easily rub off between your hands.
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So to achieve this wide array of grinds
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you're gonna be bouncing back and forth
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between different settings on your grinder.
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Hopefully it has enough that
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you'll be able to really dial in specifically to it.
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For what I was using for a French Press
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that's around a 30 on here
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and that's gonna be different for every grinder
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so it's gonna take a little experimentation
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but that's part of the fun.
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It's the sort of thing that
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you're not just gonna set it and forget it.
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You're gonna wanna keep looking at this as you brew coffee.
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I can't emphasize enough how important grinding fresh is.
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It's where you're gonna get a lot of your aromatics
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and the intensity of the coffee
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but with a little bit of attention to detail
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it's not that difficult.
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It's gonna give you a cup that's gonna be excellent.