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The right grind size for coffee preparation

A good coffee begins with the right preparation, and grind size plays a crucial role in this. Whether you want to enjoy the complex variety of flavors of a Single Estate & Single Origin coffee, prefer the harmonious blend of a Fine Coffee Blend, or be enticed by the alluring aromas of a Flavoured Coffee - the preparation method and grind size are essential to unlock the full potential of your coffee. Below, we will show you the different preparation recommendations for these various types of coffee and provide you with other useful tips for preparation so you can enjoy your coffee to the fullest.


The optimum grind for your coffee maker

For each brewing method, a specific grind size is required to fully extract the flavor of the coffee. Finely ground coffee yields a more intense taste, while coarsely ground coffee produces a lighter flavor.


Portafilter machine

Grind Size and Dosage: Very fine grind setting, 1 coffee scoop per cup (approximately 25 ml).

Preparation: Gently tamp the ground coffee in the portafilter for household machines. If the grind size is too coarse, this can be compensated for by pressing the coffee grounds more firmly.

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Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our espressos, such as the particularly spicy and full-bodied Espresso No.3, the robust and strong Siziliano, our mild, balanced Don Vito, or the spicy yet balanced Star of Italy.


Fully automatic coffee machine

Kaffee Vollautomat Zubereitung

Grind Size, Dosage & Preparation: Very fine grind setting. For these machines, it is advisable to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Our Coffee Recommendation: Espresso Don Vito, Star of Italy.


Espresso Maker

Grind Size and Dosage: Fine to medium grind setting, depending on strength, 1 coffee scoop per cup or a fully filled filter basket.

Preparation: Pour hot water into the espresso maker up to just below the valve level, insert the filter, and fill with coffee. Then place the espresso maker on the stove at medium to high heat and let it simmer. The water is forced up through the coffee-filled filter into the collecting container by pressure. Once it starts to hiss, the pot should be removed from the stove. Now the coffee can be poured into a preheated espresso cup and enjoyed.

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Tip: Coffee can become bitter if the temperature is too high and the brewing time is too long, as the coffee grounds can burn. Additionally, a poorly cleaned pot can negatively affect the taste.

Our Coffee Recommendation: Espresso No. 3, Espresso Siziliano.


AeroPress

AeroPress Kaffee Zubereitung

Grind Size and Dosage: Fine to medium grind setting, 1 scoop per cup or 16 g of coffee grounds for 200 ml of water.

Preparation: Place a paper filter in the filter cap and rinse once. Add ground coffee to the AeroPress brewing chamber and fill to three-quarters full with 90°C hot water. Stir, add remaining water, and let steep for approximately 1.5 minutes. Screw on the filter cap, flip the AeroPress, and slowly press the plunger.

Tip: Alternatively, coffee can also be prepared with the AeroPress using a fine metal filter.

Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our coffee specialties, whether blend, single origin, or single estate.


Chemex

Grind Size and Dosage: Medium grind setting, 1 tablespoon per cup or 38 g for 600 ml of water.

Preparation: Place the pre-folded paper filter with three layers in the front and one layer in the back of the Chemex and rinse once with hot water. Evenly distribute ground coffee. Pour a little 96°C hot water over the coffee grounds, wetting them, and let them bloom for 30 seconds. Add remaining water and let it drip through. Brewing time: 4-5 minutes. Gently swirl the carafe and enjoy your coffee.

Chemex Kaffee Zubereitung

Tip: Brewing with the Chemex brewer is as straightforward as using a pour-over. However, the result is an exceptionally clear coffee because Chemex paper filters are thicker and finer-pored than regular coffee filters.

Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our coffee specialties, whether blend, single origin, or single estate.


Filtered coffee / Traditional pour-over

Filterkaffee Zubereitung

Grind Size and Dosage: Medium grind setting, 1 tablespoon per cup (approximately 200 ml).

Preparation: The ideal temperature for pour-over brewing is between 92 - 96°C. This can be achieved by letting the water rest for one minute after boiling. Moisten the ground coffee in the filter with a little water and let it bloom for 30 seconds. Then pour steadily until the desired amount is reached. The coffee should take about three to four minutes to drip through the filter to fully develop its flavor.

Tip: Ideally, use a stainless steel or gold filter instead of a paper filter, as it doesn't retain the delicate aromatic oils. Pouring the water in a pulsating manner results in a more flavorful and full-bodied coffee compared to a steady pour. Allow the coffee to fully drain between pours.

Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our coffee specialties, whether blend, single origin, or single estate.


French Press / Cafetière / Press Pot

Grind Size and Dosage: Coarsest grind setting, 1 tablespoon per cup (approximately 200 ml), or 60 g per liter.

Preparation: Fill the French press with coffee until two fingers below the rim. Pour in water that is just off boiling and stir vigorously. Wait for 1 minute, stir again, and then close the vessel with the plunger lid. After another 3 minutes of steeping time, lower the plunger without applying pressure. Stirring twice ensures that all coffee particles absorb water and settle slowly.

FrenchPress Zubereitung

Tip: With this method, coffee's natural oils and aromatic compounds are not filtered out, resulting in a fuller-bodied coffee.

Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our coffee specialties, whether blend, single origin, or single estate, and of course, our flavored coffee creations as well.


Cold Brew

Cold Brew Zubereitung

Grind Size and Dosage: Coarse grind setting, 100 g per 1,000 ml.

Preparation: To prepare, fill the coarse-ground coffee into the filter of the Cold Brew maker and add 1000 ml of cold water. Stir well, ensuring the coffee grounds are completely covered. Then seal the brewer and let the coffee steep in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Remove the filter and enjoy over ice.

Tip: Explore our recipes for two delicious Cold Brew Coffee ideas!

Our Coffee Recommendation: All of our coffee specialties, whether blend, single origin, or single estate, and of course, our flavored coffee creations as well.


The Effects of Incorrect Grind Size and Dosage

Using overly fine grind size or excessive amounts of coffee grounds can lead to over-extraction, resulting in a bitter, sour, and overly strong-tasting brewed coffee. For instance, using very fine powder in a French Press may result in it not settling fully at the bottom but partially rising again.

Conversely, using a too coarse grind or insufficient amount of coffee leads to under-extraction, resulting in a watery and flavorless coffee.


Recommendations for Proper Coffee Storage

After the roasting process, the freshness of coffee diminishes with each subsequent processing step. Green coffee beans can be stored for many years under optimal storage conditions, while roasted coffee retains its flavor for only about two weeks unless stored in an airtight package. Grinding coffee accelerates the loss of its unique aroma even more, as a significant portion of the flavor is lost within a few days after grinding. It is therefore advisable to grind the coffee just before brewing to enjoy its full aroma.


Our five best tips for an unforgettable coffee experience:

1. Dosage
The correct dosage of coffee grounds significantly influences the strength, flavor, and digestibility of the coffee. Typically, 6-8 grams of ground coffee per cup are recommended.

2. Water Quality
Coffee consists of 98% water. Ideal coffee water should be rich in minerals and oxygen. Water that is too hard, calcareous, or chlorinated is unsuitable. The heating time should be short.

3. Brewing Temperature and Time
Optimal brewing temperature is 92 - 96°C, with a brewing time of 4-6 minutes.

4. Storage Time and Temperature
Coffee should be brewed for immediate use and consumed promptly (within half an hour).

5. Storage
The greatest enemies of coffee aroma are oxygen and moisture. Store the coffee dry, cool (e.g., in the refrigerator), and odor-free. The original packaging provides aroma-safe storage, preferably in a storage container. Note that coffee residues can become rancid over time.



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