If you own an AeroPress, then you already know it is one of the best gadgets for making coffee quickly and deliciously. Even though you own an AeroPress, you may still need to know how to grind coffee for your AeroPress coffee maker.
We will be exploring some fantastic tips on how to grind coffee for your AeroPress in this article. There are a lot of different variables for making the best cup of coffee, but don’t worry. It’s not as difficult as it sounds.
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Choose a Grinder
There are many different types of coffee grinders, and there are also other ways to grind coffee beans without a coffee grinder. We will explore some of the different kinds of coffee grinders and a few of the ways to grind coffee without a coffee grinder.
Manual Coffee Grinders
Manual coffee grinders typically contain a burr grinder rather than a blade grinder, making more uniform grounds and better-tasting coffee.
There are many great benefits to owning a manual coffee grinder, and there are also a few slight downsides to manual grinders.
|Durable||Takes longer to grind coffee|
|Easy to clean||Hard to grind super fine grounds|
|Quiet||Only grinds a little bit of coffee at one time|
Electric Coffee Grinders
There are two different types of electric grinders containing either a burr grinder or a blade grinder. We will briefly go through the differences between burr and blade grinders.
Burr grinders, or burr mills, work by crushing coffee beans into mostly uniform particles. There are two different types of burr grinders, and they are conical and flat.
Conical Burr Grinder
- Contains a cone-shaped burr in the center with a serrated outer burr.
- Make very little noise.
- Makes slightly inconsistent coffee ground sizes.
Flat Burr Grinder
- Contains two donut-shaped serrated burrs with the serrated sides facing each other.
- Makes a lot of noise.
- Makes super fine and consistent coffee ground size.
Blade grinders work by chopping or pulverizing coffee beans into very inconsistent grind sizes.
Out of the two types of electric coffee grinders, burr coffee grinders are the best since they can make a more consistent size ground than blade grinders.
Like manual grinders, there are some great benefits to owning an electric coffee grinder, but there are also some downsides.
|Easy to use||Loud|
|Grinds more coffee at one time||Need to be replaced often|
Pick the Best Beans
There are lots of different kinds of coffee beans, and they all taste slightly different than one another, but we will be exploring just a few of the top-rated coffee beans for an AeroPress. Here are three of the top-rated coffee beans for the AeroPress:
- Lifeboost Light Roast Organic Coffee: If you are looking for organic, pesticide-free coffee beans that come from the same farm and plant, then these are the perfect beans for you. These beans brew very smoothly with very little or no acidity or bitterness at all. This great coffee comes from small farms in the Nicaraguan mountains.
- Indian Mysore Plantation Coffee: This coffee is slightly acidic and spicy with a nice pleasing sweetness. These coffee beans also contain some delicate flavors of herbs and flowers. These coffee beans come solely from farms in India.
- Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee Blend: In this bag of mixed coffee beans, you will find Arabica beans from Columbia, India, and Brazil. You will also find this mix contains Robusta beans from Indonesia and Vietnam. With all these different kinds of beans mixed, you get a sweet and rich but slightly bitter espresso coffee.
These are just a few of the great options out there to make the best coffee in your AeroPress coffee maker.
Experiment with Grind
It may take some time to get the perfect grind size for your AeroPress coffee maker, but once you get the hang of it, you will be drinking delicious coffee all the time.
- A medium grind is a great place to start if you are new to the coffee-making game, and it gives you some wiggle room to try out different techniques.
- A medium-fine grind is perfect to use in the AeroPress because it releases tons of flavor, and it brews at a decent rate making it easy to get the same great taste every time.
- A fine grind is good to use in the AeroPress, but it is not as simple to get it to taste the same every time because it has such a short brew time. It is also harder to push the plunger down on the AeroPress because the coffee grounds are so fine, they tend to crowd the filter.
Is There an Upside to Using Freshly Ground Coffee Beans?
Yes, the flavor of freshly ground coffee beans is much better than the pre-ground coffee you can buy at the store. When you grind coffee beans at home, you can also choose what grind size you want. So, if you want to change up your grind size sometimes, you can!
Can You Use Pre-Ground Coffee in an AeroPress?
Of course, you can use pre-ground coffee in an AeroPress coffee maker, but the taste won’t be quite the same as if you use freshly ground coffee.
Using pre-ground coffee in your AeroPress might not be a bad idea if you are generally too busy to grind your own coffee beans, but just remember, you are sacrificing flavor for convenience.
No Grinder, No Problem
If you don’t have a coffee grinder or you don’t have enough money to buy a coffee grinder, and you really want some coffee but only have coffee beans. There are a lot of ways to grind up your coffee beans by hand. Here are just two of the many ways to grind coffee beans by hand:
Mortar and Pestle
Start by placing a small scoop of coffee beans into your mortar, then use the pestle to push down on, and crush the coffee beans until they are all cracked open. Next, make a stirring motion with your pestle in the mortar to grind the coffee beans between the pestle and mortar.
You might want to strain the ground coffee through a fine-mesh strainer, then regrind the large pieces of coffee beans until they too are small enough to go through the strainer. You can achieve a medium-fine or fine grind with this method.
Using a rolling pin to grind your coffee is kind of similar to using a mortar and pestle. First, you will want to place a scoop or two of coffee beans either in a ziplock bag or between two sheets of parchment paper.
Next, make sure the beans are in a single layer before pushing down on the rolling pin and rolling it over the beans to crush them. Keep rolling the pin back and forth across the coffee beans until they are all crushed to your liking.
We have explored a lot of different ways to grind coffee beans. We already looked at some of the best kinds of coffee beans to use to make AeroPress coffee. The most important thing now is knowing which type of grinder to use and what size grind to use for the best coffee experience.
- The best coffee grinder to use is a burr grinder, and you could either use a manual one or an electric one, whichever you prefer. You can also choose between a flat burr grinder or a conical burr grinder for finer ground coffee.
- The best grind size to use is somewhere between medium-fine and fine because it draws out the best flavor from the coffee beans.
Making coffee has a lot to do with your preferences of flavor and what you are willing to do for the perfect cup of coffee.