If you were to guess, what would you say is the most important piece of coffee gear you can have at home? Most people guess the coffee brewer. Yes, it’s extremely important, but there’s something else that has the power to boost your coffee’s flavor even more: a home coffee grinder.
Without a grinder, your favorite coffee maker is limited by stale coffee grounds that are probably not the right size. On the other hand, deeply satisfying coffee that’s rich and balanced is literally just a grinder away.
There’s a whole world out there that you can explore if you have your own coffee grinder. Here are the three big ways it gets you there.
1. It Will Preserve Your Coffee’s Freshness
Pre-ground coffee, though convenient, will never be able to rival freshly ground coffee. Despite what some coffee companies would like you to believe, roasted coffee beans only have two to three weeks of peak freshness – so don’t believe those deceptive “best by” dates that are months away.
During this period of apex freshness, coffee tastes ripe, crisp, and delicious. The flavors are rich and full, the acidity is pleasant and balanced, and the aromas are intense and fascinating. This is coffee as it’s meant to be experienced.
After two to three weeks, however, this quality begins to fade quickly. The aromatic oils evaporate and leave the coffee beans without that layer of complexity. The acids break down into bitter compounds. The coffee cells themselves fall apart.
Within two more weeks, your precious coffee becomes incapable of brewing anything other than brown liquid with bitter, indistinguishable flavor – and that’s with whole beans.
Ground coffee undergoes this dramatic change – get ready for it – in only thirty minutes once it leaves the grinder. This means that pre-ground coffee is never in this peak freshness stage.
Having your own coffee grinder preserves your coffee’s flavor and freshness by enabling you to buy whole coffee beans and grind them right when you’re ready to use them. If you’re after rich and balanced coffee, there’s no better way to do it.
This single reason is enough to warrant buying a home coffee grinder, but it’s not the only one – and the next reasons aren’t small either.
2. It Will Allow You To Use Any Brewer
Every coffee brewer works differently. A french press steeps grounds in hot water for several minutes. Pour over brewers have you pour water over a bed of coffee. Cold brew coffee demands a steep time of several hours.
These differences in brewing style mean that these brewers thrive with different grind sizes.
French presses work well with coarse coffee grounds that don’t get stuck in the fine mesh filter. Pour over brewers require medium grounds so that the water doesn’t drain too quickly. Cold brew coffee thrives with coarse grounds that steep slowly.
Without your own coffee grinder, you’re left with no option but pre-ground coffee. This coffee is typically ground to a medium setting, which is suitable for drip coffee pots and a few pour over cones but not much else. The size of these grounds simply doesn’t jive with most brewers.
Having your own coffee grinder liberates you from this grind size prison by allowing you to grind coffee to any size for any method. If you want to grind coarsely for cold brew coffee, you can. If you want to grind finely for a pour over cone, there’s nothing stopping you.
The power to use any coffee brewer you want is at your fingertips with a home grinder. If you had this ability, what brewer would you be most excited to try?
3. It Will Enable You To “Dial In” Your Brew
Not only do different brewers thrive with different grind sizes, but so do different coffee beans. Having your own grinder allows you to “dial in” your brew so that you’re always getting the best coffee you possibly can.
Here’s how it works.
You buy a bag of coffee from Central America and brew it in your pour over cone. It’s rich, balanced, and very satisfying. Then you buy a bag of coffee from Southeast Asia and notice it doesn’t brew the same way.
The brewed coffee drains extra slowly, causing your coffee to over extract slightly and have a bitter flavor. To rebalance your coffee’s flavor, you make a small grind size adjustment to coarsen the size, allowing the water to drain more quickly and brew that balanced cup you love.
Making these small adjustments to your grind size isn’t difficult, but it sure is rewarding. You’ll be able to keep your coffee tasting as delicious as it’s meant to. That feeling of control over your coffee’s flavor cannot be had with any tool other than a coffee grinder.
Whether you’re a newcomer to home brewing or you’ve been at it for a while, a home coffee grinder will transform your experience. It will keep your coffee fresh and flavorful, it will allow you to use any brewer you want, and it will enable you to brew any coffee to its fullest potential.
Elevate your coffee experience by getting yourself a home coffee grinder. Trust us – you’ll never want to buy pre-ground again.