Are you one of those people who always has to have their daily dose of coffee before perfectly starting their day? Or are you just one of those casual enjoyers of caffeinated pick-me-ups after a stressful day at work?
Whether you are one or the other, you deserve the best cup of coffee you can make by using your Baratza Encore Grinder. To achieve this, you simply need to determine how finely you need to grind your coffee beans for your specific machine and which setting works best for your chosen coffee type.
For starters, your Baratza Encore Grinder features 40 settings to choose from. These depend on how finely you’d like your beans to come out and are gauged by the unit of measurement known as microns. In this scenario, 250 microns is the lowest while 1200 microns is the highest. The higher the microns used, the finer the grind.
Quick Fact: It is essential to take note of the grind sizes of the coffee beans to help you extract their maximum potential in terms of flavor. For instance, grounds that are too coarse may result in under-flavored coffee, while grounds that are too fine may result in a flavor too intense to be enjoyable.
For reference, here are the corresponding grind levels of coffee beans with its suitable machine as well as the recommended setting to use for your preferred style of coffee:
1. Turkish Coffee – Extra fine (1 to 3)
Since Turkish coffee is prepared without filtering, the ground beans must be extra fine to envelop the rich natural flavor of the coffee. For reference, the ground beans should resemble a similar texture to flour.
2. Espresso – Fine (4 to 9)
Espresso machines need finely-ground beans to extract the flavor by using high automatic pressure for the water to seep through to produce a robust and intense coffee taste.
3. Moka Pot – Fine (4 to 16)
Moka Pots call for beans that are slightly coarser than the ideal for espressos. This is due to Moka Pots requiring a somewhat longer brewing process than espresso machines.
4. Aeropress – Fine to Medium (4 to 23)
Like the Moka Pot, the Aeropress can produce a similar taste that resembles espressos, depending on the brewing time and grind level of the beans. For reference, a short brewing time of about 1 minute requires finer-grinded beans, while a brewing time of about 3 minutes should do well with medium-grinded beans.
5. Pour-over and siphon – Medium fine (11 to 29)
Pour-over coffee works best with a medium-fine setting as the coffee will be extracted through a controlled water flow, unlike espresso machines that use high automatic pressure to extract the coffee within seconds.
Quick Fact: On the other hand, a siphon would work best on a slightly finer setting as the extraction of the flavor will be through a vacuum that will pull the boiled water upwards through steam pressure.
6. Drip coffee, K-Pods, and flat drips – Medium (17 to 23)
Like pour-overs, drip coffee, K-Pods, and flat drips require a medium-level grind as there will be less pressure available to extract the flavors. Instead, only gravity will be present to pull the boiling water downwards to make coffee.
7. Chemex – Medium coarse (24 to 29)
Both Chemex and pour-overs require almost similar grind levels for the best output. Their main difference is that pour-overs use pointed paper filters, while the Chemex uses thicker, almost fabric-like filters to extract the coffee. Hence, a Chemex works better with a slightly coarser grind setting.
8. Cupping, Percolator, and French Press – Coarse (31 to 36)
Cupping, Percolator, and French Press require a lengthier brewing process than the previously measured methods. Therefore, the final product would benefit from having enough surface area for the water to steep with the ground beans before filtering them out.
9. Cowboy and cold brew – Extra coarse (37 to 40)
Cowboy and cold brew coffee both require the coarsest grinds possible as they take the most time to achieve. This means that the water would have to steep with the ground beans for some time to get enough flavor before straining.
The perfect cup of coffee requires time and effort to make the most of both the machine and the coffee beans available. Lucky for us, the Baratza Encore Grinder makes the time spent scouring for multiple coffee grinders easier with its 40 setting-feature tailor-made for both coffee enthusiasts and casual caffeine consumers alike.
Whether you’re a pour-over coffee expert or an espresso connoisseur, the Baratza Encore Grinder will help you make the most of your daily needs.
From one caffeine-loaded individual to another, here’s to starting every day with the perfect cup!