Grinding fresh coffee is an easy and simple way to brew your coffee.
If haven’t tried grinding coffee yet, just about any type of burr grinder is going to improve the overall quality of your coffee. If you’re interested then click here to find out more about the best grinder to buy. If you use a burr grinder in order to grind your coffee just before brewing, below are a few easy tips to follow to ensure you get the most out of ground coffee.
- Clean Your Grinder Regularly
Coffee grinders are similar to coffee makers, which means you need to clean them regularly. We published a previous post on the best way to maintain a burr coffee grinder. Typically, you should be:
- Brushing away any excess coffee grounds off the grounder after each use
- Wipe the hopper and grind chamber out every week
- Deep clean the burr grinder every 3 to 6 months
- Use The Correct Grind Setting
Each technique for brewing coffee requires a specific type of grind. You need to ensure you are using the right grind setting according to the brew method and make sure that you change the grind when you change the way that you brew.
Even if you are sure about what grind setting to use, you may want to read over our Comprehensive Coffee Grinding Guide, just to be sure. This guide covers the different grind settings applicable to the majority of brew methods.
- Remove Any Stuck Beans From The Grinder
If beans become lodged in the grinder, which usually happens often, you need to remove them. You can either use a pencil or your finger (make sure the coffee grinder is unplugged before you put anything into it). If this method fails to work, turn the grinder upside-down. If this still doesn’t work, taking the grinder apart may be your only option. If you are forced to disassemble the grinder it might be a good idea to deep clean your grinder at the same time.
- Make Sure Your Grinder Stays Dry
Similar to any other electrical appliance, you need to make sure your grinder stays dry. Even the manual grinders will not grind your coffee well if they are wet. The coffee grounds will start to stick and they won’t be able to flow through easily.
- Only Grind Good Quality Coffee
Your grinder will only be able to produce ground coffee of great quality if you are using coffee beans of excellent quality.