Frequently Asked Questions About Pour Over Coffee Grinders
So now that you’ve found the perfect coffee grinder for pour over, these FAQs can help you brew it like a Bruce Lee Barista!
What is the optimum grind size for pour over coffee (like Chemex)?
For the best pour over
coffee, it’s important to find a grind that is not too fine or too coarse. Depending on your pour over brewer, start with a medium-fine grind size (a little finer than ordinary sand) and work your way up or down from there.
If your coffee tastes sour or salty, your grinds are probably too coarse and/or you need to increase your brewing time (water passes through coarse grinds easier and faster).
Alternatively, if it ends up tasting bitter or pungent, your grinds are probably too fine and/or you need to decrease your brewing time (it's harder for water to pass through fine grinds, and thus, ends up over-extracting because of too much contact time with the grounds).
Experiment with different grinds (around medium) until you find what works best for your palate!
Does grind size affect pour over?
Absolutely! Grind size (and also consistency of grind) affect your pour over by slowing down or speeding up the rate at which water permeates (or passes through) the grounds (extraction).
Finer grinds slow down the permeation process, and coarser grinds have the opposite effect.
When the grind is finer, the water also extracts the flavor from the coffee at a faster rate, requiring less contact time with the grounds for the perfect taste.
Start with a medium-coarse grind, but keep exploring until you find the Goldilocks grind size that results in a well-balanced cup suited to your preference.
How much coffee for a single cup of pour over?
The amount of coffee you use for a single cup pour over depends on the capacity of your brewing vessel.
We recommend two tablespoons (roughly 14 grams for the avid coffee drinker) for each 8 fluid ounces of water. That will get you pretty close to the middle of the golden coffee ratio
of 1:18 (weaker) to 1:15 (stronger). This should produce a full-bodied flavor that won't disappoint.
Depending on coffee strength preferences, adjust accordingly to suit your tastes.
Is pour over coffee really better?
Many a coffee drinker argue that pour over is the best way to brew coffee because it offers a more nuanced and distinctive flavor, extracting the complexities that otherwise get lost in other brewing methods.
With this process, you control every single variable of the brewing process: how long the water has contact with the coffee grounds, immersion time, brewing temperature, grind size, etc. This allows you to make minute adjustments to get the best coffee tailored to your personal tastes.
Are blade coffee grinders really that bad?
The short answer is yes. Blade coffee grinders produce an inconsistent grind size that will negatively affect the taste of your coffee.
However, if you're in a pinch and have no choice, it will get you by. But, when you're sitting there drinking the cup of coffee you produced from it, consider shopping online for a conical burr grinder.
Does grinding coffee finer make it stronger?
Yes. Consider this scenario: If you were to use the same amount of coffee (measured in weight), grind one finer than the other, then brew both for the same length of time, the finer ground beans would be stronger.
This is because a finer grind has more surface area, and when exposed to the water, extracts at a faster rate. But if you were to expose the coarser grind to the water longer, it would eventually end up being the same strength as the finer grind.
Why is Chemex so good?
Because it belongs in the pour-over coffee category, one of the preferred and favorite methods of many a coffee drinker enthusiasts.
Besides being elegant and beautiful, the hourglass-shaped vessel made of borosilicate glass lends itself to a close to perfect extraction from start to finish because of its unique shape.
The other contributing factor to taste is that you can use just about any grind size with it, giving you an assortment of taste variations to experiment with.
Can you use regular coffee filter for Pour over?
Not so much. The filters required for most Pour over brewers are conical. This is important because conical filters keep grounds from clogging up at the bottom of your filter or flowing over the top and seeping into your cup of coffee.
What is a pour over?
Pour over coffee is a type of brewing using hot water
and ground coffee beans. The advantage to this method is that you can adjust the strength, flavor, aroma and acidity of your cup easily by playing with certain variables like coarseness of your coffee grounds, the time you expose the grounds to the water, etc.
Many serious coffee drinkers prefer Pour over coffee and will spend the few extra dollars for the equipment and extra time to prepare it each morning.
What is the best grind size for pour over?
The best grind size for pour over coffee will fall in the size range of 150-350 microns. This means avoiding grinders with blades which tend to chop up your beans into smaller pieces and create uneven results as discussed in this post.
Any of the coffee grinders we reviewed above will fulfill the requirements for the pour over coffee.
Is coffee better if you grind your own beans?
Yes, some benefits include a fresher taste and more control over the brewing process, which can lead to lower acidity in the cup.
In addition, grinding coffee at home
allows for customization based on how you drink your brew.
If you prefer a lighter roast, for example, you can choose a light roast coffee and grind it to suit your taste. Alternatively, if you prefer a stronger brew, you can choose a darker roast and grind it accordingly.
Can you grind coffee twice? Can you grind already ground coffee?
Yes, you can grind coffee twice, although it doesn't produce the consistent results when only grinding it once does.
Also, grinding already ground coffee quickly creates more surface area and therefore contributes to a faster extraction of the coffee. Just be careful not to over-grind. Having too fine of a grind can yield some undesired results, like clogging your filter and overflowing all over the counter.
It's best to grind your own beans when possible, and only grind what you'll be using in the short term for your chosen brewing method.
Is pour over coffee bad for you?
Pour over coffee might not be bad for you, but it isn't necessarily good for you either. If your pour over process is done correctly and with high-quality beans
, then the health benefits of this type of brewing method can outweigh any potential detriments caused by subpar coffee beans and/or filters.
One thing to consider is that Pour over coffee methods typically use paper filters, which significantly reduce the natural oils found in coffee. These oils can have a negative health effect on certain cholesterol levels with some people.
What type of filter for Pour over?
Pour over coffee is typically brewed using a cone-shaped paper filter exclusive to each manufacturer. Although, permanent gold plated and stainless steel filters can also be purchased to fit most pour over brewers.
Why is my pour over coffee bitter?
You might be using too coarse of a grind. A coarser grind will tend to be under extracted, especially if your water isn't hot enough (which should be right around 205°F). This can leave the brew with an unpleasant, bitter taste. Get your dose right first, then experiment with your grind.
The quality of beans you're brewing with can also affect how well your pour over tastes. Low-quality beans may cause bitterness and other off flavors when brewed at high temperatures like those required when using a pour over.
If you're trying to use coffee beans that are past their prime, consider using those with some cold-brew.
Why does my Pour over take so long?
The Pour over brewing method is a gravity fed process that takes time and patience.
Also, because your grind size is usually more coarse than it is fine, you have to ensure your water spends enough time with the grounds so it can properly extract the flavor. This adds time to the process.
With that said, if you're using a hand grinder, maybe start with an electric coffee grinder to help speed up the entire process. Any of the electric burr grinders reviewed above would be excellent candidates for the job.
How much coffee for a 12 oz pour over?
Start with about 21g to 23g for a 12oz cup.
The strength of coffee you desire will depend on your personal preference, but this will get you fairly in the middle of the road to start. Adjust from there, keeping in mind that your grind size, and thus the rate at which your water permeates the grounds, will largely affect your pour over as well.
The entire water permeation part of the pour over process should only take around 3 to 4 minutes in total.
What is the best temperature for pour over coffee?
Most baristas brew their Pour over coffee at higher temperatures than other types of brewing methods. They're able to create the best tasting pour overs using water around 205 degrees Fahrenheit (or just 30 seconds off of a boil if using a standard kettle).