Steampunk Coffee's Guide to brewing great coffee at home
Getting the grind right is the first most important step to improving your coffee experience at home. Freshly ground coffee is the best. From the moment you grind your coffee it starts to oxidize which accelerates the aging process. Grind your beans within 15 minutes of brewing for the best results. Blade grinders unevenly chop and shatter coffee beans, while burr grinders give you a more even grind which allows, in turn, for a better, more balanced brew.
For a great entry level electric burr grinder try the Baratza Encore Electric Grinder
The best entry level way of enjoying freshly ground coffee with a pretty even burr size is by using a ceramic burr grinder like our Rhinowares Hand Grinder. These are really portable (fitting inside your Aeropress) and easy to put together and set up. Check out our first film in our Rough Guide series which shows how to assemble your grinder.
Grind size affects the surface area of coffee that is exposed to water. Over extracted coffee (caused by too small particles) tastes bitter and chalky. Under extracted coffee (caused by a grind that's too coarse or too short a brew time) results in sour flavors with a lack of depth.
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There is a world of endless experimenting out there when you are brewing your coffee and by playing around with grind and brew ratios you will work out how you like it best.
To help you get started we have put together a few helpful guides for some of our favourite and most popular coffee brewing methods. We hope you will enjoy brewing great coffee wherever you go.
Click on the links below to take you to our guides.