What Kind Of Coffee Grinder Is Best For French Press?

What Kind Of Coffee Grinder Is Best For French Press?

I go through life coming in contact with all kinds of people. Among those are those who are coffee lovers. The most common place I come in contact with them is at coffee shops. A lot of the time we meet at a high-end coffee shop and this comment or question often comes up: “How do they make their coffee so well?”.

As I do my research I have found that it isn’t only about the kinds of beans or the coffee machine, a lot of it has to do with the quality of grinder that you have. Not just any grinder will do.. if you are making french press you need to use the right kind of grinder.

The Best Coffee Grinder for the French Press

coffee grind for french pressHaving a coffee grinder is an important tool to have. Sure you could grind your coffee in a food processor but why not use the right tool for the job.

Grinding it right will give you the full-aromatic experience. You can choose the beans that you want instead of buying some already ground products. But trying to find the best coffee bean grinder for your home can be very hard. I mean there are different styles, features, options and of course, prices. I am sure that you want to make the best decision when choosing your grinder; one that looks good in your home; one that comes with the features you need; and one that has little affect on your pocketbook. People like to say that your coffee grinder should be at least 1/3 of the cost of your coffee machine to match the quality.

True coffee fanatics know that the best method of making the most superb cup of coffee is by using a french press. French presses are cheaper and come with a satisfaction in your cup of coffee that only comes with a french press. Using a french press is actually pretty simple but an important aspect of coffee brewing has been disgustingly overlooked. What I mean is that people don’t think much about the grind. The grind is very important especially if you want to use the french press to its complete potential.

So as you look at those around you and look at the coffee life they lead, you will notice that this oversight is a real problem. This could be for various reasons:

  1. They don’t like to do their research
  2. Family traditions
  3. Largely also due to false advertising of grinder companies

There are many grinders out there. If you read reviews of each, you will come to find that they are all alike. The “alike” that I am talking about is that you will find that there are pros and cons to all grinders. People who brew coffee that requires fine ground coffee beans, need to find the best grinder that achieves a consistent fine grind. People who brew coffee that requires coarse ground coffee beans, need to find the best grinder that achieves a consistent coarse grind. But if people want to produce different kinds of coffee, then they need to look for the best well-rounded grinder. There are grinders that use blades and others that use burrs to grind their coffee. I will explain in another article why burr grinders are better than blade grinders. But you will find, as you do a little research on burr grinders, that most have a specific setting for french press that supposedly gives you the desired coarseness for french pressing coffee. But mechanically, they are incompetent to actually make this a reality. This seems to be a problem that impacts most cheaper burr grinders. Like they say, “You get what you pay for!”.

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To put this simply the best coffee grinder for a french press is one that is consistent in the production of a coarse grind. Uniformity is the key to success in this subject. Coffee grounds should be consistent in size. If you have too many chunks it will make your brew weak and too many finer particles will give you “mud” or “sludge”. In my experience, I found that the best way to give you an explanation of the desired coarseness for french press is by saying that coffee grounds should be SLIGHTLY finer than steel cut oats.

My title tells you the purpose of this article. I really want to open up your eyes so that you can look past all these claims that manufacturers have set up for themselves so that you are able to determine for yourself, in your new-found knowledge, what the best french press coffee grinder is, based on what you have read above and on what the french press expects from us. When choosing your coffee grinder, you need to educate yourself on several things:

  1. The features
  2. The convenience
  3. The performance
  4. The build quality
  5. The value for your money

Let me tell you that there are so many grinders out there that are incapable of giving you a coarse enough grind, and there are others that barely pass as competent, but among those here are some of the best: Kyocera VM-45CFBreville BCG600SILCapresso 565Zassenhaus 156BU, and Baratza Encore.

Now, I have found that many people prefer manual grinders due to the fact that they may be more consistent in their grinding. Many people seem to be pretty satisfied with the Zassenhaus brand. Here are what I have found to be most effective to use for french pressing coffee: Zassenhous SantiagoZassenhaus 156BU, and Zassenhous Brasilia 151DG.

There is a growing love for coffee everywhere that hasn’t lost momentum. People are making sure they are having the best experience in their coffee-drinking and coffee-making lives. You may live alone, have a family of your own or you may be living with your parents; you may have moved a lot, lost a job or lost that perfect girl or guy but coffee has remained faithful to you throughout the years. The last thing you want to do is neglect it. There are so many things to learn about coffee. It is always good to educate yourself, especially about the things that you are most passionate about. I can only conclude that since you have read my article, coffee is something you are passionate about. As always, I hope that you are now more educated and equipped to face the world of coffee with great boldness and confidence.


Can You Use a Manual Grinder for French Press Coffee?

Can You Use a Manual Grinder for French Press Coffee?

There are over 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States and 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday. Wow! Just like gas fuels a car, in the same way coffee fuels this nation. It is no doubt that many of Americans are well educated as to what a good cup of coffee should taste like. The educated know that it isn’t only the quality of the coffee beans used that makes a good cup of coffee; it is also about the process of making it and the equipment used. Making coffee in a french press is a perfect example of this. People have tried to perfect the art of using a manual grinder to grind their coffee beans for french press use.

Hand Grinding For French Press

manual grinder for french pressThere are many ways of making coffee, all of which require different coarseness of coffee bean grind. For example when you use a drip coffee maker, you should be looking for a finer grind of coffee in comparison to that of a french press.  One of the least expensive options is to use a manual grinder. For those who don’t have time constraints in the morning, this is a great direction to go in if you are wanting to save some money. It isn’t only a cheaper tool to buy but it also has no affect on your electricity bill. It is also cheaper to buy whole coffee beans than it is to buy them already ground. Not to mention that the other approaches to making coffee require more things that you need to buy. For example: in drip coffee makers you need to buy paper filters or get washable gold filters among other possible things.

For some fascinating reason, people like to get their exercise by using a manual grinder along with their french press. French pressing seems to have become more popular for various reasons. Here are some:

  1. The naturally-present oil in the coffee is not absorbed. This oil seems to give the cup of coffee a desirable creaminess and taste.
  2. People like investing their time in the making of their cup of coffee. It gives them a greater sense of satisfaction when they drink it.
  3. It is cheaper and requires less parts in making the cup of coffee.
  4. It is the purest form of coffee (classic) that captures the concentrated flavors with results such as these: deep, dark and full-flavored.
  5. The french press itself is smaller in size and more attractive in a home than a coffee maker.
  6. Drinking coffee using this method can be therapeutic.
  7. You have control over the strength of the coffee.
  8. A french press is easy to clean.
  9. A french press can also be used in place of a tea infuser to brew loose tea.

Does a Manual Grinder Make Good Coarse Ground Coffee?

Before I explain why there is a need for a coarse grind of coffee beans I am going to explain how a french press works.

First off, the reason for a coarse grind of coffee beans is because finer grounds of coffee will seep through the press filter and into the coffee. So the process is as follows: you place your coarse ground coffee beans in the french press with hot water together. Then you stir it and leave it there for a few minutes; this is the brewing taking place.

When the few minutes are up, you then press the plunger to trap the coffee grounds at the bottom of the french press beaker. So this is the reason why french pressed coffee captures more of the coffee’s flavor and keeps the natural coffee bean oil in it because coffee grounds remain in direct contact with the brewing water. So instead of using a paper filter like in drip coffee makers, the french press has a mesh that isolates the coffee bean grind from the brewing water and so retains the natural goodness of coffee. This is the simple process to using a french press.

Some french presses are better than others. If you are interested in starting your new journey to a better cup of coffee, here are some french presses that have been the most successful in giving the most consistent cup of coffee: KONA or Bodum Brazil.

Are Manual Grinders Good for French Press?

Now that we have touched on french presses let’s talk about manual grinders. Let’s be clear about something. Manual grinders are not the best for french pressing coffee because they falter a bit in the coarse range.

Hario makes both the Mini Mill and the Skerton, which are among the best for coarse range. These two are top of the line manual grinders that use burrs instead of blades. These burs are ceramic so they do not rust. Burs remain sharp longer than blades do. But when burs begin to lose their sharpness, they start crushing the beans more than grinding them, kind of like how using a food processor to grind coffee would do. This is no good for french pressing coffee, as it produces dust.

Dust or fine grind is not desirable for french pressing coffee as it leaves “mud” at the bottom of your cup of coffee which may be unpleasant. That is why it is essential that you get the best tool for the job. Manual grinders take a little elbow grease but if you don’t mind grinding your own coffee, you can produce coffee as good, if not better than, using an  electric grinder. You see, manual grinders don’t heat beans up during the grinding process which can have a small impact on the flavor. They also are known to be more durable than electric grinders. The backbone for a good cup of coffee is also about the consistency of the coarseness of the grind and so getting better quality equipment will help you reach that goal.

You are now at the end of my article. You read this because you had questions about the things that I talked about or maybe you were just curious, but whatever the reasons are, I hope that you are now more educated and equipped to face the world of coffee with great boldness and confidence.