27 Jan '14, 3pm

An intro to buying a home coffee grinder

An intro to buying a home coffee grinder

In theory, if all the ground coffee had the same particle size, it would all brew at the same rate and you could get a perfect extraction. If the grind size is not uniform, the smaller particles overextract, the larger ones underextract, and the result is less than perfect. Unfortunately, coffee is brittle and shatters as it is ground. So even the best contemporary grinders produce a wide distribution of particle sizes. Moreover, some size variation is required for the mechanics of the espresso puck. If all the particles had the same size, there would be large gaps in the coffee puck, and the pressurized water would gush through. A wide distribution of sizes creates a dense pack that resists the flow and allows proper extraction. This is probably the reason why high grown coffees don't do well as espresso since their fines (smallest, dust like grind particles) create a ver...

Full article: http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-grinders.html

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