Food & Drink

There's A Right And Wrong Way To Grind Coffee

Not all grinds are created equal.
10/21/2014 07:37am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

If you're the kind of person who grinds their coffee beans fresh every day, we know you truly care about how your morning cup tastes. We also know that brewing your own coffee is not as easy as grabbing a cup on your way to work. To commend you for all your hard work, we have a gift: a handy guide on how finely to grind your coffee.

When it comes to making a great cup of coffee, everyone talks about the freshness of beans, the temperature of the water and even the bloom that happens when water and beans meet. But equally important is how coarsely or finely the beans are ground. We'd hate for you to go through all the trouble of making a fresh cup of coffee only to get it wrong while grinding the beans.

In case you didn't know, every brewing method requires a different grind. And here's the right grind for each type of brewing method, beautifully put together in the infographic below by the people from I Love Coffee:

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Cappuccino
Flickr: erickgonzalez50
One of the most popular espresso drinks, a cappuccino done right should be equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk (about 60 ml each).
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Mocha
Flickr: Vancouver Bites!
With 60 ml of espresso, 60 ml of chocolate and 30 ml of steamed milk, a mocha is a the right choice if you want something sweet.
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Latte
Flickr: Ambernectar 13
The latte gets its name because it's full of milk. It is generally just a 60 ml shot of espresso with 300 ml steamed milk -- and only 2ml foamed milk.
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Cafe Au Lait
Flickr: maxehlers
If you prefer brewed coffee over espresso, cafe au lait is for you. It's just a pampered cup of coffee -- calling for warm, steamed milk in place of cold milk.
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Americano
Flickr: r͢ǫbcee̶
If you like the taste of espresso, but don't like how quickly it goes you'd be happy with an Americano. It's a shot of espresso (30 ml) with twice the amount of water (60 ml).
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Cafe Noisette
Flickr: cyclonebill
The noisette is one step between the machiatto and the latte. It's a big shot of espresso with half of that amount in hot milk.
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Macchiato
Flickr: s2art
With a macchiato you get a shot of espresso (or sometimes two) with just a dot of foamed milk.
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Doppio
Flickr: Brian Legate
Doppio means double in Italian, and that's exactly what you get with espresso. Rather than the expected 30 ml shot of espresso, a doppio gets you a 60 ml shot.
2
Espresso
Flickr: scottfeldstein
A small shot of caffeine -- but more than enough to get the job done -- usually about 30 ml.
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Ristretto
Flickr: INeedCoffee.com
A ristretto is the coffee choice for those who like to get straight to the point. It's a very concentrated espresso shot -- only 22 ml.