Coarse: The coarse grind prevents the coffee
from dropping through the filter holes. This grind is good
for coffee percolators, plunger pots/French press and open
pots. A coarse grind is not advisable in a dripper as it may
let the water pass through too quickly thus losing all the
flavor of the coffee.
Medium: This grind is both
prevalent and adaptable. It is suitable for most brewing methods
and is typical of most super market brands.
Fine: A fine grind is most
suited to cone shaped filters and the vacuum pots.
Extra fine: The Extra fine
grind is most compatible with specialized espresso makers
or home espresso machines. This grind has a similar texture
as fine sugar granules. This grind is also suitable for cone
shaped filters and filtered coffee pots.
Turkish: This powdered grind
is finest grind of all. Most home grinders cannot achieve
this powder like consistency for coffee but it is possible
to find commercially.
Home Roasting Method
Home roasting can be fun and exciting; today there are many
Home Roasting Machines available on the market. A large favorite
amongst those who prefer the taste of home roasted coffee
is the Popcorn Poppers. For a more traditional but simple
way to roast coffee beans at home you can follow our method
for using a skillet, Wok or frying pan. Coffee roasting techniques
take time, don't be discouraged if your first batch of coffee
doesn't work out, just persevere and have fun! It can be very
rewarding to roast your own coffee beans, there is nothing
better than that freshly roasted taste and of course the aroma.
Remember to exercise caution when home roasting
coffee beans using a skillet, wok or frying pan, always wear
You will need an iron skillet or a large heavy
frying pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer
of green coffee beans; do not try to roast too many green
beans in one go, as you will fail to the roast the beans evenly.
Cover your pan to prevent the aroma from the beans from escaping.
Set your heat up to medium high. Make sure you stir your beans
every couple of minutes to ensure an even all over roast,
keep a careful watch over the beans as they change color.
When you have reached your desired roast remove the pan from
the heat. Now pour your roasted coffee beans into a glass
bowl to cool down. Once cooled your beans are ready for grinding
and brewing. Remember that if you are not going to grind and
brew straight away that your beans must be sealed in airtight
container but for no more than 60 days. If you are going to
grind them after roasting but not brew then the shelf life
of your coffee is depleted to 5 days. Happy roasting.