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 oven gloves.

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.

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