Which grind is best for your coffee maker or espresso machine?

How you grind your coffee is the first step influencing the final brew. Some machines will brew better if you make sure to grind your beans to the optimal size in the first place. Grinders don’t always have coarseness settings, so you will have to experiment a little to establish how long to let your machine grind to achieve the right coarseness or fineness. These savvy tips have stood the test of time and are sure to make your espresso that much better.

The table below will tell you which grind to choose to suit your particular coffee-brewing method.

Grinding Chart

Drip Coffee Maker – Flat Bottom Filter Medium Grind
Drip Coffee Maker – Cone Filter Medium Grind
French Press – Coarse Grind
Percolator – Coarse Grind
Espresso Machine – Extra Fine Grind
Espresso Moka Pot – Fine Grind
Vacuum Coffee Pot – Coarse Grind
Ibrik – Fine Grind

The terms can be open to interpretation (just how fine is extra fine?)

These comparisons might help you gauge your grind a little better:

Coarse – Very distinct particles of coffee. Like heavy-grained kosher salt.
Medium – Gritty, like coarse sand.
Fine – Smoother to the touch, a little finer than granular sugar or table salt.
Extra Fine – Finer than sugar, but not quite powdered. Grains should still be discernable to the touch.
Turkish – Powdered, like flour. Most inexpensive (blade) grinders will be unable to grind this finely.

I hope the following information will assist you in the correct grind technique for the type of coffee machine you are using to enjoy your favorite cup of espresso or coffee.