How to Grind Coffee for Each Type of Brewing Process: The Ultimate Guide

After purchasing great coffee, the next thing you have to do is figure out to brew that coffee properly. Obviously, before you even brew, you need to grind that coffee properly. Grinding coffee according to the method you're going to brew it is essential to making great coffee, and we've put together the ultimate guide to help you brew the best coffee possible.


Coffee beans sitting in a coffee grinder

How to grind coffee for a drip coffee machine

Because this is the #1 way that most people make their coffee, we'll start with the best way to grind coffee for a drip coffee machine. When brewing coffee in a drip machine, you'll coffee beans to a medium-fine consistency. If you grind them too coarse, your coffee will be weak and watery. If you grind them too fine, on the other hand, your coffee may be bitter and over-extracted.

All of our coffees are perfect for a drip coffee machine, so as long as you get the right grind setting down, you'll be making great coffee in no time.


Coffee being ground for an espresso machine

How to grind coffee for espresso

Brewing espresso is a more involved process than brewing drip coffee, and it requires a finer grind. If your grind is too coarse, your espresso will be weak and have no crema. If your grind is too fine, on the other hand, your espresso will be bitter and over-extracted. In general, aim for a grind that leans toward more fine. Generally, you can check the manual provided with your espresso machine to help figure out exactly what grind setting you need, and with a little bit of practice, you'll nail down exactly how your espresso needs to be ground. This is especially important when using different coffees.

If you're curious about what Runyon Coffee beans works well for an espresso, you can start with Payday Roast or Weekday Roast. The best way to get a great espresso roast with our coffee would be to combine a few different coffees to get a unique espresso roast for you. For example, you could do 50% Weekday Roast, 25% Payday Roast and 25% Weekend Roast to get a delicious blend that has excellent crema and a very full taste without any bitterness and minimal acidity.


Man making a pour over coffee

How to grind coffee for a pour over

Brewing coffee with a pour over setup is one of the most popular ways to make coffee, and it's also one of the easiest. The great thing about pour over coffee is that you can use any type of grind, from coarse to fine. In general, we recommend using a medium-coarse grind for pour overs. This allows for the water that you'll pour in from your kettle to soak and extract the grounds, getting as much of the coffee into your container as possible. That will give you a balanced cup of coffee with good flavor and without any bitterness.

If you're looking for a great pour over setup, we recommend the Chemex. It's one of our favorite pour over setups, and it makes delicious coffee every time. If you keep an eye out, you can also get the Bodum pour over coffee maker on sale throughout the year, which is another great pour over coffee maker.


Person making coffee using an AeroPress

How to grind coffee for an AeroPress

The AeroPress is another popular way to make coffee, and it's a little different than the other brewing methods mentioned. With an AeroPress, you'll want to use a fine grind setting, as this will help create a smooth cup of coffee without any grit or bitterness.

Since the AeroPress is such a versatile brewer, you can use any type of bean with it - from light to dark roasts. If you're looking for a great AeroPress coffee, we recommend starting with our Weekday Roast. It's a medium roast with a medium body that is incredibly versatile, and you'll find that the AeroPress lets you enjoy any of our coffee roasts at their best.


Person adding milk or cream to cold brew coffee

How to grind coffee for cold brew

Cold brew is another great way to make coffee, and it's perfect for those hot summer days. To make cold brew coffee, you'll need a coarse grind, as this will help the coffee extract slowly and create a smooth cup.

Since cold brew takes a little longer to make, you can let the coffee grounds soak in filtered water overnight for a 12-hour extraction. Simply put the ground coffee in a jar, add the water and put it in the refrigerator. In the morning, just strain out the grounds (you can use a normal coffee filter and another container to pass the coffee-water through and enjoy your delicious cold brew coffee.

If you're looking for a great cold brew setup, we recommend checking Amazon for a one-gallon cold brew container. This will let you put the grinds in a center mesh filter, add water, then enjoy the coffee through a spout at the bottom when you're ready for it. You can even just leave the grinds in the filter so the water continues to extract. Just don't forget to finish the coffee after about a week or two in the fridge or you'll check some very unpleasant mold growing in your container!


Final notes on getting the right grind every time

No matter what brewing method you're using, it's important to get the grind right in order to extract the best flavor possible from your coffee. If you're using a burr grinder, start by finding the grind size that corresponds to the brewing method you're using. Then, experiment with different bean blends and roasts to find the perfect one for you.

If you're using a blade grinder, start by grinding the beans for the coarsest grind size possible. Then, work your way up to the finer grind sizes until you find the perfect one for your brewing method.

No matter what type of grinder you're using, always make sure to grind fresh coffee, which won't be a problem if you're buying coffee from us! We roast our coffee beans fresh every week, and we guarantee that you won't find a better cup of coffee anywhere else. Thanks for reading, and we hope this guide helps you make the perfect cup of coffee each and every time.