What setting (on my Baratza Grinder) should I use for a specific brewing method?
There is no easy answer for this important question, as so many variables affect the grind, such as:
Below are a few grinding tips and settings you can try to find the best for you.
We have done extensive testing on our grinders with the most popular brewing methods and have come up with some settings that we think are great starting points. The key is to get started with your grinder and then adjust to your own preferred taste.
In addition to our grinding tips, you could ask the Roaster of the beans you purchased, or your local Café, to give you a grind sample for the brew method you plan to use, then reproduce this grind sample on your grinder. Fine tune as you taste what you prefer.
Our multipurpose grinders allow you to explore different ways to make coffee in the journey to your favorite cup. There are many sources available with information on how to make any type of coffee you care to brew. Coffee professionals around the world have varying viewpoints about the best grind for different brewing methods and it might be overwhelming. Check out www.brewmethods.com.au to learn about different recipes for each or find new brewing methods to explore.
Does the grinder need to be running to make adjustments?
Please adjust the grind setting either with the unit completely empty of coffee, or with the machine running. When adjusting to a finer grind setting, the burrs are drawing closer together. If there are beans in the burrs and the unit is off, the beans are resisting the movement of the burrs. We explain more in this blog.
How do I clean my grinder?
When using cleaning tablets – we recommend setting your conical (Encore, Virtuoso+) grinder around the setting of #20 and setting the flat burr grinders (Vario and Forte) at a setting of #5. That’s just around the middle of your grind range allowing for a solid cleaning as the pellets are ground to powder. At finer settings we have seen clogging occur and possible mechanical damage. Follow your cleaning cycle with 30-40 gram coffee bean to purge any cleaner left in the grinder.
Other resources to check out on the topic of coffee grinding and brewing methods:
- Seattle Coffee Gear does a video on the difference a roast type has on the outcome of a shot, all ground on the same grind setting: Video: SCG – Switching Roasts and Grinds
- We wrote a blog with in-depth information about the basics of grinding for common methods.
- Verve Coffee Roasters – brewing guides http://www.vervecoffeeroasters.com/pages/videos
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters – brewing guideshttp://stumptowncoffee.com/brew-guides/
- Counter Culture Coffee – brewing guides https://counterculturecoffee.com/learn/brewing-guides