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by: Dave Savage
What’s your favourite pass time? Well, mine is coffee grinding.
Just kidding…but no, really, I do enjoy the process of transforming my favourite coffee beans into sand-like or coarse ground particles of yumminess that soon will become my much-needed flavourful brown liquid.
Coffee definitely keeps me sane and alive during the day, but after a while, you start to want a little bit more than just any old brew. You start to get…picky.
If you have been following my recent articles on this website, you have noticed that there have been plenty of reviews on all sorts of coffee grinders.
These include electric, manual, vintage, modern looking, cheap, expensive… many of them written by me, as I add to my veritable armada of coffee gear, which is soon going to need its own room aside from my kitchen counter.
My personal favourite grinder that I currently own is the Breville Smart Grinder, which is perfect for what I need.
That said, most, if not all of the grinders and doohickies I own are useful in their own special way.
They all do, in one form or another, what is necessary for you to grind fresh coffee and have it ready for brewing.
But, when you are specifically using the vaunted device known as the Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker, then you will need to know a thing or two, especially if you are going to grind your coffee at home.
Enter…The Aeropress Coffee And Espresso Maker
The Aeropress is a practical little thing that will help you make an espresso, Americano, or cup of coffee at home in no time and with unmatched smoothness.
We here at Know Your Grinder definitely would like you to get the most out of your Aeropress, that’s for sure!
For those who haven’t used one, the Aeropress is a simple plastic coffee maker made up of just a few parts such as the main Aeropress chamber and the plunger (perhaps the most important things in the whole set), as well as the filter screw and filters.
Overall, the point is K.I.S.S., as you may have learned in middle school.
What’s The Best Coffee Grinder For Aeropress?
Firstly, for your Aeropress you will need a coffee grinder with the ability to grind fine-ground coffee, and, more often than not, we are going to pick manual burr grinder over the electric burr model, although they can do the job as well.
So, why manual and why not electric coffee grinders? Here’s a video that should shed light on this matter…
In this video, he’s using a Porlex Mini manual grinder with his Aeropress.
This adds a little more convenience to the process, because you can quickly and easily grind and then pour the grinds directly into the Aeropress.
On top of that, manual grinders are excellent when it comes to grinding for pour over coffee, which is exactly what the Aeropress is – pour over coffee.
In fact, if you wanted to, you could simply grind directly into your Aeropress with a manual grinder. Most of them are sized to do so.
Here are a few things you should look for in a grinder for Aeropress.
- Consistent Grind Size
- Bean Capacity
- Coffee Grinder Maintenance
Diameter is useful to know. Some grinders are made with the Aeropress in mind, so they fit right into it.
Grind Consistency – You’ll want to aim for medium-fine, which is the needed grind size for Aeropress coffee. If you’re going to be buying a coffee grinder just for Aeropress, make sure your grinder specializes in this particular range.
Manual coffee grinders usually work well within this range. Read our article, “We Review The Best Coffee Grinders For Aeropress” to find out more!
Bean Hopper – If you have a decent sized bean hopper, you’ll be able to fit more beans into it, which is great.
That said, most grinders that fit into the Aeropress don’t have huge bean hoppers, and they don’t need to, because the Aeropress makes only about 8oz of coffee and is good for a single decent cup at a time.
To be clear, the “hopper” is just the place where the beans are before they get ground up. This could also be called a chamber, or AKA “the place where you put the coffee beans before you grind them”. Usually, with smaller grinders, even the manufacturers don’t refer to them as hoppers.
Coffee Grinder Maintenance – Maintenance is crucial in order to keep your coffee grinder in shape so it can last as long as possible, but also to ensure you’re getting the freshest, tastiest coffee you can.
Getting a grinder that disassembles easily is what we would highly recommend. Luckily, most grinders we discuss that are great for Aeropress are manual and don’t have a lot of finicky parts.
In other words, Aeropress-friendly grinders are easy to take apart, clean, and put back together.
And because they’re manual, you don’t have to dig into the bowels of the machine to get it clean. It’s just a simple task of taking a few pieces apart, buffing it up, and then you’re back to being spick and span!
Why Grind The Coffee Yourself?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: when you grind the beans yourself and use them as soon and as fresh as possible, its going to really benefit the flavour, aroma, and everything about your Aeropress coffee.
Its just common sense, really, but people tend to let coffee get a bit stale by leaving it out, which is actually quite detrimental to the flavour.
A sturdy and airtight coffee vault can help with this.
It’s most likely you’ve experienced the fresh coffee aroma when you’ve walked through a local coffee shop that does things right, ie. sources their beans from dependable sources, roasts the beans themselves, grinds everything on the spot.
But what do you think happens if you let ground coffee sits like that for weeks or months? It’s not going to be fresh at all, and guess what, it’s going to lose its special aroma.
Purchasing pre-ground coffee is lazy and it’s not worth the sacrifice. Sorry to say it but it’s true.
Grinding your coffee right before you’re going to make your cup of coffee is the right way to go, and you’ll know why once you taste it!
Get A Manual Adjustable Ceramic Burr Grinder
So, if you are in agreement with us that manual sounds like a good idea in terms of a coffee grinder for your Aeropress (they’re much cheaper than electrical too!), we suggest you go with a manual adjustable ceramic burr coffee grinder.
While this may sound like just a bunch of words strung together, each has its own special significance, which we’ll what they each mean presently!
Steps To Using A Manual Grinder With Your Aeropress
Because your grinder is manual, that means you have to do all the grinding which yourself, which is somewhat slower than an electrical grinder (of course).
So if you’re pressed for time all the time, that could be a problem. On the other than, slower-ground coffee beans taste better, so that’s the upside.
Once you’ve got yourself a manual grinder, its as simple as deciding how coarse or fine you want your beans (I like medium-coarse for my Aeropress), and then you just add the beans to the grinder.
In the above picture, it shows the grinds being added to a French Press, but in our case we’re using an Aeropress, so its just that easy.
Overall, the whole process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes anyway.
Ceramic Burrs Are Better
In terms of the word “ceramic”, we’re talking about the type of burrs that the coffee grinder uses.
Often they are made of metal, but sometimes they’re made of ceramic and that is what we prefer for our Aeropress – a coffee grinder that uses ceramic burrs.
Avoid Blade Grinders If You Can
Blade grinders are roughly the same price as manual burr grinders, but your coffee won’t taste as good if you use this type of grinder.
Mainly, this is because they tend to overhead the beans and scorch the grinds, affecting the flavour.
Ceramic burr grinders slowly kind of mince the beans in such a way where the flavour is maximized for reasons that are slightly scientific and we won’t be getting into here – but it’s true, ceramic burr grinders are my personal favourite in terms of attaining the correct flavour.
Grind Size For Aeropress
For Aeropress, you’ll want to achieve a grind size that is just less fine than salt – eg. a medium-fine grind.
Finding the right grind size that suits you may take a few times, but it’ll be worth it!
Once you’ve managed to consistently get a grind you like, just leave the settings on your grinder the same and then you can then grind straight from your manual grinder and into your Aeropress.
Hopefully, if you buy the right size grinder, it you won’t spill anything. 🙂
In the image below, we’re looking at the “French Grind” for Aeropress, AKA the size that works best for pour over coffee methods. Also called “medium-fine”.
Aeropress Coffee On The Go
The great thing about Aeropress is that it’s very portable. If you are a person who travels a lot and loves camping, having your manual grinder and your Aeropress in your bag will be a real blessing.
Together, the grinder and the Aeropress don’t take up much room and don’t use electricity, so its perfect.
In case you didn’t know, you could even enjoy your favorite Starbucks coffee on a go, thanks to the Aeropress.
Since Aeropress is made of plastic and it’s not bulky at all, it’s easy to take it with you on a go, and with the help of the Starbucks Aeropress recipe, you get the chance to make your own Starbucks coffee on a go.
Here are some our of favourite products to make grinding coffee for Aeropress easier!
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|Porlex Mini Grinder||$$$|
|Hario Skerton Coffee Mill||$$|
|Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker||$|
Grinders We Recommend for Aeropress
Even though we feel like we’ve helped you learn a lot more about grinders for Aeropress, we’ve also felt this post wouldn’t be good enough if we didn’t recommend some of our favorite grinders for Aeropress.
Our #1 Choice – The Porlex Mini
Aeropress is one of the greatest ways to create coffee on a go, and we find Porlex Mini to be a great grinder that can grind enough coffee for a single cup of coffee, but also be taken with you, anywhere you go.
It’s a conical ceramic bur that can grind from fine to coarse range, and yes, you will be able to grind beans for French press and Espresso.
It’s durable, yet lightweight, compact and very portable. To find more information about it, read our full Porlex Mini review here.
Runner Up – Bevalig Grinder
Our runner up choice is Bevalig coffee grinder. It’s a simple, yet very easy to use ceramic conical grinder that comes with 18 settings to allow anyone a perfect grind for any coffee type.
It features a stainless steel body that will last for long and won’t break easily. What we really liked was the additional accessories that come included.
Overall, it’s a simple yet efficient coffee grinder we recommend for Aeropress. To learn more about Bevalig grinder, read our full Bevalig review.
Some other popular grinders for Aeropress we recommend are definitely Hario Skerton Coffee Grinder Pro and a Hario Mini Mill Aeropress Grinder.
Difference Between Standard & Inverted Aeropress Method
The standard method is the original way Aeropress was invented to be used. It’s how Aeropress was envisioned by Adler and it’s the method that was invented first.
The standard method is performed with an Aeropress sitting on top of a coffee mug. What you would then do is pour in ground coffee and hot water on top.
The final step is to insert the plunger and press the contents through the filter into a cup, all the way inside.
The inverted method didn’t take long to be introduced by people who simply turned the Aeropress upside down and immersed into the brew method in the same order, yet with an Aeropress facing the other direction.
With an inverted method, coffee can sit in water as long as someone chooses, and the longer it sits – the deeper the flavors are going to be.
The inverted method is loved by most coffee lovers because it provides a thicker and more tasteful flavor than the standard method.
Here’s a video that explains more about the standard vs. inverted method.
Grinding for Aeropress FAQ
Q: What grind size should I use?
A: We’d highly recommend you use either espresso grind or fine drip. You’ll notice that espresso grind takes longer to press, but gives a richer brew. On the other hand, with fine drip, you’ll have to let it steep for longer to achieve the same strength of espresso grind.
Q: Why is it important to get a quality grinder?
A: Quality grinders make sure to grind coffee into uniform sizes. Therefore, no particles will block the flow of water in an Aeropress and it won’t make it hard to press. We highly recommend using a burr grinder over blade grinder for Aeropress.
Q: What’s the advantage of using the inverted Aeropress brewing method?
A: Other than taking advantage over a longer brew with an inverted Aeropress method, people also use this method to prevent the drip through of the coffee in an Aeropress.
I hope this helped a little bit when it comes to grinding for your Aeropress. If you want to learn more, check out the articles listed below…