How to Set up Coffee Grinder

How to Set up Coffee Grinder

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So you have purchased a new coffee grinder and now you want to know how to set up coffee grinder. The way you set up your coffee grinder is of course unique to the type and even the brand of your coffee grinder.

The size of your grounds matter and it does have a major effect on the taste of the final cup. To achieve the best tasting cup of coffee you want to start with how you grind your coffee.

If you truly love coffee then there truly is nothing like grinding your own coffee from fresh coffee beans. Home ground beans provide a tantalizing aroma and flavor that you will never get with a pre-ground version of coffee that you purchase in the store.

You have made the right choice in getting a grinder so you can make your own coffee grounds. Once you know what grind level is right for your coffee maker then you are ready to set up your coffee grinder.

Though there are many brands and different types of coffee grinders with different set up requirements. There are a couple things that are universal when it comes to setting up a coffee grinder.

Making adjustments to your coffee grinder to get the right type of grounds for your liking is not hard. But first let’s get to know the coffee grinder before we get to know how to set up coffee grinder.

Your coffee grinder will contain blades or burrs depending on which type of grinder you like. Usually it is the top burr or blade that allows for adjustability. Being able to adjust these allow you to choose the size of your grounds.

Take comfort in the fact that this is your very first time using any type of grinder it is understandable that a little trial and error will be necessary and practice always makes perfect.

How to Set up Coffee Grinder

  1. First things first, whatever you are doing you want to be gentle at it
  2. Decide what size grounds you want to make
  3. Move the grinder ring along one notch at a time to get to the required position based on if you want a finer or coarser grind. It is important to change the distant in small increments at a time
  4. Switch on the machine for approximately 10 seconds to ensure that the parts are moving correctly
  5. Load a few beans and do a test run
  6. Repeat step 3 as necessary, adjusting the grind size appropriately
  7. Once you find the right setting for your favorite type of grounds then you may want to take note of it for future use

If you need additional assistance setting up your grinder then you should check the instruction manual that was included with your purchase.

If that doesn’t help you as much as you would like then you can go ahead and contact the manufacturer and they can assist you further with things that may be specific to your particular model of coffee grinder.

Once you have set up your coffee grinder you will need to perform checks and maintenance to ensure that the settings are where they should be. You may even want to tweak the settings if you are looking for a change in the taste of your coffee.

Grind Sizes and How to Brew

If you are not sure which grind size is right for you, here is a little guide:

Very Coarse

These grounds are great if you like cold-brewed coffee. These grounds will have a black pepper corn consistency and are just the type of grounds you need to achieve if you have a Toddy Brewer.

To achieve this grind you want to use a light hand when grinding.


These grounds are perfect for brewing in French press pots. These grounds will have the consistency of cracked peppercorns or the consistency of potting soil.

These grounds allow for a cleaner cup of coffee while finer grounds in a French press will over a muddy type of pour.

Medium Coarse

These grounds are ideal if you are brewing in a café solo brewer or a Chemex brewer. To achieve this type of grounds you want to get a coarse grind and then give your grounds an extra pulse.


These grounds are perfect if you are brewing with drip pots. This is the most popular type of household coffee maker so if you are uncertain what kind of machine you have this more than likely will be it.

The consistency of these grounds will be like that of sand and you can use them with a flat bottomed filter as well as a cone filter. Medium grounds are also ideal if you are brewing with a siphon dripper, a vacuum pot or a pour over cone.

Fine and extra fine

These grounds are perfect if you are brewing espresso or Turkish coffee. These types of grounds are the consistency of flour and you will need a burr grinder to get this consistency.

Now you know about grind sizes and how to brew them and you also know how to set up coffee grinder so you can now get to making your perfect cup.

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