There’s never been a better time to be in the coffee industry – we’re now more knowledgeable than ever about the coffee we drink and how it’s prepared. There has been a recent resurgence of using cold-brew and french press methods. Because of this, we see a trend in coarse coffee brands. However, you can also use this technique with any kind of coffee – it just depends on the grind. And contrary to popular belief, coarsely-ground coffee can be used in all types of machines. The difference between a good and an amazing taste is often determined by the quality of the ground beans.
Let’s see why.
- 1 Importance of Coffee Grind Size
- 2 What Is Coarse Ground Coffee Ideal For
- 3 Reviews of 10 Coarse Ground Coffees
- 3.1 1 Stone Street Coffee Cold Brew Coffee
- 3.2 2 Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee
- 3.3 3 French Press Specialty Coffee
- 3.4 4 Stone Cold Jo Cold Brew Coarse Ground Organic Coffee
- 3.5 5 Cold Brew Lab Organic Dark Roast Colombian Supremo Coffee
- 3.6 6 The Chosen Bean Chosen Cold Brew Coffee, Organic Freshly Roasted
- 3.7 7 French Vanilla Flavored Cold Brew Coffee by Inspired Coffee Company
- 3.8 8 Illy Intenso Ground Drip Coffee
- 3.9 9 Café Du Monde Coffee
- 3.10 10 Gevalia Special Reserve Guatemala Medium Coffee
- 4 How to Brew: Tips and Tricks
- 5 How to Grind Coffee at Home
- 6 Is Coarse Ground Coffee Any Stronger?
- 7 Where to Buy Coarse Ground Coffee?
- 8 Conclusion
Importance of Coffee Grind Size
If we could just squeeze the juice out of a coffee bean like with an orange, there would be no need to consider grind size.
However, the contact between the water and ground beans impacts our drink’s flavor the most. Aside from caffeine, isn’t that what we want in a decent cup or coffee – a tasty beverage? If we grind our beans too fine, the drink will taste bitter. If it’s too coarse, a weak drink. To make up for one or the other, our contact time needs some serious adjustment.
The choice of water temperature for brewing coffee is limited, with boiling point being 212 degrees. Since the water would be too hot to enjoy if it’s too coarse, we need to find a way to make it less strong.
If your coffee filter is too fine, it’ll take longer for the flow of water to pass through the grounds. Some concentration of nasty flavors might linger. The patience you possess when brewing will affect the quality of the coffee. The contact time between water and beans will be shorter, which means it can extract less tasty elements, too. This is because there is less surface area exposed on smaller grounds.
What Is Coarse Ground Coffee Ideal For
Coarse coffee is best for French press, cold brew and percolator coffee. These methods require a course grind to avoid any problems with the press’s “mechanical” function or extraction.
Even though you can technically use any coffee in a French press, it’s made to use coarser ground coffee.
The mesh filter would let small coffee ground particles sip through, and these don’t make your coffee experience too desirable. Your contact time with boiling water would be too great. Depending on your coffee variety, you’ll perceive too much bitter taste. You could reduce the contact time, but the composition of your drink would be very complex. The components that normally filter out are now in your cup. They won’t kill you, but don’t taste as pleasant as before
Making coffee grinds in a percolator produces a clear and flavorful cup of coffee. This is more like what you get with a French press.
The coffee grounds do have a tendency to sludge. What I usually do is to use a french press and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Then I take the french press plunger and plunge the coffee grounds down tightly below the water level, then step away for about 30 seconds or until it’s pressed. Just like with the French press, fine grind coffee produces a muddy drink. Using coarser coffee is key to using a percolator without problems.
If you’re looking for a middle ground between an espresso and French press coffee, then don’t follow our advice…and you’ll end up with a drink that looks like swamp water.
I must admit that this is my favorite way of using this type of grind. Cold brewing is the total opposite of French pressing.
If you extract all the components from the bean, the other will only extract the best parts. Many people who have acid reflux can now enjoy coffee without it being a problem, by using this method
Using coarser coffee in cold brewing ensures a balanced extraction. In this method, the grounds sit submerged in water for hours, 16-24 in most cases. (I like 16 for dark blends, 20 for lighter ones). The grind here could be as coarse as the one used for the French press. A little coarser works better. You could even use whole beans. However, cold brewing time has to be longer.
Coffee machines need to be cleaned regularly. Fine coffee often leaves a mess that can be hard to get rid of. Some cafés have even resorted to getting rid of their cold brewed coffee because they couldn’t deal with the cleanup afterwards.. Their experience was frustrating.
Of course, with this method, you’ll extract more if the grind is fine, but other undesirable nasty flavors as well.
Grinding coffee beans to a coarser size affects the quality of our drink. We can adjust the other aspects, such as water temperature and time, but we can’t ignore that a coarse grind will impact quality.
Since we are on top of the coffee world in our times, it’s not so difficult to find coarse ground coffee brands to suit our needs.
Reviews of 10 Coarse Ground Coffees
1 Stone Street Coffee Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is becoming more popular these days, for good reason. This is artisanal coffee that was specifically ground just for cold brewing. It’s 100% Colombian Supremo, but even though it’s darkly roasted you can still enjoy a rich drink with very little acidity. One reason they roast in small batches is to maintain consistency.They also purchase, ethically, organic beans and fair trade.
They recommend you use the 4:1 ratio formula for a cold brew and let it sit for 12-24 hours. (That is 4 parts water to 1 part coffee).
You could also use this coffee for the French press and come up with a delicious cup of coffee.
2 Bizzy Organic Cold Brew Coffee
This blended cold brew ground coffee, it’s a smooth and sweet blend from Guatemala, Peru and Nicaragua. If you’ve ever tried these as singles, you’ll know they have a refreshing balance that’s really satisfying. The Peruvian beans are just out of this world. Organic & Fair Trade certified.
Bizzy takes their cold brewing seriously and has somehow found a way to show you how to make it at home. No need for any expensive equipment, just need an inquisitive mind. And of course, feel free to have a hot cup as well!
3 French Press Specialty Coffee
Primo’s Coffee Company sources this coffee from Nicaragua. They roast in Texas and claim never to blend their product. This is good for consistency. It’s direct-trade coffee, always from the same family-owned lots. The medium roast ensures a well-balanced flavor for this single-origin coffee. They grind coarse enough to cold brew, but even better, in a French press. You could try it as a pour-over but may need to adjust the proportions.
4 Stone Cold Jo Cold Brew Coarse Ground Organic Coffee
The Stone Cold Joe coffee combines the bold taste that some people crave with the goodness of being 100% Arabica, organic, Kosher and roasted just for you. The founder of this company started home-roasting coffee beans because he couldn’t find any good replacements for his favorite café’s Java blend. They pay attention to detail. From humble beginnings, the company grew to become a household favorite. You can enjoy this silky and chocolatey coffee, hot or cold.
5 Cold Brew Lab Organic Dark Roast Colombian Supremo Coffee
Don’t let the name fool you. Nothing but finest Colombian Supremo are used in this coffee. Even though it’s dark, you’ll notice different color profiles – the beans are darker than average. This blend of profiles ensures a smooth & full-bodied taste. I find that Colombian light blends are the most palatable. Their beans are well balanced between medium and dark roast, so you can get a richer flavor without sacrificing coffee strength. The blend is coarsely ground specifically for cold brew drinks, which takes 12-15 hours to steep.
6 The Chosen Bean Chosen Cold Brew Coffee, Organic Freshly Roasted
Can It Get Better? The Chosen Bean lives up to its name. A blend of Guatemalan, Sumatran, Ethiopian, and Mexican beans will yield a tasty cold brew. They roast this bean mix light-medium and dark-medium, as each flavour complements the other. It’s true that each type of bean has its own taste. Ethiopian beans, for example, make me feel like if I’m on vacation. They contrast well with the Sumatran beans in this blend too. This is probably because they’re naturally high in caffeine content and low in acidity.
7 French Vanilla Flavored Cold Brew Coffee by Inspired Coffee Company
Most cold brew enthusiasts drink it plain, using it as an alternative to coffee – even if it’s unsweetened. For those who like the taste of milk & sweetener in their coffee (French vanilla, for example), we recommend upgrading to our Colombian Supremo. Although it’s a dark roast that may taste too strong, we’ve made sure that it doesn’t. This may be my favorite blend because of the smokiness. A nutty flavor that compliments the dark beans. All they have added is Colombian Supremo coffee, that’s it!
Their recipe calls for a 3:1 ratio for cold brew, or 1:1 if you want a concentrate. With flavors coffees, you want to cut down your cold brewing time, especially if you prefer to do it at room temperature.
8 Illy Intenso Ground Drip Coffee
Illy is a coffee brand known for their rich blends. They only use the highest-quality Arabica beans, which are imported from all over the world. The blend is roasted dark to hint at notes of dark cocoa without being too bitter & astringent.
This is closer to medium ground and would be perfect for home brewers that prefer different methods like cold brewing, pour overs, and percolator. It’s not really close to a medium grind but it’s not bad either.
Illy has had an 80-year reputation that has become more and more well-known over the years. They pride themselves on their high quality products, with their tradition influencing the choice of their blends. If you want to start your day with a big cup of coffee or revive midday laziness, give Intenso a try.
9 Café Du Monde Coffee
The Café Du Monde coffee tradition has been embedded into the culture since it first started as a way of saving scarce supplies of coffee during a blockade. However, it was the Dutch who tried it first and in their trade dealings influenced other cultures.
It`s certainly a bold approach. They are inspired by the coffee traditions from different times when it was common for people to enjoy a variety of tastes. One popular type of coffee is Café Du Monde, which mixes chicory and coffee. You can enjoy it, hot or by using any of the other methods. It’s not as coarse as our first reviews, similar to the Illy Intenso.
To achieve the optimal taste, it is sometimes necessary to experiment with different coffee to water ratios. Experiment with cold brewing coffee for 8 hours at the highest – you can always add more room temperature water if it’s too strong
10 Gevalia Special Reserve Guatemala Medium Coffee
Our last one, the Gevalia Reserve Guatemala, is the total opposite. They roast the 100 percent Guatemala beans medium to keep their natural smoothness. This blend is ground coarse enough for the French press. You may need to adjust the ratios here too. Maybe you’ll want to double the amount of coffee if you’re looking for a bolder, sweet taste.
When cold brewing, 24-36 hours will produce a flavorful, ready to drink beverage.
How to Brew: Tips and Tricks
As a coffee connoisseur, you probably have the equipment you need to enjoy all these coffees. With a French press, you can make the best tasting cold brew ever. You need nothing else if you pay attention to a few things.
Don’t only think about the coffee grounds you have, what about the most important ingredient in your coffee? About 97% of it is water. Your coffee won’t taste as good if you don’t use a quality filter.
To cold brew, you’ll want to use water that’s 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit. I would recommend using room temperature or filtered water from the tap in a place that has a temperate climate–where I live, in Spain, for example, it’s usually about 60 degrees during the day and dips below this range at night.Now, after mixing my coffee and water together, I would put it in the refrigerator. That means that my water temperature will drop to 40 degrees. This change, the force generated to cool down, aids in the extraction. The same is true if you leave your coffee out on a hot summer day. The colder water will pasteurize, meaning it will take less time to achieve the desired temperature. This is great if you’re in a rush! The effects on the flavor are also positive just like with refrigerated water.”
Water that stays over 100 degrees for over 5 hours may have contaminants. It’s therefor advised not to leave it unattended for too long.