I use a Hamilton Beach grinder. It's a rotating blade type. I want the best possible grind. Here's how I do it: after placing 1 tbs of beans in the grinder I begin grinding to a count of 5 (approximately five seconds), then I turn the grinder upside down, I then grind for 4 counts, again I turn the grinder upside down, and then grind for 3 counts.

Does that sound about right?

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  • My guess is that exact timing is too preference- and equipment-specific for us to be able to answer definitively; whatever works for you is right. Dec 16, 2016 at 11:29

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If you're trying to actually make espresso in an espresso machine, a blade grinder won't do it, regardless of your method. It's simply too inconsistent. You'll get some small bits, some big bits and some dust.

Espresso needs to be ground fine - more fine than drip or French press or cold brew. You need a purpose-built grinder for this. You might get away with a high-quality burr grinder but for really great quality espresso, you need a specialty grinder.

Now, if you're just using espresso beans in your normal coffee maker, that's not espresso but your grind doesn't need to be as fine.

Info about grind taken from here and there's a lot more in-depth there, too.

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