Should You Grind Espresso by Weight or Time

The choice between grinding espresso by weight (GBW) or time depends on your priorities and preferences. Each method has its pros and cons, which are outlined below:

Grind by Weight (GBW)


  1. Consistent dosing: GBW grinders provide precise coffee dosing by measuring the grounds using a built-in scale, ensuring consistent shots of espresso each time.

  2. Improved taste: Consistent dosing results in optimal coffee extraction, leading to a more balanced and better-tasting espresso.

  3. Customization: GBW grinders allow you to adjust the grind size and weight to suit your preferred espresso strength and flavor profile easily.

  4. Time-saving: GBW grinders combine grinding and weighing steps, making it easier to achieve the desired coffee dose quickly.

  5. Reduced waste: By dispensing the exact amount of coffee needed for each shot, GBW grinders help minimize coffee waste and save money in the long run.


  1. Higher cost: GBW grinders tend to be more expensive than time-based grinders, which may be a consideration for those on a budget.

  2. More complex: These grinders can be slightly more complicated to operate, given the additional weight measurement feature.

Grind by Time


  1. Lower cost: Time-based grinders are generally less expensive than GBW grinders, making them more accessible for those on a budget.

  2. Simplicity: Time-based grinders are typically easier to operate, as they rely solely on grinding duration rather than additional weight measurements.


  1. Inconsistent dosing: The amount of coffee grounds produced during a set time can vary due to factors like grind size, bean type, bean density, and external conditions like humidity and temperature.

  2. Less customization: Time-based grinders usually offer less precise control over the coffee dose, which can impact extraction and taste.

  3. More waste: Inconsistent dosing can lead to coffee waste, as over- or under-dosing may occur.

Ultimately, the decision between grinding espresso by weight or time depends on your priorities. If you value consistency, precision, and reduced waste, a GBW grinder may be the better choice. However, if you prefer a simpler, more budget-friendly option, a time-based grinder could be suitable for your needs.

The Importance of Consistent Grinding

Accurate grinding plays a vital role in achieving the best coffee and espresso. Here are some improvements you can expect with precise grinding:

  1. Optimal extraction: Accurate grinding ensures that coffee grounds are uniform in size, which leads to even extraction. This results in a well-balanced coffee or espresso with the desired strength and flavor.

  2. Improved taste: Consistent and precise grinding helps you achieve the ideal balance between acidity, sweetness, and bitterness in your coffee or espresso, enhancing the overall taste.

  3. Enhanced aroma: Accurate grinding maximizes the release of aromatic compounds from the coffee beans, leading to a richer and more complex aroma in your brewed coffee or espresso.

  4. Consistency: Precise grinding allows you to achieve consistent coffee and espresso quality, ensuring a satisfying experience every time you brew.

  5. Better crema: For espresso, accurate grinding contributes to the formation of a rich, thick, and creamy crema, which is an indicator of a well-extracted espresso.

  6. Customization: Precise grinding enables you to fine-tune your coffee or espresso to your preferred taste by adjusting the grind size according to the brewing method or bean characteristics.

  7. Reduced waste: Accurate grinding reduces the likelihood of over- or under-extraction, which can lead to wasted coffee or the need to re-brew.

  8. Extended equipment lifespan: Consistent grinding reduces the risk of channeling or uneven extraction in espresso machines, preventing potential damage to your equipment and prolonging its lifespan.

In summary, accurate grinding is essential for achieving optimal coffee and espresso quality, improving taste, aroma, consistency, and customization while reducing waste and extending the lifespan of your brewing equipment.

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Tony Barlow

Tony Barlow

Majesty Coffee Technical Sales Expert - Meet the Team

Tony Barlow, with over a decade of experience in the coffee industry, is the go-to technical sales expert at Majesty Coffee. He's passionate about helping businesses find the right espresso equipment for their needs.