Sulaiman Alalawi

Hello, coffee lovers from around the globe. This is Sulaiman Alalawi ! My head contains 50% brain and 50% coffee. Enjoy your coffee anywhere at any time!

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What does coffee mean to you?

It started as a part of my routine, now it’s part of me and who I am.

Sulaiman Alalawi
Sulaiman Alalawi

What motivates me daily:

A cup of coffee and my own thoughts.

Tips for this recipe:

Make sure to try it with Kenyan coffee beans. All else is about your own magic!

Brewing tool

Aeropress, Inverted method

Grinding Size

Check Grind Setting for more info

Dose of coffee

20 g


88 °C

Total brewing time


Coffee water ratio


Total water

175 ml

Detailed Guidance


00:00 - 00:00

Add coffee into AeroPress and pour 100 ml water

00:00 - 00:30

Let it bloom

00:30 -01:00

Stir gently 25 times and place cap onto the AeroPress

01:00 - 02:00

Let it rest

02:00 - 02:30

Carefully flip onto the cup and extract your coffee by plunging. Once brewed, add 75ml of water into the cup, mix, and enjoy!


Enjoy your freshly brewed coffee and have a nice day.

What makes this recipe so special?

I believe this recipe can get the best out of your coffee beans. Besides cupping, I use this method to judge my coffee, because it makes a very bright and clean cup with clear notes & flavors.

How to grind coffee?

Grind setting 1 to 10

1. Extreme fine grinding

<200-200 µ – Extra Fine (I) (confectioners sugar)

it is so fine that is almost impossible to filter/separate, like a powder, usually the finest grading in your grinder. Used for Ibrik/Turkish method because it “dissolves”; in pour-over can clog the filters. The substances extraction is extreme and can lead to a more bitter taste.

2. Finest grinding

300 µ – Fine II (flour)

almost a powder, a little more boulder. Can be used in Ibrik/Turkish coffee, and for some coffee beans in Moka Pot and espresso. The substances extraction is very high but has less surface contact area than the previous one.

3. Fine grinding

400 µ – Fine III Dry (no lumps)
it is fine, but not a powder, you can see little boulder parts. Used mainly for espresso and Moka Pot, but some Aeropress recipes use this grinding in a short time extraction. The substances extraction is high, it has high surface area contact, and it is used in methods with pressure, less time, high temperature.

4. Medium-fine grinding

500-600 µ – Medium – Fine (beach sand)
it is finer than sand, but not as fine than the previous. It is perfect for tuned recipes with pour-over methods, V60, Kalita, et cetera and also for some Aeropress recipes. It can be tricky if you do not master the brewing techniques leading to clogging. The substances extraction is high; it has a high surface contact area, but less than the previous one.

5-6.Medium grinding

700-800 µ – Medium I (Table Salt)
it is the start point for a test with a new coffee, it is a little bit coarse than the medium-fine. Very similar, in consistence and size, to sand. Can be used in various methods like pour-over, siphon, Aeropress, infusion, et cetera. The water-substances interaction is medium here, as the surface contact area is starting to decrease. In this grind size, and beyond, other variables like temperature and time become to influence more and more. It is the grind size that doesn’t extract too much but don’t extract too little.

7. Medium-coarse grinding

900-1000 µ – Medium II Commercial
it has the aspect of sand with boulder particles. Methods like Chemex, Clever and Aeropress benefit a lot from this grinding size, also some pour-overs with a little adjust in the variables. The surface contact area is smaller, so the solubility of the substance in water become to decrease. In this case, extraction is medium and extraction time starting to get more attention.

8. Coarse grinding:

1100-1200 µ – Medium III (Silica Sand)
it is more rough than sand, almost a sea salt, you can see boulder particles. Methods like French Press and some percolators are the best ones applied here. It is also very used to coffee cupping/tasting. In this case, extraction becomes small to medium, there is even less surface contact area with water and extraction time become fundamental.

9. Coarsted grinding

1300-1400 µ – Coarse I (clay particle)
similar to peppercorns. Used mainly for cold brew due to small substances extraction rate because the surface contact area is little, the pores are not available for extraction.

10. Extreme coarse grinding

1500-1600 µ – Coarse II (coarse kosher salt)

also similar to peppercorns, also used for cold brew. The substances are even less extracted than the previous. The surface contact area is small.
1600µ – Extra Coarse (III) – (broken peppercorns)
The grind setting below is from our volunteer Carlos @chaosinrye and @fatima_quest. This is only a draft version.