the grind

Which grind should I choose?

Grinding your beans just prior to brewing results in a much stronger and fresher flavor. 

We can grind it for you.

Since our coffees are roasted and ground the same day your order ships, you can order your coffee ground to your specifications at no extra cost.  Refer to the chart below to choose the grind that is best for your machine.

Brew Method                                                             Grind Setting                                                                                    

Drip brew (paper filter)                                             Medium (Auto Drip Ground)

Espresso Machine                                                      Fine (Espresso Ground)

Permanent Filter, Vacuum, Percolator                   Medium (Auto Drip Ground) to Coarse (French Press Ground)

French Press                                                               Coarse (French Press Ground)

 

If you have a grinder at home, we recommend buying your beans whole and grinding them yourself. 

Blade Grinders

The word "blade grinder" is sort of a misnomer since there really is no actual grinding going on. This type of grinder is more like a blender for coffee beans. Blade grinders are very popular because they are cheap, readily available, and easy to use. However, blade grinders have serious drawbacks. First and foremost, they offer very little control. Basically, you are guessing how long you want the blades to hack the beans apart. Instead of a consistent, even grind, you can easily get chopped chunks mixed with powder. Also, blade grinders produce a lot of friction which produces heat. Heat actually starts to rob your coffee of its aroma and essences before it's even brewed. Grind your coffee with a blade for long enough, and you may even be able to detect a "burnt" taste.

Burr Grinders

The best and most common burr grinder is a conical burr grinder. These devices actually crush the beans between a moving surface and a non-moving surface. The positioning on the burr is what regulates the ground size, which allows for a more consistent grind. Since the beans are being crushed rather than sliced, there is not a noticeable increase in heat when using a burr grinder, so there will not be a burnt taste or a loss in flavor.  Coffee roasters and commercial coffee companies use burr grinders, and they are available in all sizes from large commercial grinders to countertop models. While you could get away with using a blade grinder for brewing coffee in a drip machine using paper filters, you should certainly only use a burr grinder if you are brewing coffee with a French press or using a permanent filter.

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