Grinding It Out: Our Coffee Grind Guide

freshly ground coffee beans in a jar with Hario Skerton Plus stabiliser

 Let’s delve into the sometimes confusing subject of what grind size is and why it is important with 'Grinding It Out: Our Coffee Grind Guide'.

If you own a grinder, hoorah! It’s worth the investment. But if you don't, we recommend only our favourite, tried and tested hand and electric grinders, available in our store right now. But rest assured, we can also supply our coffee freshly ground to your needs.

The important thing to know when grinding your coffee - for us and for you - is how you will brew it as this will change what grind size you will need to have your coffee ground to. You may know already, freshly ground coffee tastes better and the correct sized grounds and their consistency makes a huge difference to the taste of your coffee. 

Deciding on a “correct” grind size is a hot topic among professional baristas. There is an obsessive quality to the topic; it is never laid to rest. However, learning how to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home using the right grind size doesn’t mean we need to dive deep into a coffee physicist level of knowledge.
 

Grind Size Guide (free)

Just know one thing: when you get the grind size right, your coffee game will reach astronomical levels. Grind affects the mouthfeel and body of the cup and can unlock some of the subtle notes freshly roasted coffee holds.
So, to get you grinding and brewing better coffee today, we have provided a little guide here (left) and, underneath, a short explanation for the most popular brewing methods and why their different grind sizes make a difference.    
  
  
 

Popular Brew Methods: The Technical Stuff

French Press / Cafetière

This requires the coarsest grind you will likely use to brew coffee, it produces a wonderful deep cup of flavour. However, if you prefer your coffee with much more body and kick, copy the AeroPress grind (experimentation is encouraged!) 

V60

Here the grind size affects flavour more radically than other brew methods. If your coffee tastes flat and a bit uninteresting, try going a touch coarser with your grind.

AeroPress

I often think of this method as hybrid between a French Press and filter. Here is the largest jump between our brew methods and the grind gets much finer.

Moka Pot

The old Italian favourite, and temptation here is to go as fine as you can. Do it. Go as fine as you can, going fine is normally a challenge on your home grinder. Try and taste. You may have hit gold first time, but if it is too bitter, on your next grind, try taking it down a few notches. You should find yourself hitting the jackpot.

 

 

How to Order Our Ground Coffee

When you choose to buy ground coffee beans from us, we give you a simple 3 grind sizes, so you can either chose to buy whole beans (to grind yourself), or order your beans ground fine, medium or coarse.

Using the free chart above, you should be able to get a good idea of which would be best for you, depending on how you make your coffee. Let us know if you need more help using the chat option on our website!

Happy Coffee Day.


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