Grinding Your Beans

 
Ground coffee.

Setting the Right Grind

To ensure the freshness, grind the beans just before brewing if you have a grinder at home. If not, grind them at the store. The grind setting should correspond to your brewing method. This is critical to ensure proper extraction from the coffee which results in a full-flavored cup. Grind only the beans you need as ground coffee begins to lose its full, rich flavor in about one week.

Brewing Method Grind Setting Home Grind Time

Automatic Drip Brew/Flat Bottom Filters

Medium

10 seconds

Cone-shaped Filters

Fine

15 second

Espresso Machine

Fine

15 seconds

French Press

Coarse

5 seconds

Percolators

Coarse

5 seconds


Coffee grinder.

The Grinders

In store vs. blade vs. burr? There are a few options when it comes to grinding your beans, but there is clearly a preferred alternative.

In-store Grinder

If you don't have access to a home grinder, you have the option of the in-store grinder. In some situations, we provide commercial grade, in-store, burr grinders as a convenience to our customers. In-store grinders allow you to choose the proper grind setting for your intended brew method and provide a consistent grind. The downside to this convenience is that there is one grinder for all to share which can result in shared coffee flavors from leftover residues. 

Blade Grinder

This is the most inexpensive home grinder option. The blade grinder is similar to a blender for coffee beans. It has a single blade that cuts up the beans, and you control the grind time. The longer the grinder runs, the finer the beans. However, the longer the blade grinder runs, the more friction and the hotter the blade becomes. This frictional heat can actually give your coffee a burnt taste when you are grinding a fine setting. In addition, since there is very little control with the blade grinder, it can give you a very inconsistent grind.

Burr Grinder

The most effective and most common burr grinder is a conical burr grinder. This grinder actually crushes the coffee beans between a moving and a non-moving surface. The positioning on the burr is what regulates the ground size, which provides a more consistent grind. The conical burr grinder is probably the best home grinder on the market to date, because of the quieter rotation, the more consistent grind and the absence of frictional heat. See the burr grinders in our store.