4 tips to choosing the right coffee grind size

4 tips to choosing the right coffee grind size

Coffee is amongst the most consumed beverages in the world. The making of any great cup of coffee is an art that has been passed down from generations. However, new practices of making the cup even tastier and better have been discovered and have evolved with time. There are so many recipes that are geared to delivering that perfect cup of coffee for maximum satisfaction. To get the ultimate cup of coffee, it’s all about the beans, grind and brew.

In this post, our main focus is the grind. With the advancement of technology, there are so many coffee grinders on the market today; all vary in the way they grind. Any coffee enthusiast – light drinker or connoisseur – will tell you that the size of the grind matters a huge amount. It goes a long way in determining the quality, flavour and strength of your brew. Here are 4 tips to choosing the right coffee grind size.

Coffee beans, coffee grounds in a Moka coffee maker

  1. Skip pre-ground coffee

For the best result, it’s always advisable to buy whole coffee beans and do the grinding yourself. This is because pre-ground coffee tends to go stale more quickly when compared to whole beans. To ensure your coffee beans last and retain the aromas, flavours and brew colour, always store them in an airtight container in the cool and the dark. Avoid pre-grinding your coffee until you’re ready to make your brew.

Coffee machine sump filled with coffee grounds

  1. Know the basics

It’s important to understand that the finer the grind, the slower the flow of water through your coffee grounds. This means that it might take longer to make an extra fine grind coffee brew, which may also be more flavourful in the end. It may take some coffee grinding, brewing and tasting trials to discover your ultimate coffee grind size.

Different coffee grind consistencies

  1. Check the grind consistency

When it comes to brewing your coffee, the consistency of the grind plays a key role in ensuring that you end up with the best results. Depending on the brewing methods, you’ll need a certain grind consistency for that perfect hot or cold brew cup of coffee. Below are some of the options with which you can choose to go.

Coarse grind – As a comparison, course ground coffee particles are roughly the same size as coarse sea salt. This is the type of grind commonly used in French press coffee. This grind is further subdivided into coarse and extra coarse grinds. As you may have guessed, the extra coarse grind contains particles a bit larger than coarse particles. This is the extra coarse grind is mostly ideal for cold brewing.

Medium grind – If you want drip coffee, you’ll need this range of grind. It’s made using a filter drip that’s cone shaped. If you want to adjust the taste, use different grind sizes. For instance, you can use the fine medium grind with the cone-shaped filter for a more bitter taste.

Fine grind – People who love espresso are quite particular with how they choose their grinders. This is because any tiny change in the grind size affects the brewing of espresso coffee. Fine grind is also considered best for making Moka, a brew made using hot, steam-pressurized water in a Moka pot. The size of the fine grind particle is a bit finer than that of a granulated sugar particle.

Extra fine grind – This grind is as fine as the baby powder. It’s recommended for making Turkish coffee. The finer the grind, the better your coffee tastes, since smaller particles dissolve better in water.

Coffee bean grinder

  1. Choose the right grinder

Your grind-size choice will be affected by the coffee grinder you choose. Some of the best grinders come with settings for the grind or grind size and consistency so remember to choose a good unit with the settings you need. There are two main types of grinders, namely:

Burr grinder: This type of grinder consists of two cutting discs and is highly recommended for grinding coffee beans. The grind consistency is determined by how far the discs are from each other. For a finer grind, the discs must set be closer. These discs are known as burrs and are mostly seen on manual coffee grinders.

Blade grinder: This has the mechanism of a blender, with spinning blades at the bottom. It is, however, not recommended because it produces an inconsistent grind.

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Wake up and smell the coffee beans!

Win 2 kilos of Caprissimo coffee beans | H is for Home

Late last year, we shared our The Coffee Mate Caprissimo coffee bean review here on our blog. Today, we’re happy to be offering one of our readers 2 kilograms of the same coffee beans (worth £33). The prize bundle consists of:

2 kilograms of Caprissimo coffee beans from The Coffee Mate | H is for Home

Nothing beats a home-made cup of coffee using beans that you’ve freshly ground yourself… from your favourite cup… and just the way you like it! We’ve really been enjoying our morning cup of Caprissimo coffee.. we’re down to our final half a bag.

Cup of coffee using freshly ground coffee beans | H is for Home

For a chance to win the beans, just let us know how you like your coffee. It’s a flat white with soya, no sugar for me!

2 kilos of Caprissimo coffee beans

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Copper coffee

Vintage Swan 'Canterbury' electric coffee percolator | H is for Home

Shiny metallics have been very much in vogue in the interior design world over recent years – copper and brass in particular, have seen a big resurgence. In last week’s Price Points post we mentioned a visit to the Lakeland store in Windermere. We noticed lots of copper coloured kitchenware and appliances as we perused the aisles that day.

Vintage Swan 'Canterbury' electric coffee percolator components | H is for Home

Well, we picked up a kitchen appliance of a much earlier vintage this week – dating from the last time that copper had this much of a mass market appeal.

Detail from a vintage Swan 'Canterbury' electric coffee percolator | H is for Home

It’s a fabulous coffee percolator produced by Swan.

Detail from a vintage Swan 'Canterbury' electric coffee percolator | H is for Home

It’s made of polished copper with rosewood handle and finial – and here it is advertised in a 1970s Argos catalogue.

Page from a 1976 Argos catalogue showing a Swan 'Canterbury' electric coffee percolator

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It looks great – sleek and stylish. It has a setting for different brew times to allow for varying strengths. It also boasts a ‘keep warm’ setting, so a quick top-up is very easy and your second cup will be just as hot as the first. Perfect for those who need a real kick start in the morning!

Cup of coffee and biscuits beside a vintage Swan copper electric percolator | H is for Home

Having just given it a test run, we can happily report that it makes a very decent cup of coffee indeed. We’ve added it to our web shop this week for anyone interested.

Price Points: Reusable coffee cups

Selection of reusable coffee cups | H is for Home

The proliferation of plastic waste has been in the news a lot recently. The ever-expanding Great Pacific garbage patch is really alarming. At last, more is being done nationally and by the government to curb the use of plastic products. It began with the halt to giving away free plastic bags at the supermarket checkout. Recently, Iceland has been the first major supermarket to pledge to not use plastic on their own brand goods. Lets hope all the others soon follow suit.

Earlier this year, a call for a 25p ‘latté levy’ on disposable cups hit the headlines. Some coffee shops have long been offering a discount to customers who bring their own reusable coffee cups. Currently, very few people take up the offer. The hope is that the tax will increase that number in the same way as the charge on plastic bags.

Here are three of our favourite reusable coffee cups – much more attractive and easier to handle than the flimsy, throwaway ones passed over the counter by the barista.

We can all do our little bit to lessen the impact of plastic on the environment. Take reusable bags when we go shopping, buy loose goods where possible, recycle household waste

  1. Waitrose blue floral scatter coffee cup: £2, Waitrose
  2. Ecoffee cup William Morris Cornockle (400ml): £8.99, Planet Organic
  3. Bodum vacuum travel mug with cork band, 350ml: £20, John Lewis

Caprissimo Coffee is full of beans!

1 kilo bags of Caprissimo coffee beans | H is for Home

What’s the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning? Check your phone? Turn on the TV? Ours is make two cups of coffee. No, I tell a lie – the dog wouldn’t leave us in peace if we didn’t feed him first!

1 kilo bags of Caprissimo coffee beans: Fragrante and Belgique | H is for Home

So, it was a no-brainer saying yes to The Coffee Mate when they offered us the opportunity to review their Caprissimo Fragrante and Caprissimo Belgique coffee beans.

1 kilo bags of Caprissimo coffee beans: Fragrante and Belgique | H is for Home

Caprissimo ‘Fragrante’ is a medium-dark roasted blend of two kinds of Brazilian beans. “warm aroma with nutty, buttery and chocolate sweetness”. The Coffee Mate website suggests it has an “aftertaste of slightly bitter walnuts” – we’d agree. When we tried it, it was reminiscent of the hint of oak you can get at the end of a sip of red wine. That will simply be a matter of preference for fellow coffee drinkers out there.

Our agreed favourite of the two Caprissimo Coffee types, ‘Belgique’ is a combination of 80% Arabica & 20% Robusta coffee beans. Also medium-dark roasted, it’s described as  having a “syrupy consistency… if made correctly, a hard body & strong aroma – with dark chocolate and sweet caramel finish”. Again, we picked up on these characteristics. In fact we’ve just had a lovely cup served alongside our pancakes with maple syrup!

Cup of freshly brewed coffee, coffee beans and coffee grinder | H is for Home

We prefer to grind our own beans because it makes for a better cup. We use an electric grinder that Justin bought me a few years ago. However, if you like the look of the manual one pictured here, we have vintage examples available in our shop.

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Price Points: Grown-up Advent calendars

Selection of grown-up Advent calendars | H is for Home

There aren’t any children in our household, however that doesn’t stop us getting excited about Christmas. Christmas proper for us generally begins on Advent – this year, the 3rd of December. On that day, the tree gets erected, decorations go up and, if we’ve managed a bit of forward planning, the first door of the Advent calendar gets opened.

There’s a growing number of grown-up Advent calendars on the market – and there’s something for everyone – glamour pusses, real ale drinkers, coffee connoisseurs as well as the sweet-toothed. Here are three of our favourites…

  1. Christmas coffee advent by Perkulatte: £40, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Beer advent calendar: £74.99, The Pip Stop
  3. 24-day beauty advent calendar: £120.00, Selfridges

Price Points: Home coffee roasters

Home coffee roasters | H is for Home

Coffee connoisseurship keeps reaching higher and higher levels. We have become more discerning about where our coffee comes from, the taste we prefer and how we like to take it. Many people have coffee makers of one kind or another in their kitchens. The simple, classic Bialetti stove-top percolator, the coffee filter machine and the high tech bean-to-cup machines.

The obvious progression is an increase in the popularity of home coffee roasters. The basic models are surprisingly affordable and, as they don’t need electricity to run, are perfect for use al fresco or when camping. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, there are many others available – at a range of price points – for stove-top or counter-top use.

  1. Nuvo eco ceramic handy coffee bean roaster: £33.77, Amazon
  2. Antique coffee roaster: £135.03, Etsy
  3. BOCABOCA 250 coffee bean roaster with cooler: £345.99 eBay