Grinding coffee is an unavoidable step between roasting and brewing coffee. Coffee cannot be prepared from whole coffee beans.
The rule of thumb with brewing coffee is, the fresher the coffee (both in regards to grind and roast) the better the taste. The moment the coffee has been ground, the flavours begin to disappear (especially when talking about espresso). So if you want your coffee full of flavour, we suggest you invest in a coffee grinder for your own kitchen as well. Grinding coffee yourself is worth it.
How to grind coffee for a specific brewing method
The speed that the coffee drips through the filter, is affected by the grind level or coarseness of the coffee. If the coffee is too coarse, the water will drip too fast and the coffee will be flavourless and thin. On the other hand, if the coffee has been ground too fine, the water won’t come through at all. This is why it is important to know what grind level you need.
The most coarse levels are required for pan coffee, french press and while making cold brew. Medium coarse grinds are good for normal filtered coffee and the finest grinds are perfect for espresso. From Slurp, you can always choose whatever coarseness you need.
I would like to grind coffee myself – what kind of grinder should I get?
Let’s look at two different grinders, manual and electric. Electric grinders a bit pricier but grind faster. Manual grinder takes up more your own stamina (if you always brew a full pot, manual grinding can be quite taxing). The coffee grinder should also be specifically a grinding one rather than a shredding one because a shredding grinder makes for an irregular grind.
the Hario Skerton -grinder is a small and easy to use manual grinder from Japan. Skerton is known worldwide for its durable ceramic blades, that are extremely efficient and ensure an even grind. The grinder is easy to clean and all parts can be rinsed with water with no fear of them rusting. The base of the grinder has a silicone ring, to keep it in place even if you grind from the bottom of your heart. The Skerton costs around 50 euros and thus is a good basic mill for someone who loves to have an occasional cuppa joe.
the Wilfa WSCG-2 -grinder is extremely popular because of its high quality and reasonable price. The conical blades grind your coffee to your pick of the 34 possible grind levels. It also has a timer and a 250 g UV-protected container, that allows you to prepare in advance and store your coffee beans in a safe place. On top of all, Wilfa offers a 5-year warranty for the grinder, which will surely calm anyone anxious about the price. the Wilfa WSCG-2 costs about 90 euros, so it is comparatively cheap for a high-quality electric grinder.
You can find more grinders from here.
From Slurp, you can also get your coffee ground
If you don’t want to start grinding coffee, we recommend Slurp. Our coffee is sent straight from the roastery freshly ground, while market coffee first sits at the roastery for weeks and on the shelf for months. Check out the SLURP coffee experience.
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