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Grind: Fake News Alert

“If your coffee beans have been ground for filter it’s ok to use them in the cafetiere” – NO IT IS NOT!

In fact if you’re wondering why your lovely coffee beans create a disappointing brew, the grind size is a good place to start.

You can have the most excellent coffee beans in the world but if they are not ground to the right size for your brew method, the coffee may taste bitter or weak, or leave an unpleasant aftertaste. It will certainly not be the gustatory treat it should be.

YouTube is awash with advice on coffee grind, but just to get you started:

And here is a quick reference guide for what grind you should be aiming for:

Basically the longer the ground coffee will be in contact with hot water, the courser the grind has to be. Your cafetiere will take a chunky grind while your espresso machine will be at the other end of the spectrum. And the rest…somewhere in between.

When you order coffee at ICRC we will always ask you whether you want to grind your own beans or what brew method you use: this way we grind it perfectly for any and all brew methods.

If you like to grind your own coffee beans, it can take a fair bit of time (and coffee) to get it just right. To achieve consistency with your brews you also have to adjust the grinder for weather and atmospheric conditions. This scientific/technical aspect of coffee making forms a highly enjoyable part of many people’s daily rituals.

If you’re having trouble with your home grinder give the Coffee Baron a call and he’ll be happy to advise.


One of the most popular hand grinders is the Hario Skerton. The Coffee Baron himself uses one of these when chillaxing at home on the weekend (he didn’t want me to use the “C” word but what’s not to love about some 80s-tastic chillaxin! 🎶🕺🏻💃🏻)

Now for the missing ingredient…

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