At present, we're offering just two grind options.
Fine: This is best suited to espresso with pressured baskets, and for Moka pot.
Medium: This is best suited to filter, and cafetiere.
Re cafetiere, the traditional grind for this brew process is course, and the medium grind we offer is finer than this, however many people these days are using a medium grind for cafetiere.
There are a few reasons for this, the first is flexibility. There really isn't a one size fits all grind for any brew method, for any coffee bean - so pre-ground coffee is always going to be a bit hit and miss.
If you have your own grinder, you can tweak the grind with each coffee you're using until you get the best results.
If you're using an espresso machine, by the way, then unless you're using pressurised baskets, called "dual walled" baskets by Sage Appliances, or "perfect crema baskets" by Gaggia, pre-ground coffee won't work.
Pre-ground will work for pressurized baskets, but for standard or traditional espresso baskets, you need to dial in with each coffee bean to that specific basket and espresso machine.
Another reason to grind your own, is that coffee remains fresher for longer as wholebean.
When you grind coffee beans, a great deal more of the surface area of the coffee comes into contact with the air, and it stars to go stale almost immediately after grinding.
We do our best of course to slow this down with air tight packaging, but the coffee is introduced to the atmosphere every time the bag is opened.
Finally, the aroma you get from grinding your own beans prior to brewing, in my humble opinion is well worth the investment and effort!
You don't have to spend a fortune on a grinder.
If you're using an espresso machine with traditional baskets, then you'll need an "espresso capable" grinder, which does increase the price.
If the budget is a bit higher, see my Eureka Mignon review.
Up there among my very favourite grinders, is the Niche Zero, see my Niche Zero Review. It's not exactly entry level, so it's not for everyone - but if you have the budget, the Zero is a stonking grinder, for most brewing methods - and is very popular for espresso.