The Joy of the Grind

The Joy of the Grind

Make sure your morning cup's as good as the beans.

We're now offering only whole beans (no more ground options) through our online shop. Beyond it being difficult to get the grind size precisely as the customer wants (each has a different idea of the perfect grind size for their French Press), we believe in grinding at home, right before you make your pot or cup. It’s simply and truly the best way to make the best coffee. We take pride in our beans and we want to make sure your morning cup is as good as the beans you're ordering. Oh, and there are so many other ways it'll make you smile.

Why grind your beans? 

  1. Fresher, way fresher. Which stays fresher longer: a nice peasant loaf with that wonderful crusty crust and soft inside; or ground breadcrumbs? It’s similar with coffee: the whole bean has a protective shell that keeps all of the essential oils and volatile compounds (yes, these are good things) intact within the bean. This means that your whole coffee beans, stored properly, stay very fresh with the flavor locked inside. When you grind these beans, right before making your cup, the flavor is released. 
  2. Which also means a longer shelf life. Whole beans can be wonderful up to three weeks after roast date without losing their flavor or integrity. The same is not true of ground coffee, which has more surface area exposed and degrades more quickly. 
  3. More delicious, like way more delicious. At the end of the day, this is what we’re all after: the most delicious cup we can make. Nothing improves the taste of your coffee as much as fresh, good quality, perfectly roasted coffee (we’ll take care of that part), freshly ground and brewed. 
  4. Aroma and ritual. While grinding your beans may seem like yet-another-thing-to-do in the morning, the joys far outweigh the minute it takes: grinding releases the most intense coffee aroma, unmatched by roasting or brewing. It is one of life’s immense pleasures and, in our house, takes on quality of ritual. Add one minute to your coffee-making routine and ascend to the sensorial coffee heavens.

Which grinder is right for you? 

The general rule is that the finer the grind, say for espresso, the greater precision you need in a grinder; this generally means more expensive. On the other hand, a coarser grind, used in French Press, is far more forgiving. Regardless of how you prepare your coffee, we recommend investing in a burr grinder which delivers greater consistency in grind size over blades. 

Our hands-down best, all-around grinder with a reasonable price tag is the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder at $139. We can't tell you how many people we've recommended this grinder to in our cafe and at our farmer's markets. All come back to thank us:) If, however,  your priorities are budget, precision, design, quiet, footprint or automation, New York Magazine's 2020 list's got you covered. Check it out.

If we've learned anything from 2020, it's that life's too short for anything but the best coffee. Happy grinding! 

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