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Roastery Hours

Mon/Fri - 8.00AM - 5.30PM

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The Roastery 

Foundry Road

Ammanford

SA18 2LS

The Roastery 

Foundry Road

Ammanford

SA18 2LS

Roastery Hours

Mon/Fri - 8.00AM - 5.30PM

Choosing Your Coffee Grind


A simple guide to coffee taste notes and the variables that dictate them


How do i know what grind size i need?

Look no further, from whole bean to espresso we have got you covered. Take a look at our handy guide on selecting the best grind size for your brew method, ensuring the perfect cup every time.

Choosing your grinder

There are two main types of coffee grinder - blade grinders and burr grinders. Blade grinders work like a blender, using spinning blades to slice the beans into smaller particles. The longer the grinder is on, the more coffee particles come into contact with the blades and the smaller they get.
 
Burr grinders are basically two interlocked discs (they can be conical or flat) that have sharp burrs on them made from hard wearing materials. While grind size on a blade grinder is determined by time, in a burr grinder, the space between the burrs determines how big your coffee grounds end up. Coffee is amorphous — which means it doesn’t break into even particles. In a blade grinder, there are going to be significantly more varied-sized particles in that batch of ground coffee, rather than if you used a burr grinder.


Grind Types

Wholebean


Perfect if you have a Burr grinder at home and in our opinion the best option. Choosing whole bean comes with a myriad of benefits. Beans stay fresher over a longer period of time which is essential if you like to try new coffees. You can grind your beans for different brew methods rather than sticking to a single process. Most importantly choosing wholebean allows you to make micro-adjustments to the grind for fine tune your extraction exactly how you like it.

French Press / Cafetiere


A French press, also known as a cafetière, cafetière à piston, caffettiera a stantuffo, press pot, coffee press, or coffee plunger. A French press works best with coffee of a coarser grind, the benefits of this brew method are that it allows users to make a cup of coffee according to their own individual taste. Users can vary the amount of time that coffee grounds are steeped, the type and size of grounds used, the temperature of the water, and other variables.

paper filter


Paper filter grind can be used for a plethora of different types of equipment such as Chemex, Hario V60, Kalita wave, Kalita Wave and Cleaver Dripper. The grind is medium which allows enough water to pass through without creating channelling or blockages. Paper filters are the most common and best way to brew coffee utilizing the drip method. Paper filters do the most thorough job in removing particulates and thus effectively trap bitter sediments for a smoother less bitter cup of coffee.

Aeropress


This grind is very similar if not slightly finer as our Paper filter grind, this is a guide size for the standard Aeropress. The grind is medium which allows enough water to pass through without creating channelling or blockages. Paper filters are the most common and best way to brew coffee utilizing the drip method. Paper filters do the most thorough job in removing particulates and thus effectively trap bitter sediments for a smoother less bitter cup of coffee.

Espresso


This is the most common grind size you’ll come across. When you buy pre-ground coffee, it’s usually a fine grind size (unless otherwise stated). In terms of consistency, it's a fine grind, a little finer than table salt. Espresso grind is typically used in an Espresso machine but is also suitable for a Moka Pot. The benefits of using an espresso machine is that you’re not only free to try coffees from many different origins, you’re free to see how different adjustments (dose, time etc) change the taste of your coffee. You’re free to make these coffees however you like, and when it comes to learning, there’s no substitute for taking exploration into your own hands.

Moka Pot


As indicated by its name, this grind is suited to the Moka pot. It shares the same grind consistency as espresso but we wanted to make it as easy as possible for our customers to find the perfect grind for their brew method. The benefits of using a moka pot are:
• Makes a rich, thick and strong coffee
• Aluminum body helps to retain heat
• Easy to clean
• Portable
• Cheap