Top tips for coffee grinding

beans and groundsHere at the Wholesale Coffee Company, we have a great wholesale range of coffee bean blends to suit all palates and budgets. Our expertise and experience mean you can be confident of our coffee beans – but the next step on the journey to achieving the perfect brew is down to you.

The variety of bean and type of roast make a big difference to the taste of the finished drink, but just as important is how the beans are ground. Here are our top tips for the perfect grind.

  1. ¬†Whenever possible, grind the beans at the last minute just before use. It’s tempting to pre-prepare ground coffee to save time, but what you save in time you’ll lose in flavour. The problem is oxidation, a natural process that starts as soon as the beans are exposed to the air. Ground coffee has more surface area than the coffee beans themselves, so the oxidation process will be faster. The best solution is to use an all-in-one machine that grinds and brews as part of the same process. If you’re using a separate grinder, get that coffee into the coffee machine as soon as you can.
  2. Keep your grinder clean. If you’re working in a cafe or other busy environment, there may not be time to clean it properly during the day, so make time for a proper clean last thing.
  3. If you use pre-flavoured beans, such as vanilla or cinnamon, use a separate grinder to avoid tainting.
  4. With an electric coffee grinder, timing is crucial. If your machine doesn’t automatically select the programme, allow 5 – 10 seconds for coarse grind, 10 – 15 seconds for medium and 30 seconds for fine.

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