CoffeeNate #26 :: Grind Em If You Got Em


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Welcome to the first post of 2010 at CoffeeNate.com  After eating about 8 million calories worth of holiday food, it’s time to get back to reality.  This week I am addressing a very serious issue, as far as coffee quality is concerned anyway.  The coffee grinder.  Just how important is the way you grind you coffee?  It is the single most

important, and often overlooked, element in your daily coffee ritual!  Each method of brewing requires a specific degree of grinding depending on the amount of time the coffee is in contact with the water.  If you don’t grind precisely, then you will pay for it by getting a nasty, subpar cup of coffee!  For example, French Press brewing requires coarsely ground coffee, while espresso demands very fine coffee granules.  So, how do we properly grind coffee?   You have to purchase a home grinder.  You are now wondering which type of coffee grinder is the best.  There are two main types of home grinders…blade grinders, and burr grinders.   Blade grinders are what you will find for $10-15 at the local dept. store.  The problem with blade grinders is that they actually slice the beans, they do not grind them, and it is absolutely impossible to control the final product.  You will end up with some dust, and some chunks.  The dust will be over-extracted, while the chunks will be under extracted, both produce poor flavor.  Burr grinders on the other hand, will grind the coffee to your exact specifications.  There are ‘flat’ burr grinders, and ‘conical’ burr grinders.  What you want, is a conical burr grinder.  Although they are usually higher in price, they will out last and out perform the flat burr grinder.  I purchased my personal grinder for less than $100, and I’ve used it multiple times per day for 10 months now.  It still works as well as the day I bought it!

I got some great coffee this week from Cherry Hill Coffee, based in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada.  Okanagan Gold is the name of the blend that I received.  It is a blend of South American and Central American varieties of coffee, medium roasted to allow the unique flavor notes to permeate you the senses.  The aroma is that of brown sugar and milk chocolate, sweet and inviting.  This coffee is medium bodied and full of flavor.  With strong notes of chocolate covered cherry and delicate notes of brown sugar, this blend is a winner!  The finish is bright and pleasing, sparkling on the tongue as it is swallowed.  What I like about Cherry Hill Coffee is that they have a focus on organic and fair trade practices.  Organic farming methods produce better tasting coffee, while protecting the communities in which they are cultivated.  Many coffee farmers are not properly educated on the correct use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.  The result is contamination of water supplies and negative effects on the surrounding flora and fauna.

Unfortunately, Cherry Hill is only available in Canada, good news for my Canadian friends who have been unable to purchase some of the American roasted beans.  To purchase Cherry Hill Coffee, just visit Zcafe.ca and select the type you want to buy.  There is free shipping on orders of $50 or more.  Follow Cherry Hill on Twitter.

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  • Theo

    Another great video! Keep them coming.

  • Theo

    Another great video! Keep them coming.

  • @javanjazz

    Enjoy the videos Nate, nicely done! Cherry Hill, huh? Next one I'm trying is <a href="http://www.catfishcoffee.com&quot; target="_blank">www.catfishcoffee.com</a> (their Brew Ha Ha &amp; Cafe A Go Go, for now).

  • Enjoy the videos Nate, nicely done! Cherry Hill, huh? Next one I'm trying is http://www.catfishcoffee.com (their Brew Ha Ha & Cafe A Go Go, for now).

  • nate_s

    Thanks! Yeah, Cherry Hill, have you tried it? They do roast and ship same or next day as well, and they have good packaging to keep it fresh. I've never heard of the Catfish Coffee, but I'd like to try it ALL someday 😀 and have my own as well! Cya buddy

  • Thanks! Yeah, Cherry Hill, have you tried it? They do roast and ship same or next day as well, and they have good packaging to keep it fresh. I've never heard of the Catfish Coffee, but I'd like to try it ALL someday 😀 and have my own as well! Cya buddy

  • nate_s

    Thanks Theo, glad you are enjoying them!

  • Thanks Theo, glad you are enjoying them!

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  • Kimberly

    Thanks Nate! Very imformatinve video! Really enjoyed it and signed up to get more in the future! Thanks for educating me on the coffee grinder. I had no idea! I have one of those Krups like you demonstrated with the &quot;Bzzzz&quot; that chops the beans. Will have to check into the bur grinder. Thanks again! @ciesla504 Kimberly

  • Thanks Nate! Very imformatinve video! Really enjoyed it and signed up to get more in the future! Thanks for educating me on the coffee grinder. I had no idea! I have one of those Krups like you demonstrated with the "Bzzzz" that chops the beans. Will have to check into the bur grinder. Thanks again!
    @ciesla504
    Kimberly

  • nate_s

    Cool! I really appreciate your comments, and I'm happy that you have enjoyed the videos 🙂 There are so many cool things about coffee that I still have to learn, but I love teaching people the basics about improving their daily brew!! I followed you back 😉

  • Cool! I really appreciate your comments, and I'm happy that you have enjoyed the videos 🙂 There are so many cool things about coffee that I still have to learn, but I love teaching people the basics about improving their daily brew!! I followed you back 😉

  • Mike Crimmins

    OK, you've guilted me into it. I'm going to start looking around for a better grinder!

  • Mike Crimmins

    OK, you've guilted me into it. I'm going to start looking around for a better grinder!

  • nate_s

    lol…It's so nice when you see things my way 😉 Really though, it is a necessary step in your coffee evolution. I can certainly tell the difference. It's not fair to judge a coffee when it's not prepared properly, the dust injects negative flavors into the drink. I think you'll be happier! Thanks for stopping by as usual!

  • lol…It's so nice when you see things my way 😉 Really though, it is a necessary step in your coffee evolution. I can certainly tell the difference. It's not fair to judge a coffee when it's not prepared properly, the dust injects negative flavors into the drink. I think you'll be happier! Thanks for stopping by as usual!

  • @VegasRissa

    Awesome – I look forward to learning about coffee! I know I love to drink it, but don't know a lot about it. That is where you come in. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • @VegasRissa

    Awesome – I look forward to learning about coffee! I know I love to drink it, but don't know a lot about it. That is where you come in. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Coool! I'd love to help you learn more about coffee 🙂 I have lots to learn still myself, but I can certainly help you brew better coffee!

  • @LissaL

    I love coffee but had no idea that what grinder I choose could make a difference. Thanks:)

  • I love coffee but had no idea that what grinder I choose could make a difference. Thanks:)

    • Surprise…it does! There are so many things that have an effect on your coffee's flavor, grinder, brewer, beans, water, temperature…

  • Lisa G

    I never used a grinder always in the can I bought I bet it is much fresher grinding and the taste and aroma is probably much better too. @ladylisa1 twitter tweeted as well

  • Lisa G

    I never used a grinder always in the can I bought I bet it is much fresher grinding and the taste and aroma is probably much better too. @ladylisa1 twitter tweeted as well

    • You would be amazed at the difference. It's like the difference between grape koolaid, and grape juice…totally different drink altogether!

  • nate_s

    Coool! I'd love to help you learn more about coffee 🙂 I have lots to learn still myself, but I can certainly help you brew better coffee!

  • nate_s

    Surprise…it does! There are so many things that have an effect on your coffee's flavor, grinder, brewer, beans, water, temperature…

  • nate_s

    You would be amazed at the difference. It's like the difference between grape koolaid, and grape juice…totally different drink altogether!

  • Ruston Reynolds

    I concur! I bought a Mazzer Mini and it's an absolute must for dialing in espresso. Any chance of having iPhone friendly (ie, non Flash) videos in the future?

  • Ruston Reynolds

    I concur! I bought a Mazzer Mini and it's an absolute must for dialing in espresso. Any chance of having iPhone friendly (ie, non Flash) videos in the future?

    • Nice! You are a couple of steps ahead of me! The Breville I have is great for coarser grinds, and produces acceptable espresso grind, BUT there is something to be said for the higher end grinders that are designed for producing exceptionally consistent espresso grind.

      On the video comment, truthfully, I haven't thought about it, but I suppose you have a point. Perhaps there is a way that I can set it up where my site will be able to determine that you are using a mobile device and render the appropriate page. I like the HD videos, but they are too large for iPhone and dial up peeps. Thanks!!

      • Ruston

        Got a good deal on it, I was lucky. It's remarkable how an almost unperceptible adjustment can change your espresso from bitter to YES! Thinking about buying a Hario hand grinder for my press coffee. Don't drink it nearly as much as espresso and the wife'll kill me if I steal any more counter space with another grinder. What do you need TWO grinders for?! You just bought that huge, nice one!! At least I can hide the hand-held one under the counter.
        Re: vids. If only Apple would get off their keesters and implement Flash for the iPhone the point would be moot. Put a man on the moon…

        • I know what you mean about the counter space. I only have a small counter, and my grinder and espresso machine take up some real estate! I also have a cupboard filled with various coffee paraphernalia, Aeropresses, Moka Pots, french presses, green beans, etc etc. My wife loves it…not really 😛

    • Hey Ruston! Check out the videos now on your iPhone. They should work now 🙂 Let me know!

  • nate_s

    Nice! You are a couple of steps ahead of me! The Breville I have is great for coarser grinds, and produces acceptable espresso grind, BUT there is something to be said for the higher end grinders that are designed for producing exceptionally consistent espresso grind. On the video comment, truthfully, I haven't thought about it, but I suppose you have a point. Perhaps there is a way that I can set it up where my site will be able to determine that you are using a mobile device and render the appropriate page. I like the HD videos, but they are too large for iPhone and dial up peeps. Thanks!!

  • Jill Hayes

    thanks for the info. I had no idea there was a difference in grinders.

  • Jill Hayes

    thanks for the info. I had no idea there was a difference in grinders.

    • Most people don't! I didn't until I started learning about coffee, and boy was I on the wrong path back then! It's fun to learn new things about coffee, and put them to use to improve the taste in my daily drink 🙂

  • @geekbabe

    Nice information filled video, you are totally spot on , a grinder can make or break your coffee!

  • Nice information filled video, you are totally spot on , a grinder can make or break your coffee!

    • Glad you got some info from it, and thanks for the support! 🙂 Tweet you later

  • Guest

    Another great video filled with information!!! Coffee that taste like cherries sounds amazing! @lifeonprint

  • Cindy Hickman

    Another great video filled with information!!! Coffee that taste like cherries sounds amazing!
    @lifeonprint

    • Coffee from various regions of the world possesses interesting contrasting flavors! It's much fun to taste and compare them 🙂

  • Guest

    hahahha! I love it: &quot;a cup full of crap&quot; whew! So glad I got a decent grinder! teehee!

  • cindy hickman

    hahahha! I love it: "a cup full of crap" whew! So glad I got a decent grinder! teehee!

    • lol…no more cups of crap for you! 🙂

  • nate_s

    Most people don't! I didn't until I started learning about coffee, and boy was I on the wrong path back then! It's fun to learn new things about coffee, and put them to use to improve the taste in my daily drink 🙂

  • nate_s

    Glad you got some info from it, and thanks for the support! 🙂 Tweet you later

  • nate_s

    Coffee from various regions of the world possesses interesting contrasting flavors! It's much fun to taste and compare them 🙂

  • nate_s

    lol…no more cups of crap for you! 🙂

  • Kieley B.

    Nice Vid! I am hoping to get a good grinder pretty soon!

  • Kieley B.

    Nice Vid! I am hoping to get a good grinder pretty soon!

    • Thanks Kieley 🙂 A decent grinder is an important step to improving your coffee's flavor!

  • nate_s

    Thanks Kieley 🙂 A decent grinder is an important step to improving your coffee's flavor!

  • Jill Hayes

    Could you do a video demonstrating how to grind beans and make the coffee properly? Thanks! @jillyrh

  • Jill Hayes

    Could you do a video demonstrating how to grind beans and make the coffee properly? Thanks! @jillyrh

  • Ruston

    Got a good deal on it, I was lucky. It's remarkable how an almost unperceptible adjustment can change your espresso from bitter to YES! Thinking about buying a Hario hand grinder for my press coffee. Don't drink it nearly as much as espresso and the wife'll kill me if I steal any more counter space with another grinder. What do you need TWO grinders for?! You just bought that huge, nice one!! At least I can hide the hand-held one under the counter. Re: vids. If only Apple would get off their keesters and implement Flash for the iPhone the point would be moot. Put a man on the moon…

  • nate_s

    I know what you mean about the counter space. I only have a small counter, and my grinder and espresso machine take up some real estate! I also have a cupboard filled with various coffee paraphernalia, Aeropresses, Moka Pots, french presses, green beans, etc etc. My wife loves it…not really 😛

  • nate_s

    Hey Ruston! Check out the videos now on your iPhone. They should work now 🙂 Let me know!

  • Jan Glover

    I'm new to your site…..have my own coffee kiosk I just opened in Pleasant Prairie, WI, called &quot;SIP&quot;, love your website…keep up the good work for all of us coffee lovers!!

  • Jan Glover

    I'm new to your site…..have my own coffee kiosk I just opened in Pleasant Prairie, WI, called "SIP", love your website…keep up the good work for all of us coffee lovers!!

  • Jaymac567

    Love the site. Thanks for all of the great info.