Hacking the Starbucks Barista Grinder

My first espresso machine was the Starbucks Barista espresso machine. It uses a pressurized portafilter which allows you to use a coarser espresso grind. For years, I used the Starbucks Barista Grinder with this machine and it worked wonderfully. Eventually the Barista espresso machine gave way to the Rancilio Silvia. While my grinder was able […]

Coffee Grind Chart

How do I Grind My Coffee? What Equipment do I need? What Grind Level? Sounds like hell for the amateur, and heaven for the Coffee Nerd. Mainly because it means one more quantifiable way of measurement, and one more way to spend cash on yet another gadget. In terms of equipment, you may have to […]

Russell Hobbs High Speed Coffee Grinder

The Russell Hobbs coffee grinder is not for sale in the USA. It is sold in South¬†Africa. The dollar amounts in the article are in South African Rand (ZAR). There are lots of articles comparing the different sorts of grinders. Inevitably they end up recommending that we buy a slow speed burr grinder. Unfortunately these […]

Cleaning Your Burr Grinder

Before you read this article, determine whether you really need to clean your burr grinder. Most people don’t drink enough coffee to notice a performance hit on the grinder. Don’t mess with the metal parts of the grinder unless you need to. If all you want to do is make the plastic parts shiny, focus […]

Choosing the Right Coffee Grinder

Roasted coffee beans must be grinded to break the beans into smaller pieces so as to increase the surface area necessary for extraction. The finer the grind size, the faster is the extraction, and vice versa. Depending on the brewing method/equipment, the right size must be adopted so that the rate of extraction is ideal […]

The Mighty Bean Gets Ground Down

The next time you pass by your neighborhood coffee shop, try to remember that it wasn’t always this easy to get a great cup of “java.” Coffee was probably first discovered in Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia, about 1000 years ago. With a flavor blending chocolate and charcoal flavors, along with an undeniable caffeinated kick, over […]

Grinding Down the Competition

It is a well accepted fact that whole coffee beans stay fresher longer than already ground coffee, so why doesn’t everyone buy whole bean coffee? It adds one more seemingly time consuming step to the process, the grinding. Although the old hand-crank grinders were very tedious, today you have many options that fit into our […]

Adjusting the Mr. Coffee Burr Mill for Espresso Grind

I’ve been a whole-bean coffee drinker for many years and I am also very picky when it comes to coffee. No swill for me! I am also mechanically inclined and love to take things apart. After reading reviews of burr grinders and agonizing over the prices (did I also mention that I prefer to spend […]