Buy your coffee whole bean and grind it as you need it. Once you break the hard shell of the bean by grinding it, coffee rapidly loses its aroma and flavor. Within two days of grinding, you will notice a remarkable decline in the flavor of your cup of coffee.
You can buy a blade grinder for as little $15 to $25 or splurge on a burr-type grinder. Although the more expensive burr grinders crush the beans, resulting in a more consistent grind, a blade grinder does the job adequately and is much preferred to buying the beans pre-ground. Please note that blade grinders are not recommended for espresso makers.
Experiment a bit to find the right grind for your brewing method. If the coffee is too fine, the extraction will be bitter; if it is too coarse, it will result in a thin, watery brew. We are happy at Rock City to include in your order a small amount of coffee ground to your brewing needs so you can have a sample to match.
For those of you who complain that you can’t bear the noise of a grinder in the morning, there’s good news. The new generation of grinders is much quieter than those of just a few years ago. If you are still put off by the idea of noise in the morning, consider investing in a programable brewer with a built-in grinder so your grinder will run while you are taking your morning shower...
WHICH GRIND DO I NEED?
Coarse: press pots and percolators
Auto drip: flat-bottomed filter coffee makers (like Mr. Coffee)
Fine: cone filter (like Melitta, Braun, Krups)
Coarse espresso: stovetop espresso makers
Fine espresso: electric espresso makers