GRINDING YOUR COFFEE RIGHT

Want to get serious about coffee? Get wholebeans, and get a grinder. The secret behind a great cup of coffee is a great grinder.

We recommend the Wilfa Svart electrical burr grinder for its elegant design and small footprint. It is simple to use and gives you the perfect grind for cafetière, aeropress and dripper.

We love this product so much here at the Union Roastery that we wanted to offer you a exclusive £10 off* when you use the code "WILFA10" at the checkout.

HERE’S OUR TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT GRIND

1. Grind the coffee just before brewing for the freshest taste.

2. Use a burr grinder. It will give you a more consistent particle size than a blade grinder, and a more even extraction. Only use your grinder for coffee, to avoid absorbing aromas from other ingredients such as spices getting into your cup.

3. There is no ‘one size fits all’ grind size. Too fine will over-extract, making your coffee bitter, and too coarse will under-extract leaving the coffee sour with less flavour.

SIZE MATTERS

Once you have your grinder start experimenting with the settings. Create a coarse, a medium and a fine grind. See how different sizes work with different brewing methods. Play with it until you feel at ease.

To give you a head start, here’s a little guide on what’s usually recommended for each brewing method:

GRIND SIZE

LOOKS LIKE

TYPE OF BREW

TURKISH GRIND

Flour, powder

Turkish coffee

EXTRA FINE

Icing sugar

Espresso

FINE

Granulated sugar

Dripper, Aeropress, Syphon

MEDIUM

Sand

Dripper, Filter machine

COARSE

Slightly finer than rock salt

Filter machine, Cafetière

EXTRA COARSE

Dried chilli flakes

Cold brew

OUR BESTSELLING COFFEES

THE ART OF ROASTING

We all know that coffee is best when it's freshest. Did you know that when you buy direct from us, all your coffee is hand-roasted to order? That means we don't fire up the roasters until we receive your order. There's no surplus coffee lying around waiting. Once we roast it we ship and despatch it to you as quickly as possible meaning on average your coffee will reach you within 2-3 days of when it's roasted.

We believe roasting is a unique skill that is easy to pick up, but takes years to master. Thankfully we've been roasting for years. Our talented roasters don't rely on clever machinery to run this key process. Instead they roast using all of their senses. Read on at the link below to find out a little bit more about what goes into your bag of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.