Coffee Grinder FAQ

Why shouldn't I buy pre-ground coffee?

Whole beans are more flavorful and produce a “fresh” quality everyone loves in a delicious cup of coffee. Ground beans, on the other hand, tend to lose the fragrance we’re looking for when we open a new bag of beans. So the sooner you use coffee after grinding it, the more of the original intended flavors there will be

How do I use this manual coffee grinder?
1. Remove the top cap, handle, and adjustment nut.
2. Hold the central shaft and turn the adjustment nut. Turn clockwise for a finer grind, and counter-clockwise for coarse.
3. Place the stopper back in position to keep your grind setting steady.
4. Place the handle back on and secure it with the top cap.

How do I choose the right grind size?

There are several different ways to brew coffee and each method has an optimal grind size for the best tasting coffee. Use the guide below to help you decide what grind size to use based on brew method:

Medium – Drip Coffee Makers (flat bottom filters)
Fine – Drip Coffee Makers (cone filters)
Coarse – French Press, Vacuum Coffee Pots and Percolator
Extra Fine – Espresso Machines

How do I know if my grind size is correct?

Once you know what type of grind size works best for your method of brewing, you will need to know how to get to that size. Use the following tips to know how large/small of a size you need:

Fine – A little finer than sugar or table salt. Smooth feel
Medium – Similar in size to salt
Coarse – Similar in size to brown sugar

How do I adjust my Manual Grinder to the proper grind size?

In order to adjust your manual grinder’s grind setting, the first thing you need to do is remove the cap, handle, and stopper. After you remove stopper, hold the central spindle and turn the adjusting nut. Turn the nut clockwise for a finer grind and counter-clockwise for a coarser grind. Place the adjustment nut back in position to keep the adjustment nut locked at your grind setting, then place the handle back on and secure it with the cap.
It may take a few attempts to get the perfect grind, but once it's set, you can use the same setting without any changes.
Note: If you tighten the burr all the way, you can loosen the adjusting ring a half turn for a Fine sized grind. If you loosen it 1-1.5 turns it will be a Medium grind. And if you loosen it 1.5-2 turns it will be a coarse grind. This is a good general starting point and you can find tune your preference based off of that. Put some beans in the hopper and test your setting with a few cranks of the handle. It may take a few adjustments to get the perfect size, but once it is set you can use the same setting daily without fluctuation.

How do I clean my Manual Grinder?
You should clean your grinder about once a week. Coffee oil will eventually stick to the mill and you can remove it by immersing the mill in a weak, neutral detergent, and then thoroughly rinsing it. Let it dry completely. The glass portion is dishwasher safe and can be treated with bleach if necessary.

How to remove the top cap if it becomes stuck?

Sometimes the top nut can get stuck when you turn the handle to grind. Hold the locking pin so that the grind shaft won’t move around, from there turn the handle counter clockwise to try and loosen the cap. The handle only needs to move a little to loosen the cap and make it easier to turn by hand. If it's hard to hold down the locking pin with your bare hands, you can use a paper towel to get a better grip.