Your Coffee 101

A jam-packed guide to the world of specialty coffee brewing. Brew like a world-class barista with news, tips and advice on making kick-ass coffee

Making great coffee simple for you

Every coffee lover wants a great-tasting brew at home that’s easily as good as the cup of Joe served at your local coffee shop. But with so many brew methods, different types of coffee and grinders on the market it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We’re here to take away the confusion with a vast bank of tutorials, recipes and brewing guidance for you to nail this once and for all.

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Unleash your inner barista

Where do you start with specialty coffee brewing you may be wondering? What different techniques are there and what equipment do you need to tackle them? There’s a ton of coffee gear on sale – but what do you really need to take your coffee to the next level? Delicious coffee shouldn’t feel this complicated. You’ll find all these questions and much more answered in our article library below.

We’re here to make your brewing experience easier

Coffee Hit only stocks products designed to make your brewing experience even easier – and deliver a flavoursome cuppa every time. The products mentioned in our articles are handpicked for their quality and brewing abilities. We only sell gear we can service and support ourselves or where we know you’ll get great aftersales support from the manufacturer. Gear you can trust. Enjoy the read!

And if you have a question you can’t find answered here, feel free to reach out to our team. We’re always happy to help you embark on the next stage of your coffee adventure!

101 of Specialty Coffee brewing – how to brew artisan coffee at home

By Coffee Hit | July 20, 2022

Specialty Coffee brewing how to brew artisan coffee at home DRINKING COFFEE Every Brit drinks, on average, two cups of coffee a day. It’s the most popular drink in the world (apart from water) and has been around since at least the ninth century, when an Ethiopian goat herder reportedly stumbled upon a coffee plant…

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Are Coffee Grinders Worth it?

Since I started  Coffee Hit  in 2008, the number one question people ask me is, "how can I make my coffee better at home." My answer is always the same. Get a coffee grinder and grind your own whole bean coffee.  Hand Grinder  A hand grinder is a great place to start if you are looking...

Why are coffee grinders so expensive?

When you start to look at Google for coffee grinders you quickly realise there is a wide range of information and opinions on what would appear to be a seemingly straightforward product - a coffee grinder.  So why the big difference in price? And why are some coffee grinders so...

Why are Burr Grinders Better?

The aim of any grinder is to take your whole bean coffee and turn it into a crushed uniform powder. Then you have two types of grinders to achieve this: Blade grinder or burr grinder. The one you should be choosing is the burr grinder. So why is this better? First,...

Why Are Blade Grinders Bad?

If you’re switching from pre-ground coffee to grinding your beans at home, you’re probably realising there’s more than one way to grind your coffee. Each method has its pros and cons, but most coffee lovers will agree that you should steer clear of a blade grinder.  Blade grinders Blade grinders...

Which Coffee Grinders Are Not Made In China?

Products created in China have acquired a negative reputation over the years, with many consumers believing Chinese-made goods automatically equal poor quality.  Others even assume that items deriving from this part of the world are poorly built and could even pose a health hazard.  While there is no doubt some...

Where to Buy Coffee Grinders

A coffee grinder is a great purchase and will bring you many years of coffee drinking joy. But just as important as the case of purchase is the access to get your grinder serviced or repaired. As with anything that has moving parts and motors etc it will at some...

Where are Baratza Coffee Grinders Made

Baratza makes some of the best home and home/commercial grinders available today. The design and engineering are out of their HQ in Seattle, whilst they are manufactured out of the factory in Taiwan. In the UK we have the grinders shipped directly from the factory in Taiwan to our warehouse in...

What Coffee Grinders are Best

There are a few elements to look for when choosing a coffee grinder. Grind Quality: You buy a bag of awesome whole coffee beans from your favourite roaster and now you need to crush them. This is where your choice of coffee grinder will determine an ok cup of coffee...

How Much Are Coffee Grinders?

The cost of coffee grinders can vary widely. The cost is usually determined by the accuracy of the grinding mechanism and the ability to grind both fine and course grinds. There are also grinders that have funky features like scales that allow you to dose by weight or time.   If...

How Coffee Grinders Work

Have you ever turned on a coffee grinder and wondered what goes on in there? You know you put your delicious whole bean coffee in the top and out the bottom comes ground coffee ready to brew. But how does it get like that? Inside your coffee grinder will be...

Can You Grind Spices With A Coffee Grinder?

Spices are very similar to coffee, maybe not in taste but certainly in preparation. So it makes sense to assume you can put your lovely aromatic spices through your coffee grinder, right? Technically, you could, but then your next batch of coffee might have a strong hint of cumin. Not...

Can Coffee Grinder Grind Nuts

There's nothing more delicious than your own groundnut butter or ground nuts to put in your breakfast bowl. But can we grind nuts through our coffee grinder?  Nuts contain a high level of oil which when roasted or ground are released. When you put nuts through a coffee grinder they...