Which grind size should I choose?
If you grind your own then this is the one for you.
A fine grind is best is you are using an espresso machine at home.
Best if you're using a Aeropress, stovetop or mokapot
Best for V60, Chemex or Drip Filter
Best for Cafetiere/french press, Clever Dripper or if you are making cold brew.
Check out our brewing guides for help on getting the best out of your coffee at home.
What is 'speciality' and 'artisan' roasted coffee?
'Speciality' generally means we work with the highest grade coffee - the top 2-3% of all the coffee in the world. Higher grades of coffee are usually grown by smaller, often family owned, farms. More care is put into the cultivation of the coffee fruits (and the seed - the coffee bean), which are grown for flavour rather than volume.
This all results in a coffee bean that offers a fuller depth of flavour than the highly-industrialised processing that happens to much of the other coffee grown in the world.
This is a broad term but generally tends to mean that the beans were roasted in smaller batches by smaller operators. When working with speciality grade coffee, it's important to treat each batch in a unique way to ensure the roasting is perfect for those beans, to make the most of that extra flavour in the bean.
Why is it more expensive?
Due to the fact speciality grade coffee is some of the best grade coffee in the world, and the fact that more care is given to the way it is roasted, this means there's a much higher cost to produce coffee in this way.
The coffee you find in supermarkets will almost always be low grade coffee that is produced in a way that is focused on producing a low cost product. Most of the coffee you will find in the larger coffee chains will also use a 'commercial' grade coffee, which is why you'll almost always pay less for a flat white in a starbucks than an independent coffee house (which typically use artisan roasted speciality coffee).