Brewing coffee is a ritual in our daily lives that can be as simple as pushing a button with our eyes half open or as complex as a science lab experiment. With so many gadgets, machines and brew devices in the coffee industry, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to choose to spend your hard-earned money on. This part of our site is dedicated to helping you make the best coffee of your life right at home. There's nothing quite like going through a coffee making ritual in your pajamas, sitting down in your favorite spot and having that "ahhh" moment when you take that first sip of a truly outstanding cup of coffee that you poured yourself. Here are some of our favorite ways to brew, from the cheap to the bank breakers and the easy to the "scientific." Whichever method you choose to use, there are two items that are must-haves in order to be successful in your brewing: a quality burr grinder and freshly roasted coffee beans. Another very useful item is a digital food scale to weigh out your coffee beans (and water in some cases) for consistency and to prevent wasting your precious beans. Most people are surprised to learn that the grinder should be where you invest your money for your coffee making and is often a shock when they find out the price a burr grinder can go for. Unfortunately, we agree that this is the single most important item a coffee lover can and should purchase to make any kind of coffee at home. The good news is that your money is well spent there and the result in the cup will prove it to you every time you brew that beautiful ahhh-inspiring coffee. A great way to go without breaking the bank is to invest in a hand burr grinder. It is a little extra work to use but it can be quite satisfying to turn and can produce an excellent grind quality for the money. There are flat or conical burr grinders and both are great for different reasons. There are doser and doserless grinders. We like doserless because they tend to have less old grounds retention, are cleaner and more practical. Why burr and not a blade grinder? The answer is the grind particle size. A blade "grinder" cuts up coffee beans into a million different sizes and you just get what you get. Some of those sizes might be right for your brew method but most of them won't be and you can't change that. A burr grinder crushes the beans and only allows a certain particle size to come through it. Kind of like a strainer in a way so that most of what you have ground is about the same size and that size can be adjusted coarser or finer depending on the brew method requirements. This is important because a coarse grind brew method such as a French press is brewed in 4 minutes and a fine grind brew method like espresso is brewed in about 25 seconds. So, if you were to have a bunch of finely ground coffee brewing for 4 minutes, you would end up over-extracting the coffee causing it to be very bitter and unpleasant. The same goes for a coarse ground coffee being brewed in 25 seconds. This would result in under-extracted coffee leaving you with a sour and unpleasant cup. This is why a blade grinder does not generally work for quality coffee brewing. So, we recommend biting the bullet, so to speak, and getting yourself a good burr grinder. Your taste buds will thank you. Ok, with that said, let's brew some coffee! We will be going down the line of grind size starting with the coarsest brew to the finest. We hope it helps.