Why does my coffee at home not taste like my favourite coffee shop?

Hey there Coffee Lover,

I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about coffee, and hopefully teach you some tips and tricks to make your perfect coffee at home.

Is it better to buy beans or gound coffee?

Like flowers after they are picked, coffee starts to lose aroma and taste when it is ground. In the beginning it can be easier to buy pre-ground, but as you work your way up and learn more, you may prefer whole beans. There is something special about the coffee aroma when it is freshly ground per cup. They do this at most coffee shops, grinding it fresh per cup, this can make even average coffee beans taste great.

How do I grind coffee without a coffee grinder?

You can grind coffee in a Nutri-bullet, you can find some great videos on You Tube.

Spice grinders work as well.

Which grinder can I buy if I don’t want to spend a fortune?

There are 100's of grinders on the market and it can be extremely confusing. Some things to think about are your budget, type of blades, what are the parts made of, how many different setting for grind size, how many settings for volume of coffee, size & weight, noise level.

Spending under £50

Hand grinders like the Rhino Tall Hand Grinder cost about £40 and make a great starting point. They take about 3-5 min to grind about 40g of coffee. I would say its great for one coffee, if you have the time.

We love the Molino grinder. It is small, and doesn’t take up loads of space on the counter. It has been consistent in grind size and although for espresso it could be a tiny bit finer, it does the job for this price point costing about £45.

If like us, you drink two different types of coffee, I drink espresso based and my partner drinks Aeropress filter, it can be difficult to choose the right grinder which covers all the right grind settings needed for different drinks. They all vary in grind settings so pay attention to this when deciding.

Spending £50-£100


Which grinder can I buy if I want to spend a lot of money?

Spending over £500

There are 100's of grinders on the market and it can be extremely confusing. My current favourite's are Niche Coffee grinder retailing at about £500. It has great reviews from some of the top UK Baristas.

Which coffee machine can I buy if I want to make good Espresso, Cappucino, Flat White, Latte?

First thing would be to decide how much you want to spend. Look out for Bar pressure to make a good espresso base you would need minimum of 15bars.

How do I make Filter coffee at home?

What does a Aeropress do?

Can I use freshly ground coffee in my Nespresso Machine?

Yes you can, if you buy reusable metal pods that you fill with your own choice of coffee. There are many different options online for different models, so check the compatibility before buying.

How can I do Latte Art?

The most asked question by the the home barista. I am yet to meet someone who does not like latte art.


About me

I am Yasmin, I have spent over 10,000 hours immersed in the coffee world. I have trained with some of the best World Barista Champions. I like watching competitions and slurping at coffee cupping's. I have used some seriously expensive coffee gadgets through my coffee years. I ran a cafe in London. Now I am a mum to a toddler, and my barista world is now in my home kitchen. My morning coffee is my luxury moment for the day. I see it as my self care routine, making it with precision and passion.

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