How do I set up my coffee grinder for the first time?

by Paul Sadler

  • Before you add any beans to the hopper find your domestic coffee grinder's zero point. The zero point is where the top and bottom burrs touch and lock together. Some people expect the zero on the collar to align with the zero point but this isn't usually the case. 
  • To find your grinder's zero point you need to start with an empty and clean grinder. Rotate the collar until the top and bottom burrs touch. This is your grinder's zero point.
  • After finding the zero point, back off by rotating the collar 1/8 of a turn. Grind at this setting, then tune in the grinder in. Note that you should run 100g of coffee through a new grinder before tuning in. This 100g helps to "clog" the burrs, in the way they will be "clogged" for daily grinding.
  • To tune the grinder in follow the steps in my Coffee Machine Espresso Workflow.

Note - The FAQ above applies to traditional domestic coffee grinders.