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

by Paul Sadler

  • Start by finding your 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. Try a grind at this setting, then tune in the grinder in. For a guide to tuning in a grinder see the 10 Step Espresso Workflow on my Training Page.