What’re the best coffee grinders? Good Question! I am going to give you the best grinders from my experience as a coffee lover and based off reviews above my budget so that you don’t have to scour the internet for answers! So look no further, if you are buying a new coffee grinder, let this be your last stop!
What is So Important About a Coffee Grinder?
Taste – The taste is said to possibly change depending on whether you use a blade grinder or a burr grinder. This is because the blade grinders can get hotter than the burr grinders and heat the bean ever so slightly before being brewed. This accounts for loss in flavor. An additional thing to note is the difficulty in getting the proper ground for the particular brewing method. If you are accustomed to buying pre-ground beans from the store, they are usually ground for drip coffee, which is a certain coarseness.
Aroma – Smell is simply burnt off with heat. I mean this is gonna be pretty minuscule. The real criminal in loss of smell is the freshness. Beans spoil quicker when exposed to heat, light and air. Typically, I notice massive changes in both AROMA and TASTE after about two weeks of proper storage. This is just the nature of it all in my experience.
How Much Should I Spend on a Coffee Grinder?
It’s all about what you can AFFORD! For many years, until recently I just used a blade grinder because it was relatively cheap and I figured the difference couldn’t be that big! In some ways I was right and in some ways I was wrong.
How Was I Wrong?
Well I was wrong because if I wanted to make a French Press I needed really course beans… This is next to impossible to achieve with a blade grinder and if you do attempt it, the blade will always yield different results and your coffee WILL taste different every time. This is just FACT.
How Was I Right?
Luckily for me, I was always using my aeropress with my blade grinder! AND most Aeropress recipes call for a FINE grind anyway, so what I had worked.
Why Did I Switch to a Burr Grinder?
WELL! I discovered different recipes for the Aeropress actually called for course ground beans. I really wanted this control and ability to try the different recipes. I also needed a scale… My brother and I also had a French Press that never got any love, because with French Press if you don’t have the right GRIND, it just won’t give the best results. However, if you do, French Press can be amazing and yield much more coffee than an Aeropress, even tho we have two.
So What Are My Options?
Blade Grinder – This is the cheapest of all options. There are plenty that you can get at an affordable price and plenty you can get that are way over-priced in my opinion. They all spin a blade at a certain speed – GREAT for FINE grinds, TERRIBLE for COURSE grinds…
Burr Grinders – These grinders have two types, which I will quickly go over below. Burr grinders are BEST for accurate grinds both course and fine. Just note that you usually get what you pay for and if you want to go the cheap route of one of these you may be sacrificing something. (I have experienced this). Such as how fine or course your beans can actually be ground.
Conical – The Burr grinder of this type is shaped like a cone and allows the beans to fall easier, most likely giving you a more accurate dose that is weighed and then ground… This is speculation and not proven but it makes sense.
Flat – The Burr grinder of this type is flat and does the exact same thing as a conical burr grinder. The only difference is the design shape of the mechanism that grinds the beans.
Manual Vs. Electric
This to me is a no brainer. Go with the electric unless you need something for a camping trip or traveling. I bought a manual grinder and I struggled. I can bench 275 on a good day. I compare it to using a hand saw to a blade saw. It’s manageable but not fun.
***disclaimer – basket = hopper – the thing you put the beans in…
The Top 10 Grinders!
This is the best all around grinder for home. It is a BURR Grinder and it functions at a professional coffee shop level minus the grinder with a digital read-out so that you can easily see your adjustments. You can get professional espresso grinds and even set the drip coffee filter down and hit the number of cups you wish to brew and the machine will do the rest! (bean-wise). This grinder is on the pricier side, but well worth it! You’ll never have to buy another one.
This Burr grinder is awesome! It has a built in scale and its only 200 dollars. A good scale alone can run you up to 60 dollars… The hopper has a UV tint to protect the beans from light… Genius. And you dial in the weight in grams and press start! If I had a higher budget, I would go for this grinder for sure!
I love this Burr grinder too! If you already have KitchenAid appliances, it works perfect in your kitchen. If you don’t, it still works good! Check the video if you don’t believe me!
What I like about this Burr grinder is the fact that its basket (bean hopper) is the dial to adjust the coarseness of the beans. The coffee shop I once worked at had this same feature. It seems a bit old school but I like it because I have used it before. Bodum is a good name. It isn’t overly expensive and the colors and aesthetics are great!
This burr grinder has 16 settings and a cup/timer dial on the front. I have this grinder and can say that it does a great job and is very functional. The lid on top can be used as a tray to weigh your beans and easily dump into the top. The grind button works as start and stop and automatically grinds to the amount of cups the dial is turned to. This is a good buy if you’re not looking to spend a ton of money but still get the burr grind. I also like that the grinder is ceramic. The steel parts creep me out because often times there are shards on machined parts… If you did some practice runs with cleaner or spare beans it might rid a steel grinder of any foreign debris. Then again, maybe I am just being paranoid. 🙂
So this is the step up from the above Capresso. The Burr is as stated… Conical. This is a preferred design for some coffee enthusiast because the cone shaped grinder is argued to hold fewer grounds from the basket. I have the flat burr capresso and love it! But if I had the extra cash, I would love a conical grinder.
This burr grinder is your cheapest bet for upgrading from a blade grinder to burr grinder. The burr grinder has 18 grind settings and is pretty straight forward. Definitely worth a look for a little over 20 dollars.
#8 – Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, CoastLine Digital Kitchen Scale, and Coffee Grinder Brush
This burr grinder is a deal! Baratza makes another model that is a step up but this model does the trick for entry level. If you have the extra cash and don’t feel like investing more in the future, go big or go home. But for 199 dollars you get a nice cleaning brush, the conical burr grinder and good scale to weigh your beans. You’re pretty much on your way to a great cup of coffee with this deal.
It has 40 grind settings from fine to course and the hopper adjusts the coarseness settings. There is also a pulse switch on the front to sample the coarseness. This is pretty common, however they list it as a feature because the unit has an on and off knob.
This burr grinder is perfect for people who love to travel, camp, or to stuff outdoors. My suggestion… Get one and make fresh coffee on a mountain top, then stare off into nature with fresh coffee in your hands…
Now I have this coffee grinder and hated it at first until I realized that by twisting the top half of the grinder you can scrape the inside grounds off the container walls. This is great because you get most of your ground back. Like I said before blade grinders are really good for fine grind because its hard to mess it up. It is pretty difficult to rely on the cup settings to determine your ground coarseness, so I put this at #10 for doing a great job getting a fine grind and being functional.
Well I hope these options helped you decide what grinder to get. I used my personal experience to sift out the ones that look like they aren’t worth buying. Personally, I would buy any one of these and own at least two of them. I also factored in the reviews from Amazon. My rule of thumb when it comes to reviews is 4 stars and above are ok. Anything less and there is something wrong, either with the company or the product. Companies should be reaching out to their customers. It is 2018!
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