HOW TO CHOOSE A COFFEE GRINDER - FOR BEGINNERS
Did you put "coffee grinder" into the search bar on amazon and get super confused? There are a plethora of options and they range in price from super cheap to "are you serious?"
All you want is something to grind your beans. You don't want to spend an arm and a leg, and you don't want it to break in a week.
We're here to help!
There are three main types of coffee grinders. We'll explain how each one work, give you the pros and cons, and offer some recommendations. Here we go!
ELECTRIC BLADE GRINDER: This is a small plug in appliance that has a cup with a small blade in the bottom that spins around really fast when you push a button. The blade cuts through the beans (kind of like a mini blender). If you run the blade for a short time you'll end up with coarsely ground coffee. If you run the blade for a long time you'll end up with finely ground coffee.
PROS: These grinders are typically inexpensive, easy to use, and are small enough to fit in a cupboard or be left on the counter and not take up much space.
CONS: Beans have a tendency to get caught under the blade which means you can end up with a batch of coffee grounds that are not uniform. To help with that you can give the grinder a shake every now and again while you're grinding your coffee and it'll help dislodge those pieces.
RECOMMENDATION: Krups Electric Coffee + Spice Grinder
MANUAL BURR GRINDER: This is a hand-cranked appliance that has two burrs inside. They work in opposition to grind beans into uniform pieces. These grinders work much like a salt or pepper grinder.
PROS: Because you can change the distance between the burrs these grinders will give you a uniform consistency. As soon as your coffee is ground to your liking the beans will fall into a collection chamber. From day to day your coffee will be ground exactly the same.
CONS: They take a bit of work. If you're into that sort of thing then this is the option for you. If you want a "set it and forget" option then keep reading 🙂
RECOMMENDATION: JavaPresse Manual Burr Grinder *
ELECTRIC BURR GRINDER: These work just like the manual burr grinder except the only thing you have to do is push a button!
PROS: They are the easiest to use of the three options. Select your grind setting. Turn it on. All the pros of the manual burr grinder can be restated here.
CONS: They can be a little pricey and bulky.
RECOMMENDATION: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder *
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Because there's a better way,
Trent + Sarah
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