How To Buy The Right Coffee Grinder

Buying the right coffee grinder can seem like a daunting task whether you’re getting a manual coffee grinder or an electric one; a burr grinder or a blade one. What’s the first thing you even look out for? We decided to put together a post to answer this and other questions you might have about the coffee grinder buying process. Fasten your seat belts!

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Qualities of a good coffee grinder

  • It grinds consistently: The idea with burr grinders is to get the same quality of grind on one setting each and every time. With blade grinders you should’t have any chunks left over. A consistent grind is a sign that the grinder is effectively doing its job.
  • The grind settings are variable: With a burr grinder, you need to have all the toys and settings right. Whatever conceivable grind you have in mind, this grinder should be able to deliver. From super fine espresso to coarse as sand French press, the grinder should cover the entire spectrum. Blade grinders are more inclined to a touch-and-go situation so with them versatile settings might not be as important as with burr grinders.
  • A good grinder should be easy to clean: This is particularly important if your grinder is to work as expected. It is preferable if your grinder is designed such that you can remove the burrs and wipe them down with a damp cloth. The other kind, where you have to try and reach at tight corners with a toothbrush is less ideal. Try to avoid using soap and water in the cleaning process at all costs. This is because getting the soapy flavor out of subsequent grinds can be an uphill task.
  • Blade grinders have deep lids: A deep lid on a blade grinder will prevent the ground coffee spilling over.
  • A quiet grinder is a good grinder: This is actually a serious problem when it comes to blade grinders. There are few things in the universe that are more annoying than waking up early in the morning to grind your coffee, glowing from anticipation, and then, just when you press the button, the grinder makes such a racket it could wake the dead down at the cemetery. Maybe it’s time to consider that manual coffee grinder after all. They’re much quieter.
  • Longevity: A good grinder costs a lot of money. As a result, it should last long enough for that incredible cost to make any sense. I’m talking about a lifespan of 3-5 years. You should accept no less or you’al have wasted your money.

Things to ask yourself

  • Do I care how easy the grinder is to use? Burr grinders require you to be intimately involved in the coffee making process as well as the cleanup afterwards. This is the price you pay for being in full control of the quality of your grind. As for blade grinders, it’s touch and go like we said. So if you just want to press a button and get your ground coffee with no hassle of clean up later, maybe the blade grinder is best for you.
  • What exactly do I need a grinder for? If you just want a grinder for seeds and spices, then there’s no reason to spend an insane amount of money on the more pricey grinders. A cheaper blade grinder will be ideal for you.
  • Am I particular about the taste of my coffee? If you really care about the flavor of your beans then a ceramic burr grinder might actually be a good idea. These ones grind coffee much slower than blade grinders, retaining the flavor of the coffee. This is particularly a good idea if you’re an espresso person.
  • Would I like a doses on my grinder? A doses is a sectioned chamber that carries your ground coffee in separate doses so you can have your coffee stored for many cups in the future. The trade-off is that your coffee will just be sitting there and there’s even a chance it’al get stale. So you’al have to decide on thick one you prefer.
  • To preset or not to preset? Some grinders come with preset settings so you get a limited variety of grinds on your coffee. Some people don’t like this, they prefer the variable settings where they are in full control of their grind.

A final word

Don’t let the process of selecting a grinder intimidate you. This is especially important if you’re just starting out and this is actually your first grinder. Get something simple but of a good quality in the beginning. As your understanding of coffee and your palate improve, you’al acquire the sophistication required to be more particular about the type of grinder you want. Remember, one step at a time.