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Coffee Grinders buying guide

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Introduction to Coffee Grinders

As gourmet coffee has increased in popularity in recent years, so have coffee grinders. Grinding your own beans will give you a fresher taste, and you can also control how finely you grind the beans. If you are considering buying a coffee grinder, whether it is your first one or replacing an existing one, Price Inspector can help you choose from all the coffee grinders available in the marketplace, selecting the perfect one for your needs.

Tips to help you choose the right Coffee Grinder

  • It's important to consider what your individual needs when researching coffee grinders. For example, if you're only grinding one or two pots a day, you won't need to buy a grinder with the biggest motor. On the other hand, if you're running a cafe or restaurant, you'll be grinding enough coffee that you'll want a bigger motor.
  • If you will be grinding a larger quantity of beans, such as a week's worth of coffee for home use or a day's worth for a restaurant, also consider the grinding capacity. Of course you'll get better quality if you grind each batch right before you brew the coffee, but this is not always practical. You can save a lot of time by grinding a large quantity at once, rather than having to grind several small batches.
  • Consider the amount of counter space or storage space you have available. Burr grinders generally are heavier and much larger than blade grinders.
  • If you buy a grinder that has a low number of rotations per minute but has bigger blades, it will have better balance. This means that you'll get a better quality ground coffee than if your grinder has a faster motor and smaller blades, preserving the most flavor from the beans.
  • Consider the type of grind you want, coarse, medium, or fine. Coarse grind is best for a press pot; medium is best for a vac-pot or drip-pot brewer; fine grinds are best for espresso. Some coffee grinders let you choose the coarseness of your grind; other coffee grinders only offer one coarseness setting. If you will have different brewing needs, you might want a grinder with multiple settings. This also lets you experiment to get your best coffee brew.

Types of Coffee Grinders

There are two primary types of coffee grinders: burr grinders and blade grinders. With burr grinders, the coffee is ground using a mill-like action, which grinds very evenly. This provides more control over the fineness of the ground coffee, which is important to get the best quality for your brewed coffee. Burrs crush the beans instead of chopping them, and there are two types of burrs: wheel and conical. Conical burrs are the most expensive but provide the highest quality grind, and it's typically the type of grinder found in coffee shops. Conical burr coffee grinders will give you the best-tasting coffee.

Cheaper coffee grinders are generally blade grinders, which have metal blades to grind the coffee. The metal blades actually chop the beans instead of grinding them, chopping them into increasingly smaller pieces. To get a fine grind, you just have to let the machine grind longer, but if you leave it too long, it can burn the coffee beans. Also, your coffee output will contain grinds of different evenness and may contain a coffee dust that will clog an espresso machine.

Summary

Some quality brands of coffee grinders include Dualit, Wahl, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Gaggia, Krups, Delonghi, and Bodum.

Buying Guide to Coffee Grinders
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