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    04/05/2011

Coffee Grinders


Coffee Grinders: Buying Guide

When making your own coffee, one of the most important considerations is how you will acquire the ground coffee ready for brewing. Most coffee shops will do this for you, but if you want the best, freshest results, it is advisable to grind your own coffee. This article will help you to select a good coffee grinder for home use.

There are three main types of coffee grinder to choose from. We will explore each in turn, assessing their pros and cons in the hope that an easy decision can be made in the end.

Blade grinders

Blade grinders are the first category of grinders to consider.

Pros

These grinders are incredibly inexpensive, and are the lowest quality grinders. However, they may be acceptable so long as you are not planning to make espresso. One thing to understand is that the fineness of the grinders in commercial coffee grinders determines how "strong" the coffee will be. By grinding the beans intensely, the surface area is increased and thus a more pungent, aromatic and powerful coffee is produced.

Cons

The other downside to blade grinders is that their method of cutting actually introduces friction to the system, potentially burning the beans. However, if used carefully and for non-espresso drinks, these cheap devices can satisfy the needs of many amateur coffee makers.

Burr grinders

Burr grinders, in stark contrast to blade mechanisms, do not produce as much friction and therefore protect the beans from heat.

Pros

These devices grind the coffee between two disks, one rough and one smooth, producing a very consistent and potentially (if you like) a very fine container of grounds that will produce superb espresso.

Cons

These grinders a slightly more costly than blade grinders, but are a good balance of performance and value.

Conical coffee grinders

Conical coffee grinders are our final choice. These are regarded to be the best grinders and are often used in popular coffee outlets worldwide.

Pros

They grind in a similar manner to burr grinders, but using a conical mechanism to allow even less friction and produce a superbly consistent powder.

Cons

The inevitable downside to this high quality mechanism is price - these devices are the most expensive of all coffee grinders, so the requirements of the user must be taken into consideration when calculating value.

You should consider your coffee grinding needs with care, and based on your budget, you can then decide which type of grinder will be the best investment to you in the long term.

 
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