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What Is the Best Coffee Grinder for the Money?
How to Choose the Best Coffee Grinder
Anyone who loves coffee knows that one of the best things you can do to improve your coffee drinking experience is grinding fresh beans
Freshly ground coffee fills the air with a wonderful aroma that enhances the overall coffee drinking experience and it tastes so much better. It's worth it to grind your own beans, but you need the best coffee grinder you can afford for good results.
When you want the best coffee grinder for the money, you're considering not only performance but value as well. I hope I can help you improve your coffee drinking experience with this lens.
An overview: Burr versus Blade Grinders
After manual and electric, the biggest difference between the coffee grinders that are available is the method they use to grind.
Blade grinders cut the beans with a spinning blade. Burr grinders force the beans through rotating plates.
A burr grinder is preferable to a blade because it allows you to adjust the size of the grind and it produces a consistent grind, unlike the blade grinder which gives uneven and unpredictable grind size. For most applications, a burr grinder is superior and allows you to make different grind sizes, such as fine for espresso makers or coarser for a French press.
Burr grinders are more expensive so I will be featuring blade grinders as well. If you aren't concerned with an even grind size, a blade grinder may suit your purposes. People who use mainly drip coffee makers won't really benefit much from the added expense of a burr grinder and may be just as happy with a cheap blade grinder.
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Burr or Blade Grinder?
This video shows the difference between the two types of coffee grinders and details why you would want to be able to control the size of your grind.
This video also demonstrates the Bodum grinder that I've selected below, so if you want to see it in action, here's your chance.
The Best Burr Coffee Grinder
I've chosen the Bodum Bistro as my "Best Conical Burr Coffee Grinder For the Money".
There are certainly more expensive and more complicated burr grinders available but the Bodum Bistro offers the same high quality features and good design without the unnecessarily expensive materials, construction methods or add-ons of other models.
It has a solid 4 stars on Amazon.com and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
I use this grinder almost every day. I like it a lot - I only wish it could be run for more than 20 seconds at a time, although I know now that the short time is to prevent heat buildup from damaging the coffee.
It's also kind of loud, although all electric grinders are, to some extent. The only truly quiet grinder is a manual one.
Glass hopper prevents static electricity from charging the chaff like with plastic hoppers.
14 grind settings to get whatever grind you need for any method from fine espresso to extra-coarse Turkish or French-press.
Quiet operation - many burr grinders are extremely loud.
1 year limited warranty on manufacturer defects.
A tightly sealed lid means you can use the hopper to store your coffee beans until you're ready to grind them.
Other Great Burr Grinders
If the Bodum's price tag is too high, here are some other grinders that offer a good value.
Similar design on this one but not as high quality.
I like this one OK but I think it's too loud and has too much plastic.
This one is very popular as well.
The Best Blade Coffee Grinder
The Krupps 203-42 is a ubiquitous item in many kitchens because it's reliable, tough and easy to use and clean. The only thing that would make it better would be an easily removable blade, but with a 4 1/2 star rating and the cheapest price anywhere, it's a clear winner.
You might want to get two - one for spices and one for coffee.
Other Blade Grinders
The Best Manual Coffee Grinder
Manual coffee grinders are more work but they offer a unique satisfaction to their owners. They offer the quality of a consistent grind without the high price tag of many electric burr grinders. Since they do not require electricity, they're great for travel and camping. The Kyocera's ceramic burr plates and affordable price tag make it the best manual coffee grinder for the money.
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