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What is The Best Coffee Grinder for the Money?

Updated on December 26, 2015

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For the Money, What is the Best on the Market?

I have loved coffee from the day I took my first sweet, hot brown sip and as anyone who is a coffee lover knows, the best way to enjoy your morning "cup of joe" is to grind your own beans at home.

It may be a cliché, but there is a reason estate agents tell prospective property sellers to either bake bread or grind coffee beans. The aroma of freshly ground coffee is a wonderful olfactory experience that fills the air with a wonderful aroma that not only helps you sell your house, it also increases your enjoyment of your coffee drinking experience.

Grinding your own beans also gives you complete control over the brewing process, so you really want the best coffee grinder for the job. Let me show you why I believe the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr system is the best coffee grinder for the money.

For the Modern Coffeenista!

Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind, Red
Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind, Red

Overall, for the money, the Bodum is the perfect coffee grinder to suit all coffee lovers requirements.


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The Eternal Grinder Debate

Which Type of Grinder do you use?

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Manual Vs Blade Vs Burr - Why Burr is the Best

I will immediately discount the manual grinder. As with anything that requires continual manual input, you will find that continually having to manually grind beans for each coffee will quickly become a chore and that very soon you will be back to drinking pre-ground coffee.

Blade grinders on the other hand do have a fan base within the coffee fraternity, but they do have their drawbacks. Blade grinders use spinning blades to cut the roasted beans. What this gives you is a blend that is inconsistent in size, so depending on the type of coffee maker you are using, this can cause you all sorts of problems. Also the process used by blade grinders causes heat to build up from friction, which can damage the delicate flavour of the coffee.

So this brings me to the perfect tool for the job, a burr grinder. Burr grinders force the beans through a set of two rotating discs which allows you to set the distance between the discs with precision, ensuring that your can get the exact grind for the coffee you are making.

Another great advantage of burr grinders is that they do not produce the friction heat that blade grinders do. This ensures that the flavour of your coffee isn't tainted by the process.

The only circumstance where I would recommend a blade grinder is if your budget wont stretch to a burr grinder and you only use drip coffee makers. You may still notice the change in flavour caused by the friction of the blades, but that is a small price to pay when compared to having to drink store bought "coffee in a jar".

Straight Out of the Box

Also in Classic Black

Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind, Black
Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind, Black

I love the clean simplicity of the classic black Bodum Burr Coffee Grinder. Paired with my black coffee mugs it is a stylish addition to my kitchen.


Why the Bodum Bistro?

The Bodum Grinder will give you a superior coffee experience for the following reasons:

- 14 separate grind settings. From French Press to Turkish Coffee Makers, you are covered.

- Glass collection bowl that reduces static and makes life both cleaner and simpler. No more coffee grinds jumping all over the kitchen floor.

- Almost no friction grind. Your coffee taste buds will appreciate the delicate nuances of a grind not tainted by heat.

- The Bodum is both reliable and comes with superior build quality. Backed by a 12 month manufacturers warranty.

- Quiet, smooth operation.

- Easy to clean.

Storing Your Beans - Worth the Effort to Preserve Your Coffee

Many years ago a much older and wiser friend advised me that the roasted coffee bean had four natural enemies that would very quickly destroy its flavour and freshness. Here I share with you his wisdom.

Air, Heat, Light and Moisture. Any one or a combination of all will degrade your beans quicker than you can say "yuck" as you consume a horrid cup of hot, brown water masquerading as coffee.

Make sure you always store your beans in a cool, dark, dry airless environment. When you think of how much you have spent on the beans and how much enjoyment you get from the resulting coffee, a small investment in a proper container and a little bit of effort to store the beans correctly will be amply rewarded.

Burr Vs Blade

What Type of Grinder do You Use?

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