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How to Choose a Coffee Grinder

Updated on November 24, 2007

To many people, the only way to start a new day is with a cup of rich, freshly ground coffee. Grinding your own coffee beans is the best way to make sure that you are using the freshest possible coffee to make your daily brew.

If you have a good grinder, grinding your own coffee beans can be quick and easy. It only adds a few seconds to your coffee making ritual, and the vast improvement in the flavor of your coffee is well worth the minimal amount of extra effort.

If you've never had a coffee bean grinder before, choosing the best type can be somewhat confusing. There is much variation in price among coffee grinders. You can find basic grinders that will work well for most home coffee grinding purposes for as little as twenty dollars, but some high end models can cost hundred of dollars. Two of the most popular brands are the Braun coffee grinder and the Kitchenaid coffee mill.

There are several different types of coffee bean grinders. Many modern coffee pots have built-in grinders, eliminating the need for a separate appliance. These small appliances are referred to as mill and brew coffee makers. There are also hand crank and electric coffee mill grinders. They are available in different styles and colors, to match your existing coffee pot as well as your kitchen d├ęcor.

One of the decisions you will need to make when purchasing a coffee grinder is whether you want a blade grinder or a burr grinder. Burr grinders are generally considered superior for making espresso, while blade grinders are the most popular selection for preparing beans for brewing standard coffee.

Blade grinders, as the name implies, use a blade to grind the coffee beans. The blade is visible and whirrs around, grinds the beans to the desired consistency. Burr coffee bean grinders utilize grinding wheels rather than blades. The position of the grinding wheels can be adjusted, and the size of the coffee grounds is a function of how close or far away from each other the wheels are set.

It takes a little bit longer to grind coffee beans with an electric grinder than with a blade grinder, but the time difference is minimal. Many people prefer electric models because blade grinders don't produce consistently sized coffee grounds. The process of grinding with a burr coffee bean grinder also generates heat, which can damage the beans and have a negative impact on flavor. This is not a problem with electric coffee grinders.

When you have your own coffee grinder, you'll quickly wonder how you ever got along without it. The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans is so appealing, and the flavor of coffee brewed from whole bean coffee is far superior to that of coffee purchased already ground.

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    Luca 

    8 years ago

    Have you seen this premium designer coffee grinder?

    http://www.designkraft.com.au/verve/

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    Tommy 

    9 years ago

    My family has been grinding our own beans each morning for over 10 years. In my opinion, it really is the best way to get a great cup of coffee.

    Nice article.

    Tommy

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    MrMarmalade 

    10 years ago from Sydney

    We opened our first coffee lounge just on 50 years in a seaside suburb of Auckland New Zealand. My new wife made all our furniture and we were an Ice cream shop during the day (Our shop opened right onto the beach and the view was tremendous) and became a coffee lounge at night time. We pulled wrap around curtains to hide the ice cream and became the IN PLACE for all the young teens in coffee. In our accommodation at the back of the coffee lounge. we had our lounge room, with a white white wool carpet. So one night I was grinding the beans for our last coffee of the day. The lid came off the grinder and the ground coffee beans went all over the carpet. Although, we shampooed, washed and vacuumed there was always a massive black stain in the middle of the carpet.

    we always believed the hard work and the long hours did not pay very much money at the time. We did make a packet when we sold it. No more coffee grinding in the lounge room after the first time.

    After 50 years of 6 mugs of coffee per day I have not had a cup or mug of coffee for the last 6 weeks. WoW

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    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    We have a Braun coffee grinder and have been grinding our own beans for 20 years now. good tips, thanks

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