What is the Best Coffee Grinder?

by Digby_Adams

Grinding coffee to the perfect grind for your coffee maker ensures a perfect steaming hot cup of coffee. Here's a great selection of the top coffee grinders.

I love standing in my slippers in a crisp kitchen smelling coffee brewing. For 10 minutes I stand there breathing deeply, stretching, and gently waking up all of my senses. But before I can enjoy the exquisite coffee aroma, I have to decide on the perfect coffee bean - deep and powerful French Roast or a lighter Columbian breakfast blend. Then I ponder what kind of coffee? Percolator, drip, perhaps a latte with espresso. Then I grind the beans in my coffee grinder. A lot of people think that you need an expensive coffee machine to make a great cup of coffee. But truth be told you need a high-quality coffee grinder more. Properly ground coffee can help a low-cost coffee machine produce a great cup of coffee. Once the coffee is brewed. I sit and enjoy it. Then my day begins in earnest. I hear my husband wake up, the cats need to be fed and there's lots to do...

Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder

Baratza 585 Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
Only $220.00

Blade or Burr Coffee Grinders

Understanding the Top Coffee Grinders

I discovered Gail from the Seattle Coffee Gear on You Tube. Gail knows everything there is to know about making coffee. She is my coffee guru. Seattle is sooo cool and it's a city that's coffee crazy. Coastal Maine, where I live, is about as far away from Seattle as you can get. I wish I could visit there and meet these people personally. Watch this video and you'll learn what you need to know to pick out the best coffee grinder for your use. She makes it very easy to understand!

How to Choose the Best Coffee Grinder

Advice from the Seattle Coffee Gear Store

Top Coffee Grinders

Baratza G385 Black Maestro Plus Coffee Grinder

The Solis Maestro PLUS is based on the original and very popular Solis Maestro coffee grinder. The Maestro Plus includes all the winning features of the original Maestro ...

Only $169.00
Gaggia 8002 MDF Burr Grinder with Doser, Black

The Gaggia MDF Grinder is a commercial grade burr grinder equal to those found in Europe's espresso bars and restaurants. Automatic dosing allows a premeasured amount of ...

Only $229.00
Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder

The Baratza Vario is a professional grade coffee grinder suitable for use at home, at the office or in your café. The Vario has a small footprint with impressive features ...

Only $514.96

When I started trying to understand how to make coffee, it was overwhelming. It got simpler when I realized that there are two basic kinds of coffee grinders and that they work quite differently. A blade coffee grinder works the same way a food processor works. The blades chop up the coffee bean to a specified fineness. A burr coffee grinder uses two plates to grind the coffee to a specified size. Burr coffee grinders are designed to produce a much more consistent coffee grind.

What makes some coffee grinders so expensive. Well burr grinders are more expensive than blade. The number of grind settings has a lot to do with price as well. Espresso requires a very fine grind. Percolator coffee is the coarsest grind I use.

When I was just getting into coffee grinders, I found that any coffee grinder made a big difference in the quality of the coffee I made. Then as I learned more I moved into a more expensive coffee grinder. My current coffee grinder cost about $200. It has enough grind settings and grinds consistent coffee and espresso. I'm set for a while!

Breville Smart Grinder

Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
Only $249.99

Grinding coffee beans can be quite complicated for beginners. This Breville coffee grinder is considered smart because it has a feature called Dosing IQ. That means that it recalibrates the dose required each time the grind setting changes. So you get a perfect amount of coffee every time. Without this feature you have to figure out how much you need yourself. This can be time consuming for an expert and very frustrating for a beginner. The consistency is appreciated, because it's possible to use the same favorite coffee to make both espresso and drip coffee.The only difference is the grind size. There is never any coffee clumping with any of the settings. This is also a very quiet burr coffee grinder. If you live in an apartment, it's possible to wake up the neighbors with the wrong coffee grinder. The large digital display is easy to read.

Updated: 06/30/2013, Digby_Adams
 
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retreadfitness on 01/15/2012

You can brew and make just as good of coffee on the Right Coast as the Left Coast. I live near San Francisco and I tell you it's hard to find a good cup of joe because nearly every roaster burns their beans. I am like you...I like brewing the good stuff at home.

retreadfitness on 01/15/2012

I use the Solis Maestro at home. When I am on the road I pack my manual Zassenhaus burr grinder. A good grinder really makes a difference. I used to think it was just the coffee and then later learned that you can ruin great coffee with a crappy grinder.

Kingnet on 01/14/2012

I live on coffee. I have a blade grinder I guess. I will sometimes buy Maxwell house and then some breakfast blend beans and grind them really fine then mix it with the Maxwell house because I cant afford the beans too often.

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