Best Coffee Grinder 2016
Does your coffee taste sludgy, watery or bitter? You may need a better coffee grinder! The best coffee grinder produces grinds of a uniform size, the right size grind for your type of coffee, and is easy to keep clean so that you always get fresh coffee.
If you want to know more about picking the best coffee grinder, or whether you need a burr grinder or blade grinder, click here to our guide.
Here are our best coffee grinder picks.
Do you know why coffee tastes better in coffee chains and coffee shops? Yes, it's because they grind fresh coffee beans on demand. Well certainly this is only one of the factors among many, but to have freshly ground beans is your first step to making great tasting coffee, so get a good coffee grinder now (if you haven't) and start grinding your own beans!
Choosing the Best Coffee Grinder
You may have already heard about the burr coffee grinder and blade coffee grinder. These are the two types of coffee grinders available.
Blade Grinder vs Burr Grinder
Which one should you buy? A blade grinder chops up the coffee beans with blades not unlike a blender's. It is a cheap grinder that does the job, but the downside is uneven and dusty grinds. The coffee dust makes your coffee sludgy, and the heat from spinning blades burns the grinds, resulting in a bitter taste in your cup.
If you consider the taste and consistency of your coffee important, get a burr grinder. While a burr grinder costs way above a blade grinder, it will pay for itself over time. If you are drinking espresso from your own espresso machine, we'd say definitely get a burr grinder that costs about the same or at least two-thirds the price of your espresso machine.
Best Burr Grinder
For home use, picking just any burr grinder may seem like a good move, but hold your horses and think about these few points to get the best burr grinder.
Grind size may be important. If you are drinking French press coffee, you will need a coarse grind and not every burr grinder has the grind setting that is coarse enough. For espresso machines, a fine grind is in order. Now if you drink both, or if there are both types of drinkers in your family, you will want a coffee grinder that accommodates both.
Grind size adjustment could be stepped or stepless. Having a number of preset sizes or an infinite number of grind sizes could be a deciding factor for some.
Also, the burrs are either ceramic or stainless steel. Ceramic burrs are more fragile but if taken care of properly, the sharpness can last twice as long as its stainless steel counterpart. Ceramic burr is also known to create less heat while running, so there is less risk of burning your coffee.
The question of getting a conical burr grinder or a flat burr grinder is not as important as it is hyped to be, as the theory that the type of burr affecting the flavor of the coffee is yet to be proven as of now. However, we prefer a conical burr grinder for our espressos as the cone-shaped burr retains less ground coffee than the flat burr, so our dosing is more accurate.
Most importantly, if you are getting a coffee grinder for home use, it is best to get a doserless grinder, as most dosers are designed to hold grinds for many shots (imagine a revolver with six cylinder flutes to hold six bullets that fire through a barrel one by one.) If you don't make a lot of coffee a day, the grinds will be sitting in the doser chamber until your next brew and this defeats the purpose of grinding fresh beans.
So there you have it, you are now armed with the knowledge to choose the best coffee grinder.