ENJOY FRESH GROUND COFFEE AT HOME
What You Need To Know About Home Coffee Grinders
Coffee Grinder Basics
If you've enjoyed freshly ground coffee, you probably already know that the best coffee comes from the most freshly ground coffee beans. You may also be aware of the two basic types of coffee grinders: blade grinders and burr grinders. Most inexpensive coffee grnders use a blade to grind up the beans. The beans are often ground inconsistenly, resulting in poorer quality of the coffee. The fineness of the grind is determined by how long you run the grinder. If you run it long enough to grind more evenly, this could result in the some of the grounds being burned, which carries over to your coffee. Burr grinders crush the coffee beans a moving grinding wheel and a non-moving surface. Your coffee beans are ground more uniformly. There are two types of burr grinders: wheel burr and conical burr. The wheel burr grinder is less expensive, but it's noisy and somewhat messy. The conical burr grinder is quiet and less messy due to its slower grinding process. This costs more money, but might be worth it in the long run. Coffee grinders can vary in price from $20 for a blade grinder, to $285 or more for a high grade burr grinder. Follow along as we give you information on the top-rated models, including prices.
Reviewing Coffee Grinders
- Krupps Fast Touch 203 is a blade grinder, simple, reliable and long lasting. Holds about 12 tablespoons of coffee beans, which is enough for about 1 1/2 pots of automatic-drip coffee. They cost about $20. If you prefer a richer-tasting coffee or use an espresso machine, you're best bet is a burr grinder.
- The Capresso 560.01 Infinity runs about $90, and is considered the best budget burr grander. Strong points for the Capresso include its quietness while grinding, the timer, and it produces fine enough grounds for pump espresso machines. The quality of the grind is not as consistent as it is with higher-priced models.
- KitchenAid Pro Line KPGC100 is a burr grinders, runs about $200, and gives good quality coffee grounds. It features an adjustable grind and produces fine enough grounds for espresso. Everyone except the most picky coffee drinker will appreciate the taste of coffee produced using this model.
- The Rancilio Rocky Doserless is one of the best burr grinders available. It's quiet, the quality of the grind can be controlled, and sells for around $285. This version allows you to grind your coffee beans directly into the portafilter.
- Capresso's Coffee Team Luxe is a combination grinder and coffee maker. Costing around $200, you get two appliances in one, this model features a burr grinder and a 10-cup capacity coffee maker. Many users report their machines are still going strong after 6 years of use.
There are other makes and models as well, including models from Braun, Solis Maestro, and Delonghi. Check these out too.
A Word About Coffee Beans
Along with your purchase of a coffee grinder, you'll want a source for your coffee beans as well. One of the best known sources is Starbucks, which features a large variety of coffee beans for your enjoyment. Starbucks stores are available throughout the US and the world. Use their store locator on their website for a Starbucks near you.
Most major grocery stores also have grinders and coffee beans available. With your own coffee grinder, you'll only need to buy the beans. For online sources, try Coffeebean.com, SpecialtyJava.com, CoffeeLibrary.com or Brainybean.com.
Coffee beans are available light, medium and dark roast varieties, as well as decaffeinated and flavored. Some favorite flavors include a variety of chocolate, vanilla, and various nut flavors. Whatever your taste preference, you should find what you need to enjoy brewing coffee from fresh beans ground in your own coffee grinder.