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Choosing the coffee grinder

How to choose which coffee grinder to buy?

Choosing your favorite among the large offer of coffee grinders is hard! I am trying to help you solve this issue by explaining which things are important when buying a coffee grinder and what traps to avoid.

When buying a coffee grinder you will probably take a look at the desired price first. You should pay roughly the same amount for a coffee grinder as for coffee machine if you want a good quality coffee. So if your budget is 500$, you should pay roughly 250$ for coffee grinder. There are variety of factors you should consider when looking for your favorite grinder.

Where to look for coffee grinders

They can be obtained on Amazon, ebay or some other online sources. Best offer is probably on former two sites since they offer a large variety of different coffee grinders. You can have many different search terms also like manual or electric grinder, burr or blade grinder, etc.

The best Blade coffee-Grinders

August 1, 2015

Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s 6 a.m. in the morning. You wake up, get out of your sheets, complete your necessary morning duties and go straight into the kitchen. Time to have the most energizing product of your day, your elixir, the magic potion which helps you keep your calm even when the entire world is going against you: Coffee.

But when people want coffee, they want perfectly grinded beans with a rich aromatic blend. Manual Burr grinders may do the job. But they wear out and need to be replaced soon. Electric burr grinders cost you a mini fortune. The best alternative? Blade grinders. These products, original to the age of electricity, are not only efficient and simple to use, they also don’t make you shell out hundreds of bucks. Besides you can use them to grind almost anything (including nuts and seeds), unlike the traditional burr ones which flavor your coffee with the product you last grinded in them.

Most people are indifferent when buying Blade grinders. A few points that need to be considered when doing so are:

  • To check whether the blades are aligned perfectly and whether coffee beans will get stuck in the wedges.
  • To check the sturdiness of the machine and the reliability of its blades.
  • To see if safety switches are provided.

But differences exist even among Blade grinders. There are normal products, there are good products, and then there are these absolutely magnificent products:
 

Krups  F203  Electric  Coffee  Grinder:

Almost a brand name associated with coffee, the german company Krups has been making great coffee machines since 1961. Another one of their products, the F203, carries forward this legacy. Compact, comparatively cheap and easy-to-use, Krups Electric Coffee Grinder is unanimously regarded as the best blade grinder available. With a large grinding capacity of almost 3 ounces of beans, this device is capable of yielding up to 12 cups of the beverage at a time.

It has also been known to chop more consistently than other bean grinders, besides being a versatile unit which can grind your spices, nuts and grains.

With a 200 Watt motor and a lid activated safety switch, one needs to look no further for the best bang for your buck. All this along with a 2-year worldwide warranty is provided by Krups for a relatively inexpensive price of $19.99 (Amazon). It gets a variety of reviews on retail web pages, and a vast majority of them are positive, some dating back to almost a decade.

The only complaints about the Krups stated that removing the lid could be a messy affair, with the coffee and/or other ground items sometimes spilling out. A good way to counteract this would be to turn the device upside down and tap it against the counter to collect the loose grind together.

Proctor  Silex  E160BY

The product that comes next on this list is even more affordable than the Krups F203 and gets customer reviews that are almost as good as it gets. The Proctor Silex has been on the bestseller list of many merchants now and its rank keeps on increasing. Armed with a 75 W motor, this small genius is capable of producing 12 cups of joe at a time. Stainless steel blades ensure that you don’t need to replace parts every now and then.

The point where Proctor races ahead of its opponents is the possession of a retractable cord, which users love a lot. It makes it easier to store anywhere compared to other grinders. It is also long lasting, with some reviewers claiming it to last them a good 4 years, for just below $13.

The bottom line is: If you are not too picky about your coffee and are looking for a pint size device, that does the job just well enough and isn’t harsh on your pocket, you can pick the Proctor Silex E-160BY

KitchenAid  BCG111OB

Considered a strong competitor to the Krups grinder, the KitchenAid BCG111OB remarkably has similar features too. What sets it apart though is a 160 W motor that makes minimal noise and lets your mind be at peace. Also capable of making 12 cups, the KitchenAid has a sturdily built body which users like very much. A clean metallic profile with a robust heavy-duty motor housing, makes it the clear favorite of many. It is the only machine to be armed with a stainless steel bowl lift, again adding to its tough profile.

In the words of the company, “The heavy-duty motor housing helps keep the grinder stable during operation. and the grinder is remarkably easy to clean. The bowl, blade and top cover can go straight to the dishwasher for easy cleanup.” Users seem to echo a similar sentiment. Some even go as far as to peg it a notch above the Krups grinder.

However this product fails in two of the most crucial areas: Grinding and Quality of product.

Customers report that sometimes as much as one fourth of the beans were left as coarse and unusable during grinding. The beans got stuck in the bottom of the unit, with no option to get them back near the blades. Some also reported it being hard to assemble and that it breaks up very soon after it is put into operation. Everyone wants a grinder that can last them at least a year if they are paying as much as $29 for it.

 

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the Krups comes out at the top of this list, especially since it is backed by years and years of positive reviews. But if compactness and a place to retract the cord is your priority, and you are willing to compromise on the power of the motor, you can opt for the Proctor. The Kitchen Aid comes a distant third because the part of your coffee beans it grinds, it does so finely and so it can be used for when you want to make espressos.

Best espresso grinder

July 2, 2015

Probably all of us want a good cup of well tasting espresso. In many ways, coffee grinder plays an important role in getting a good cup of coffee. If we want to grind the coffee for espresso, we need to use fine ground setting, as this setting produces most quality grind. In this way, we will get the particles of the size which is small enough for homemade espresso.

A brief history of espresso

An espresso pioneer is Italian inventor Angelo Moriondo who patent for a steam-driven "instantaneous" coffee beverage making device, which was registered in Turin in 1884. Soon after that, many other people improved that patent and espresso culture has begun. Another notable name is Desiderio Pavoni, who founded the “La Pavoni”, which is the company that produces coffee appliances to the present day. Soon different companies started competing of making the best espresso machine. Other parts of the world espresso started gaining popularity after 2nd world war and today it is the most famous type of coffee. Today there are many companies that produce coffee machines and grinders and many of their products are now made especially for espresso making.

General considerations when choosing an espresso coffee grinder

Choosing an espresso coffee grinder is in many ways similar to choosing a casual coffee grinder. You have to consider similar factors when buying a grinder. But there are some other things to pay attention to. Some coffee grinders are made for espresso - those should have highest priority at your choosing of coffee grinder. Furthermore, you want many steps of adjustments because you do not know what kind of coffee beans you will be dealing with. Different beans might require different adjustments when grinding them in order to produce the fine grind that is needed for espresso. Moreover you want a grinder that will be durable and relatively quiet. This is important because many coffee grinders might get very loud in general. Durability is also always important. I guess there is no need to specifically warn that burr coffee grinders are difinitely a must when considering an espresso grinder; a burr grinder simply won't do!

Other things to consider are wheter it has a doser or not (should not have it - although not any grinder should have it, this is especially undesired for espresso grinders). Porta filters work better as they preserve more flavor. Another thing is bean hopper; if it is airtight, this is definately desirable property. The rest is actually very similar than when looking for the best coffee grinder in general.

It is wise to read some user reviews and online reviews about the product as well before buying it. Just sprecifications might not say enough about quality of the coffee grinder you are buying; users that already bought and tried it might know even better!

 

Reccomendations

When looking for your favorite espresso coffee grinder also look with which machine you are pairing it. If it is from the same company, it usually works better. Otherwise following the guidlines of this guide will help you getting a good quality espresso grinder that you need for your kitchen.

Burr or blade grinder?

July 2, 2015

There are two pes of grinders: blade coffee grinders and burr coffee grinders. Both work exactly how they sound. A blade grinder uses a small blade to smash the coffee into smaller and smaller pieces of grounds. A burr grinder uses either conical or disc burrs to grind the coffee which is between those burrs. One burr is rotating and the other one is not.

new-bladeBlade grinders is that they are not adjustable. You may have a moveable setting on the side of your grinder, but that does not really do much. And so as you grind, or better put smash your coffee, you are going to get grinds that basically get reground over and over again. You will get a grind that will be inconsistent in size. Your brewing method will not really work as you will have many larger chuncks in your grind and therefore the quality of the ground coffee will suffer greatly!

Is a burr grinder a way to go?

Conical-Burr-Grinder-BladeIt is indeed better to use burr grinder. Burr grinders are adjustable and produce a MUCH more consistent grind than blade grinders. As mentioned before, they use two burrs, one stationary and one revolving. The space between these burrs can be adjusted. With this you can control the size of the particles you end up with. Burr coffee grinders therefore actually grind the coffee, unlike blade grinders which just smash it to ever smaller particles. The result is a more consistent grind at the setting you need for your chosen brewing method.

 

In general burr grinders are more expensive than blade grinders (which is actually logical considered what I have written about blade grinders). So cheap grinders, found in the people's homes usually consist of those blade grinders. You have some relatively cheap burr grinders - manual burr grinders where you have to do everything by hand can be cheap. However they are not very easy to use, since the grinding will take you a lot of energy.

 

An electric burr coffee grinder offers a range of settings to personalize your coffee experience. Programmable grinders give you the ability to set the fineness level—go extra-fine for drinks such as Turkish coffee, and ease up a bit for a daily brew. When the grinder is finished, simply remove the container and add the freshly ground blend to your coffee maker. For all-in-one convenience, opt for coffee maker with a built-in grinder. Add your beans to the hopper and enjoy a rich cup of coffee in no time. Many of these hybrid appliances give you the choice between brewing coffee from whole beans or a pre-ground selection, so it will never outlive its usefulness.