Coffee Grinder Reviews:
Ahhh... the aroma and taste of fresh coffee makes the morning of many coffee-adicts. Nothing gets them going like a hot cup of coffee. On the road, Starbucks coffee or Dunkin Donuts coffee may hit the spot, but at home on a lazy Sunday morning, nothing beats a freshly ground cup of home-made coffee, with beans you grind manually and then create a cup of drip coffee. Why grind coffee fresh? Grinding just before brewing will protect the aroma of your coffee - the longer it sits around, the less fresh aroma you get when you brew. The first step in the best cup of coffee is the beans. You can buy various coffee beans at your local grocery store. Once you find your favorite flavor, the next step is grinding them. Coffee grinders come in two types - electric and manual. The electric burr grinders
are the best and some sell for over $400, while the less expensive blade grinders are the most popular and typically cost between $20 and $50.
Choosing a Coffee Grinder
- In all the reviews we read, grinders tend to be rated based on range of granularity, low temperature, consistency, low noise operation, and ease of cleaning. Some grinders, although small, generate an amazingly loud sound when grinding the coffee beans. Who needs that loud sound early in the morning when others are probably trying to sleep. Ideally you want conical burr grinders that pulverize and crush the beans to a consistent fineness. The spinning blade variety tend to chop the coffee beans and leave you with inconsisten results. The KRUPS F20342 ($20) gets solid reviews, but some owners question the longevity of the motor and a few mention smelling smoke when the motor gets too hot. The Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder ($90) is the top selling conical burr grinder featuring 16 grind settings. The Capresso 565 Infinity Stainless Steel Conical Burr Grinder sells for $135 and gives you a wide range from Turkish fine to coarse. The Mazzer Mini is a quality grinder best for those that like espresso. It's over $600 but features commercial grade design and parts - will last a long time. Overall, top brands include Krups, Hario, Hamilton Beach, Capresso, Cuisinart, Baratza, Porlex, Rancilio and Bodum. Gearpatrol.com did an in depth review on coffee grinders comparing 10 of the most popular grinders in all price ranges. America's Test Kitchen rated 10 grinders (all priced under $50) and based their findings on things like capacity, design, cleaning and temperature increase. Wired.com did a test on 7 burr grinders and found the Breville Smart Grinder to be the best at around $200. We suggest that you browse the best selling coffee grinders online here
Best Coffee Grinder:
- For the money, we feel like the Capresso 565 Infinity Stainless Steel Conical Burr Grinder
is your best bet. It came in 2nd place in the Wired.com comparison (just behind the more expensive Breville model). The Capresso has a total of 16 settings with 4 fineness settings which owners really appreciate. One for fine, regular fine, extra fine, and course. Some say the machine is too inconsistent for serious espresso and French press lovers, but overall consumers rate this grinder high. A timer allows you to grind beans from 5 to 60 seconds and the Capresso has the slowest grinding speed possible in this class of grinders which creates less friction and heat, giving your coffee the maximum aroma and flavor. The gear reduction motor provides for a quieter experience and the conical steel burrs are commercial grade for precision grinding. Owners mention how easy it is to clean, just remove the upper conical burr and clean. We found it to be a solid performer that delivers freshly ground coffee every time.
Manual Coffee Grinder:
- Some coffee purists will say that manual coffee bean grinding is the only way to go. The Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton
is certainly a great option for those that like to grind their coffee beans manually. The Hario is small and lightweight and gives you a consistent grind each and every time. This hand grinder will provide the freshest ground coffee and it's easy to use and clean. The one complaint against this Japanese made manual grinder is that the top cap can become loose with repeated use. Some owners mention putting in a lock washer under the top cap for added durability. Certainly not designed for everyday use, the Hario is still a solid grinder. For just a few more $$$, you can get the Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
which rates even higher. The ceramic conical burr can grind your beans to powder or for french press use. It too is made in Japan and features a stainless steel design. The compact grinder works great for small cups of coffee. Again, not designed to be used or making lots of coffee, but the hand grinding experience is unique these days.