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Top Of The Best Burr Grinders Reviewed In 2018Last Updated February 1, 2019
№1 – JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, Conical Burr Mill, Brushed Stainless Steel
№2 – Coffee Grinder by Homecoffee – Manual Coffee Grinder with Improved Conical Ceramic Burr Mill and Plastic Piece for Home, Kitchen, Office and Traveling, Brushed Stainless Steel
№3 – Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
The cheapest of the cheap, the blade grinder works by smashing and cutting the beans up. As you can imagine, this does not result in very even grinds, nor very tasty coffee, as the grinds will end up being heated and scorched by the intensity of the blades. I do not recommend them at all, so I will dedicate no more time on this blog to them.
Burr grinders work by crushing the beans, rather than cutting them. This crushing action doesn’t heat up the coffee beans as it grinds, which results in better flavours and a more uniform grind. However, just buying a “burr grinder” doesn’t guarantee that it will be a good quality grinder. The burrs must be ceramic or stainless steel, at the very least, and must have appropriate power from the accompanying motor to ensure they can grind competently.
There are two different types of burr grinder too – conical burrs, and wheel (often called flat) burrs. In the budget market (under £100) plump for conical burrs, which work by gently crushing the beans evenly and slowly, ensuring the maximum flavour is trapped in the grinds. Wheel burrs, as they are the cheaper of the two, are often slightly noisier and faster, meaning they are not quite as gently on the bean.
However, spending more money on a flat burr grinder can mean you get a better quality grinder than a cheaper conical burr grinder. If you are looking at spending over £100, the dosing flat burr grinders tend to be just as good as the conical burrs, especially if the burrs are ceramic.
Burr grinders start at about £40.00 and go up to around £400 for a semi commercial dose on demand model.
Zassenhaus Turkish Mill RRP £75.99
For the Turkish coffee drinker, producing a powder find grind is crucial. Don’t be fooled that your regular grinder can produce such a result – few electric grinders can even grind fine enough for a Turkish coffee. You will need a specific coffee mill, like this one, which is tall and thin, and although time consuming, produces the authentic product!
Size and Consistency
The strength of your coffee will depend on the size of the ground-up particles and the type of brewing method you’re using. Basically, the larger the grind, the weaker the coffee. That’s why espresso grounds are dust-like.
However, what’s most essential is consistency. In other words, the grounds should be all coarse or all fine and all the same size. If the grounds are inconsistent, some will have too much water passing around it while others won’t have enough resulting in unappealing flavors and strength.
The best manual coffee grinder is the one that grinds consistently, produces the right size of ground you need for your style of brewing, has solid construction, and fits your budget.
Handground Precision Coffee Grinder
The Handground Precision Grinder is another great hand grinder. What makes this one better than the Hario Skerton is the triple mounted axle that keeps the burrs in place so there is no wobbling. No wobbling means a more consistent grind no matter how fine you set it.
The adjustment ring has a large range of settings, and the vertical, wooden handle has solid construction while giving you great leverage so you don’t have to grind too long to get the amount of grounds you want.
Though it’s easy to clean, not all the Handground’s parts are dishwasher-safe, so you will have to wash it by hand every time. Cleaning is easier if you don’t store any beans in the top compartment for too long due to the beans’ natural oils.
The Handground Precision Grinder is lightweight, but is slightly larger than other hand grinders, so it may not be suitable for many travelers.
You can choose between white and black finishes. As an upgrade, you can also choose a stainless steel finish, although it could show imperfections too much and may not be worth the extra money.
Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
The Porlex JP-30 is another popular choice for travelers. At only 11.ounces and with a sleek design, it packs easily in any luggage, although it is larger than the other travel grinders reviewed here so far.
The range of settings is wide enough to accommodate any style of coffee you want, from espresso to French press or Aeropress. The grind doesn’t slip during use because of an inner spring that maintains its consistency even when it’s set to grind coarsely. This also helps to make the grinding feel almost effortless. You can grind enough beans to produce a half cup of coffee in under 90 seconds.
The durable stainless steel body makes the grinder more durable and static free, a common problem with manual grinders.
Two important items of note are the burrs and the handle. The ceramic, conical burrs are easy to clean and long lasting; however, the beans can sometimes get caught in between the burrs and never get crushed as they should. And, the handle detaches for easier storage when you are not using it, but it can become too loose over time.
Another thing you’ll notice is, since the Polex JP-30 is made in Japan, the instructions are all in Japanese. Fortunately, you can easily find videos and instructions in other languages on the internet that will walk you right through it.
Despite these minor issues, the Porlex JP-30 is a great choice whether you are traveling or using it right at home. It’s especially the best manual coffee grinder for French press brewing.
ROK Coffee Grinder
The ROK Coffee Grinder is an attractive manual burr coffee grinder suitable for all forms of homemade coffee brewing. It works especially well for finer grinds such as espresso and Turkish coffee.
The chamber is ROK Coffee Grinder made of hearty die-cast aluminum and has two 48mm plastic conical burrs (stainless steel also available). The settings can easily be adjusted between stepped and stepless grinding with the removal of washers so you have an infinite number of grinding options. However, the setting can accidentally shift and throw off the grinding consistency.
Grinding is exceptionally quiet and takes minimal effort. ROK boasts that it only takes 30 seconds (6revolutions) to grind enough beans for a double shot of espresso. And, each grinder includes a grounds cup for measuring beans and catching wayward grounds.
Static build-up and the mess it causes is a common problem with manual grinders including the ROK. Fortunately, if you use oily beans instead of dry beans the problem almost completely goes away.
The ROK weighs only 5.pounds and is small enough to fit in a cabinet, but attractive enough to keep on your counter as a beautiful kitchen accessory.
The price is much higher compared to the other grinders reviewed here, but it’s still highly affordable for the quality you get. The ROK might be the last coffee grinder you ever buy.
The pros and cons of blade grinders
If you’ve never ground up coffee beans before, an electric blade grinder might be a good choice to learn how to do it. And, it’s certainly a step up from store-bought ground coffee.
Learn How to Grind Coffee Beans from Roasty Coffee on YouTube
The pros and cons of burr grinders
Overall, burr grinders will give you a higher quality cup of homemade brewed coffee than blade grinders. Though they are more expensive than blade grinders, the consistency of the grind and the quality of the parts make it worth your while.
Who this is for
A good grinder makes all the difference in brewing a balance, flavorful pot of coffee. Photo: Michael Hession
If you consider your morning (or afternoon, or anytime) coffee a serious matter, you’ve likely already heard that the most important item in your brewing setup is a quality burr grinder. Unevenly ground coffee will brew unevenly, yielding a muddied or overly bitter cup. So a good grinder is integral to keeping the most essential part of your brewing technique—the coffee itself—at its most flavorful, and it will ensure the consistency required to produce, and reproduce, that flavor.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine. If you’re currently brewing pre-ground coffee (which is quickly going stale from the minute it’s ground), or using a subpar grinder (especially a budget, blade-style grinder), switching to a reliable burr grinder will significantly improve the flavor of your cup. Drinking coffee brewed from fresh, properly ground coffee, you’ll quickly detect the difference in aromatics, flavor, sweetness, acidity, and dimension and body.
A good grinder will turn an alright coffee routine into a great coffee routine.
A burr grinder also allows for a broad choice of brewing devices and types of coffee: it can grind coarsely enough for a good French press or cold brew batch, but also nails a medium-grind for drip. Whether you make coffee at home once a day or once an hour, whether you brew with a Hario V60 and precision scale or just dump it all into a French press carafe or automatic drip basket, and whether you buy your whole beans at the grocery store or order them direct from Norway, how well your grinder performs will have a tremendous effect on the end brew.
How we picked
From left to right: the Baratza Encore, Baratza Virtuoso, Porlex Mini Hand Grinder, and Capresso Infinity. Photo: Michael Hession
When researching and testing grinders, we prioritized grind size consistency as the number one thing good grinders do right. It’s the most important feature if you want to get the most even, balanced extraction with every brew. From there, we sought out a variety of other grinder features, ranging from the essential to the nice-to-have:
How we tested
The full lineup: Seven electric burr grinders, one blade grinder, and two hand grinders. Photo: Michael Hession
We tested the grinders in a rigorous setting (with access to professional palates and a suite of brewing and analytical equipment), taking over the Counter Culture Coffee lab in Manhattan. Counter Culture pros Matt Banbury and Ryan Ludwig helped us grind, brew, and taste one of their staple coffees, the Fast Forward blend, and measured how well the coffee extracted from the grounds using professional tools.
To find the right grind setting on each machine for brewing, and to test for grind-size consistency, we used Kruve coffee sieves, specially invented to help coffee professionals eliminate under-ground “boulder” coffee particles and over-ground “fines.” The Kruve is a set of stacked screens that separate coffee pieces at the target grind size (in our case, the ideal size for the drip coffee machine we used) from any irregular particles. When we arrived at the grind setting that had the most target-sized particles and least overs and unders, we stayed on that setting for our brew test.
The Kruve sifter separates out fines and boulders. Photo: Michael Hession
During the grinding process, we timed how fast each grinder performed at different settings, as well as how easy it was to use and clean. We also paid attention to ancillary issues like whether the machines were noisy or made a huge mess on the countertop, and we kept an eye out for potential durability issues or weaknesses in workmanship as well.
Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury inspects grounds from the OXO Barista Brain. Photo: Michael Hession
Then we brewed coffee from each grinder on an 8-cup Bonavita BV1900TS brewer (the runner-up in our guide to coffee makers). After tasting each coffee for a balanced, delicious brew that fell in line with what the Counter Culture team expected of Fast Forward, we used a refractometer to measure the extraction percentage (essentially, how much coffee you get from the coffee grounds). This measurement let us know how much of the coffee was dissolved into the water, and thus how successful the extraction of the grinds was. A well-extracted cup of coffee should measure at between 1to 2percent extraction on a refractometer, says Counter Culture’s Matt Banbury. For their Fast Forward coffee, the team found it tasted best when results measured between 19.and 20.percent.
Measuring TDS and extraction. Photo: Michael Hession
Timing our grind. Photo: Michael Hession
A commercial-grade Mahlkönig EK4grinder. Photo: Michael Hession
We also used the refractometer to measure the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of each brew. TDS, explains Counter Culture’s Banbury, is a helpful way to measure how many solids are in a solution based on the light refracted by the particles within. For the purposes of our testing, it provided a useful guidepost for evaluating the grind quantitatively as well as qualitatively. But it’s not necessarily a be-all-end-all decider when evaluating coffee, says Banbury. “Presently, there is no tool on the consumer market capable of substituting for a developed palate when it comes to coffee extraction. Tasting the difference between over- and under-extraction remains the best tool for ‘dialing in’ a brewing recipe.”
The even grind of the professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4 Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground in the Baratza Encore (on a slightly finer setting than the Mahlkönig EK43). Photo: Michael Hession
The same grounds from the Encore, after sifting in the Kruve. Photo: Michael Hession
Coffee ground with a blade grinder, exhibiting many boulders and fines. Photo: Michael Hession
While it’s physically inescapable that even the most consistent burr grinder will produce at least some amount of particles smaller and larger than the target grind size, we found the Encore performed best at grinding evenly. Using the Kruve sieve set to measure the amount of oversized and undersized particles created on a medium grind setting, the Encore hit the target best of all the home grinders we tested. The professional-grade Mahlkönig EK4yielded a more uniform grind than anything else, but the Encore (along with the Virtuoso) came closest. As expected, the grinder that produced the most consistent grinds also produced the best tasting coffee to our panel, results that were also corroborated by Counter Culture’s coffee refractometer. The coffee we brewed with the Baratza Encore had an extraction percentage of 19.5percent—right on the money, and the best of all the grinders we tested (with the Virtuoso a very near second)—and a TDS measurement of 1.3on our very first try. (The Capresso Infinity, our budget pick, also scored well in this evaluation.)
All of this underscores how impressed we were with this grinder for making it supremely easy to produce a great cup of coffee. Absent the bells and whistles of nearly all the competitors we tested—like the built-in scale on the OXO Barista Brain or the precision of the Breville SmartGrinder Pro—the Encore boasts only a modest on/off (actually it’s on/off/on/off!) toggle dial on the side and push-down pulse button on the front of the machine. But we don’t see its simplicity as a real drawback. Other machines we tested, like the Breville SmartGrinder Pro, were confusing, with dials and digital settings that were unintuitive or overly detailed (the Breville has 60 different grind settings and a timer that measures fractions of second). The Encore, on the other hand, is easy to use and more than sufficient for the average home coffee drinker.
Grind settings on the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
The Encore’s amusing on/off/on/off switch. Photo: Michael Hession
Looking inside the conical burrs of the Encore. Photo: Michael Hession
You can adjust the grind size easily on the Encore by turning the hopper to the preferred tick mark (measured in numbered intervals from 0 to 40, 40 being the coarsest) on its base, allowing you to quickly move from setting to setting and remember your preferences—generally a common feature among the grinders we tested, except the Krups whose intervals between grind settings were inconsistently sized. It took us 30 seconds to grind 6grams of medium-grind coffee appropriate for filter brewing—enough to make several servings, depending on your coffee machine’s interpretation of the word “cup.” This speed fell about in the middle of the other grinders we tested at this setting.
Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
If you’re willing to pay more, the Baratza Virtuoso is a nearly identical grinder to the Encore, but it has a slightly speedier burr set, a timer-switch on the side, and a heavier base that helps the grinder stay in calibration. In a previous version of this guide, the Virtuoso was our top pick, but in more recent testing, we found the grind consistency comparable to that of the Encore. So, since you’re paying more for the features rather than the performance, we think it’s only worth the investment for serious coffee lovers.
The Virtuoso is also a little better-looking than the Encore, with a cast zinc body that may complement modern decor better than the simple matte black Encore. But none of its extra features was enough to convince our team to recommend a nearly hundred-dollar-higher spend over the Encore. While it’s a little more convenient for repeatability to have a timer switch instead of one you flip on and off, that timer is still somewhat vague: there are no numbers or time increments indicated, just different thicknesses of lines (the Capresso Infinity’s timer is very similar). Absent the (theoretical) precision of actual countdown timers like on the OXO On grinder or Breville SmartGrinder Pro, this added feature on the Virtuoso is good but not great.
The Baratza Virtuoso’s timer switch. Photo: Michael Hession
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How to Get the Right Grind
There are currently two types of grinders on the market: blade and burr.
Blade grinders pulverize beans with a simple spinning blade. These grinders are cheap and easy to maintain, but they make it nearly impossible to control the coarseness of the resulting grind. That means blade grinders may make a passable batch of grounds for the drip brewer, but grinding beans for a viable espresso is nearly impossible.
Burr grinders, on the other hand, give the user close control over the grind’s texture, meaning they can dial in a coarse grind for French press brewing or grind a fine powder for brewing espresso with a gorgeous crema. Burr grinders can be expensive, and their grinding mechanisms much be replaced or professionally sharpened periodically, but this is the type to choose if you’re committed to offering the best coffee achievable.
There’s a seemingly endless number of ways to brew coffee, and each process requires coffee to be ground to a different texture. The coarseness of the grind determines how coffee interacts with water, and in turn impacts how the coffee tastes and smells. Some folks will will want to complicate matters, but ground coffee’s texture can be grouped into coarse, medium, and fine.
Fine, powdery grinds are ideal for brewing espresso and Turkish coffee.
Blade vs Burr Coffee Grinders
There is a lot of debate as to which type of grinding is the best. In my opinion there is really no debate. Both of these do the job, so irrespective of which type you buy, you will be able to grind coffee.
Now those who love their coffee, and the purists, will all tell you that a burr grinder is better. That is true as it retains all the flavours of the coffee bean as it uses the sharp burrs to grins the bean.
Blade grinders use a chopping action, and that also generates a lot of heat. That heat then can cause burning of the oil.
Now although that is a proven theory, I defy anyone to tell the difference between a grind that has been blade grinded, and one that has been burr grinded.
More and more people are deciding to grind their coffee at home. When that happens, manufacturers start to produce more options for those buyers. As and when any new models come on to the UK market, we will add them here. That way you can keep up to date with what is happening in the UK coffee market.
The Blade Grinder
This one is self explanatory. The blade grinder, also commonly known as an electric grinder, has a blade which spins around a chamber which is full of coffee.
Blade grinders are a good entry level into the world of grinders and are not bad for the price you pay.
One key flaw with blade grinders is that they do not give you a consistently ground texture from your coffee bean. Another point worth noting is that if you grind your coffee for too long, the blade grinders can burn the coffee due to the friction caused when grinding. So you cant let it grind while you walk away.
If you are looking to make a cup of espresso using a blade grinder then think again. Any serious coffee drinker knows that for a good cup of espresso, the coffee needs to be of a smooth and consistent texture. The blade grinder, in literal terms, chops the coffee beans up so the consistency is, as said, all over the place.
So if you are looking to make espresso from the beans you grind, then skip over the blade grinders altogether.
Having said that, between a cup of coffee made from instant coffee and one ground with a blade grinder using coffee beans, I would go for the latter any day of the week because it will still taste miles better than the coffee made with instant granule coffee.
No Commercial Burr Grinder in the UK
This model takes grinding to a new level as not only does it offer you the wide variety of grains, but is also works out the amount of coffee you need for the perfect shot, or for the French Press or filter if you prefer your brew that way.
Fresher Tasting Coffee With a Burr Grinder
During the actual factory roasting process, when beans are roasted, they are left to cool down. After that they will be allowed to breathe from around 24-4hours.
They are then packed and sold and will last for quite a long time. If you own a grinder, then you can grind these whole beans as and when you fancy a cuppa.
Most people will buy their coffee in a ground state. That is the way it is sold in many supermarkets and even in good coffee shops. When coffee beans go through the grinding process, they are usually packed into foiled bags. Once these have been opened, they can last around 2-weeks depending on where they are stored.
Personally I would struggle to tell the difference between beans that have been ground using a blade, and those that have been ground using a burr style.
Many people can though, so clearly they have a finer palette than I do. Those who taste and test coffee for a living most certainly can. We checked on many websites and collected a lot of reviews to see which of the burr grinders, available in the UK, were the best though of by buyers.
Having collected all of that data we came up with the following choices.
Grinding coffee is actually ground specific to your favorite brewing method. So let’s first know the different types of coffee grind and where they are often used.
Course Grind are best used for French Press (press or pluger pot), Vacuum Coffee Maker, Toddy Makers (cold brew), and Percolater. A Medium Grind is great for Auto Drip Makers with flat bottom filters while A Medium/Fine Grind are for Drip Makers with cone shaped filters. Additionally, Fine Grind are for Stove Top Espresso Pots and some Drip Makers with cone shaped filters as well. Lastly, a Super Fine Grind is perfect for Espresso Machines.
Metallic flat burr grinder for coffee lovers
Burr mill system avoids overheating, preserves aroma and has grind fineness selector for a precise grinding
grind levels: From fine (espresso) to coarse (french press) to perfectly grind every type of coffee beverage
Secura Electric Coffee Grinder
If you’d like to use your grinder for more than just coffee, having two grinding cups is an excellent way to keep the flavors and aromas completely separate. The Secura Electric Grinder is small but powerful. It is excellent for smaller kitchens but may prove to be frustrating for people who grind larger amounts of coffee at ones since the machine only has a small capacity.
Spare parts are available, but the smart overheat protection system means that the motor keeps working for longer and you’re less likely to need spare parts any time soon.
This is an excellent machine for households with a single coffee lover or a small kitchen. The Secura is affordable but does not compromise on quality. ✓ Clear top to monitor grind ✓ year warranty ✓ Affordable ✗ Not very easy to clean
KRUPS F20Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
When it comes to budget-friendly grinders, Krups are definitely a brand to look at. The F20Electric Grinder is made from stainless steel and uses a blade to grind down your coffee to your preferred fineness. There is only a single setting, so you will need to base your grind on time rather than use pre-programed settings. It is affordable, easy to use, but harder to clean than many grinders. Unfortunately, there has been no real thought given to keeping it sanitary and washing after grinds, which may mean that the grinder will not last as long if you’re not careful when getting it wet.
It’s an excellent option for inexpensive coffee beans that don’t need a very precise grind – it is affordable and small, so may be a worthwhile investment for beginner baristas and even coffee-loving students.
KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder ✓ Clear top ✓ Well built ✓ Easy to use ✓ Easy to clean ✓ Multi-functional ✓ Affordable ✗ Possibly more suited to spices than coffee ✗ Louder than some other grinders ✗ Beans can get stuck under the blades
KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
As coffee grinders go, the Kitchenaid Blade Coffee Grinder is actually a little controversial. While it is well-built and well-designed, it’s not quite as quiet as the adverts suggest and some people have experienced inconsistent grinds and even beans getting stuck under the blade.
Whenever you’re looking at a product, it’s important to consider the price context. The Kitchenaid is a very affordable grinder, which does mean that it lacks some of the qualities that higher end grinders deliver. It is very much a multi-functional kitchen gadget rather than just a coffee grinder, which goes some way to explaining some coffee lovers’ dissatisfaction with it – it does come with a few spice grinding accessories as well – if you would like a coffee grinder that can cope with spices such as cumin this is an excellent buy for the money. However, if you would like a dedicated coffee grinder that offers very consistent grinds, this is not the grinder for you. ✓ Quality burrs for consistent grinds ✓ 40 settings ✓ Quiet ✗ Grinder knob is prone to falling off ✗ Have to turn machine upside down to empty hopper ✗ Can heat up
Baratza are one of the few companies who specialize in coffee grinders, offering some of the best burr grinders on the market. Burr grinders are seen as the better option above blade grinders, offering a more consistent grind and quality.
The grinder itself is excellent – you can use a timer to get the right grind or the 40 pre-programed settings that cover everything from 250 to 1200 microns so you can get precisely the grind you want. It offers consistent grind quality and can cope with larger amounts of coffee too. It’s a very well-build machine made from quality materials, especially for its price point.
The main problems with the grinder relate to everything round the grind; to empty the hopper you need to turn the entire machine upside down. Also, the grind knob is not attached very well so is prone to falling off and rolling across the kitchen. ✓ 60 settings ✓ Large capacity ✓ Can grind directly into a portafilter ✓ LCD screen with precise details ✓ Consistent quality ✗ Some grinds can get stuck in the grinder and go stale
Epica Electric Coffee Grinder & Spice Grinder
The Epica grinder is a small, simple grinder with a powerful motor. It’s extremely simple, with a single button, clear lid to monitor your grind, and you just have to hold the button until your coffee is ready to use. It’s simple, cheap, and cheerful, but grinds both standard and more oily coffee beans with ease and comes with a year warranty.
The button is almost twice the size of other grinders, which means that you don’t need strong hands to work it – a benefit for so many coffee lovers who may struggle with more traditional designs. The cup is removable and you can also remove the blade to make it easier to clean as well. This feature also extends the life of your grinder since there’s no need to get any part of the mechanism wet – you can just clean the cup separately. You can even put it in the dishwasher.
If your grinder does break, you can easily order and replace spare parts rather than buying an entire new grinder, which makes it an even better investment.
However, there is only a single setting so if you would like pre-programed grinds and more flexibility, you would be better off buying a burr grinder, which costs more but will suit your needs. ✓ year warranty ✓ 1settings ✓ Large capacity ✓ Quiet ✗ Can leave a powder residue ✗ Does not always grind all the beans in hopper
Choosing your grind
Once you know the basic principle of how grinding works, you can easily decide what type of grind you need for your coffee:
If you are unsure about what constitutes a fine or coarse grind, it may be a good idea to buy a pre-programed grinder so that you can select the option instead of guessing with a single-setting grinder.
Single setting vs. multiple
Most high end grinders have multiple settings so that you can choose exactly the fineness of your grind without having to monitor it or hold down a button while it works. This is generally the preferred approach but timbers and the mechanisms to create programs increase the cost of these grinders. If you are looking for a cheaper grinder, it’s likely it will have a single button that needs to be held down until your grind is complete.
Blade vs burr
Burr grinders are widely acknowledged to be the better quality grinders – they use a number of small milling wheels to grind coffee beans and deliver a much more consistent texture than blade grinders by grinding the beans down.
Blade grinders are essentially just small blenders – it shreds the beans, which can mean that it produces an inconsistent texture that can then affect the flavor. However, blade grinders are more versatile (they can be used for spices as well as coffee) and they are considerably cheaper than burr grinders, which is why they are still a popular option.
The third option is to hand grind the coffee beans using a manual grinder, this is the most affordable option as hand grinders are usually cheaper that electric ones. Baristas i know who use manual grinders like the satisfaction of hand grinding each bean that they will use in their brew. Some even go as far as roasting their own coffee but that is a whole other article. We have review some great manual coffee grinders and found what we believe are the best.
The following are the best Manual Coffee Grinders you can buy online in 2018
Manual grinders are ones that come with a handle that you can crank to finely grind coffee beans. Though manual grinders can take longer to produce finely ground coffee beans, it can offer you a very distinct experience as you feel the burr grinding mechanism slowly pulverize the coffee beans as you crank the handle.
Electric grinders are also known as blade grinders. These types of coffee grinders are run by powerful motors that power sharp rotating blades to dice coffee beans.
What’s great about electric coffee grinders is that it can help you make finely ground coffee beans within a minute. However, these types usually come with a bit of noise, especially when paired with powerful motors.
Kanye visited your café and he was unimpressed
And how do we impress these very finicky and moody people?
Well, we need to serve them a cup of coffee that will rock even their dark and turbulent world. Another great reason not to skimp on your commercial coffee grinder.
Why We Prefer Conical Burrs
Conical burrs simply use gravity to draw in your fresh whole beans where they get chewed up by the burrs, whereas flat burrs use centrifugal force which is more taxing on the motor of the grinder and creates more heat.
In some respects, you almost have to be a better barista to really take advantage of this setting, as its more intuitive. The advantage here about a stepless grinder like this is that the possibilities here are endless, since there are no markers. You basically just want to find that sweet spot on your own.
Using a stepless grinder can be a little bit daunting for a beginner barista (who might need preset grind settings to guide them), but for a more experienced barista, stepless grinders are often preferred.
DOSING VS. DOSERLESS GRINDERS
If starting a coffee shop is your intention, another important feature to look for in a commercial grade coffee grinder is whether they utilize a dosing feature, or they are doserless.
If a grinder is a doser grinder, it will have a dosing chamber (see image on the left), which will pre-measure the ground coffee precisely for each shot before the shot is pulled, providing the user with a consistent measurement each time they pull the lever.
The dosing chamber is usually divided into several pie-shaped spaces, where one piece of the pie does a single shot of espresso.
Pull the lever twice and you get a double shot of espresso, and so forth. Baristas can also adjust the size of these pie-shaped compartments, which comes in handy.
The Mazzer Super Jolly is a great example of a doser grinder that is also commercial-grade and ready to rock!
Take a look at this diagram below of the Rancilio Rocky and Baratza Vario, which illustrates a grinder with both a doser (the Rocky), and one which is doserless (the Baratza). *Keep in mind these are not commercial grade coffee grinder models, but they are very good home units.
As you can see, the dosing chamber makes the grinder somewhat larger, with the convenience of having a doser attached to your grinder making it a more logical choice for some users, especially when it comes preparing espresso on a regular basis. Dosing can be very helpful in this way.
In this type of scenario, the grinds sometimes miss the tray set below and make more of a mess on your counter, whether that be at home or at work.
They are certainly not preferable for the preparation of espresso, but they do offer more flexibility in some ways than their dosing counterparts, as you can grind as you need, but most cafes would more benefit from a doser grinder.
The size of the burrs in your commercial coffee grinder is one more important feature to look for.
Basically, larger the burrs are, the more coffee they can grind and the faster they can do it.
We hope this article helped you in your quest to find the best commercial coffee grinder! There is a lot to consider, and it is a substantial purchase, so choose wisely.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Burr Grinders wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Burr Grinders
- №1 — JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, Conical Burr Mill, Brushed Stainless Steel
- №2 — Coffee Grinder by Homecoffee – Manual Coffee Grinder with Improved Conical Ceramic Burr Mill and Plastic Piece for Home, Kitchen, Office and Traveling, Brushed Stainless Steel
- №3 — Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill