Types Of Coffee Grinders
June 12, 2016
Technology has provided us with some incredible machines. The marvels of this field extend from space travel to very useful kitchen appliances. One such appliance is the coffee grinder. While there are numerous coffee grinders in the modern world, they can all fall into one of these three major categories:
I. Burr grinder
II. Blade grinder
III. Manual grinder
Of the three types, burr grinders are said to be the best, but people have different preferences. At the end this article, I will leave you to decide which is the coffee grinder to buy.
I think it is best if we start with the differences that exist among the three major coffee grinders. It is each machine’s grinding mechanism and power supply that determines the category it will fall into. Blade grinders use sharp blades that rotate to cut the coffee beans within the grinding chamber. These grinders use an electric motor.
Electricity also powers burr grinders, but they use serrated discs that resemble gears to grind the coffee beans. The discs rotate against each other as the beans pass between them. The beans are ground uniformly and consistently. Burr grinders are further categorized into a disc and conical grinders.
• Conical burr grinders
The burrs in this grinder are conical in shape and spin slowly to ensure the preservation of the natural flavor of the bean.
• Disc burr grinder
They consist of burrs shaped like discs. The beans are ground without burning. However, the beans may keep getting stuck between the discs, and you have to stir them constantly while they are in the hopper.
Manual grinders use a system that is similar to the burr grinders. The only difference is that they do not use an electric motor. The burrs in a manual grinder are rotated manually by cranking.
Types of coffee grinders
Now that we know the major categories of coffee grinders let us look at some of the best coffee grinders on the market.
1. Breville BCG820 Smart Grinder Pro
The Breville BCG820 Smart Grinder Pro is a grinder that offers superior performance and builds quality at an affordable price. The conical burrs inside it are made of stainless steel and are meant to reduce greatly the heat that is produced as a result of grinding the beans while protecting the important oils contained in the coffee beans.
It comes with 60 different grind settings. It also has a Precision Electric Timer that allows you to adjust the grinding time in 0.2-second intervals. Other than that, it also has a 16 oz coffee bean capacity. The feature has a locking system for easy storage, easy removal and efficient transfer of the bean hopper. The machine can trace its origins to China.
2. Breville Dose Control Pro
Just as in the Breville BCG820 Smart Grinder Pro, the burrs in this grinder are conical and made of stainless steel. They are also designed to protect the essential oils that are found in the coffee beans while greatly reducing the grinding heat. It also has 60 different and precise grind settings. The precision Electric Timer in this machine allows you to adjust the grind time in increments of 1 second. It comes with a capacity of 12 oz and a locking mechanism for easy storage and removal.
3. Portex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
With its origins in Japan, this grinder features a ceramic burr that is conical in shape. It has a wide range that can grind anything from Espresso to French Press. The machine has a 30-gram capacity, is 1.85 inches in diameter and stands at a height of 7.5 inches. Its entire frame is made of stainless steel and is static free. The spring inside it helps to maintain a consistent grind even when you are grinding for coarse brewing. The machine can be used both indoors and outside.
4. Home Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Mill Grinder
Inside its wooden frame is a high-quality ceramic burr that ensures your coffee beans are ground precisely and consistently every time. The inbuilt and adjustable grind selector gives you complete control over the coarseness of your grind. The machine is operated manually and therefore needs no batteries or electricity. The hand crank gives you the freedom of grinding your coffee anywhere and at any time. Other than coffee beans, this machine will also grind your pepper and spices.
5. Phoenix Coffee Bean Grinder
Inside it are powerful stainless steel blades that are sure to withstand constant use. The oval shape ensures that the beans are ground uniformly. It has a capacity of 70 grams. The lid is transparent, so you can have a look at what is going on beneath it. The rubber feet at the base minimize the noise produced while grinding.
When you buy the machine, you are offered a brush at no extra cost. The brush is meant to ease the process of cleaning. The machine also has a pulse button to help you determine the degree of fineness. Other than coffee beans, this machine can also be used to grind tea, nuts, spices, grains and herbs. You can be assured of a fast and efficient grind regardless of what you are grinding.
6. Krups F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
It is powered by a 200-watt electric motor that offers fast grinding. The grinding capacity of this machine can yield up to 12 cups of coffee. The oval design ensures uniform grinding. Within its grinding chamber are stainless steel blades that grind your coffee beans. Depending on the grinding time, your coffee will be ground finely or coarsely. It also has a safety switch, and it comes with a 2-year warranty. You can use it to grind coffee beans or spices.
7. Kitchen Aid Pro Line Coffee Grinder
The named machine is the prettiest on the market. Its design has won it an award, and its build quality is excellent. The construction, coupled with excellent materials and incredible performance, make it a machine worth having. It will grind your coffee beans uniformly in 15 different consistencies. While grinding, it has lower noise than a majority of other burr grinders. The machine is expensive, but it is worth it.
Above are six reviews of coffee grinders in different categories. The first two are burr grinders followed by manual grinders and blade grinders. However, I could not end the article without mentioning the last machine. I now leave you to answer the question; which is the coffee grinder to buy?
Types of Coffee Drinks
June 8, 2016
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It has become a part life for many people today, especially those in the corporate world. Over the last couple of decades, we have seen a huge boom in the market as coffee shops double up as both places to socialize and places to stock up on caffeinated beverages. In the past, coffee meant either ground or instant coffee made conventionally on an espresso machine. Just like in the fantastic world of cocktails, there numerous types of coffee drinks you can find at your favorite coffee shop today. Although all these types have ground coffee beans and water as the main ingredients, the different ways in which this coffee is brewed and prepared is what makes the numerous choices available. Here are some of the most common types of coffee drinks available in coffee shops today:
With its name springing from its origin in Italy, Espresso is the base for quite a variety of coffee drinks. Espresso in its pure form is more popular in Europe than America. This coffee drink uses fine coffee ground on different blends to create a bold and not bitter flavor. It is a strong dark roast coffee packed in special filters with water expressed through it under pressure. Espresso is just concentrated coffee that is a bit stronger in taste and aroma compared to filtered coffee. The drink also has unique flavors to it and can range from very dark, medium, and decaffeinated.
What makes this drink different from the other types is the way it is extracted from the beans. Hot, but not boiling water id pressurized and forced through ground coffee resulting in a more concentrated form of coffee. Because of the concentration, espresso is highly caffeinated. It is often served in small cups and consumed promptly after extraction in various types of servings such as ristretto, single shot, double shot, and lungo.
Deriving its name from its origin in America, this is a perfect beginner coffee and most similar to the one we make at home. Americano, also known as “long black” is simply an espresso diluted with hot water giving it a milder flavor. It uses less roasted coffee beans, and its taste is similar to that of filtered coffee. A smooth coffee drink has a regular strength and is simple to make. Many people choose to add milk, but this is entirely down to preference.
The following types of coffee drinks are formed by adding milk in different variants of espresso to create unique coffee experiences.
It is one of the most popular coffee drinks in the world. It contains a scrumptious combination of coffee, milk foam, and steamed milk. The ratio in this combination is 1:1:1. The bottom third of the cup is espresso, followed by an equal amount of hot milk, and then topped with foamed milk. The milk is steamed through a high-pressure steam pipe on the espresso machine and is used to warm up the milk and to create stiff foam on the top. The foamed milk on top helps contain the heat of the coffee.
Cinnamon flaked chocolate and other spices are often sprinkled on the top, sometimes in an artistic form. Some people increase the quantity of milk to make the taste of coffee lighter. Dry cappuccino comes without any steamed milk, and with less foamed milk. It is less popular than the regular cappuccino.
This coffee drink originated in Yemen and is typically made out of Mocha beans. Mocha beans are mainly grown in Yemen and Ethiopia and have a special chocolaty flavor. It is a blend of coffee, milk, and chocolate. Mocha is more like cappuccino served with less foam and often topped with chocolate powder or sauce. A dollop of milk foam is placed at the top of the drink, and sometimes it is topped with a little chocolate powder. Some people often prefer to add a teaspoon of sugar before drinking. Mochaccino is popular with those who do not want a too indulgent chocolate fix. Some coffee shops will add a chocolate syrup to the drink while others will add hot chocolate. Before drinking, you can add some sugar and stir to enjoy the full flavor of your drink.
The latte is one of the coffee drinks that are easy to prepare. It is prepared by adding a single shot of espresso and filling up the cup with steaming milk and can be topped with foam if preferred. Caffee Latte without the foam is known as Flat White. Caffe Latte is a milkier coffee drink and one of the more commonly ordered drinks on the high street. The ratio of milk to espresso 3:1 The drink has a sweet, mellow flavor and is quite popular in America. It has a few minor variations popularly known as Café Au Lait, or Café con Leche. These depend on whether the one’s coffee spirit is channeling French or Spanish.
So, which Coffee is best?
The availability of a wide variety of coffee drinks shows the popularity of coffee as a beverage. Pure varieties of coffee drinks have their charm. However, these great varieties of mixtures available today not only taste great but also contain less caffeine. Healthier ingredients can also be added to benefit even the most avid coffee drinkers.
Now that you are familiar with the different types of coffee drinks and have an idea of how each is distinct from the other, you will have an easier time ordering. In addition, you may have discovered a drink that sounds like something you may want to try. Which coffee is best will depend on your personal preference. The most important part of it all is to discover your favorite. Also, understand that the taste in coffee is subjective; some people like it strong while others cannot handle an ounce of bitterness. As such, you need to establish the kind of taste you enjoy so you can make a more informed decision.
You can experiment and enhance your coffee drinking experiences by adding cream, spices, sugar or other sweeteners. There are no limits as to how coffee lovers can make their drinks unique.
Coffee: What is it all about
April 18, 2016
Coffee is one the most amazing drinks in the world. Its something that unites different cultures and people all over. Coffee is of many types and comes in all shapes and size. Mocha, Espresso, Cappuccino are few of the hottest sellers world wide. Different machines are used to make that perfect cup. Espresso is the purest form of coffee which looks something like below.