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?