You’re here because you already know that buying pre-ground coffee is blasphemy.
Many folks spend their entire lives buying only pre-ground coffee, not understanding the importance of freshness or grind size. I’m not ashamed to admit I was there once.
But there’s a new world out there waiting to be discovered. A world where freshness reigns supreme, and grind size is just as important as buying the right coffee beans and using the correct brew method.
But entering this world means having a capable coffee grinder.
Sure, you can store your ground coffee to keep it fresh, but have you ever noticed how short-lived that is? This is because as soon as coffee beans are ground, they instantly start to lose their freshness and aroma
No storage container
will ever keep your coffee as fresh as it would be if you were to grind it right before you need it. Period.
Also, different brewing methods require different grind sizes. You can’t achieve proper extraction of your coffee if you can’t control grind size.
Most coffee purchased at the grocery store is intended for use with drip machines, so it will not work well with other brewing methods like espresso, French press, pour overs…you get the point.
By owning a grinder, you’re in total control. You can grind your coffee to the perfect grind size for whichever brewing method you desire.
Mainly, there are two categories of coffee grinders to be concerned with: blade grinders vs burr grinders, and electric grinders vs manual grinders.
A blade grinder has a high-powered motor with an attached blade. It spins quickly at the bottom of the grinding chamber and “chops” the beans up. Blade grinders are almost always louder than burr grinders. They’re also unarguably inferior to burr grinders.
Burr grinders use a conical or flat metal plate burr design with ridges. These ridges help draw the beans in, smash them open and grind them into equally sized particles. The plate is adjustable, meaning you can control the coarseness/fineness of the grounds by changing the distance between the plates.
If the particles are all the same size, the grinder is known to produce a good grind consistency or grind particle uniformity. This is crucial for proper extraction.
We’ll always recommend a burr coffee grinder over a blade grinder. Although they are more expensive than blade grinders, you’ll thank your future self when you take that first sip of delicious nectar.