Types of Grinders

Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Espresso Machine Guide

What could be more fun than drinking a cup of rich espresso made from the beans you ground yourself? I love to be my family and friends’ barista whenever they come over, because they always expressed their wonder that I could grind, tamp and brew great coffee like a professional in a coffee house.

If you buy a super-automatic espresso machine, then of course you don’t need to buy a separate grinder. But if you have a semi-automatic like me, you’re probably looking for a good grinder that can give you that fine quality ground beans for a perfect espresso.

There are two popular types of grinders out there:

1) Blade grinders
2) Burr grinders

Blade Grinders
These are the cheaper grinders in the market, using a blade to chop up the beans. If you’ve seen a blender before, then you get the idea. The longer you let it run, the finer the grounds are.

Bad news though, these type of grinders don’t produce even-sized grounds, and the blades heat up a bit when they run too long, causing the coffee grounds to come out with a slightly burnt taste. All these are determining factors for what goes into your cup, but all I say is that you get what you pay for.

My recommendation for this type of grinder: Best Blade Coffee GrinderKrups Fast Touch 203

Burr Grinders
Burr grinders produce more even-sized grounds, because the beans are crushed between one moving wheel and one immobile surface. The cheaper type of a burr grinder is the wheel burr grinder, which is a bit noisier and messier.

The best of all grinders are the conical burr grinders. They preserve the aroma of the coffee beans and can grind very fine grounds without any clogging or heating up the grounds. As you might have guessed, these are the most expensive of all grinders.

I prefer Rancilio Rocky, but a cheaper one would be Capresso 560.01 Infinity.

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