How To Choose A Coffee Grinder

The coffee grinder is the most overlooked piece of equipment. Most of the attention goes on the coffee machine and the coffee itself. This is largely due to the fact that so little is understood about the importance of the role the grinder has to play. The coffee grinder is an equal player in the equipment needed to get consistent quality every time.

Once the coffee beans have been roasted, they need to be broken apart. The trick is to capture the aroma and freshness of the coffee just after it has been ground. It’s better to only grind as much coffee as you need. It is possible to store coffee once ground, but for best results, fresh ground is best.

How To Choose A Coffee Grinder Properly

A good quality coffee grinder should always give you the ability to adjust the grind. This is because the rate of extraction (the pour time) will be influenced by how fine the coffee is. You will also be able to control how much sediment there is in each extraction. A finer coffee will give more sediment. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste!

Coffee machines will typically come in two types – the burr grinder and the blade grinder.

The blade grinder tends to be the cheaper option for home use. It’s actually quite hard to get any proper consistency with a blade grinder. This is because you can only control how fine the coffee is by leaving the machine on for longer. The process is the same as grinding bread in a food mixer. You just throw in the beans and the blade will repeatedly cut the coffee beans into smaller sizes.

Burr grinders provide a superior ground coffee. The Burr grinder has two cylindrical plates. Each plate has teeth that will crush the coffee when they rotate. You can adjust the gap between the two plates that will determine how fine the coffee is.

Burr grinders can be further categorised by the speed of the grinder. A high speed direct drive grinder is the cheapest option, although the high speed using the motor directly to drive the plates can give rise to heat. This heat can change the quality of the coffee. A better option is to use a low speed direct drive grinder. This will push the price of the grinder up, as the grinder will need a set of gears to reduce the speed of the plates. The sound of the coffee grinding is also much louder with a low speed grinder.

There are two more considerations after this. The first is weather to choose a grinder with a doser. The doser is a lever that will dose an exact amount of coffee you need per shot and will take the coffee from a chamber that is used to store coffee once it has been ground. For home use, this is not necessary unless you are catering for a large number of people. It could be handy for a dinner party for example. The second, more important consideration is stepped grind adjustment or manual. Manual grind adjustment will allow you to make a slight change to the grind, to allow for changes in room temperature. Yes! It does make a difference! If you don’t have a manual grind setting, don’t worry too much as you can always press harder or lighter when you ‘tamp’ the coffee in the porta filter. This is the handle that contains a basket for you to place the coffee. The ground coffee is pressed by using a handle or a flat surface attached to the coffee machine.

Sounds like a massive amount of information to take in at once. Messing around with the results from your grinder is fun. In time, you will get to know how to handle ground coffee and will start producing some really good results.

How to Grind Coffee Beans

The wonderful aroma and taste of brewed coffee is the best way to start the day. Whether you are in a rush to an appointment or just lazing around, a perfectly brewed cup can put you in the right mood to tackle whatever needs to be done.

It is convenient to buy coffee grounds for your morning cup but it will not have the same aroma and taste of freshly ground whole coffee beans. Ground coffee loses flavor and aroma at a fast rate even when you keep it in an airtight container. The longer it stays in the can, the less flavor you get from the brew. To get a fresh cup of coffee with a full-bodied aroma and taste, you should learn how to grind coffee beans properly.

How To Grind Coffee Beans In A Proper Way

The most important gear needed to make good coffee is a good grinder. You may argue that buying good quality coffee beans will surely make a good cup of coffee, but you will not get your quality brew without properly grinding the beans. Coffee aficionados and baristas will tell you that even the best coffee beans will lose some of their flavor and taste if they are poorly ground, and ground coffee that is not immediately brewed oxidizes and starts to become stale.

To get a good cup, you need good beans and the correct grinder. The flavor of the coffee depends largely on the consistency of the grind and the size of the coffee grounds depends on the brewing method that follows. Generally, longer brewing methods that allow contact of the heated water with the coffee will require coarse grounds while brewing that permits short contact like the steam that passes through the coffee in the espresso machine require finer grounds. A coarse grind is suitable for a percolator or French press, a medium grind for automatic drip brewing with flat bottom filters, and a fine grind for espresso and drip brewing with cone-shaped filters.

Getting the correct size of the coffee grounds is quite subjective. What looks coarse to you may be medium-coarse to others, and the grind you call fine may look medium-fine to another person. Each of us has different tastes, and the taste of the coffee that you brew will depend to some extent on the size of the grind. For best results, you should experiment by varying the size of the coffee grounds that you use for brewing your favorite cup until you get the taste that suits your palate. This means that the grinder you use should have different settings that will allow you to experiment.

Grinders are either a propeller grinder or a coffee mill, also called a burr grinder. The burr grinder produces grounds with a uniform particle size that is ideal for the preparation of coffee, whereas the propeller or blade grinder will give an inconsistent grind.

The burr mill works by grinding the beans between two revolving discs with abrasive or serrated surfaces. The size of the grounds depends on the distance between the discs. Available models of the burr grinder have several settings to choose from so that you can easily set the machine based on the size of grounds you want for drip brewing, the French press, or the espresso machine. Lower settings where the discs are farther apart will result in coarser materials, while the higher settings where the discs are close together will produce smaller or finer material.

The burr grinder has two chambers, one for loading the coffee beans and another that receives the coffee grounds. Usually, the device has a revolving screw that pushes the grounds through. The grinding process does not create much friction that can heat and affect the taste of the coffee, which is one of its advantages over the blade grinder that sometimes produce a burnt taste because of the heating up of the propellers. The downside of the burr grinder is that the process takes longer, particularly when you put the grinder in a higher setting for fine grinds. It is also more expensive than the blade grinder, with some models costing a few hundred dollars.

You can purchase a good blade grinder for $25 dollars or less, and can get good quality grinds too, though not as uniform in particle size. The device has a single chamber equipped with a rotating two-sided single blade that chops the coffee beans. It has a transparent cover that allows you to see inside, and you turn off the blades when the grounds look to be of the right particle size. Users of the blade grinder recommend grinding in bursts to get uniform-sized granules. Of course, the coffee grounds will not be as consistent in size as those produced by the burr, but it will get the job done in much less time.

If you can afford the cost of the burr mill, you are assured of better-flavored coffee grounds because of the consistency of the grind and almost frictionless grinding. You can opt for the manual burr coffee mill that is cheaper than the electric-powered grinder, but the effort to grind a sufficient quantity for your morning coffee can be daunting, particularly when you are still half-asleep.

Coffee aficionados recommend a burr grinder when you are after coarse grounds, say for a French press, because it is difficult to get uniformly coarse grounds from a blade grinder. For medium grinds for drip brewing and for fine grinds, the propeller grinder can produce what you need as long as you grind in short bursts.

Whether you use a burr or a propeller grinder, you can brew a perfect cup of coffee once you have mastered the device – that is knowing which setting to use in the burr grinder and how long to grind the coffee beans in the propeller grinder. What is important is that the coffee grounds go from your grinder directly into your coffee brewer or espresso machine in order to get the fresh taste and aroma of a perfect cup of coffee.