Why should you even care about coffee grinders in the first place? Good beans deserve a good grind, and if you’ve already committed to buying quality coffee, like Java Momma, why not give your beans the respect they deserve?
What’s the difference between coffee grinders? Burr or Blade?
The easiest way to explain what a burr grinder is, is to explain the difference between it and a blade grinder. A blade grinder is essentially the blender version of a coffee grinder. The blades literally look like a miniaturized version of your typical kitchen blender. A burr grinder, however, is exactly what you would find in any cafe/coffee shop. It is made up of two revolving abrasive surfaces (called burrs), in between which the coffee is ground.
There are flat burr grinders and conical burr grinders, but they do the same thing: grind your coffee. The distance between the surfaces can be changed, which in turn will change the size of the grind that you need for your specific brewing methods.
The reason that coffee snobs prefer burr grinders over blade is that the beans are ground in a uniform size, and you have more control over your grind than you do with a blade. A uniform ground is much harder to do in a blade grinder, especially if you are trying to do a coarser ground, which is why burr grinders are wholeheartedly recommended for anyone doing French press or pour overs.
So what kind of grinder should you get? This is totally up to you! Blade grinders will almost always be cheaper but if you are doing more than just your standard paper filter- auto drip brewing I honestly believe you will notice a positive difference in the consistency of your grinds when using a burr grinder.
If you are using a blade grinder, to get the most uniform ground, you want to grind your coffee in spurts. Pulse your coffee as opposed to just grinding in one go. I have used this one for years and it has held up beautifully.
So for those of you brewing your delicious premium Java Momma coffee in a more crafted way, you will ultimately be looking for a burr grinder. The options are endless (although sometimes pricey) and come in all shapes and sizes. Manual burr grinders are smaller, so if you’re pressed for space, consider this option. They’re also good for those on a budget; you get the burr benefits at a fraction of the price. However, if you’re making espresso, which requires a fine grind as well as an immediate grind, some people will tell you that a manual grinder may not be as convenient as an electric one.
Electric grinders vary in price and quality $40-$600 ; depending on what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone. The general rule of thumb when buying one is to go for one with larger grinding burrs, heavier overall weight and a low speed grind. I am sure whatever you choose will still get the job done! Definitely make sure it has the ability to adjust your grinds per brewing method of your choosing.
One major tip I can give you, purchase whole beans and grind them fresh before use. It really does make all the difference in the flavor.
Which grinder are you interested in getting?!?
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