Getting the Best Home Coffee Grinders
Making good coffee and great espresso at home hinges on the quality of your grinder. While coffee brewers and espresso machines will work with store-bought ground coffee, that pre-packaged coffee has already lost much of its quality while sitting on the shelf at the store waiting for you to come pick it up. You need fresh grounds to get the best results from your brewer and espresso machine, which means you’re going to have to get the best coffee grinder.
There are different types of grinders that operate using different mechanisms and deliver varying results. The grinder that best suits you will consistently deliver evenly ground coffee that will serve as the best possible raw material for the perfect shot of espresso, or perfect cup of brewed coffee. Below are the two grinders, first one is manual and the second is automatic. Choose as per your budget and requirements. Both are validated as best ones in their categories and are awarded as best sellers in many stores.
BEST MANUAL – Hario Skerton Hand Coffee Grinder
This grinder will turn roasted coffee beans into even grounds as fast as you can crank it – usually 2 to 3 minutes. It is great for making fresh ground coffee for use in your coffee brewer and will give you a great arm workout! It comes with an adjustable conical burr grinder that can produce different size particles while ensuring an even particle size. It retails for around US$28, making it quite affordable.
However, if you’re using your grounds to make espresso, then a manual grinder like this is not the best option. A manual grinder is just not quick enough to deliver the grounds within the 30 to 45 second window when the coffee is still at its best quality for making espresso. That brings us to the next type of coffee grinder – automatic.
BEST AUTOMATED – Baratza Virtuoso
This coffee grinder is the superstar of affordable automated grinders. It retails at a reasonable US$229 and is versatile enough to satisfy all your coffee grounds needs. A bit costly than the others, but it’s reasonable because of the durability and sturdiness packed within it. Once you’ve bought it, you will be proud to owe it. It comes with an array of grind settings from “fine” for espresso to “super-coarse” for a French press coffee maker. It is equipped with professional-grade conical burrs operated by a powerful 480W DC motor that will deliver an even grind every time. The burrs are easy to clean and are replaceable at very little cost when they have run their course. Generally, this nifty grinder gets the job done quickly, while looking good on your counter.
Now that you have all the necessary information it’s time to go forth and shop for your best home coffee grinder! Tell us in the comments how your shopping expedition went, and also share details about the results of your first home grind.