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Top 10 Best Coffee Bean Grinders (Heavy.com)

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If you want to make a really good cup of coffee, it’s important to invest in the right coffee grinder. For starters, you should narrow down options based on your needs and budget. Do you prefer a small and simple coffee grinder for a basic cup of coffee, or are you in the market for a high-end machine that will provide a range of textures? Many espresso enthusiasts seek higher-end grinders to accompany their espresso machine. From burr coffee grinders to the simple electric coffee grinder, here’s a look at some of the top coffee bean grinders for this year.


1. KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades

KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, krups coffee grinder, coffee bean grinder

This popular coffee grinder features a 200-watt motor, which is ideal for fast grinding. It also has a generous grinding capacity that lets you grind enough beans for up to 12 cups of coffee at a time. Durable stainless steel blades cut through beans with ease to ensure uniform grinding. You don’t have to limit yourself to just coffee beans, though. This grinder can grind up nuts, grains, and spices if desired. Safety-conscious consumers appreciate the lid activated safety switch.

Price: $19.99

Buy the KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades here.



Pros:

  • Fast grinding
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Also ideal for grinding nuts and spices

Cons:

  • Lacks coarse control setting
  • Base can be tough to clean
  • A bit basic compared to newer models

Find more KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades information and reviews here.

2. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill, cuisinart coffee grinder, coffee grinder

You won’t want to hide this coffee grinder away when you have guests over, thanks to its modern and elegant styling. This heavy-duty automatic coffee mill gets the job done quickly and efficiently, leaving you with the desired consistency. There are 18 grind positions to choose from, whether you prefer ultra fine, coarse, or something inbetween. A slide dial lets you choose the exact amount you wish to grind, whether it’s four or 18 cups. This Cuisinart grinder is outfitted with a burr grinding mechanism that promotes a uniform grind for optimum flavor.

Price: $49.95 (45 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill here.



Pros:

  • Burr mechanism for uniform grinding
  • 18 grind positions
  • Slide dial for precise grind amount

Cons:

  • Motor sounds strained during longer grind periods
  • Inconsistent grind results
  • Plastic grind hopper seems flimsy

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3. Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Storage Capacity, coffee mill, coffee grinder

If you’re seeking a small, lightweight, and easily portable coffee grinder, this one is a good bet. It’s not automatic, but fans of this manual coffee mill say that it provides the ideal grind for coffee enthusiasts. The grinder is easy to clean and use, making it a must-have item when you’re on the go. Shoppers on a budget appreciate the overall quality and performance of this coffee grinder.

Price: $27.99 (44 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton here.



Pros:

  • Easily portable
  • Ideal for manual coffee grinder enthusiasts
  • Budget-friendly

Cons:

  • Top cap loosens easily
  • Inconsistent coarse grinds
  • Takes awhile to grind

4. Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder

Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder, coffee bean grinder

A removable grinding chamber ensures easy filling, not to mention a stress-free cleanup. You can even run the grinding chamber through the dishwasher if desired. Aside from coffee beans, this grinder also expertly handles spices. If you have a specific consistency in mind, you’ll appreciate the fineness settings on the grinder. A hidden cord storage space means that you don’t have to deal with a cumbersome power cord.

Price: $16.99 (48 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder here.



Pros:

  • Removable chamber
  • Fineness setting
  • Hidden cord storage space

Cons:

  • Some models suffer from a faulty switch
  • Doesn’t produce a consistent grind
  • Top can come loose during operation

Find more Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder information and reviews here.


5. Baratza Encore – Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin)

Baratza Encore - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin), coffee bean grinder

The Encore is an ideal entry level grinder for any coffee enthusiast. Aside from providing an optimal grind for the drip/manual brew, this machine also grinds finely enough for espresso coffee. If you’re a big fan of precision, you’ll appreciate how this coffee maker has over 40 individual settings to choose from. An efficient motor not only keeps the beans cool during the grinding process, but also stays at a consistent speed of 450 RPM to ensure a smooth grind while preventing heat and static buildup. Many customers especially like the front-mounted pulse button, which lets you easily grind on demand.

Price: $129.00 (44 percent off MSRP)

Pros:

  • 40 individual settings
  • Great entry level burr grinder
  • Front-mounted pulse button

Cons:

  • Can get slowed down by oily beans
  • A bit slow
  • Lacks a built-in timer

6. Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder

Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder, coffee bean grinder

Don’t let its affordable price tag fool you, as this coffee grinder offers a healthy dose of durability and performance. A convienient on/off button ensures optimal safety and operation during the grinding process.  This coffee grinder is equipped with durable stainless steel blades, which promote consistency and reliability over time. If you detest messy cleanups, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to clean this grinder. It comes with a retracable cord for added convenience.

Price: $12.85 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder here.



Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Retractable cord

Cons:

  • Limited grinding capacity
  • Coffee beans tend to spill out
  • Grinds get stuck to the sides

7. KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder

 

KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder, kitchenaid coffee grinder, coffee grinder

Can’t stand noisy coffee grinders? This one offers a powerful 160 watt motor with just a minimal amount of noise. It’s equipped with stainless steel blades that expertly grind the whole beans to create a robust and aromatic blend. A heavy-duty motor housing ensures reliability and durability over time. Despite its relatively compact size, this grinder can make up to 12 cups of coffee at a time. When you’re ready to transfer the grounds, simply lift up the stainless steel bowl.

Price: $29.99 (40 percent off MSRP)

Pros:

  • 160 watt motor
  • Minimal noise
  • Up to 12 cup capacity

Cons:

  • Not suitable for espresso
  • Doesn’t produce uniform grind
  • Plastic cover can be tricky to clean

8. Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder BR-MCG-SS1

 

Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder BR-MCG-SS1, manual coffee grinder, coffee grinder

While you can use this coffee grinder to make just about any type of coffee, it’s ideal for brewing espresso as well as pour over and French press methods. You can also use it to make Turkish coffee. It’s easy to use this coffee grinder at home or pack it up for travel. An adjustable ceramic conical burr lets you reach the desired grind quality for the best coffee taste. While grind time varies from one person to the next, you can expect to grind roughly 6 tablespoons of whole beans in less than 1 1/2 minutes.

Price: $29.99 (50 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder BR-MCG-SS1 here.



Pros:

  • Great for brewing espresso
  • Compact size
  • Adjustable burr

Cons:

  • Handle isn’t screwed on
  • Initial learning curve to find the right grind consistency
  • Material feels a bit flimsy

9. Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, electric coffee grinder, burr coffee grinder

With a total of 14 grind settings, you can choose between a range of coarse and fine settings. It’s also continuously adjustable — all you need to do is twist the upper portion of the coffee bean container to select how finely ground you wish the beans to be. Performance aside, this Bodum offers a number of practical features. For example, its borosilicate glass container is designed to catch coffee grounds so that they don’t become statically charged and spill when you lift off the lid. In combination with the tight nylon lid, this Bodum grinder is a great choice if you want a secure and spill-free top. A slip-proof silicone band makes it easier to pick up the grinder with wet hands.

Price: $98.89 (31 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder here.



Pros:

  • Slip-proof band
  • 14 grind settings
  • Continuously adjustable top

Cons:

  • Timer only goes up to 20 seconds
  • Glass jar has a thin bottom
  • Relatively small grind capacity

10. Baratza Vario 886 – Flat Ceramic Coffee Grinder

Baratza Vario 886 - Flat Ceramic Coffee Grinder, coffee grinder

This Baratza is a relative newcomer to the coffee grinder market, but it’s packed with performance and features that match pricier competitors. One feature is its versatility, as this grinder can fit just about anywhere thanks to its relatively compact size. The Vario has 230 unique grind settings, allowing you to choose from fine grind for espresso to course grind for a press, and everything in-between. You’ll even find micro and macro adjustment options to get the ideal grind for an espresso. If you’re ready to switch it up, simply slide the lever  to change from espresso to other coffee styles.

Price: $465.00 (3 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Baratza Vario 886 – Flat Ceramic Coffee Grinder here.



Pros:

  • 230 grind settings
  • Macro/micro adjustments
  • Can use lever to switch styles

Cons:

  • A bit of a learning curve
  • Comes without a manual
  • Pricey

Find more Baratza Vario 886 – Flat Ceramic Coffee Grinder information and reviews here.

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How to Brew Coffee with the French Press (how to Video) and instructions

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AT A GLANCE

  • Total brew time: 4:30
  • Yield: 1-3 short mugs
  • Mugs per Craft Coffee bag: 6
  • Cup characteristics: Heavy and robust

WHAT YOU NEED

  • French press
  • Craft Coffee beans (see below for amount)
  • Water (see below for amount)
  • Stirring utensil
  • Kettle (gooseneck preferred)
  • Timer
  • Mug
  • Burr grinder (recommended)
  • Scale (recommended)

MEASUREMENTS

French Press Size 3-Cup 4-Cup 8-Cup
Coffee 17 grams (2-3 tbsp) 27 grams (4-5 tbsp) 54 grams (8-10 tbsp)
Water 275 mL, plus additional for pre-heating 430 mL, plus additional for pre-heating 860 mL, plus additional for pre-heating

BEFORE YOU BREW

  • Make sure your French press has been thoroughly cleaned since you last used it. Any old grounds stuck in the mesh filter will ruin your coffee with bitter flavors.
  • For best results, we strongly recommend starting with whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder immediately before brewing. If you grind your coffee too soon, it will quickly lose many of the compounds that give it such delightful aromas and flavors.
  • While it may seem complicated, we think using a scale actually makes brewing easier by taking any guesswork out of the equation.
Step 1

Heat your water to 205 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it sit for 30 seconds.

Step 2

Fill your French press about one-quarter full with hot water and press the plunger all the way down. Swirl the hot water around inside the French press for about 10 seconds, then pull the plunger up and remove the lid. Discard the rinse water.

Step 3

If using pre-ground coffee skip to Step 4. Otherwise, weigh out your whole bean coffee and grind it on a coarse setting.

Step 4

Pour your ground coffee into the French Press and gently shake it back and forth to settle the grounds.

Step 5

Time: 0:00-0:30

Pour about half of your hot water evenly over the grounds. This step is called the bloom. Hot water forces the ground coffee to release trapped gases, leading to expansion of the coffee and wonderful aromas for you to enjoy. During the bloom, a thick “crust” of coffee grounds will also form.

Start your timer once you’ve finished pouring.

Step 6

Time: 0:30-0:35

Once your timer hits 30 seconds, stir the coffee gently for 5 seconds to break up the crust and mix the grounds evenly with the water.

Step 7

Time: 0:35-4:00

Pour the remaining half of your hot water over the coffee. Place the lid on your French press with the plunger pulled all the way up. Let the coffee steep until your timer reads 4:00.

Step 8

Time: 4:00-4:15

Slowly press the plunger all the way down to filter the grounds from the coffee. Pour the coffee immediately into your mug – if it sits for too long in your French press it will turn bitter.

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How to Grind Coffee

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KNOW YOUR GRIND

Your coffee grind has a big impact on the quality of your brew. What’s the right grind size? It depends on how you brew your coffee! And since there are a lot of different ways to brew a delicious cup, we decided to make you this handy guide so you could explore them all.

For the examples provided we used a burr grinder, which is great because it gives a nice consistent grind. But if you only have a blade grinder, don’t despair – just get as close as possible. We’ve heard that giving a blade grinder a good shake while grinding can help even things out.

DID YOU KNOW?

The oils that give a coffee its most beautiful notes evaporate very quickly after you grind the beans. So, for the most delicious cup, try grinding just enough for what you’re about to brew.

See our guides to learn how to brew the perfect cup, every time.

Coffee Grinders:

It’s practically unanimous: every great cup of coffee starts with freshly ground coffee. And when I say fresh, I mean grinding your beans just moments before brewing. Too much trouble, you say? Nonsense! Poppycock! Where shall we begin?

We’ll start with the two basic types of grinders and the notable variations within.

• Blade Grinders

Blade grinder for coffee beans. Don't use it.

That high-speed whir heard round the world each morning is a blade grinder. These are the cheapest grinders for general-purpose coffee making. Blade from coffee grinder. Hacks and dices your coffee beans.They come with perky names like Krups or Braun. You probably have one. You shouldn’t. Perhaps you should relegate it to grinding Grandpa’s gruel. They can be very handy but they are not always precise and I do not recommend them. They horribly hack and slice your beans, leaving an uneven grind with course and fine particles in the same batch. The motors run hot; grinding too long can scorch the coffee.

Chunky uneven coffee grinds from a blade coffee grinder.

• Burr Grinders

For a step up in precision, now we’re moving in the right direction, tally-ho! Burr grinders are the answer to a more perfect union of bean and grind. Disk (a.k.a. plate) and conical burr grinders are your basic choices. Flat disk grinders use two spinning disks to smash the coffee into precise uniform grinds. Precision is good for home use; you can even get a truly fine espresso grind. But, alas, they can also run hot and, if not careful, can scorch the beans.

• Conical Burr Grinders

Baratza conical burr coffee grinder. We love them.Burr from a coffee grinder.

 

These are a bit more expensive, but are the choice of both coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike and well worth the price. These are the workhorses. Precision grinds, even for Turkish coffee, and a slow, cool motor.

Fresh ground coffee from burr coffee grinder. Precision coffee grinds.

Turkish hand grinder also used as a pepper mill.

• Hand Grinders

Manual hand coffee grinder with drawer.

If you’re both counting pennies and are also in need of a way to work out your flabby upper arms, perhaps you could try a hand grinder. They work on the same principle, except your arm substitutes for an electric motor. Watch those biceps bulge! The trouble here is that it takes an awful lot of effort to get even a small brew under way and in that time you could be drinking coffee.

 

The Various Grinds:

Coarse coffee grind example. Used for French Press.

• Coarse

This type of grind leaves the largest granules of coffee and is preferred for French Presses (a.k.a. plungers) or the percolator method of brewing.

 

Medium coffee grind example. Used for Drip and pour-over method.

• Medium

Medium grinds have a consistency of granulated sugar and are primarily recommended for vacuum and certain types of drip coffee makers. Because of its versatile size, it can also be used for other brewing methods, but not espresso.

 

Fine coffee grind example. Used for Espresso.

• Fine

Also known as an espresso grind, this is a grind with a powdery/mealy consistency used in espresso makers and Neapolitan flip-drips though electric drip and filter brews can use it as well.

 

Super Fine Coffee grind example. Used for Turkish Coffee.

• Pulverized

Like fine flour, this extremely fine grind is the province of Turkish coffee and usually needs to be ground in a special grinder.