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Unless you have a self grinding coffee machine or you just have this affinity for pre-ground coffee beans, sooner or later you’ll want a good coffee grinder. I say good coffee grinder because there are a lot of machines out there in $19 range that don’t grind, they chop. I’m sure you’ve seen them with the duel whirling blades that look more like something from a ninja’s nightmare than anything to do with grinding coffee.
Just to clarify a little bit more the cheap machines that you see with the twin whirling blades simply chop the beans up. This makes it nearly impossible to get a uniform grind unless you keep the machine going until you have something more resembling dust. This way of grinding coffee makes it very difficult to adjust your grind with any accuracy so that you can use any type machine such as percolators, plunger pots, vacuum pots and the ever favorite espresso machine. Each one requires a different size grind.
To be able to achieve that uniform grind you’ll need a machine that’s a little more expensive and technologically capable. The machines I’m talking about are burr grinders that come with either ceramic or stainless steel grinding wheels. Burr grinders operate by crushing the coffee being rather than chopping it into random pieces and almost all burr grinders come with various settings so that the grind size is easily adjustable. So let’s take a look at the four basic sizes of coffee grind.
The Course Grind – This is of course the largest grind for coffee making and is generally used in things like percolators and the making of coffee concentrates utilizing cold water.
The Medium Grind – This is the grind that you’ll be using in drip coffee makers that have those flat filter bottoms as well is in jug and plunger pots.
The Fine Grind – If you’re into Turkish coffee or the use of vacuum pots then this is the grind for you. It’s also used in drip coffee makers that utilize the cone shaped filters such as Melita.
The Extra Fine Grind – This is that fine powder that we were discussing earlier and is used almost exclusively in espresso machines to achieve that great tasting espresso.
Now those are just the four basic grind sizes and you will find that with most of the newer grinders on the market that you’re going to have between 8 and 34 different grind sizes. It’s always nice to have options but you will find that you’ll use 1, 2 or maybe even 3 of the same settings all the time. You will also find that you can adjust the flavor and intensity of your coffee by adjusting the grind more than by adjusting the roast of your coffee.
Here is a brief overview of some of the highest rated burr coffee grinders presently available.
- This grinder is continuously adjustable and contains 14 different grind settings.
- Once you know how much coffee you need to grind (time wise) for a full pot of coffee you can set the timer and get the proper amount without measuring.
- A special glass is used in the grind container that reduces static electricity and thereby the phenomena called coffee jumping bean.
- The grinder comes in black, red, white and green.
- This machine comes with a 4.2 star rating out of 5.
- This machine comes with an LCD backlit screen providing you all the pertinent information you need to know, such as number of cups, grind size and any customized settings.
- If you’re looking for flexibility this grinder comes with 25 grind settings, which means you’re covered for just about anything.
- The bean hopper has an airtight lid and is removable for easy storage of your unground beans.
- Provides an automatic dosing feature that calculates each had adjusted dose.
- The customer rating on this machine is 4.4 stars out of 5.
- This machine comes complete with commercial grade conical grinders and 16 different grind settings.
- A built-in timer makes it easy to get the same amount of grind every time.
- The bean container holds over half pound of your favorite beans.
- The bean container and upper burr are easily removable to facilitate cleaning of the grinding chamber using the supplied brush.
- Comes in black, brushed silver and stainless.
- This machine is able to achieve 4.4 stars out of 5.
- The machine is heavy duty and automatic.
- This mill comes with 18 different grind settings so you can achieve any intensity you wish.
- The quantity setting allows you to choose from between 4 to 18 cups.
- The bean hopper holds 8 ounces of coffee beans.
- The customer rating on this one is 3.9 stars out of 5.
- The grinder has a 10-ounce bean hopper and an 8-ounce ground-coffee container.
- Incorporates and easy-to-use pull-lever doser that pours ground coffee directly into filter holder.
- The 120 W motor provides exceptional torque along with very quiet operation.
- The customer rating on this grinder is 4.1 stars out of 5.
So there you have it five of the top burr grinders on the market. Equipped with one of these machines you’ll be set to take on just about any coffee brewing experience from Dutch coffee all way up to a double shot espresso.
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