Coffee Grinder Guide
Paul here again. Enjoy my guide to Italian coffee grinders and read about my recommended grinders for home.
Why is a quality coffee grinder important? Controlled coffee extraction speed is essential for great espresso and with a consistent Espresso Workflow the speed is controlled by a single variable - coffee particle size. This means that it is essential to partner your Italian coffee machine with a coffee grinder that can accurately control particle size.
Coffee Grinder Types
There are 3 types of coffee grinders - blade, planar burr and conical burr. Blade coffee grinders chop beans, resulting of a blend of powder and chunks. Planar and conical burr coffee grinders have cutting burrs with an adjustable gap. By adjusting this gap you can get the perfect grind size for your espresso extraction. Both planar and conical burr coffee grinders are excellent choices for home espresso.
Coffee Grinder Categories
Appliances ($100-$300) Here you will find burr coffee grinders designed for appliance machines. Most appliance grinders are not suitable for manual coffee machines due to poor particle size control.
High End Domestic ($500+) These are compact burr grinders, designed for home from the ground up. Being designed for home means that these are generally optimised for low mess grinding and low grind retention.
Commercial ($500+) Compact commercial coffee grinders are a great choice for home as they are solid and reliable. Avoid large commercial grinders as most have high grind retention due to their large chambers and long chutes.
Best Coffee Grinders for Home
To help you with choosing the best coffee grinder for your home I have selected a handful at a number of price points. Here’s my list of the very best domestic coffee grinders:
Macap M2M Micro A compact commercial coffee grinder. Solid, reliable and exceptional value. There is no other grinder that I can recommend at anywhere near this price point.
Eureka Silenzio A commercial grinder that is packed with innovative features. The Silenzio oozes quality and performs exceptionally well. As you may suspect from it’s name, quiet grinding is a highlight.
Macap M42D A powerful commercial coffee grinder. Fast, quiet, solid and reliable, delivering tidy, fluffy grind. This is my choice for my own home. If you have bench space for this juggernaut there’s no need to go any further.
Profitec Pro T64 A high performing premium domestic grinder. A great match for any Profitec coffee machine.
Choosing an Italian Coffee Grinder
When looking for a premium coffee grinder look to Italy. Italian coffee grinders are known for performance and durability.
What is the best home coffee grinder? There is no best coffee grinder as best isn’t only about coffee grind quality and consistency. When choosing a coffee grinder for your home there are 3 factors to consider.
Coffee Grinder Performance
Particle consistency - particle size
Particle distribution - the “clumpiness”
Particle control - stepped v stepless
Stale grind retention
Coffee Grinder Experience
Noise - will you wake your neighbours?
Mess - many grinders are mess free
Speed - ranges from 6 to 30 seconds for 20g
Aesthetics - it has to look good
Coffee Grinder Quality
Design, build quality & engineering precision
Coffee grinder performance is all about in-the-cup results. This isn’t the only factor to consider though. Who wants a high performing Italian coffee grinder that’s noisy, messy, ugly and needs to be replaced every few years? Not me. This is why you also need to consider the coffee grinder experience and the coffee grinder quality.
Another factor to consider when choosing the best Italian coffee grinder for your home is your budget. Have no fear here as premium Italian coffee grinders start near $500. If you are reading this now you are on the right track as this means that you are taking some time to do a little research. That’s excellent.
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FAQs - Coffee Grinders
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