Home Coffee Grinder Guide
Every home coffee machine needs a quality coffee grinder and the best coffee grinders come from Italy. I have prepared this Buying Guide to help you to understand why the grinder is so important and also, to help you to choose the best coffee grinder for your home. When it comes to finding the very best coffee grinder, home coffee grinders from Italy have you covered.
Best Coffee Grinders for Home
The range of home coffee grinders can be daunting. To help you to make a great choice I have selected my personal favorites at a number of price points. Here are my recommended coffee grinders for home:
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 coffee 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 performance premium domestic coffee grinder. A great match to any Profitec coffee machine.
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. Italian coffee grinders use planar and conical cutting burrs with adjustable gaps. 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
Appliance Coffee Grinders ($50-$250) Let’s start with blade grinders. These chop beans, resulting of a blend of powder and chunks and they cannot be used with manual espresso machines. Appliance burr grinders are an improvement but they are also not well suited to Italian coffee machines due to poor particle size control and large steps between particle size settings.
Domestic Coffee Grinders ($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. A great choice for home.
Commercial Coffee Grinders ($500+) Compact commercial coffee grinders are the best coffee grinders for home as they are generally high performers that are well built and reliable. 20+ years of hassle free, service free usage is typical from these. It’s a good idea to avoid large commercial grinders as these tend to have high grind retention due to their large chambers and long chutes.
Choosing a Coffee Grinder for Home
As you learn more about the home barista hobby you will soon narrow in on the best coffee grinders. Home coffee grinders from Italy are ahead of the crowd and clearly excel in terms of the 3 critical factors to consider when choosing the best Italian coffee grinder for home.
Performance (noise, mess & grind quality)
Quality (build quality & engineering)
Experience (aesthetics & kin-aesthetics)
Coffee grinder performance is all about in-the-cup results. This isn’t the only factor to consider though. No one wants a high performing grinder that is noisy, messy, ugly and needs to be replaced every few years. Another factor to consider when choosing the best coffee grinder for your home is your budget. Have no fear here as quality 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. Excellent.
Italian Coffee Grinder FAQs
When you start out as a new home barista it’s normal for your head to fill with questions as the new hobby comes to light. For answers to many of the questions that are buzzing around in your head right now please see my Coffee Grinder FAQs