Coffee Grinder Buying Guide
It’s Paul here again from K Bean Coffee Machines, Melbourne. I supply Italian coffee grinders for home at the Best Prices in Australia along with Online Guides and Premium Support. I have designed this Buying Guide to help you to choose the best coffee grinder for your home. Please read through, then take a look at my Recommended Coffee Grinders
Why is a Quality Coffee Grinder Important?
Driving a manual coffee machine with a poor quality coffee grinder is like driving a car with a jelly steering wheel. This is because control of coffee extraction speed is essential to great espresso, and with a quality coffee machine, great accessories and a consistent Workflow this speed is controlled by a single variable. This variable is coffee particle size. This means that it is essential to partner your coffee machine with a coffee grinder that can accurately control particle size.
Choosing a Coffee Grinder for Home
As you pursue the home barista hobby you will soon narrow in on the best coffee grinders. Home coffee grinders from Italy are ahead of the crowd when it comes to the 3 critical factors to consider when choosing a Italian coffee grinder.
Performance (grind quality)
Quality (build quality & durability)
Experience (noise, mess, usability and aesthetics)
Coffee grinder performance is all about grind quality. This isn’t the only factor to consider though. No one wants a grinder that produces quality grind, but is also noisy, messy, difficult to use and needs to be replaced every few years. With a little guidance you can find a home espresso grinder that ticks all three boxes - Performance, Quality and Experience.
Coffee Grinder Categories
Appliance Grinders ($50-$250) Let’s start with blade grinders. These chop beans, resulting of a crude blend of powder and chunks. Appliance burr grinders are an improvement, but they still won’t give you the grind particle size control that you need for great espresso.
Premium Domestic Grinders ($350+) These are compact burr coffee 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. Although these may perform well, for a jump in build quality I recommend spending a little more to get a compact commercial grinder.
Compact Commercial Grinders ($500-$1000) These are generally the best coffee grinders for home as they combine great performance with commercial build quality. 20+ years of operation is typical from commercial grinders.
Large Commercial Grinders ($1000+) These are not great for home as most have high grind retention due to large chambers and long chutes.
Best Italian Coffee Grinders for Home
To help you to choose the best coffee grinder for home I have put together a shortlist. A top 5 would make sense but there’s no need for 5. Just 4 grinders cover the range from entry, to the very best. The Eureka Specialita may not be the most expensive grinder, but I think it is the best coffee grinder for home. That’s why there is no recommended grinder #5.
Here are my recommendations for the best Italian coffee grinders for home:
Lelit PL43 A domestic coffee grinder with commercial-grade performance
Eureka Mignon T A compact commercial grinder that is well suited to home use
Eureka Silenzio A superstar when it comes to build quality, functionality and performance
Eureka Specialita The best of the best - there really is no need to spend more on a home coffee grinder
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 FAQs:
Can I use an appliance coffee grinder?
Is it important to get a stepless coffee grinder?
Is a timer useful on a home coffee grinder?
Is there a mess free coffee grinder?
Are conical burrs better than planar burrs?
Which specs are useful when choosing a coffee grinder?
How much do I need to spend on a coffee grinder?
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