Find the Perfect Coffee Grinder for Your Home Cafe
A quality coffee grinder is essential equipment for any coffee lover's kitchen. Grinding your coffee or espresso beans just before brewing ensures the freshest flavor, while producing a wonderful aroma to enjoy during preparation.
Which Type of Coffee Grinder Should I Buy?
Electric Burr Coffee Grinders: Coffee beans are loaded into a hopper which feeds them into the grinding mechanism (burrs), then the ground coffee is deposited into a removable receptacle or directly into your espresso machine portafilter depending on the model. The primary advantage of burr coffee grinders is the ability to grind very fine, and with a uniform grind fineness to optimize any brewing method. Higher quality burr grinders also feature a gear reduction or a heavy-duty, slow speed motor which reduces heat generated by friction and preserves the coffee's natural flavor while also typically reducing static electricity build-up for less mess.
Blade Coffee Grinders: Blade grinders provide a simple, cost effective means to grind coffee beans for your morning brew. These grinders utilize a blade that spins very fast to pulverize the coffee beans, a process similar to crushing ice in a blender. Grind fineness is varied based on the amount of time you grind. The primary disadvantages of blade grinders are the inability to provide a very consistent (uniform) grind fineness and also heat generated by friction at the bean can destroy some of the coffee flavor. Espresso Zone recommends that you only consider these for brewing methods that require a coarser grind, such as filter drip, percolator and French press.
Hand-Crank Coffee Grinders: The hand-crank grinders we carry are all completely functional models designed for daily use. These are great for your daily coffee if you enjoy the nostalgia and don't mind a little bit of physical work. Most models can grind fine enough for espresso (or at least close to it), but we don't generally recommend them for use with espresso machines except perhaps occasionally.