A quick search online for coffee grinders and you will see there is a LOT to choose from.
When deciding on a coffee grinder for your home the first decision is to whether choose a hand grinder or electric grinder.
- Small and compact
- Less likely to breakdown
- It's a mini workout
- If making coffee for more than one can be tough on your arms!
- Grind particle size can vary widely
- Easy, turn on and go
- Improved coffee particle size
- Easy to adjust grind settings from espresso to french press
- Noisy may wake up everyone in the house!
- Tricky to clean
- Can break down
After considering the above, we will highlight some great options for your choice.
Hand Grinder Choices
For the money this the best grinder available. It overcomes a lot of the problems of grinders under £40. its tight-fitting burrs which mean the grind particles are much more uniform. It has a stainless steel handle and chamber for sturdy operation. Strong cermaic burrs mean they stay sharper longer.
If you want a sturdy, go anywhere, last forever hand grinder then Lido 3 is a great choice. The grind particles will be much better than any electric grinder at this price point. Nice and quiet it will chew through your coffee with ease.
This is German engineering bought to a hand coffee grinder. Super precision burrs will make grinding your coffee a pleasure. A very satisfying twirl as you turn the handle. Ultra sharp grinding blades will last forever. If you want the best then this is it.
Electric Grinder Choices
We know this is more expensive than some of the £50-£100 grinders you will see in department stores, but the extra £50-£70 will repay for many years. Using steel conical burrs means the grinding is faster and more consistent than cheaper models. Also, a bigger motor means more power. Cheaper models will struggle to grind for espresso, they simply lack the power and the burrs are too small. Not for the Encore. A great choice for the home.
The 270 model gives a much wider range of grind settings. If you grind primarily for espresso you will want at least the Baratza 270. Espresso grinding is harder than other ways of coffee as the coffee grinds have to so small and uniform. The Baratza 270 has no problem with this. And with its 270 settings, you can find the precise setting for your particular espresso machine.
The king of the home grinder. this grinder offers all the versatility you could ask for. You want espresso but your friend wants a filter brew. Its no problem with the Wi. It features ultra-precise grind by weight. With memory settings for 3 weights, you can save your espresso grind (say 19g), save your filter brew (say 30g) and then a quick Aeropress brew (say 13g). it can do it all to a couple of tens of a gram. With zero retention you can change the grind setting with no purging or cleaning out.
We hope the little guide has helped you choose your next grinder. As always if you have questions drop us a message or chat with us if we're on online.