Grinding your own beans right before you brew your morning cup of coffee is the best way to ensure a great tasting cup of brew.  Coffee bean grinders can be inexpensive as well as expensive, it just depends on the unit you pick out.  There are some coffee makers or espresso machines that even come with them built in.  These types of machines are called bean-to-cup machines

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Shipping Weight28 pounds23 pounds15 pounds
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Serving SizeSingle Serve with capability of making 2 cups at onceSingle Serve with capability of making 2 cups at once12 cups
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Basically, there are two types of grinders:  blade and burr.

Blade Grinders

Blade grinders are inexpensive and often cost less than $30.  These appliances are usually easy to find in stores and/or online, they are small and portable, and they can fit nicely into a small space on your counter top. 

The KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder is the best selling blade grinder on Amazon today.  Consumers seem to like it as they have given it a 4.4 star rating.

KRUPS Blade Grinder

These units have been around for a long time and are considered to be the oldest coffee grinders on the market today.  They are usually made of simple components: a cup to hold the beans, several buttons to push for the settings, and a metal blade that is connected to a motor. 

Grinding the beans is a simple process.  When you turn the unit on, the beans are ground up by the spinning blade.  The fineness of your beans will depend on how long you let the unit run.  The longer it runs, the finer your coffee will be.

Blade grinders aren’t the best grinders that you can buy.  They don’t completely grind the coffee beans evenly.  Most of the time you will end up with grounds that are uneven and that will have an inconsistent brewing quality.  You can try letting the unit run until the beans are finely grounded, but there will be a significant heat buildup from the spinning metal blade that will result in burned coffee grinds.  If this happens, your cup of brew will have a burned taste.

Blade coffee grinders work best for making drip coffee so if you like beverages like espresso and cappuccino, you won’t be happy with a blade grinder.  If you are going to use a grinder in your home, you should probably buy a burr grinder but if you are traveling and need a grinder, a blade grinder will suit your needs.

Burr Grinders

These units have a moving milling wheel at the top and a non-moving milling wheel at the bottom.  The beans are moved in between these two wheels allowing them to be crushed.  The size of the grounds are regulated by the positioning on the burr.  This process ensures that there is a more consistent grind every time, thus giving you a great tasting brew. 

If you like different café beverages such as espresso and cappuccino, a burr grinder is for you.  Not only can you make different beverages for your morning pick-me-up, but these units are easy to clean, are quieter than a blade unit and they last longer because they are built with sturdier materials. 

When you buy a burr grinder, you are investing in quality.  Be ready to spend over $100 if you want a decent burr grinder.  These units are easy to find because there are so many on the market today.  If you are thinking about buying one there are two types that you need to look at.

Conical Burr Grinders

These units are built to last for a long time and are considered to be the “creme de la creme” of coffee grinders.  They have adjustable settings for grinding your beans from fine to coarse.  On these types of models, the burr spins slower than the wheel model, which results in a quieter machine and a less messy machine.  If you like to use oily or flavored coffee beans, this kind of grinder is for you.  If you grind oily or flavored beans, most likely this unit won’t clog like other kinds of grinders.  These are the best grinders to buy, but they will be more expensive than most, costing more than $100.

Baratza Encore

These units also take up a lot of space, so if your kitchen area is small and you don’t have room for it, you might want to buy a different type of grinder.  I do have to say that these are the best option if you want to make quality coffee beverages at home.

Wheel Burr Grinders

These units don’t cost as much as the conical grinders.  These grinders are noisier and messier because their wheel spins very fast.  They can also become clogged.  In our opinion, if you are going to get a burr grinder you should spend the extra bucks on the conical burr grinder.

Wheel Burr GrinderThe one thing that we are sure of is that grinding your beans right before you brew your java is the best way to go!  You will have a great, tasting cup of brew to get you through the morning!  So what are you waiting for?  Go out and buy that bean-to-cup machine or a grinder to grind your own beans.  Whichever one you buy, we know you will be glad you did!

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