Following a decade-long career as a designer/art director in the fashion and beauty industry, I found my new calling in a coffee shop in Japan, where I met my husband who is a barista. We now run a coffee shop together in the countryside. My knowledge and passion for speciality coffee continues to grow, and I enjoy trying new beans and methods every day!
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Following a decade-long career as a designer/art director in the fashion and beauty industry, Nicole found her new calling in a coffee shop in Japan, where she met her husband who is a barista. They now run a coffee shop together in the countryside. Her knowledge and passion for speciality coffee continues to grow, and she enjoy trying new beans and methods every day!
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You’ll have a few things to ponder before you browse the virtual offerings. Think about the method you use to prepare your coffee and how much you want to spend whilst reading our guide to find the perfect match.
These are the recommended consistencies for the methods you may use to prepare your coffee:
Recently, the basic grind sizes above are being further fine-tuned based on the coffee beans’ refining process and variety. And if you really want to geek out, there are mesh kits available (such as the Kruve) which are specially made for sorting and filtering your coffee grounds to the desired size.
This enables you to “layer” different grind sizes of coffee during manual pour-over in order to develop a more complex flavour profile.
The three main varieties of coffee grinder, like most kitchen gadgets, all bring different things to the table, and what’s ideal for one shopper may not be suitable for another. We’ll discuss the three designs here to help you narrow them down.
Utilising a “burr” system, whereby one rotating cog moves against another to mill the beans, they produce a fairly consistent grind. You may want to look for a design that enables the coarseness to be adjusted via a nut or screw, though as it is manual, it may take some practice to achieve your desired grind.
But if you're feeling a bit lazy today, take a look at our top picks of pre-packaged ground coffee!
I definitely recommend a high-performance hand-ground mill for anyone interested in brewing their own coffee. The top-of-the-line models are expensive, but dramatically change the taste of the coffee, so it’s something worth investing in.
Plus, you’ll have the flexibility of using it on the go! And a manual grinder is much quieter than an electric one if you’re in a group setting or serving at a party. Some pro choices are COMANDANTE, 1Zpresso Zpro and Weber workshop.
Unfortunately, this does not always produce a consistently sized grind, plus larger pieces in the mix can clog up machines that require fine grounds. That said, albeit with less control, you will be able to create a finer or coarser consistency by simply operating them for a longer or shorter amount of time.
The blade model is readily available, yet more difficult to use because the grind size is not uniform. Ultimately this leads to an inconsistent flavour for your coffee, regardless of whether you use the same recipe. However, it is possible to develop your own method via trial and error, so if you have the time, give it a go!
A dream for coffee aficionados that are looking for accurate results for all their brewing gadgets, burr models feature multiple adjustment settings to alter the grind or coarseness of the coffee, so select as many as you think you’ll need.
Espresso drinkers and those who like to splurge on high-quality beans will also favour this design, as the burrs are most efficient at fine grinds, and don’t remove any taste from the beans thanks to their low-heat operation.
The higher the grinder performance and quality – which ensures uniformity of coffee grain size – the better the effect on extraction. Electric burr grinders practically guarantee a uniform grind size, so it’s a great way to go if you have the budget and space for it. There are a number of great options in quite a wide price range these days; MAHLKONIG ek-43, Kalita NEXT G, Wilfa SVART Nymalt, Fuji Royal etc.
Residual grounds will also affect the flavour of the coffee, so the ease of maintenance of the grinder is important. If you want to grind different types of coffee beans (for example, one cup of single-origin Ethiopia, one cup of a blended coffee), you will need to first purge the coffee powder from the mechanism before switching beans. So when purchasing a grinder or mill, consider the parts that are easy to maintain and clean.
For electrical designs, those with a higher wattage will make for a swifter and more efficient grinding process, and allow more batches of beans to be ground after one another without overheating. This is especially helpful in blade grinders where you want to avoid too much heat to preserve the taste until you’re ready to brew.
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Using an extension cord or multi-socket outlet for an electric grinder can potentially reduce the power supply, resulting in a weaker performance (and possibly weaker coffee due to inconsistent grain size). We recommend plugging it into a single outlet so as not to impair the uniformity of the coffee grounds.
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Barista & Co
Core Electric All Coffee Grinder
Perfect Coffee for Both the Office or at Home
Auto Burr Coffee Grinder｜ DBM8U
Ticks All the Boxes for an Optimum Coffee Companion
Electric Coffee Grinder｜1019-01
Practical, Reliable and Very Well-Priced
A Stylish and Strong Blade Grinder That Lasts
SVART Aroma Electric Burr Coffee Grinder｜CGWS-130
Compact and Efficient With a Cool Aesthetic
The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder｜BCG820BSS
A High-Tech Coffeephile’s Dream
Encore Electric Burr Grinder
The American-Made Grinder for New Coffee Nerds
Skerton PRO Coffee Mill｜MMCS-2B
An Updated Version of an Iconic Hand Grinder
Twin Blade Electric Coffee Mill
As Good as It Gets for a Blade Mill
KH-3 Retro Coffee Mill
Durable and Oozing With Retro Charm
With an amazing 40 grind settings that gives you anything from coarse to extra-fine, this Barista & Co coffee machine really is one of the best! It has UV protected containers for both your beans and ground coffee to keep it fresher for longer, as well as a brush stored in the hopper for easy cleaning.
If you're a coffee press, drip press or even a twist press lover and more, this grinder really does cater to everyone. It even has a cradle fitting for a portafiler. They're also members of Project Water Fall and 1% For the Planet, so you can truly feel great when grinding your coffee!
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want a speedy double-shot to start off your day, you can rely on this robust yet elegant machine to provide up to 18 cups of beautifully tasting coffee in an incredibly short amount of time.
From the company that actually invented the coffee filter, this burr grinder is easy to use, easy to clean and doesn’t disappoint with the features. With minimal morning effort, you can make up to 14 cups of your favourite brew, adjustable by 17 individual grind settings.
De'Longhi are known for their professional, well-made and affordable gadgets, so it's no surprise that the KG79 continues to be a bestseller! It’s compact enough for small kitchens and offices, and offers 17 grind settings and a simple one-touch operation.
Dial into a coffee shop aesthetic with this ultra-cool matte black grinder, which is a collaboration between Norwegian brand Wilfa and Tim Wendelboe, an award-winning barista. It can hold 250 g of beans in the hopper but is smartly-designed not to take up too much space.
Like to get all scientific with your coffee? This top-of-the-range model has all the latest tech for the most precise measuring imaginable, including a whopping 60 grind adjustments, an LCD screen, and an inbuilt intelligence that always produces the perfect cup.
Touted as one of the best entry-level grinders for anyone who's just starting to feel the coffee obsession take hold, the American-designed and made Baratza Encore offers a massive 40 grinds – perfect for honing your skills with a Chemex, Siphon or pour-over.
Aside from producing great coffee, the machine itself is well-designed and user-friendly, with a classic coffee shop-style hopper and a conveniently placed grind button. The 40 mm stainless steel conical burrs and an efficient motor top off the package.
Beating similar models to the top manual spot, we love the updated version of Hario's legendary Skerton coffee mill, aptly named the 'Pro'. The same ceramic burrs make for a heat-resistant grind, but they've been redesigned for less wobble and more precision.
Make short work of hard-shelled spices, nuts, and of course coffee beans, with this 180-watt blade grinder by Krups, which does a surprisingly good job of finely-ground coffee considering it's a bladed model.
Add some vintage kitsch to your counter with this cool manual grinder from Japanese brand Kalita. It’s durable enough to last but slightly heavier than some hand mills, so may be better for fresh coffee in the office rather than a backpacking adventure.
"The most important factor when grinding coffee beans in the process of brewing a delicious cup of coffee is that the grain size of the ground must be consistent and uniform."
"Of course, there are other factors such as ageing and the quality of the coffee beans, but the coffee's flavour is noticeably impacted by the quality of the machine you choose. Made with a high-performance grinder and mill, it can be quite exceptional!"
The safest and easiest method is to use a firm brush to dust off the excess grounds around the blade, after each use. You can find a speciality brush for cleaning grinders online, or you could repurpose one from around the house as long as it’s clean.
If there is a film of coffee from the natural oils on the blades, use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe it off. You could also seek out a rubber “blower”, which will release air once squeezed to blow away excess coffee particles, often used for dusting keyboards and camera lenses and available online.
Author: Natasha Dziubajlo
No. 1: Barista & Co｜Core Electric All Coffee Grinder
No. 2: Cusinart｜Auto Burr Coffee Grinder｜ DBM8U
No. 3: Melitta Molino ｜Electric Coffee Grinder｜1019-01
No. 4: De'longhi｜Coffee Grinder｜KG79
No. 5: Wilfa ｜SVART Aroma Electric Burr Coffee Grinder｜CGWS-130
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