People underestimate the importance of the grinder because, on the surface, they only fulfill a very basic function, grinding coffee. But the quality of the grind will have a significant impact on the quality of your coffee. A great grinder will uncover the full potential of your fresh beans.
A poor quality grinder will succeed at grinding your coffee, but won’t ensure the consistency of the grind, producing random pieces that are too small or too big. These pieces will cause uneven extraction and bitter as well as sour undertones in your coffee.
Each brewing method requires a different grind size in order to achieve optimal extraction. By understanding how grind size affects the flavor, you can influence the acidity, sweetness, and taste of your coffee and tailor the grind to the particular brewer.
Inconsistent grind that negatively affects the flavor
Affordable and quiet
Less consistent than flat burr grinders
Amazing eveness in grind and consistency
More expensive than conical grinders and bigger
Clean mouthfeel, superior grind consistency
Gets dull a lot faster compared to ceramic burrs
Stays sharp much longer compared to steel burr
More resistant to heat than steel grinders
Which type of grinder is best suited to your needs?
Manual grinders are an ideal choice for beginner brewers. They require manual power but are often small, portable, very affordable, and provide a consistent grind.
Electric grinders are best suited to coffee enthusiasts who need a grinder for heavier use, are willing to invest more, and require a faster and more efficient method.