So, you drink coffee in the morning but find that your old coffee-maker doesn’t taste right anymore? You feel like your – oh so essential – first coffee of the morning is becoming weaker by the day and you stand there inconsolable? Well, maybe it is time to buy a new coffee machine, or maybe, …
So, you drink coffee in the morning but find that your old coffee-maker doesn’t taste right anymore?
You feel like your – oh so essential – first coffee of the morning is becoming weaker by the day and you stand there inconsolable?
Well, maybe it is time to buy a new coffee machine, or maybe, changing the coffee beans you buy will help.
And rather than buying pre-grinded coffee beans, you could try to buy a coffee grinder and do the grinding yourself?
Nowadays, with all the models of coffee grinders on the market, it is easy to find the one that would give back all its flavour to your coffee morning.
And, grinders being electric now, it takes only minutes to grind the beans; we are going to concentrate only on electric grinders here.
But, with all the models out there, it can be quite confusing to choose the right model for your coffee needs so, this is why we put this guide together and finally let you enjoy your morning coffee!
First of all, you ought to define a budget that you won’t overtake: grinders come in all sorts of variety and prices can vary greatly (from £100 to more than £500).
Remember that every feature that comes with a coffee grinder will affect the taste and strength of the coffee you drink.
Then, you should define how you will use your coffee grinder: will you use it often? Do you want a machine that will grind and brew coffee, all at once? Do you prefer to keep both separated?
Once you know that, you also have to decide on the right size of grinding: coffee beans that are grinded to the right size make tastier coffees.
For example, for a flavourful shot of espresso, the grinding has to be extra thin and the brewing time kept short.
Secondly, if you buy a sole grinder, you need to think about the coffee maker you have at home: French presses require a coarse grind whilst drip coffee makers call for medium to fine grinds.
Thirdly, you have to look at the blades of the grinders because there are two types of grinders: blades or burr grinders.
Blades are the less expensive sort, thus bringing the price of grinders down.
Unfortunately, for coffee-lovers, blade grinders are the worst way to grind coffee because they don’t really do a good job at grinding the beans and the result is usually messy.
Burr grinds use a series of abrasive disks to do the job and they shave or flake the coffee beans in a neater way.
Obviously, the price for those is a bit higher than blade ones.
And last but not least, you have to decide whether you want a grinder with a measure feature or not.
Those who display a measure feature are called “Doser grinder” and are fitted with a special cylindrical container which portion the grounds into repeatable doses.
The ones that don’t have a doser are designed to be used as and when you need them: you press a button, the coffee beans are grinded and you collect the grinded coffee in any container you have handy.
Bodum is one of those brands well-known for their household goods products, particularly in the kitchen; so it is no surprise that they would feature in our selection.
Their small “Bistro Electric coffee grinder Black”, sold at the price of £35 is efficient in grinding coffee beans, whether you want them coarse or fine, but is doserless.
The “Krups GVX231 Expert Burr Grinder” is an honest grinder for its price tag: £38.90.
As it is a burr grinder, this means that coffee beans are chopped to the size they need to be to preserve the maximum aroma; this particular grinder also offers 17 fineness settings and a ground bean container of 125 grams.
The cutting blades do a good enough job and the transparent lid allows you to watch the process and precisely estimate the grinding you want.
The second that made our list is the “Dualit Burr Coffee Grinder”, because of its sleek design, its reasonable price and good quality grinding.
Sold at the price of £79.95, it has a conical burr grinder for perfectly grinded coffee beans, a doser that let you select how much coffee you want to be chopped and ten different settings that grind your coffee from coarse to thin.
The third coffee grinder is the “Kitchenaid Artisan Burr Grinder”; the redaction likes it because it is bright red and bold in its design.
Its 15 settings and ceramic grinding heads should satisfy even the most demanding coffee-lovers.
Obviously, all of this comes with a price tag of £169, but this is an investment worth making!
Then, for those of you that really need a machine that works perfectly and grind coffee beans to the almost perfect thinness you need, the “Mahlkonig Vario Coffee Grinder” is the one to go for.
Sold at the price of £379, this ceramic burr grinder is one of the best on the market at the moment: it grins coffee beans on demand, has a variable programming and more than 150 grind settings to choose from!
“The Smart Grinder” by Sage is the last one who made it to our limited selection, because of its “Dosing IQ technology” which ensure the same dose amount of coffee is grinded every time, according to your needs.
Its LCD display makes it easy to navigate between the 25 grind settings, and the 450 grams hopper is removable.
Obviously, it is not the cheapest coffee grinder to buy (£199.95) but your morning coffee will become tastier!