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How to choose a coffee grinder

Pre-ground coffee from the supermarkets may be ground for quite a long time before being purchased, sometimes up to a year! There’s nothing fresh, flavourful, or aromatic about such coffee, and if you’re after the best results in your cup, it’s best to invest in a coffee grinder and prepare your coffee from freshly ground beans.

Types of coffee grinders

There are two main types of coffee grinders —ones with a mill (blades), and ones with the millstones. Mill grinders are not so popular, because they don’t give an option to control the grinding levels. Millstone ones, on the other hand, have multiple control options.

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What should you pay attention to when choosing a coffee grinder?

  • The motor power of your coffee grinder is measured in watts (W). There are many models that range from 150 to 300 W; anything less than that will very likely get stuck quite often.
  • Coffee bean container. Bean containers are usually between 30 and 90 grams. Some grinders have an option of adding more beans, however they will grind only the amount required for one cup. If you’re planning on grinding just single portions, there’s no need to worry about the bean container, but if you prefer to grind larger amounts and have them for a few days, then pay attention to the size.
  • The coffee grinder’s body is the most important part.
    It can be made of steel or plastic, so think about your kitchen interior and what could fit the best. Luckily, there are plenty of manufacturers to choose from, and the design options are pretty much endless, even if you wish to have a hot pink grinder.
  • Grinding mechanism. You can choose from mill and millstone grinders. As explained above, millstone grinders will be a better choice.
  • Automatic shutdown. If you’re considering a more powerful alternative, it’s best to have automatic shutdown. Once your beans are ground, the grinder will stop, saving the mills from spinning in an empty container. This way, you’ll protect the motor and mills from unnecessary work, as well as save your time.

So, a coffee grinder shouldn’t be just another pretty accessory in your kitchen. It should be reliable, powerful, easy to control, and allow you to enjoy great, aromatic coffee every single day.

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