Nobody will disagree that coffee grinds affect much of the coffee flavor. But not many people aware of the basics and mechanism of a grinder.
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Why You Need To Grind the Beans Yourself
Not every ground is equal. For a different kind of coffee, you will need a different grind. For espresso, you will need some fine grinds, however, if you want to try French Press, you will need coarse ground coffee beans. Having some basics of how grinder works will help you make a better cup of coffee.
Besides, another reason you need a grinder is that you can’t just grind a lot and then use it for months. The aroma in the ground coffee beans will be disappeared in just a few hours. You will need to grind the beans right before you brew a cup of coffee. Otherwise, the feeling would be drinking a cup of bitter water.
Different Types of Grinder
There are two types of grinders in the market. One is a blade grinder and the other one is burr grinder. They both have some advantages and disadvantages.
The most advantage of a blade grinder is that it is cheap. You can find one in the store at around $20. But it also has disadvantages too:
- The fineness of the ground coffee beans heavily depends on the time you leave the blade running. So it is very hard for you the tune the right fineness. You will need a clock to count the time and some experiments to get you the right fineness. However, the time may vary if you need a different amount of ground coffee fineness.
- The machine will also produce uneven ground coffee beans. Well, this is important if you want a good flavor. The coarse grind in the fine grind will ruin your expresso by making unrich and underdeveloped taste into it.
The most disadvantage of a burr grinder is it is expensive. You need to pay much more for a burr grinder than a blade grinder. However, it has many advantages:
- The fineness could be control via some dial on the panel. You can just leave the machine running and get the result after a while. No need to experiment yourself for the best result.
- It generates consistent fineness. You will not face the same problem as a blade grinder. No uneven ground coffee beans will be produced.
A “burr” is a cast piece of metal that has sharp pointed projections on it. The beans will be going through a stationary burr and a rotating burr for grinding. Some machines use cone-shaped burrs and some may use two flat burrs, however, they have the same quality.
You will need to replace your burr grinders after some time for you use it for commercial. But for home usage, this is not necessary. You just need to wash it after use.
Which One to Choose?
We have highlighted the pros and cons of each type of grinder. You can simply refer to the table in each section. Simply speaking, if you do care about the flavor and have enough budget, just go for the burr one. Otherwise, a blade one is enough.
Manual or Electric?
The answer is simple. Just go with an electric one. There is no advantage for the manual to go over the electric grinder. Unless you want to get the feeling of grinding coffees.
Also, grinding the amount for one cup of coffee manually is easy but not that easy for 2 cups or more. You will feel very tired after grinding. If you are tired, how to enjoy a cup of coffee fully?