Types of Coffee Grinders
If you’ve ever had coffee from freshly ground beans you know that there’s nothing quite like it. Getting packaged coffee grounds probably never tasted quite the same to you again after that first cup, right? You realized that you wanted to grind your own coffee but weren’t sure just what you needed to get or how to find the right grinder.
Commercial espresso grinders are designed to take the fresh beans and break them down into the grounds that you’ve likely used in your other coffee makers. Commercial versions are designed to make large quantities of ground beans all at once. They’re great for those who have a coffee shop or who have a large family and want to grind larger quantities together.
Conical vs Flat Burr Grinder
Another thing to consider is the type of coffee grinder you’re getting if you don’t go with a commercial option. Typically you’re going to choose between a conical burr grinder and a flat burr grinder. With a flat grinder, you get to create a more unique blend and a more individualized cup of coffee or espresso. With a conical burr grinder, you get something that works even without a whole lot of experience.
You don’t need to be a barista to get the perfect cup of coffee from the grounds you’re creating. And that’s true whether you’re using a commercial grinder, a conical one or a flat one. Though, of course, you’re going to get the best response out of a flat burr grinder if you know what you’re doing. You can still get a whole lot higher quality than you would get from pre-ground coffee no matter which way you go.
Have Complete Control Over Your Coffee
With a grinder, you’re going to have complete control. First, you get to decide when to grind your beans, so you only grind them right before you’re ready to brew. Next, you get to decide on just how fine of a grind you’re getting. All of this is going to affect the strength of your coffee, but no matter what you choose you’ll be getting stronger and better than pre-ground coffee.
The reason you’re getting something better? When coffee is ground it loses some of its oils and the longer it sits the more flavor it starts to lose until you’re left with just a small fragment of what it used to be. Freshly ground coffee retains the oils and all of the flavor so you get the coffee the way it was meant to be.