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Coffee Bean Grinders

One of my favorite things about making espresso at home is grinding the coffee beans. I love the entire ritual involved, and I love the smell of the beans. Some people grind up a week's worth of beans at once, but I prefer to do it every single day.

While it's true that you can buy coffee beans already ground, no true espresso connoisseur would do such a thing! The longer you wait to grind the beans, the fresher your espresso will be, and therefore the better tasting it will be.

You've spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on an espresso machine, why waste all that money and effort by not grinding your own beans and getting the freshest and best tasting espresso that you can?

How To Buy A Grinder

People have very divergent views on grinders, as you will see. When it comes to buying a coffee bean grinder, you basically have two choices:

  • Cheap
  • Super Expensive

There's really not much in between. You'd be pretty surprised at how vehement and emotional people can get over the issue of grinders.

So let's talk price. What do I mean by cheap, and what do I mean by super expensive? Well cheap to me is $10-$20 and super expensive is $300-$500. It's true you can find a few middle range grinders for $50-$100, but these are sometimes harder to find.

What I recommend

I'm very stingy with money. I'll just put that out there. To me, spending $300 on a grinder is insanity. Personally I use a $15 grinder that I bought many years ago at WalMart or Target (I can't remember which). It isn't anything fancy, but it gets the job done remarkably well. I can grind my beans to the exact consistency that I want, I just have to sort of eyeball it (but hey, I grind beans everyday, you get the hang of it quickly!).

Some people though swear by the expensive burr grinders. These things store your beans in a little canister, then automatically feeds in the correct amount, and grinds them to the correct grain every time.

Below I've listed a few of the most popular grinders at different price ranges. These represent a pretty good idea of the spectrum that you can expect. Krups, Capresso, Breville, etc. You can also read my specific grinder reviews in the links at the bottom of the page.