January 17, 2023 3 min read

If you want to create an authentic coffee shop experience in your kitchen, then a coffee grinder is an essential gadget for any countertop.

Grinding beans from fresh is the only way to experience fine coffee at its best.

There are three main types of coffee grinders. These are blade grinders, burr grinders, and manual grinders. But which coffee grinder should you invest in?

Don’t get a blade grinder!

Blade grinders are often much cheaper than other electric coffee grinders, but this is a false economy.

A blade grinder has sharp blades and functions just like a blender, slicing the coffee beans finely and quickly. This results in an inconsistent grind texture and does not extract all the flavour and aroma from the beans, resulting in an unsatisfactory taste. We do not sell blade grinders; we only stock burr grinders – this blog explains our reasons in more detail.

Burr grinders

The ideal process for producing great fresh ground coffee is first crushing and then grinding those precious flavour-packed beans. A burr grinder achieves this result by pressing the beans against a static surface with a rotating wheel. You can change the settings to get the grind size you need for the type of coffee you’re brewing, whether that’s a French press, pour-over, or espresso.

Burr grinders are available with either flat or conical burrs. Conical burr grinders are generally considered to be the best on the market, delivering excellent grind results while creating less heat and they are also quieter to use. However, they are more expensive than flat burr options.

We stock a wide range of both flat and conical burr electric grinders.

For more information about the differences between flat burr and conical burr grinders, check out our informative blog.

Manual grinders

Manual grinders are coffee grinders that are operated with a hand crank. They are much cheaper than electric grinders and are also quieter and take up less space in the kitchen. And as they do not require any power source other than old-fashioned elbow grease, they are ideal for use on the go, when travelling or working. These simple gadgets deliver excellent grind results for a wide range of coffee styles.

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