Coffee is only as good as the quality of its grind, and every coffee grinder grinds the beans in a slightly different way. Roasted coffee beans have to be ground to make the beans into smaller pieces, increasing the surface area for the hot water to be filtered through, and maximising the quality of your coffee. Join us as we run down the top 5 coffee grinders for 2015.
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For over 30 years, Cuisinart have had a reputation for long lasting, affordable, performant kitchen equipment – so how does the mid-range Cuisinart Professional Burr Coffee Mill stack up?
In a cool stainless steel and black finish, it will fit right in on any kitchen counter. With 18 settings, you have very precise control over your grind, though in our testing we found that setting it to the fifth notch from finest gave the most consistent (and delicious!) results. The Cuisinart has a ‘real world’ hopper capacity of around 250g, you’ll be able to fill it on Monday, enjoy a cup or two every day, and forget about topping up for the whole week.
We found it to be a touch noisier than the other consumer / home coffee grinders we reviewed, but it’s certainly no louder than a small professional machine.
The best part? The Cuisinart Burr Coffee Mill will cost you a tidy $50, making this a perfect holiday gift for your java-obsessed loved ones.
For the occasional coffee lover, look no further than the De’Longhi KG79. Essentially, it does what it says on the tin – a bean capacity of 120g, separate cup and grind selector dials, and transparent hopper and powder containers, so you can see exactly what’s going on.
While not a professional barista level grinder, if taste and wallet-satisfaction are paramount to your coffee habits, then this De’Longhi will more than deliver.
If you’re serious about espresso at home, the Encore is THE entry level grinder of choice. It comes in a sturdy black plastic finish, with a transparent bean hopper on top. With a grind speed of around 1g per second, this is one efficient coffee grinder.
The Baratza has over 40 grind settings, which we wasted no time in putting to the test – we tried espresso, drip, and filter coffee, and the Encore handled it all with ease. When you’ve found ‘your’ setting, it’s super simple to set and forget, and you get your perfect grind with one click.
Interestingly, we found that this machine got better the more we used it, no doubt due to the conical burr motor bedding in properly.
Andrew James Coffee, Nut and Spice Grinder
Despite having never heard of Andrew James products before, it turns out many of you have! With over 1000 5* reviews on Amazon, the Andrew James grinder is certainly popular, and with good reason. We think the £14 price tag might have something to do with it?
This grinder has a 70g capacity (around 8-10 cups), and stands at just 17cm tall, making this the most compact grinder on our list. Don’t be fooled by it’s low price or tiny size, though, this slick black machine will keep your grinding needs fulfilled, and is delightfully sturdy for its stature and price.
What we loved most about it was the ‘one touch’ operation – this isn’t a machine you will have to spend ages dialling in or fiddling around with, so it’s perfect for those hazy early mornings when you just want to get your coffee ground and get on with the day.
Bright red, fluorescent green, or cool cream coffee grinder, anyone? The Bodum is certainly the boldest choice on our list… but does it stack up?
We certainly think so! Bodum have a long history of producing quality coffee grinders, so it’s no surprise that their latest ‘Bistro’ offering has all the hallmarks of a company that knows their coffee:
- 220g capacity – perfect for a whole weeks worth of coffee.
- Pre-set timer – to get the right amount every time.
- Built in friction clutch – prevents damage to the grinding gear.
- Static proof chamber – Reduces the ‘cling’ of coffee grounds.
We found this an incredibly intuitive machine to use – turn the dial all the way to the left for espresso, then it’s a 5s grind for one cup, or 10s for two. We did find that the Bodum can get quite hot fairly quickly, so if you’re making a lot of cups together, be sure to let it rest for a minute or two every few cups.