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Old 11-06-2012, 04:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of grinder for you coffee?

Since we have a favorite coffee thread. Why not a favorite grinder thread too?
I've haven't found a blade grinder that I like. Some have been ok. But most are kinda bad.
Burr grinders are a lot more expensive but have heard they have a much more consistent grind.
What are your favorites and why? Also how much are they?


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Old 11-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Blade grinders are not suitable for coffee to any degree... there is not consistency. Rancilio Rocky... about $380... but it will give consistent grinds for espresso etc.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Baratza Virtuoso is probably the lowest price of admission.

This is a burr grinder that will last several years with daily home use. If you want one that will work for a reasonable life in a commercial environment, plan on spending a lot more.

Its funny how this stuff creeps up on you. I used to think that a burr grinder would be a waste of money ... and now I view it as essential. If you take your coffee seriously as a hobby, rather than just as a warm beverage, you can tell the difference, and you can also appreciate it.

My wife, on the other hand, would no sooner grind her beans than pour vinegar into her cup. She is very happy with her pre-ground grocery store swill .... but even she looks forward to the days when my Zabars order is going to arrive.
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One other comment. I have a relative who is married to "she who must be obeyed." SWMBO hates coffee grinder noise at any time of day or night.

He is a coffee HOUND, roasts his own (relegated to the garage when his wife is not home).

He would love a grinder, but since he wants to grind it just before brewing it, he can't grind in bulk and store it when she's away.

So instead he uses a very inexpensive solution, i.e. a mortar and pestle, and then he brews it in a French press.
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I like this Bodum burr grinder:



http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043095WW http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043095WW



I bought it earlier this year as a replacement for an old blade grinder ("whirlybird" as a coffee-snob friend of mine called it), and it works very well for us.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have been using this Cuisinart burr grinder for over three years; just clean it out thoroughly every couple of months:
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Adjustable grind for french press or drip. Highly recommend it.
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Uh.... I hope ALL you guys drink your beverage black. I don't, so the difference between exquisite beans and the grinder to chop them up in is lost on me. I probably like the stuff I put in my coffee more than the coffee itself. As long as it goes thru my trusty Black & Decker and makes 12 cups, I'm good.

The one time I bought a cup of coffee from Starbucks, I nearly choked at the price and the taste wasn't nearly as good as my homemade swill.
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Kirkus,

I agree with you. Starbucks quit tasting good about 10 years ago, and even then they seemed overpriced for the burnt flavor.

Good beans roasted well and freshly ground can taste fantastic, IMO. Very few coffee shops offer that same level of taste, I find, and it's generally the really small independent ones, where (again my opinion) they care more about flavor than volume of sales.
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Great thread.

When noise isn't an issue, I use a Cuisinart burr grinder (about $60). Easily adjustible with accurate and consistent grind. A bit of a chore to clean, as it tends to get gunked up. Relatively small in size so it's easy to store. I leave mine on the counter 'cuz I like the way it looks.

What I use most, not only because it is super quiet, but because it grinds perfectly, is a Zazenhaus hand crank mill. Very well made. A bit pricey, I paid $100 15 years ago, but it's built like a tank. Added plus - old school cool.
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Old style coffee grinders remind me of the scene in Dances with Wolves where Cosner grinds up the coffee for the indians but the big hit was the sugar.
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