Coffee grinders are a great way to get a perfect brew, whether you are using a french press, drip, or even just a normal pot of coffee. A coffee grinder is great for several reasons. For one, you have the option to pick out the beans that you want to grind for that perfect brew. Second, grinding your own beans not only is a way to individualize your coffee, but it lets you decide how finely or coarse your grinds need to be for your method of brew.
There are two styles of grinders that are very popular, blade grinders and burr grinders. Blade grinders are usually cheaper, as blade grinders don’t create a consistent size of coffee grounds most of the time and it can also heat up your coffee beans, thus giving off a burnt taste to your coffee.
Burr grinders, the more expensive of the two, crush your coffee beans between a moving grinder and a static grinder (think of black cracked pepper). Burr grinders give a consistent grind, thus a more consistent quality brew, time after time.
As far as choices for grinders, the possibilities are endless. You can use a hand cranked burr styled grinder, to a $3,000 dollar grinder that probably drinks the coffee for you too. Here are a few options for the budget minded coffee enthusiasts.
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill ($32 on Amazon)
A lightweight, small, and classic design to a handcrank burr grinder. With a cheap price tag and a compact size to keep your coffee fresh, this a great fix for your everyday coffee grinding.
With a sleek design and four different colors, black, white, lime green, and red, this blade grinder will go perfect with any room or office. With the ability to determine the fineness or coarseness of the grounds, this will easily cater to your coffee needs with the ease of pressing a button and watching it grind.
Black 3 0z. Coffee Grinder by Krups ($20)
A small blade grinder that can hold enough beans for up to 15 cups of brewed coffee, this cheap and small grinder is perfect for travel purposes.
Hario Canister Coffee Mill ($42 on Amazon)
The same as the Hario Skerton, but with different style to it. A copper finish and different style to it adds a more classic and stylish take on what is originally a great design.
8 oz. Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Grinder by Cuisinart ($50)
An automatic burr grinder for a great price by a reputable company, what more needs to be said. With 18 different settings, an automatic timer, and a integrated hopper to store your beans, this grinder is perfect for the big time coffee drinker who is on a budget.