If you’re like most other coffee drinkers, you’re committing a major faux-pas: neglecting to grind your own beans. Sure, it’s very easy to buy pre-ground coffee from store shelves and settle with that. Those who don’t mind drinking coffee regardless the quality probably won’t care about the difference that freshly ground beans make. However, if you love a quality cup of java you should seriously consider making the switch and getting a grinder.
In short, coffee grinders are devices that crush coffee beans for brewing. Doing so allows more of the flavor to be extracted. If you were to try and brew whole beans, you’d end up with a cup of hot water with only the slightest hint of coffee taste. Grinders have been around for many years, and today both manual and electric versions are available.
When you want to make a cup of coffee, you put some whole beans into the grinder, choose your preferred setting, and the device will crank out coffee that’s ready to make a flavor filled cup of brew. The effectiveness of coffee grinders lie in their ability to create a superior flavor. The longer coffee sits after it’s been ground, the less flavor it has – if you’ve ever tasted stale coffee, you understand how unappealing this is. Coffee is at its most robust when it’s been freshly roasted and ground. For those of us who don’t live near a coffee roaster or don’t have the means to roast our own beans, grinding quality beans at home is the next best option.
Coffee grinders come in a range of sizes and prices, with some costing well over $100. However, the models that consistently produce great results are inexpensive manual burr grinders. When you use this kind of grinder, you can get your beans as finely or coarsely ground as you’d like — grind size is key when making coffee with French presses or espresso makers. For versatility, practicality, and an excellent cup of coffee, invest a bit of money into a decent grinder.