A coffee grinder has many uses, from making great coffee drinks, to serving nuts and other specialty items for cooking. But if you have never purchased a coffee grinder before, it can be a tricky situation. There are so many models, styles and options available that it can seem overwhelming. This is where I share some simple coffee tips to help you make the right decision based on your needs. Here are the three most important pieces of advice that I have compiled for finding the best coffee grinder for your coffee drinking needs.
The first piece of advice I have for you relates to the types of coffee beverages you plan on preparing with the grinder in mind. Although it is not strictly necessary to grind your beans in order to brew strong coffee, the resulting taste may be worth the effort. The two basic types of coffee beverages that can be brewed using a grinder include espresso and cappuccino. Although the flavor of the beverages may be similar, espresso is substantially stronger than a cappuccino, and the beans must be ground a little bit extra to produce the thickness of espresso. This additional grinding produces a more consistent result.
If you want to brew strong black coffee, or espresso, then the coarse grind is what you will want to use. Considered a coarse grind, this type of coffee grinder can produce a stronger cup of coffee and will keep the beans from sticking to the blades of the grinder. However, if you enjoy a more iced coffee beverage, then the finer grind may suit you better. This type of grinder also tends to produce a finer and more iced coffee.
Although a fine grind will produce a more evenly brewed coffee beverage, the lack of added oils in the beans will cause it to have a slightly bitter consistency. To counter this, you will need to use less coffee when you are making a latte. To compensate for the lack of added oils in finer grinds, use less espresso, but make sure that there is plenty of espresso in the glass. If you prefer a creamy consistency, then use more coffee to create a richer and fuller drink.
Of all the types of coffee brewers available, the newest to hit the market is the Pod system. This coffee brewing system enables you to grind your own coffee beans and have consistent grind results every single time. However, unlike other types of coffee brewers, the Pod system is not capable of producing coffee that tastes anywhere close to a cup of coffee. This makes it very difficult to brew strong coffee with this type of equipment.
Fortunately, another type of coffee grinder called the Burr Grinder can produce consistent grind results each and every time. The biggest difference between the Pod system and a typical burr grinder is that a true burr grinder has tiny beads that are caught by a metal cone. The coffee beans are crushed between these beads, which in turn crushes them into a powder. By using electricity to power the shredding motor, you can get close to the consistency of freshly ground coffee beans.
To use this method however, it is important to purchase a coffee grinder made from materials that are both durable and easy to clean. One of the best choices are stainless steel mesh bags. These bags come pre-washed and contain either wax or plastic sealant to ensure that the grinder’s surface remains scratch and stain free. To ensure even cleaning, you can also use a coffee bag without the plastic sealant, but you will have to wash it in warm soapy water. After that, simply place the mesh bag inside your coffee machine and turn on the power.
If you brew a lot of coffee and are looking for a way to improve the consistency of your coffee each time you brew, then you should consider purchasing a coffee grinder with a burr shredder. You will not only get the same taste of freshly ground beans, but you will also decrease the amount of time it takes for the coffee to brew. What could be better?