A good grind is the first step to an exceptional brew. In this guide, our experts define the two main types of coffee grinders, how they achieve intended coarseness and the primary benefits of each option.
BURR VS BLADE GRINDERS
Burr Grinders: Burr grinders use two revolving surfaces, or burrs, to grind the beans slowly and consistently.
Blade Grinders: Blade grinders use a single centered blade to chop the beans progressively into smaller and smaller pieces.
HOW THEY WORK
Burr Grinders: Burr grinders are a slower option but produce a consistent ground. The beans are crushed – just a few at a time – between a moving grinder wheel and a non-moving surface. They also use adjustable settings to allow you to produce the grind size you need for your specific brewing method.
Blade Grinders: Blade grinders grind beans quickly and aggressively, producing results that often vary in size. They don’t have adjustable settings, so they rely on the user to determine the ground size. Typically, the longer they are ground, the finer the grounds become.
Burr Grinders: Burr grinders produce a uniformly consistent ground, allowing water to pass through it evenly when brewed. Ultimately, this extracts a smooth coffee with a bolder flavor profile.
Blade Grinders: Blade grinders are more inconsistent, producing an uneven mix of coarse and fine ground coffee. Usually, this results in a flatter-tasting cup of coffee.
WHICH IS BETTER?
The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including your budget, taste preferences, and time expectations when brewing a mug of coffee. This table breaks down the main benefits of each grinder:
Beginning with quality beans is an essential part of the process so that you can produce the best flavor possible. Shop our collection of whole bean coffee and start grinding yourself, or if you’re in a pinch, our pre-ground coffee or convenient k-cups are a great alternative.
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