Different Types of Coffee Grinders

Eidolonai March 10, 2018

If you want great tasting coffee, sooner or later you’re going to have to consider buying a coffee grinder.

The problem with buying ground coffee is that it starts to lose it’s flavor and can go stale in as little as fifteen minutes. Who knows how long it was sitting on the shelf before you bought and brought it home, so the taste results can be hit and miss, to say the least.

There’s two basic types – Blade and Burr grinders.

Blade Grinders

They use a chopping method to grind the beans into grounds. They’re inexpensive, but their can have low quality results. The level of consistency can vary and for the best taste results, you want consistent grinds. There’s even the possibility of getting a burnt taste because of friction caused by the blades and beans.

However, they are easy to clean and maintain, so they’re good for basic use and still an improvement over buying regular ground coffee at the grocery store.

Burr Grinders

There’s two different kinds of Burr Grinders.

Flat Wheel

This is considered to be one of the better methods of grinding coffee. The beans are crushed between one semi-concave wheel and one that is stationary. The discs spin slower than with a blade grinder, so the grounds are more even and there’s no burnt taste.

Of course, there are some drawbacks. They can be a pain to clean and they can get very messy. They can also be very noisy. Some models also have problems with beans getting jammed between the hopper and the grinding area below, requiring extra effort to unjam them.


Conical grinders are the best of the best, however they are also the most expensive. However, if you have the budget for one and love great tasting coffee, they’re a very good investment.

They use a conical (cone) shaped grinding device which results in a more consistent grind. They also spin slower than either of the two methods. The result is that there’s less problems with friction and static electricity, which causes grinds to get stuck. Therefore, they’re a lot easier to clean. They also, don’t usually have problems with clogging. Maybe the best benefit is that they’re usually the quietest of all of the methods.

Mike Crimmins is a coffee fanatic. He’s not your traditional coffee expert or barista. He’s just your average joe, looking for that perfect cup of coffee. You can learn more about coffee at his blog http://dailyshotofcoffee.com/


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