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 The Best Kept Secret to Great Espresso 
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The Best Kept Secret to Great Espresso
by: Markus Yannies

Coffee bean grinders for either home or commercial use come in a wide variety of sizes and prices. As with most anything, you get what you pay for in coffee grinders. Some coffeemakers come with a bean grinder built in, but they are not the most efficient and end up being a part which might break down before the brewer does. The best bet for anyone who truly loves coffee and brews more than just an automatic drip beverage is definitely the burr type coffee grinder.

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Some Considerations When Selecting a Coffee Grinder

There are two types of coffee bean grinders – burr and blade grinders. For anything but automatic drip coffeemakers or French presses, blade grinders simply do not do a sufficient job. The grind size is rather coarse and inconsistent. However, these are a fine choice for grinding spices.

A much better choice is a wheel or conical burr grinder. Wheel-type grinders, as their name implies, use spinning wheels to grind the coffee beans. They are cheaper than the conical types but also make a lot of noise and mess. The more expensive conical grinders are also the best quality. With a conical grinder, the burrs move slower. This means they are less noisy and messy and they resist clogging. Conical burr grinders do the best job for grinding flavored beans, which tend to contain more oils. This is the type of coffee bean grinders used in commercial applications.

If you own an espresso machine, you must have a burr grinder. Simple blade coffee bean grinders cannot produce a fine enough grind. Espresso must be brewed with finely ground coffee in order for the short brewing cycle to fully extract the flavor of the coffee. Conversely, French presses need a coarser grind, but the various grind selections will accommodate this.

Consider your available counter space. Burr coffee grinders come in a wide range of sizes from sleek, narrow machines to more bulky, but heavier-duty models. Grinders which are sold for use in commercial operations or emulate them are generally the largest, and heaviest.

How much coffee do you drink in a day? If you make several batches throughout the day or also brew espresso, a burr grinder with a large hopper and a doser is ideal. Hoppers can hold up to a pound of coffee. Dosers offer the convenience of dispensing just the right amount of ground coffee for a cup or a pot, perfect for use with espresso machines.

Some coffee bean grinders even have a timer. This allows you to fill the hopper with beans and have them ground at a specific time – such as when you get up in the morning.

The operation of burr grinders means that they will always produce static and this can make some plastic parts hard to clean. There is less mess when the grinder has glass parts.

No matter what type of coffeemaker you own, good quality, conical burr coffee bean grinders are the best bet since they can accommodate various grinding sizes for any machine.

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