For the freshest coffee experience, you will want to grind your own beans. Investing in a quality coffee grinder can make a critical difference that will improve the taste and flavor of the coffee you prepare.
Burr grinders give you the most consistency (grind particles are of uniform size), and control of the grind level from course to fine. If you are an espresso enthusiast, a good burr grinder is a requirement.
For more details and information on grinding coffee, see the "coffee grinder - essential for making great coffee"
We have narrowed down a selection of the best burr and blade grinders across a range of prices and quality. If you are interested in a hand grinder, see our manual hand grinder page.
Bodum Bistro Electric Blade Coffee Grinder
If you are grinding coffee for espresso, we suggest a burr grinder to provide the precision that you'll need to control the grind level (course to fine).
However, for making coffee in an automatic drip machine, you don't need a more expensive burr grinder.
The Bodum Bistro grinder is the best blade grinder at under $40. The heavier duty electric motor will give you a fast and dependable grind without spinning endlessly (which can cause the beans to heat up from friction). You don't want the coffee beans to heat during the grinding process, which can happen with many of the inferior blade grinders.
The Bodum Bistro grinder is a sturdy, well made device and will give you long lasting service.
- Blade coffee grinder
- Strong and precise motor, grinds quickly without heating up the coffee beans
- sturdy construction provides long lasting service
- Grind 1.6 oz. of coffee at a time
- 7" tall, 4" in diameter
Bodum Bistro Electric Blade Grinder- Green
Baratza 8-oz Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
The Baratza Encore Conical Burr grinder is versatile and easy to use. The 40 mm conical burrs will grind for many styles of coffee. Conical burr grinders are exceptional at producing consistent grinds from very fine to very coarse as well as being durable and will remain sharp for many years.
The Encore is easy to clean and maintain compared to most other grinders. Access to the grinding burrs is simple, no tools required, and easy to accomplish in seconds.
The Encore adds a solid, 4 pound metal base to improve stability over the lighter weight standard Maestro. This doubles the overall weight of the Maestro Plus and eliminates the slightly annoying problem of needing two hands to prevent the grinder from slipping on smooth surfaces. Problem solved with the Maestro Plus.
- Conical Burr Grinder
- 40 grind level settings from course to fine
- 8-oz bean hopper
- 5-oz grounds bin
- Weight - 8 lbs (twice the weight of the standard Maestro)
- 240 Watts - powerful gear reduction motor. High torque handles all grinding applications with ease at lower RPMs.
- Shhh, nice quiet operation.
- Anti-static system
- Push button activation located on front of machine or 60 second timer on the side of the machine for added convenience.
- The Encore is also very easy to clean as compared to most grinders. Access to the grinding burrs is simple with no tools required, and an operation that can be accomplished in seconds. In fact, Kyle designed the grinder so you could remove one of the two burrs for easy maintenance. Most grinders require tools and patience for this operation, and as such, will generally not get the care they deserve.
Baratza 8-oz. Encore Coffee Grinder
Rancilio Rocky - Burr Grinder Coffee Mill - Doserless
The Rancilio "Rocky" is a prosumer quality grinder equipped with commercial grade flat burr grinding wheels for durability, and finely controlled uniform grinding results. Weighing in at 21 pounds, this is a solid machine.
The 50 mm flat burrs provide 55 precise grinding adjustment steps. This accurate control enables you to easily dial in the precise level of fine, medium or course grind that you need.
To achieve the best espresso results, you need this precise grind control. Different beans have different grind requirements. A little too fine or not quite fine enough can put you outside the range of an optimal espresso shot.
You'll need to decide if you want the doser or the doserless model. There's a bit of debate over this. We recommend the doser if you are going to use the grinder for primarily espresso.
The doserless model is a better all around mill for espresso as well as drip and french-press brewing.
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Rancilio Rocky Doserless Espresso & Coffee Grinder Stainless Steel
Rancilio Rocky - Burr Grinder Coffee Mill - With Doser
The Rancilio "Rocky" with Doser is the same grinder as the doserless model above, with additional doser hardware attached to the front to dispense measured doses of grind.
As a general purpose grinder that also produces perfect espresso grind, we actually prefer the model without the doser (above).
Rancilio Rocky Doser Espresso Grinder in Stainless Steel