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Guide on The Coffee Grinder


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                                                Grinding Coffee: For Coffee Lovers
                                                               By Matthew Hick

    If you are a coffee lover, perhaps it is time for you to learn to grind your own coffee. If you don't
have the slightest clue of where to start, then this article is for you! To begin, there are two main types
of coffee grinders on the market today: burr grinders and blade grinders.

Blade grinders grind the beans unevenly and without consistency in the grind. Since there are no
settings on blade grinding units, you basically grind until you achieve the coarseness or fineness you
need. The blade grinder causes static electricity and tends to make the process a bit messy if you
aren't used to doing it.

Burr grinders, on the other hand, grind the beans evenly and are much cleaner and easier to use;
especially if you are just learning. Burr grinders have settings that allow you to choose an exact
uniform size and consistency. They are often recommended for espresso grinds, but can also be used
for other types of grinds as well.

If you are concerned about price, blade grinders are the cheaper of the two and sell for roughly $20
each. On the other hand, burr grinders often cost between $60 to $125. The extra money for the burr
grinder would be well spent since you would be getting a better quality cup of coffee and the clean up
would be quicker and easier!

Each coffee brewing method requires a different grind size. Drip coffee, for example, requires a
medium size grind. Espresso requires a fine grind. The French press requires a much larger grind size.
The following is a general guideline describing the basic grind requirement for use in coffee makers:

Coarse grind: Coarse grind is used in a percolator. The percolator boils the water and forces it over
the grounds in a metal filter that has holes in it. This grind would not be recommended for optimum
flavor, as it over-extracts bitter oils and acids.

Medium-course grind: Medium-coarse grind is used in a French press or metal mess coffee maker
that has gold or stainless steel filters. These coffee makers force grounds to the bottom of the canisters
after steeping the water/grounds mixture for several minutes. This would not be recommended for
optimum flavor because it over-extracts bitter oils and acids and is a bad percolator. However, it is a
good choice if you like a strong brew and don't mind a bit of sediment.

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Medium grind: Medium grind is used in drip coffee makers. These coffee makers pour the water over
the grounds in a flat bottom filter. You may have to experiment with the grinds if you use an electric
maker, as this is the only way to control the extraction.

Fine grind: Fine grind is used in espresso machines, which are considered the most efficient method
of brewing.

Extra-fine grind: Extra-fine grind is used in vacuum pots or some older Espresso machines.

In order to get the best extraction for your coffee enjoyment, grinding the coffee beans properly is the
key. Freshly grinding the coffee prior to brewing is one of the most important steps to a great cup of
coffee. Just remember, the coffee beans should not be ground more than two minutes prior to the
beginning of brewing.

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                             The Coffee Grinder: An Investment For Your Morning Ritual
                                                                    By Kerry Ng

 Coffee lovers will tell you that the best coffee comes from beans grounded immediately before the
coffee is brewed. Old Time coffee drinkers know this by heart. That's why no kitchen is complete
without a coffee grinder. Waking up in the morning and grinding up a fresh batch of coffee beans and
throwing it into the coffee maker and then anticipating that first sip of fresh hot coffee! Now that is the
good life!

What Makes a Great Coffee Grinder?

 When it comes to coffee grinders, there to basic types. One is called burr grinders and the other is
called blade grinders. The difference between these two is basically how the beans are processed.
Blade coffee grinders use a spinning blade to grind up the coffee beans. Burr grinders use burrs to
grind up coffee beans. Burrs resemble plates with gears on them. One of the burrs is stationary, while
the other one spins and grinds up the coffee beans.

 When trying to make a great cup of coffee, one has to keep a couple things in mind. The taste of
coffee will be affected by heat and uniformity. What this means is, heat is undesirable in a coffee
grinder because it damages the coffee beans. The process of grinding coffee is relatively violent,
because both blade and burr grinders in produce some heat. And of course, the faster the grinding
mechanism runs; the more heat is being generated. Even finer grinds generate heat because of the
extra time it takes to grind the coffee beans.

 For those who are concerned about the quality of their coffee, one can purchase a low- speed burr
grinder. A low speed burr will be more expensive. As well it will take longer to grind the coffee beans.
But coffee purists will swear by these coffee grinders as the only way to go for a perfect cup of coffee.

 Another very important factor is the uniformity of the grind. With the brewing process, the water
spends a certain amount of time passing over the grinds. The uniform grinds are much more efficient at
imparting flavor to the water. At first glance, the average coffee drinker may not be able to distinguish
coffee that was grinded from a blade grinder vs. a burr grinder. But, to a coffee purist, they will notice
the difference. The blade grinder is not very good at creating a uniform grind. However, with burr
grinders, they produce an exceptional uniform grind resulting in a much tastier cup of coffee.

 Quite frankly, it's a no brainer when it comes to selecting a coffee grinder. The burr grinder s really the
only way to go. However, some of the higher end models can cost several hundred dollars, thus putting
them out of reach for some of the coffee lovers. However, this doesn't mean that a small budget will
always get a poor coffee grinder. Best to do a search online for burr coffee grinders. One can pick up a
very nice coffee grinder for under hundred dollars. The selection is almost endless. Most coffee lovers
consider a coffee grinder to be an investment and not an expense. After all, who can put the dollar
value on a fantastic cup of coffee each and every morning? Yes, it is the good life!

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