Is it OK to buy a cheap coffee grinder?

by Keith
(Plano, Texas)


QUESTION:


I have noticed there is a huge difference in the prices of different coffee grinders. Anywhere from twenty to two hundred dollars. Is it OK to buy a cheap grinder? Will my coffee taste OK?

ANSWER:

You're right about the huge variation in prices of coffee grinders.

The big price differences occur because there are two different types of coffee grinder – blade grinders and burr grinders.

The blade version, which is the cheap coffee grinder, uses a rotating steel blade to smash the beans into small pieces.

The burr grinders work by crushing the coffee beans between two plates, with a gap that is usually adjustable, according to whether you want a coarse grind, a very find grind, or something in between.

The burr grinder is better.

That said, unless you are very fussy about the taste of your coffee, a cheap blade grinder will probably do you just fine.

Coffee geeks will tell you always to use a burr grinder. But half of them probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if you served them coffee with beans ground with a twenty dollar blade grinder.

You can learn more on this topic on our coffee grinder page.

Comments for Is it OK to buy a cheap coffee grinder?

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 21, 2008
coffe grinder 4203
by: Anonymous

i am looking for a coffee grinder and brewer combinatione machine or only a coffeee grinder the main concern: i want to be able to attach to attach the machine to a time clock to work for 3 days in a row. which company has such

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Coffee Questions Archive 2008.

health benefits of coffee

This 9-page report tells you about some of the surprising, and important health benefits of drinking coffee.

This report is yours FREE when you sign up for the Coffee Detective Newsletter

"The Health Benefits of
Drinking Coffee"

Sign up below and we'll provide a link where you can download your report immediately.

Email

Name

Then

Your e-mail address is totally secure, and will be used only to send you The Coffee Detective Newsletter.



What's new...

  1. How can I cool my coffee down quickly?

    QUESTION: I make myself a cup of coffee in the morning and sometimes don’t have time to drink it all before I have to run ut the door to catch my bus.

    Read More

  2. Has McDonalds McCafe coffee changed?

    QUESTION: My wife and I used Folgers for years then the taste changed. We tried several other with the same results and we're always less than satisfied.

    Read More

  3. Coffee accessories – travel mugs, coffee scoops and more.

    Enjoy your gourmet coffee more with a range of coffee accessories like travel mugs, coffee scoops and more.

    Read More

  4. The story of a mom, two young children, an airplane and an excellent travel mug.

    The great thing about the Contigo travel mug is that it not only keeps coffee hot for hours, but is also spill-proof.

    Read More




The Best Coffee Blogs of 2016 by Market Inspector