Is it OK to buy a cheap coffee grinder?
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?
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.