Dec 1, 2016
When shopping for an electric grinder, it's important to choose one that fits your needs. The most expensive one might not be the best one for you and vice versa. Consider if you are making espresso, brewed coffee or both. How much counter space can you spare? An espresso grinder will cost you a lot more than one that only grinds for brewed coffee but in the end you will be happier investing in the right equipment. You will be reminded of your investment every time you take a sip of that coffee that you made "perfect".
We carry almost the entire line of Baratza's consumer level grinders. They have a long history of high value and quality. We also appreciate Baratza's durability and excellent customer service. If you are making brewed coffee and don't need to grind for espresso, the Encore is all you need. If you grind for both brewed and espresso, the Virtuoso is a great dual purpose machine. The Vario is also a great dual purpose grinder but the micro adjustments and portafilter holder make it great for home espresso.
To some coffee folks, blade grinders are a no-no but if you don't want to spend over $100 on a heavy appliance that takes up counter space, a blade grinder is the way to go. If you plan on getting serious about your fine-tuned pour over or the perfect espresso shot, stop reading and start saving your money but if you are immersion brewing or even doing pour-overs and you aren't too picky about consistency from cup to cup, a Nesco Blade grinder will work just fine. It's small, light, inexpensive and does an excellent job for the price.
The Capresso Infinity is great for brewed coffee and the price won't break the bank. It's small and lightweight so it can live on your kitchen counter or get tucked away in a cabinet. It won't grind fine enough for espresso but has enough adjustments on it to give you excellent results if you stick to French press, pour over, Aeropress, Clever drip, etc.
This solid chunk of metal grinds coarse enough for French press and fine enough for espresso...with precision. With 55 adjustment steps, the Rocky can dial in exact settings and replicate your shots, tomorrow and the day after and...yeah, you get it. It's made in Italy and comes with or without a doser.
The Compak K3 Touch is like a commercial machine with a consumer sized footprint. It has commercial sized 58mm flat burrs and a stepless adjustment ring for micro-adjustments. It's heavy duty and comes with a removable hopper and heavy duty portafilter holder.
This is a commercial machine that could be small enough to fit in your kitchen. If you are looking for a 24 pound workhorse that will give you precision grinds time after time for years on end, the Mazzer Mini is the way to go. The adjustments are stepless, the burrs are large and the motor is shock mounted to reduce vibrations.