How do you use a coffee grinder

With a coffee grinder, there is always a bit of a knack to each one. Most of the time, you want to make sure that you have something with sharp blades. A bladed coffee grinder often produces the best results, and can be the ideal choice for those buying a grinder for the first time.

Most of the time, you will use a grinder with relative simplicity. You open up the lid of the grinder, put in the beans that you wish to grind, and then you start to spin the little arm on the side. Most of the time, you just keep turning it until you feel like you have the right level of thickness and coarseness in the ground-up coffee.

Using a coffee grinder is actually very easy. Once you master the art of using one coffee grinder, you should find that generally using a wide number of them is possible. They all tend to have a similar style, though it is important to note that this can change. With a few different styles and types, you might find that one operates a little differently from the last. Generally, though, you should find operations simple. 

How fine do you grind coffee

Grinding your coffee to the right blend is often a bit of a subjective conversation. Typically, one thing that we recommend is that you always look to make sure that you go for the coarseness intended by any particular kind of drink. For example, those who like a stronger form of coffee akin to an espresso may wish to go for something a little finer.

Something that is quite coarse and thick will be good for a French press style coffee. For those who like a simple, flat-bottom coffee, you will find that a happy medium works best. It does make it hard to find what works for you, but we recommend trying the same coffee at a coarse, medium and fine style to see what you think.

It’s all about experimentation, so make sure that you take the time to start really experimenting with your coffee grinder for the right finish for you.

What is a burr coffee grinder

When buying a coffee grinder, you will often find that they come with one of two grinding styles. The most common (and recommended) style is the one we will talk about in a moment, the blade grinder. A burr grinder instead uses a different style of grinding, which some coffee connoisseurs will recommend over a bladed edition.

The reason that burr coffee grinder options tend to be popular with some is how they deal with the grinding. It tends to make sure there is a more specific uniformity to the grinding, which can give you more control over what kind of finish that you get.

What is a blade grinder

A bladed grinder instead sacrifices some of the uniformity for a touch of more uniqueness. Some people like this as it often gives them a more affordable form of grinder, whilst also finding it a touch easier to use in some cases.

While we all have our own chases, and we would usually recommend a blade grinder to start with, burr grinders do offer a pretty useful option. If you are unsure of what coffee grinder to go for, then we recommend that you consider trying one of each to gauge your own choice. 

What is the difference between a burr grinder and a blade grinder

The difference, as we said above, is quite simple. Of course, it does depend on a few other factors. If you are struggling to make a choice on what grinder to buy, then we recommend that you evaluate the following as well when trying to make a choice:

For one, the coarseness is harder to get right with a bladed grinder. This is a bit of an issue, and it might make it hard for you get to get the uniformity needed for some coffee, such as a French press.

The blades tend to be a touch more dangerous, so always watch what you are doing around them. 

Some find that burrs take a bit more time to use, but they offer a more extravagant and specific finish. 

If you want something that is genuinely easy to use, bladed options work better. If you want more accuracy on the finish, go with a burr.

Another important aspect of the coffee grinder that you buy is the cost. No matter what kind of coffee grinder you would like, you will find that the bladed versions often are cheaper, which can make it easier to start with, at least to begin. 

How do you clean out a coffee grinder

While cleaning out a coffee grinder can feel like a touch of a challenge, it’s not that hard. Like any other grinder you may have used, it often requires a bit of elbow grease and some start use of tools.

One good way to do this is to get around a ¼ cup of uncooked rice, and some water. Put the rice into your grinder, and grind for around a moment. Now, dump out the mess that’s left within and wipe it out with a paper tower. Simple, easy and very effective for cleaning out your coffee grinder quickly and easily!

What is the best grind for cold brew coffee

We recommend that if you choose to go for a cold brew coffee that you stick with a coarse blend. You will find that it is much easier to filter out the coffee and it will make sure that you are left with a more flavorsome, less bitter taste at the end.

This is a good way to make sure that you can get a nice cup of coffee when making it this way. By all means experiment, but you’ll find that the finer it is, the more bitter it tends to become. With that in mind, you should be able to grind away to your hearts content and produce impressive results! 

Paul Mason

coffee blogger

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