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So you want to buy a coffee grinder -- why not just grab any old thing on the shelf at the big box store? In this guide, we cover why grinding fresh is important for your coffee's flavor, what makes burr grinders more desirable, and how to select the right grinder for you.
A burr grinder is one of the essential tools in your coffee brewing arsenal and sets the stage for the quality of your daily cup. As we've detailed before, a good burr grinder is one of the best investments you can make toward coffee brewing perfection. It should be no surprise, then, that a grimy grinder can lead straight to a hot cup of disappointment. A regular cleaning of your grinder doesn't have to be a chore and will ensure your brews are tasting their absolute best.
Every Mahlkonig grinder immediately gives the impression of professionalism. Easy to clean and operate, its life is dedicated to preserving the fine aroma of your valuable coffee. The new Tanzania model combines modern design with convincing grinding performance and technical innovation.
April has been a busy month for the coffee industry and we wanted to give you a quick summary:
The Virtuoso is a classic grinder for at-home coffee enthusiasts who desire a simple, solid start to making their own brews. Its 40mm conical burrs give it an edge in the grinding game, with the capability of producing a more uniform grind at a faster pace than Baratza’s Encore, so you can enjoy a wider range of brewing styles. Simple grind adjustment, timed dosing, and Baratza’s unparalleled durability cap off the features of the Virtuoso, and make it a fantastic addition to any at-home coffee collection.
The Peak Espresso Grinder is Mahlkonig’s answer to the rising interest in espresso with higher extractions and richer, sweeter flavor. With its large cast-steel burrs producing a more uniform grind profile, and its advanced cooling system keeping the internal temperature regulated, the Peak is able to give excellent shots all day long. Its familiar body design now features a multi-colored display screen, for easy settings management and simplified programming. If your shop demands exceptional quality for every shot, the Peak is the friend you need when the heat is on and line is long.
Mahlkonig packs convenient upgrades in its new GH2, making it the best economy retail grinder on the market. With its redesigned spout, full range of grind sizes, and simple operation, the GH2 is not only ideal for customer use, but easily meets the needs of any cafe seeking quality, uniform grounds at an attainable price. Want to see it in action? Watch along as Ryan explores grinding with the Mahlkonig GH2.
If you crave great coffee and need a convenient way to make it, this bundle is for you. Combine a Bonavita automatic brewer, Baratza burr grinder, and your very own Prima Coffee mug and you'll be looking at the simplest specialty coffee set-up around. When you buy this gear together, you're saving over $30 – and that's a lot of coffee.
The Baratza Forté is the newest coffee and espresso grinder on the planet – what in the world is it all about? We've pitted it against some classics and peeked under the hood to help get the word out: this grinder's got guts!
Mazzer Major Electronic Flat Burr Espresso Grinder: Got yourself a cafe which has decent amount of traffic, but not enough to warrant a large espresso grinder? The Mazzer Major is perfectly equipped to keep up with the flow of consistent traffic. Add to the ease with the programmable control panel which allows you to adjust grind size and dosage beforehand.
If you’re hunting for a new espresso grinder, you’d do well to set your sights on Mazzer. These classic and time-tested machines are both legendary and ubiquitous in the coffee world - and for good reason! These are sturdy, solid machines, built like a tank and designed for precision. But with so many options, how do you know which model is right for you? Let’s take a closer look at Mazzer’s line of grinders and set you on your way to espresso nirvana.
Making an appearance at the SCAA's National Event in Houston in a couple of weeks will be Compak's new line of Fresh Grinders. This line, and specifically the K-10 Fresh, has piqued a lot of interest in the coffee world over the past few months. We've gathered as much information as we can about this grinder and wanted to update everyone as to what we've found out.
Mahlkonig’s Guatemala 710 combines the attributes of the original Guatemala and Kenia, for a retail coffee grinder that offers the ultimate quality of grind and versatility. Featuring 71mm steel burrs and a full range of grind sizes, the Guatemala 710 is known for its ability to produce uniform results and tastiness in the cup. It’s also available in 3 configurations, so you can snag the one that’s just right for your shop. Ready to discover more? Watch along as Steve shares everything you need to know about the Guatemala 710.
The Encore comes on the heels of Baratza’s popular Maestro and Maestro Plus, and has quickly set the bar for entry level coffee grinders. With its intuitive controls, diverse grind range, and classic Baratza durability, the Encore has joined the ranks of top at-home grinders, while still maintaining another noteworthy attribute: affordability. Get to know the Encore inside and out as Chris explores the features of this versatile grinder.
The new Sette 270W brings fresh innovation and further usability to the home grinding game. It features a unique new grinding mechanism for less retained grounds, 30 macro grind settings plus stepless micro grind adjustment to meet a range of brewing needs, and weight-based dosing with programmable presets so you can create and store your favorite doses. Explore all there is to know about the new Sette 270W in this video, as Steve highlights the features that position it to become the new star of Baratza’s grinder lineup.
Anfim’s SCODY II is an extremely barista-friendly grinder with excellent grind quality for the tastiest espresso. With big 75 mm flat steel burrs (Titanium coated burrs are an option as well), two programmable timed settings, and a manual pulsed grinding button, this grinder provides an easy way to get great quality in the cup, cup after cup. Hit play to get the full overview and see the SCODY II in action as Steve highlights each of its features and demonstrates its capability by grinding for espresso.
With over 16 years of experience in Gourmet coffee grinding and brewing equipment, Baratza sets the standard for home grinders. The Vario is Baratza's entry to the mezzo class of grinders, which fill the niche between large professional grinders and home grinders. The Vario's small footprint, full grind range from espresso to press, repeatable micro-grind adjustment, and quick grinding speed place it at the top of its class. The new 886 model now includes an all-metal portaholder for added stability when dosing directly into your portafilter.
We get a lot of questions about Hario's Skerton and Mini Mill. How are they different? Which is better? Is one preferable to the other for my home, my office, my travels? Here's everything we know.
Mazzer Kony Conical Burr Espresso Grinder: Economic and more compact, the Kony offers many of the advantages of fancier espresso grinders without having to break the bank.
Editor's note: This is what I hope will be the first in a long series of barista reviews, a blossoming section on prima-coffee.com that will feature a practical look at equipment written by someone in real-world conditions. Sam Lewontin is a barista and barista trainer at Equal Exchange Espresso in Seattle, Washington. He contributes to the Why Not?
Developed in partnership with a team of champion baristas, the Nuova Simonelli Mythos One is an all around redesign of what an espresso grinder should be. Its Clima Pro technology keeps its grinding area at a more static temperature, so you can get more uniform shots all day long no matter what your volume is. It also houses titanium-coated steel burrs for a longer life, and a unique membrane below the burrs to promote a fluffy and consistent grind to keep your shots at their best and your customers at their happiest.
Buying a new burr grinder can seem like an intimidating task, but it shouldn't be! Follow our three tips to simplify your choices and help you pick the right grinder for your needs.
Fresh from the vaults of innovation, the Forté has arrived. So what's the chatter about? This review will get you close and cozy with Baratza's newest grinder, where you'll find out if it's really hot stuff — or all hype.