A conical burr coffee grinder are definitely the best kind of burr coffee grinder. The burrs grind the coffee at a much slower speed when compared to the flat burr coffee grinder, preserving the taste of your coffee beans. Conical burr grinders also grind the coffee to a consistently sized grind. How do you choose a conical burr coffee grinder amongst all the available choices? Here is a short checklist of things you should consider when buying a conical burr coffee grinder:
1. Variety of grind settings
A large range of grind settings on the conical burr coffee grinder means that you will be able to grind the coffee beans very coarsely or very finely, depending on what you want to brew. Having the flexibility of the large variety of grind settings means that you can make french pressed coffee, espresso or even Turkish coffee, depending on your tastes. Good conical burr grinders have 15 or more grind settings.
The average capacity of the bean container of good quality conical burr grinders is about 8 ounces. A bean container that can hold about 8 ounces of beans is quite sufficient for home use. Depending on your needs, you might need a bigger bean container but the average size is definitely good enough for the home.
Most modern electric coffee grinders have a timer, so that you don’t have to hold down a button to continue the grinding process. Do check that your preferred grinder has a timer.
Does the conical burr coffee grinder have any safety features that you might want? For example, a good safety feature to have is so have the grinder to automatically stop the grinding process if the bean container suddenly comes unlocked.
Conical burr grinders are a premium product, and you should insist on a well established brand when buying such a coffee grinder. Good brands include Capresso, Breville and Krups, amongst others. An established brand will also be more likely to provide better support just in case of any technical difficulties with your grinder.
Price is still a factor in any purchase, but in my opinion, good conical burr coffee grinders are a very worthwhile investment as it’s only a one time payment for what may be years of good tasting coffee. The good news is that a good conical burr coffee grinder doesn’t cost as much as before, and online retailers like Amazon offer good discounts off the list price, with free shipping thrown in as well.
I hope this post will help you choose a better coffee grinder and improve your coffee drinking experience!