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Burr Grinder

When you’re buying a coffee grinder, look to a burr grinder over a propeller grinder. The burr grinder is a little more expensive, and quite a bit louder, but you make up for it with a consistently ground coffee set to your choice of how fine or coarse. By contrast, the propeller grinder inconsistently grinds the coffee, and the propeller blade may even burn flavor from the coffee, both of which will affect the flavor in your cup.

Some notes

  • Aficionados: Generally speaking, most coffee aficionados prefer the burr system of grinders as opposed to the blade system. This is because the burr does not generate the same heat that a blade grinder will, nor will it leave the imbiber with the bumpy uneven type of grind that can occur with other grinders.
  • Speed: This machine can dispense a medium grind for 12 cups within 40 seconds and 18 cups in just under a minute. That’s pretty fast.
  • Consistency: Burrs grinds are uniform and consistent.  They help ensure same taste of coffee each time. With a black stainless steel casing, this coffee grinder comes with an 18 position grind selector – ranging from the very coarse to the ultra fine.

As one bean aficionado puts it, “The flavor of coffee ground in a burr mill barely resembles that of beans chopped up in a grinder with spinning blades.The difference in flavor is tremendous, so recommending a burr mill, such as the Cuisinart, is a no-brainer”.

Burr Grinder Models

Our choice is the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind for under $50.

We find this to be a nifty little unit. When taking a closer look at this grinder, its not hard to see why people are going crazy for it. It is sleek, stylish, and packs a lot of value into that $50 (or less).

the Smart Grinder Pro with adjustable dose control – $229.00

Breville’s Smart Grinder™ Pro features Precision Digital Time (adjustable in 0.2 sec increments) gives you complete control over dose and grind time which also means less mess and waste. Choose among 60 different grind settings to achieve maximum flavor potential to suit your favorite brew. Further extend the grinding range by tuning the Adjustable Upper Burr to either coarser or finer without the use of tools.