If you love coffee, but you’re buying pre-ground beans, you’re doing it wrong. Whole coffee beans form a protective seal around the delicious innards; the natural oils that give your coffee flavor and aroma. Once that seal is broken your beans lose potency, and the more time between grinding and brewing, the more potency is lost.
Grinding your beans at home, directly before you make your morning coffee, ensures that the flavors and aromas are strong and fresh, it prevents the ground beans from absorbing the smells and tastes around them, and eliminates the chance that moisture will penetrate your grounds and dilute the oil. For a true coffee lover, the conversion from pre-ground to home ground is only a matter of time.
Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder
Lightweight and portable, the Hario Slim Grinder is a great option for the coffee lover on the move. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and takes up little room in your overnight bag. Already compact, the Slim’s metal handle detaches for even more storage economy.
The Hario Slim provides a consistent grind, and can be easily customized to suit your brewing method. The ceramic mill is easy to clean and the storage compartment holds the grounds for two cups, complete with clearly marked measurements for your convenience. Traveling to parts unknown no longer necessitates forsaking your grinding habits. Pack along your Hario Slim, and head off into the sunset. Purchase: $32
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill
Only slightly larger than it’s slim brother, The Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill is ideal for apartment dwellers, or those still looking forward to the kitchen remodel that is going to give them the acres of storage space they currently lack.
Though it can hold the grounds for eight cups of coffee, the Skerton is only 3.5 inches high by 6.5 inches tall. It fits in the tightest corner of your smallest cupboard but if even that’s a squeeze, the handle conveniently detaches for easier storage. For the coffee connoisseur in a loft and on a budget, the Hario Ceramic is a terrific choice. Purchase: $40
Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
A high quality hand grinder, the Porlex JP-30 offers conical ceramic burrs for a consistent grind, storage space for 1 oz of grounds, and the flexibility to grind for anything from a toddy maker to a moka pot.
The static free stainless steel design is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. The JP-30 combines the simple pleasure of the hand grind with the quality components of elite grinder technology. If you crave the hands on experience and long to treat your beans right, this is the coffee grinder for you. Purchase: $86
Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
An electric grinder with 40 individual grind settings, the Baratza Encore is considered a go-to for beginners and experimenters alike. The Baratza comes complete with a DC motor, combining electric and gear speed reducers. This keeps the feed even, without bottle necking or sparse distribution. It also helps your coffee beans stay cool during the grind process.
An 8 oz bean hopper and 5 oz grounds bin allows you to grind the beans for your entire family gathering, while the front mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind just enough for your morning brew. If you’ve given some thought to grinding your beans at home and are ready to make an investment, or you’ve been at this for a while but want a little more range for creativity, the Baratza Encore is your grinder of choice. Purchase: $129
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro offers 60 grind settings, programmable grinds, and a pause function, providing a precision grind every time. You decide how coarse your grind will be, how long you grind for, and if an interruption comes along, you can pause without having to start over from the beginning.
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro includes a portafilter activation switch and manual grinding, allowing you to grind directly into your portafilter or your drip filter basket. The bean hopper locks in with an easy to use flip latch and removes easily for cleaning, or just to switch out beans. It comes with and adjustable top burr which extends both your grind range, and the over all life of your grinder. This is a grinder for the caffeine addict who knows what they want and how they want it. This machine will get that for you every time. Purchase: $200
Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
With commercial grade grinding burrs and a 166-watt direct drive quiet operation motor, the Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder means business. With a hefty 10 oz tinted hopper, you will be set up with freshly ground coffee through the first round of the apocalypse— at least until the power goes out.
The doser chamber delivers professional espresso measurements straight into your portafilter, without the hassle of cleaning out old grounds that comes inherent with a doser, and the grind adjustments are simple and straightforward, eliminating needless confusion. The Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder is as streamlined and hassle free as they come. Purchase: $355
MACAP M4 Stepless Espresso Grinder
With high quality worm gears and an extremely low blade speed of 1600 rpm driving the 58 mm grinding burrs, the MCAP M4 Stepless Espresso Grinder gives you the grind of a lifetime. Where most coffee grinders adjust in steps, with a predetermined number of grinds available to you, the M4 adjusts on a slide, opening up infinite possibilities for the exact grind to make your perfect cup of coffee.
Intended for use in cozier, low activity coffee shops, the bean hopper fits an impressive 20 oz, while the entire machine is small enough at 12.5 inches long by 7.5 inches wide, and 17 inches tall, to fit comfortably on a kitchen counter, and quiet enough to grind without disrupting your peaceful morning. The MCAP M4 is a must have for serious brewers. It is the best grinder you will ever buy, and the last. This one has some serious staying power. Purchase: $525