How Do I Find the Right Coffee Grinder for Me?

How Do I Find the Right Coffee Grinder for Me?

A guide for everyone who is looking for the right coffee grinder

A coffee grinder, with which you can preferably freshly grind the beans as needed, is now part of the basic equipment of every coffee lover household. In contrast to ground coffee, freshly ground coffee beans give coffee a unique, full-bodied coffee taste. So if you are looking for the perfect grinder for your very special needs, the market has a huge selection in store for you. But read for yourself!

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The coffee grinder: Not a relic from our grandparents’ era

The purpose of a coffee grinder is to precisely grind the roasted “black gold”, as the beans are also called. Today, (should we say: unfortunately ?!) these mills only rarely look like the old wooden cone mills operated with a hand crank that you may still know from your grandmother’s kitchen. Nevertheless, the coffee grinder, even as a manual model, has stood the test of time, even if it is just as often operated electrically these days.

The different grinders

In the trade, you have the choice between three common grinder designs:

The beater grinder is comparable to the way a mixer works. If you opt for such a grinder, you will get coffee grounds that are extremely uneven and not homogeneous. Results from a dust-like consistency to large pieces are not uncommon. Almost evenly ground beans are important for a harmonious extraction. Therefore, such a grinder is not really suitable for real coffee lovers.

The second method is based on the disc grinder. In this design, one toothed disc rotates over another. The centrifugal force generated pushes the ground material outwards. A relatively uniform bean powder is now produced at the point where the slices are closer together. However, such a disc grinder has the disadvantage that the powder becomes quite warm due to the high speeds, which has a negative effect on the aroma.

The third construction, the most popular in domestic use, is the conical grinder. In this design, a conical grinder, which experts also refer to as a “cone”, rotates over a negative. It is worth knowing in this context that you can regulate the distance between the two grinding tools according to your wishes, which allows you to use a wider range. Usually, the surface of the conical grinder is slightly larger than that of a disc grinder with the same diameter. The speed of a conical grinder is about 400 revolutions per minute, because with such a construction not only the centrifugal but also the gravity is decisive. In this way, it is also stressed less – which is gentle on the function. So this Grinder is more durable and robust than the two previously described.

There are not only differences in functionality and mechanics, but also in terms of the materials used. Ceramic or steel are the options here, but first of all it should be said: There is no clearly better variant, both have their strengths. Ceramic grinders are inherently harder and therefore less wear-resistant. However, if, for example, a small stone enters such a grinder, the brittle material can be quickly damaged. Steel grinders, on the other hand, are more robust in this respect, but the properties of the material are not as hard.

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Which grinder is right for me?

First of all, we would definitely like to recommend that you buy whole beans. Since coffee loses some of its aroma shortly after roasting, you should use the beans within six to eight weeks of roasting. The already ground coffee offers the oxygen, which is not particularly conducive to the aroma, a much larger target.

Mills with a conical grinder are therefore the right option for lovers of coffee made with freshly ground beans. But what kind of coffee grinder is advisable? More like an electric or a manual model?

The answer to this question depends on the amount of coffee you want to enjoy every day. For example, if you only prepare a coffee once or twice a day using a hand filter, then a hand mill with a conical grinder is ideal. You can also really enjoy grinding as a ritual in this way. However, if you entertain more than two people with this delicious hot beverage every day, then you should think about buying an electric coffee grinder.

Electric coffee grinders

In general, meaningful test results for electric coffee grinders are not easy, as there is a wealth of different products on the market, from various grinders to the gram-accurate output of the grist using digital displays. There are inexpensive entry-level models in both areas.

For example, coffee grinders such as the “Graef CM 80” with high-quality conical grinder from the company of the same name have established themselves on the market as a powerful model. Mills from the “ Bodum ” company are also popular because they impress with their well-thought-out functionality and award-winning designs. You can purchase such a coffee grinder in the lower price segment.
However, these devices are only representative of an abundance of electric coffee grinders. Which model you ultimately decide on always depends on your individual needs.

Manual coffee grinders

Hand mills, which you can optionally purchase in a traditional design, represent a good and inexpensive alternative to electric models for your own needs. They have a robust conical grinder where you can even choose the degree of grinding, depending on the type of mill. The hand mills from “ Hario ” are among the particularly recommended designs with their homogeneous grist. All of them are not only extremely aesthetic to look at, but also wonderfully compact, so that you can transport “your” hand mill particularly easily, for example when traveling. In addition, the ceremony of grinding freshly smelling beans with such a manual coffee grinder is simply incomparable!

This is how cleaning works

Roasted coffee beans contain plenty of oils and fats, which they give off during the grinding process. These settle on the components of the grinder and in small spaces in the coffee grinder, which can affect the texture and aroma of the grinding result. It is therefore advisable to clean the coffee grinder regularly, every one to two weeks. There are special granulates for this, which are ground just like coffee beans and remove the residue in the process. Alternatively, of course, the mill can also be dismantled into its individual parts and cleaned by hand. In any case, you ensure that the grist has a long-lasting quality.


  • Always decide to buy whole beans, because this is the only way to enjoy the full-bodied coffee aroma to perfection. Regardless of whether you prefer the electric coffee grinder or a manual model for your needs: Please pay attention to the conical grinder equipment as the optimal variant.
  • The decision for an electric or hand-operated coffee grinder always depends on your individual needs and the amount that you want to enjoy every day.
  • High-quality hand mills with a conical grinder, also with a traditional look, are not only particularly aesthetic, they also make grinding the coffee beans a real event for connoisseurs! Because this ceremony, which you can celebrate with such a hand mill while traveling, simply puts you in the perfect mood for the future enjoyment of a fresh cup of coffee!