Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Burr Grinder: Top 5

With its emphasis on style and functionality, the Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS ROCKY is a premium machine that produces accurate grounds, whatever your style of coffee beverage. It is also a remarkable versatile machine that is easy to use. 

Article Updated October 19th 2020

I've been brewing and drinking coffee for forty years, and came to understand early on that grinding is a necessary part of the coffee making process, especially for those seeking the perfect cup of coffee. This means that owning the right machine is essential.

Grinding the beans right before brewing is important because that way your beverage will have the maximum taste and aroma. The grounds also need be of a consistent size, and at the optimum level of fineness for the coffee maker, otherwise you will not get the fullest flavor, so choosing a machine that is accurate is also important.

Below is my top 5 list for the best burr grinder in 2019, I hope that you enjoy reading it and find it useful.

The best machines will produce grounds that are consistently accurate in size, that means you will obtain maximum flavor when you brew.  You can also expect the better grinders to be less noisy and less messy than the cheapest products on the market.

Why are Burr Grinders the Best?

They are superior to blade grinders because:
  • They producing a more consistent and precise size of ground. This effectively optimizes the amount of flavor that you can extract from the beans.
  • They are usually quieter, which is especially useful if you grind first thing in the morning, or late at night, while others are asleep in bed, or if others are focused on work or study.
  • They produce less heat during the grinding process and so don't scorch the beans and compromise the taste.
There are two main types of burr grinder: conical and wheel. Out of the two, the best is the conical type, they are usually slightly less noisy and messy than wheel grinders.
Conical machines are usually more expensive, however.
 "To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions."
— Hugh Jackman

The KitchenAid combines excellent design features with usability.  This high quality machine is robust as well as versatile and attractive.

#1 Best Quality Burr Grinder: The KitchenAid, Robust and Consistent!

This first thing to say about this machine is that it is very well designed and made. In fact the KitchenAid ProLine grinder manages to be stylish in its design, very usable, and built to last thanks to the solid glass and metal construction materials.

The parts fit together well too, unlike with some of the cheaper machines, which can sometimes be difficult to clean thanks to poor design and construction. There are 15 grind settings give a range of fineness/coarseness options to choose from, giving this product versatility as well as strength.

This machine is quiet too, making it great if you need to brew a beverage in the early hours or late at night. The ground size is accurate, you should expect that from a machine of this caliber, but I thought it should be mentioned. If coffee is your daily luxury, your grinder should deliver and this one does.

If you want a high quality machine that produces consistent grounds for delicious coffee, style and durability, this is the one for you.

Before You Buy: Things to Consider When Buying a Grinder

Here are some questions that you might want to ask:
  • Is it a conical or a wheel burr grinder? As I mentioned above, conical burrs are generally quieter and less messy but more expensive.
  • Is the design suitable in terms of functionality and appearance - some units come in a range of colors, so you can pick one that fits with your kitchen decor.
  • Is the machine easy to operate?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • Is it versatile enough to meet my needs, in terms of the range of settings?
  • Does the product offer excellent value for money?

The Bodum Bistro

#1 Best Cheap Burr Grinder: The Bodum Bistro for Versatility and Value!

The Bodum Bistro is a remarkably versatile machine with over 14 settings for the level of coarseness/fineness required.

It also has a glass ground receptacle, which means no static and messy coffee grounds flying around. Easy to clean and operate, it offers consistent quality coffee grinding.

This machine is very difficult to beat in the under $200 price range. It also comes in a variety of vibrant colors (black, orange, red, green, and white).

Modern coffee originates from Ethiopa. According to legend, a goat herder noticed that his goats were more physically and mentally active when they chewed from a certain plant, It was the Arabs who first mass cultivated the plant, however.
The Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder has
25 distinct grind settings, making it great for brewers of all coffee types.

The Breville BCG800XL: Quiet and Stylish!

This stylish and elegant Breville grinder produces superior ground coffee with a minimal amount of noise, mess and fuss.

There are 25 distinct grind settings, making it a versatile brewer and suitable for of all coffee types, and an auto dosing system that calibrates each adjusted dose.

Offering excellent value for money, it's easy to understand why the Breville BCG800XL is one of the biggest selling machines on the market and well worth the expenditure, in my opinion.

The Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS ROCKY is a durable machine that is quiet, efficient, and precise.

The Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS ROCKY: Powerful and Precise!

For those that demand only the best, the Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS ROCKY is a must!
The build of this durable and reliable machine is truly beautiful when it comes to attractiveness and functionality.

But the best thing about this model is the ease and effectiveness of control. You can alter the grind setting with a simple unlock of the lever and a quick turn of the bean hopper.

This quiet, efficient, and incredibly precise machine will produce impressive ground coffee for espresso and cappuccino lovers everywhere. It is certainly one of the best grinders for coffee on the market available at present.

The Baratza Vario Ceramic has 230 distinct grind settings to choose from, making it an extremely versatile and precise machine to operate.

The Baratza Vario: Substantive and Easy to Use!

The Baratza Vario Ceramic combines power with precision to deliver quiet and precise grinding.
Its substantive ceramic burrs grind to an exactness not found in cheaper machines and there are 230 distinct grind settings to choose from.

The powerful motor turns slower, meaning less noise, more efficiency, and much more control over the process, than you do with lesser machines.

How to Store Your Coffee Beans Correctly!

Getting the storage right for your coffee beans is crucial. If you don't do it effectively, then your beans will quickly lose their flavor and the taste and aroma of your beverages will suffer!

The 4 great enemies of effective storage are: air, moisture, heat, and light. Consequently, you want a container that will protect your beans from all four, if possible (although where you place your storage container can also play a part in effectiveness).

Glass and ceramic containers often work the best, although stainless steel can also be an option. The most important thing is that they have an airtight lid.

Remember to buy your coffee regularly in relatively small amounts, however, as flavor will still be lost after one or two weeks, even if stored well.

Don't be tempted to freeze or refrigerate your coffee either, unless absolutely necessary, as the changes in temperature will also inhibit the flavor.

The Baratza Encore is highly rated by experts and public alike. This machine is versatile, with 40 different grind settings, offering accurate and reliable grinds. The motor is durable and efficient, as well as cool enough not to heat up the beans.

Two More Great Burr Grinders to Consider!

Another great product by Baratza is their New and Improved Encore. For those seeking quality within an affordable price range, this model is very difficult to beat. Featuring upgraded burrs and a completely new redesigned gearbox, this machine provides premium precision.

The Baratza is also versatile, offering 40 different grind speeds to choose from, enough options to suit any taste or need. The burr grinding speed is just 450 RPM, making it a quieter machine than most, with less heat and static build up.

At the affordable end of the price scale, the Capresso 565.04 Infinity is a sturdy and durable machine that is easy to use, as well as clean.

The Capresso Infinity Plus is another best-selling product and very affordable, being towards the lower end of the price scale. This machine is sturdy and attractive, constructed with a zinc die-cast housing. That also makes the machine remarkably durable and easy to clean.

Commercial-grade conical burrs provide accurate and reliable grinding time after time, providing maximum coffee flavor and aroma. 16 different grind settings mean excellent versatility, offering a range that runs from Turkish fine all the way to French press coarse - enough options to suit all needs and tastes.


  1. Its hard these days to find great reviews on high quality coffee grinders. When I saw you wrote about the amazing Kitchenaid pro coffee grinder, I could not stop reading. Unfortunately, Kitchenaid sold for over 1000$ these dayes, used to be around 200$.
    Quality always win :)

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  4. I like the qoute you put here"We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup."
    thank you for such informative blog, meanwhile check out best way cleaning cuisinart coffee maker in this blog
    — Jerry Seinfeld

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