The French Press has become an incredibly popular way to make coffee, it produces great results without having to invest in an expensive coffee machine. However we can get even better results from a French Press when we use fresh coffee beans. In order to use fresh beans though we need a grinder to grind the beans into the fine powder needed to go into the press. So we decided to take a look at some of the best coffee grinders currently available.
1. KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
Krups is brand that specializes in coffee making equipment so you know you are in good hands with their products. The F203 is one of the most popular grinders on the market and has almost 8000 5 star reviews on Amazon.com.
This grinder is powered by a 200 watt motor which means it makes short work of grinding coffee beans. It can grind 3 ounces of coffee beans which is enough for up to 12 cups of coffee in seconds. The stainless steel blades quickly grind the beans into a lovely fine powder that is perfect for a French Press. Not only that but you can use this grinder for spices, herbs, nuts, grains and more.
As the blades are quite near the top of the device there is a great safety feature that stops the grinder working unless the lid is closed.
You may notice some bad reviews on Amazon for this one but they are for the burr grinder which is not as good as this blade grinder. This really is an excellent grinder.CHECK PRICE & REVIEWS NOW
2. JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, Conical Burr Mill
This manual grinder from JavaPresse is the number 1 seller on Amazon for coffee grinders and it remains incredibly popular. A lot of people prefer a manual grinder over electric. The great thing about manual is that you can take this with you and make great coffee wherever you are. There is also barely any noise made when grinding especially when compared to electric grinders which make a lot of noise.
This grinder has 18 click settings to ensure you have 100% precision control over the coarseness of your grind.
This grinder is already pretty slim line but it comes apart to be even more compact. Of course because of its small stature it doesn’t make as much coffee as the Krups. This JavaPresse will make 1-2 cups worth of coffee at a time so you might have to refill it a few times if you have a few friends over. It isn’t as fast either.
Considering the cost of this manual grinder is no cheaper than Krups you will need to weigh up the pro’s and con’s between this and an electric grinder.CHECK PRICE & REVIEWS NOW
3. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Cuisinart is a familiar brand that always produces top quality goods. If you are needing to grind a lot of coffee at once then consider this excellent grinder. It can grind up to 32 cups worth of beans at once. AS you can see on the image it has an adjustable dial which allows you to choose the grind result going through 18 settings from ultra-fine to extra-coarse. This is perfect for French Press as we can get the exact grade we need to make the best coffee possible.
This grinder is a disk burr grinder so it doesn’t use blades like the Krups. Burr grinders tend to give much more uniform results meaning the powder produced is much more even than that produced by a blade. You do sacrifice a bit of speed when comparing to a blade grinder though.
This is a great choice if you like to grind more coffee than you need at once as it can be stored in the removable chamber meaning you won’t have to get the grinder out every time you want to make a cup of coffee.CHECK PRICE & REVIEWS NOW
4. KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
We may have mentioned this before but we really like Kitchen Aid products. There is just something about the design of their products that we really love. So we had to include this excellent grinder in our list.
This is a blade grinder much like the Krups which means it is incredibly efficient at what it does. This one can do 12 cups worth of beans at once and it does so in seconds.
There aren’t many options with this one though, it keeps everything really simple. There is one button you press and hold to activate the grinding. You can’t choose the coarseness of the grind as you can with some of the others. If you want to keep it quick and easy though then this is a fine choice.CHECK PRICE & REVIEWS NOW
5. Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder
This grinder from Bodum is completely different in terms of design to everything else on our list. We like it’s quirky but practical design. It comes in a range of color choices as well which is always welcome.
This is a conical burr grinder which produces a lovely even powder. Conical burr grinders tend to be more expensive than blade grinders which is reflected in the higher cost of this item. If you are serious about your coffee grinding then give serious consideration to a conical burr grinder. There are no blades which may get dull over time and it produces consistently excellent results.
This one has 14 settings to choose from, going from coarse to fine, allowing you to go from Espresso to French Press with ease.
Bodum have given consideration to the annoyance of coffee powder getting stuck to the side of the container and decided to use Borosilicate glass on this grinder which aims to eliminate this problem.CHECK PRICE & REVIEWS NOW
There are a few choices you need to consider when looking for a coffee grinder. The first is whether you want to go for manual or an electric grinder. The pro’s of manual are it’s easier to store, it’s portable and it’s quiet. The cons are they are slow, you can’t grind very much at once and there aren’t the variety of grinding options you get with an electric device.
If you choose electric you will need to decide between a blade grinder and a burr grinder. Blades are quicker and easier to clean but a burr will give more even results. Most electric devices will allow you to choose the coarseness of the grind which is great if you like to make different types of coffee. Some like the Kitchen Aid keep it simple and just grind the coffee, it does a great job but you can’t choose how fine you want your powder.
Keep all this in mind when making your choice. You are unlikely to be unhappy with whichever one you choose but if we had to pick one to recommend out of the above then we would have to choose the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme. It gives you the best of everything, with choices on grind, a fine even powder thanks to its burr mechanism and it has the option of grinding and storing a lot of coffee at once.
Let us know which coffee grinder you decided to get and how you have got on with it in the comments below.