Wake up and smell the coffee!

It is a sad day, after 15 years with my coffee grinder it has finally said it’s last “grriiririiirrr”.

In my house coffee rules the roost, we grind our own beans, make our own cappuccinos, cook Armenian coffee and even have a timer for coffee. My hubby is a bit of a coffee snob and he wears that badge proudly. So when the grinder was on it last grind I knew I would have to act fast in order to tame his coffee appetite. So today, after my last tax appointment, it is shopping for me!

So many grinders…so many prices!

Here is what About(dot)com has to say about grinders:

There are basically two different kinds of grinders: blade or burr.

Blade Grinders
Most inexpensive grinders use a metal blade to chop up the beans. The blade cuts up the beans, and you control the fineness by how long you let the grinder run.

Unfortunately, the resulting coffee grounds can be uneven in size, leading to inconsistent brew quality. Another downfall, is that if you are grinding finely, and therefore leaving the beans in the grinder for a longer period of time, there can be significant heat created by the blades. This can give your final coffee a burned taste. These are fine grinders for basic use, but that’s about it.

Burr Grinders
Burr grinders crush the beans between a moving grinding wheel and a non-moving surface. The positioning on the burr is what regulates the ground size, which allows for a more consistent grind. In the burr category, there are two different types.

Wheel Burr – The less expensive of the two burr grinders. The wheel spins very fast, and these grinders can be noisy. The higher speed rotation make these grinders more messy as well.

Conical Burr – The best grinders you can get are conical burr grinders. The burr spins slower than the wheel model, which makes them quieter and less messy. You can use a conical burr grinder for oily or flavored coffees and it’s not likely to clog, like the other kinds of grinders. These are the best type, but you will pay the price for them.

I think I’ll head over to Crate and Barrel, Target, Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table and check out what they have.

If you wanna get crafty with coffee – check out the projects from
the “Coffee Cafe” episode of Creative Juice.


  1. Anonymous says:

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