My professor in school once told me that besides fire, there is one other life-changing invention, without which our entire university would collapse. Coffee. Without coffee, we just stop functioning.
Let’s not yet talk about the taste, but the smell of coffee alone can fill you with ecstacy and warmth. My boss during a summer internship once jokingly (or not) declared that they would only hire people who drink coffee so the office would smell like it. I mean, the guy has a point.
So if you’re someone who loves coffee as much as the rest of humanity, we’ve found an article that is just right for you: http://bit.do/10bestmusttrycoffee
The article lists out the top ten best coffee grinders for any coffee-makers. They are highly versatile, high-quality options that would meet any demands.
Before you jump in and take a look for yourself, why don’t we give you a little brief on the key conveniences that we think would do wonder?
Most of the grinders on the list are recommended because of their ability to yield high grind consistency. I mean that makes sense, since even grinds are the key to making a good cup of coffee. Some coffee experts went so far as to say that the grinder is the soul of the coffee itself, because it dictates how the coffee is going to taste.
Different grind sizes result in different tastes-- the finer the grind, the stronger the taste, the coarser the grinds, the more sour the taste-- so if ground unevenly, your coffee could taste too bitter and too sour at the same time.
Rumour has it that even an average coffee drinker (not a lover, just an average drinker) can distinguish a good from a bad grinder immediately, so don’t linger on a cheap, low-quality grinder. Choose the good one, it’s worth it.
On the list, the highest point for grind consistency belongs to the Baratza Virtuoso Conical Coffee Grinder.
Best grinder for espresso
In case you didn’t know, espresso needs particularly fine grinds to taste good. How fine? A little bigger than sand. Yes, it is that small. These grinds then undergo brewing to be extracted, but the water for brewing needs specific requirements as well. It needs to be the right kind of water--not just any tap water-- because it contains the minerals necessary to make the coffee good. But unlike the grinder, the quality of the water won’t affect that much.
However, the temperature of the water does. Too hot water over-extracts the coffee, while too cool under-extracts it. This is particularly true for espresso because the small size of the grinds expose all of the beans surface areas to water, making it easy for it to get in and squeeze out all the flavours.
Brewing time also matters when it comes to espresso-- about 25 to 30 seconds, no more, no less. So you really need to be careful.
But who has the experience to live up to that, besides professional baristas? I mean, I can’t even quite tell a flat white from a latte, and you’re asking me to do all of that? If you’re someone like me, get yourself a machine that does every step automatically.
According to the article, the Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Espresso Grinder tops the list for making the best espresso. This baby grinds evenly and is capable of grinding large amounts of coffee. However, we think the Breville Smart Grinder Pro is the more suitable choice for amateur coffee-makers because it does everything with just one press of a button. Unless you want practice and don’t mind making a mess in your kitchen, get one of those hands-down, automated grinders. You will save lots of time and will most probably get better results than doing everything yourself.
While technology is (very) scary, it also makes our lives so much easier. Like how the automated screen on coffee grinders does. These screens are supposed to show you all the information you need to know about a brewing style. It’s not just convenience, it’s also a learning opportunity.
Above are some of our thoughts about the article. Let us know yours in the comment below!