This is a guest post by Kaylie Kipe. Learn more about how you can guest post for Daily Shot Of Coffee.
A grinder is arguably the most important part of both coffee and espresso preparation. You could have an awesome machine, a perfect methodology, and fresh beans but if you don’t have a grinder that’s right for the job, you’re missing out on getting the best caffeinated beverage possible.
You don’t have to spend a lot to get that great grinder, either. For example, the Baratza Encore is a multi-purpose grinder that’s suitable for press, drip, pour over, and even espresso for entry-level machines. Coming in at under $130, it’s like the Swiss army knife of grinders.
Looking to up the ante a bit? The Rancilio Rocky Doserless Grinder packs commercial quality build and functionality into a home grinder. With 55 grind settings, you can go from an ultra-fine grind for espresso to a coarse French press grind in seconds. Keep in mind, however, that the great functionality comes at the expense of size. It’s certainly not a commercial sized grinder, but it’s probably larger than a casual coffee drinker would want in their kitchen.
If you love precise control or go through coffee like a mad man, you might even consider opting for a truly commercial machine like the Mazzer Mini Electronic Grinder. Its stepless controls give you ultimate precision. There is, of course, a drawback: If you want to use it for multiple preparation methods you can have a hard time getting it back and forth between your perfectly dialed in grind settings.
There’s a wide range of grinders out there and probably more than one that will meet your needs. Take the time to read reviews, watch videos of it in action, and really think about what you’ll be using it for. Doing so will ensure you get a grinder you’re happy with!
Kaylie Kipe works for Seattle Coffee Gear, which is dedicated to helping people find the perfect equipment for their caffeine fix. From the best espresso machines to coffee makers, and pretty much everything in between, SCG has your java needs covered!