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My Reviews of the Best Coffee Grinders in the UK 2017

A lot goes in to making the best cup of coffee. The two things we can control are the grinding process and the brewing process. We rate and review some of the best coffee grinders for home use in the UK market in 2017.

​Good coffee begins with using great beans that have been roasted just the way that you like them. Each person will have their own preferred choice of bean and roast. Some people like their coffee weak and some like it strong. The only way to find out your own favourite taste is to experiment and try out the many types of beans available in the UK market.

Coffee is a complicated drink that can be taken at any time during the day, though many people avoid it just before bedtime. It is enjoyed by many millions of people but not often fully appreciated by these very same people.

There are hundreds of varieties and blends that the choices can often be quite bewildering. Your coffee experience can improve a lot, when you learn about what blends may match your taste. 

Your Coffee Brewing Method

We also like to brew our coffee in different ways. For some that will be filter coffee, some still prefer to use the percolator and even the stove top coffee makers, some like the French Press and more and more people are turning towards the range of coffee machine options that exist in the market place.

What Coffee Grinding Options are Available?

No matter which option you prefer, one thing is sure, they all need to have the right thickness of coffee grounds to get the most out of your brewing method. One of the few things that we can control is how we grind our beans.​ That is what this website is all about, helping you the discerning coffee drinker, find out what the options are, and which will be best for your needs.

There are basically four choices:

Hand/Manual Grinder

hand coffee grinder

The old-fashioned and traditional method, where you turn a handle to grind the beans. You can get these with blades or burrs. They range in price from £10 -30 on average

Blade Grinder

blade coffee grinder

The blade grinder uses a set of blades to chop up the coffee beans. These are a very popular choice for many home users. They range in price from £10-30 on average

Burr Grinder

burr coffee grinder

These are the best type as they use burrs to squeeze and grind the coffee bean. People who know their coffee use these. They range in price from £35-80 on average.

Bean to Cup Machine

bean to cup coffee grinder

Prefer to buy a machine that takes the beans, grinds them and the machine makes the actual coffee brew? They range in price from £80-300 on average

The big question, especially for new buyers, is which is the best coffee grinder available? The answer is that it depends on what type of coffee you like, and how much you are willing to pay. Let's begin by understanding the various coffee brewing methods, and then looking at what is available for different budgets.

Know Your Grains and Grind

It is very important to get the right thickness of grain to match the brewing method that you prefer to use. As you know coffee is made when hot water passes through the ground coffee beans. With some coffee you need to have a coarse grind and for other types of coffee you need a finer grind.

If you are anything like me, you may use different types of brewing methods, just to experiment and try out the different tastes. So not matter what your brewing method of choice might be, the bottom line is you need to be able to choose the grind type.

I know many people buy their beans when they have been ground already. For sure that is convenient and handy.​ As long as they match your brewing method, then that is a good way to get great tasting coffee. Personally I prefer to grind my own as I think the the coffee tastes much fresher and just a whole lot better.

Best Coffee Grinder for the Money in the UK in 2017

De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder

This one also happens to be the best seller over at Amazon and it does not get there if it is not a good product, and this is a competitive market for sellers of coffee appliances.

I would suggest that you read through the various options for grinding that are available on this website. However I know many people are pushed for time and just want the best recommendation.

I would recommend an affordable burr grinder as your best choice, and a good quality burr grinder at an affordable price is the ​De'Longhi KG79 professional burr grinder.

You can pick that up in many places for around the £35 price point, and I think represents excellent value for money. It is from a good brand, gets good reviews, and although not the cheapest it is still affordable for most people.​

The RRP for this one is closer to £50 so if you can find it for an amount closer to the £35, then you are getting yourself a very good bargain.

It can grind up to 120 grams of coffee beans and that is enough to make around 12 cups of coffee. It has a transparent lid, the grain container can be removed and the electric cord stores neatly away when being stored.

Best Coffee Burr Grinders

If you want to get the best coffee grinders, then burr grinders lead the way. They are without any doubt the best. As I mentioned earlier, there are 4 types, the burr, blade, manual and the bean to cup. The manual and blade types are the cheaper ones. Burr grinders are generally speaking more expensive, but they are the highest quality.

There are plenty of choices in this range, and they cost anything between £35-140, depending on exactly what you are looking for.​

If you would like to see the full range of high quality burr grinders, then please click here.​

Best Manual Coffee Grinder

YooNeo Portable Hand Crank Ceramic Burr Coffee Mill

The manual coffee grinder is usually referred to as a coffee mill and there are plenty of varieties of those available. There is the very traditional wooden style and these days, the more contemporary stainless steel style. So it really is a matter of preference as to which one you prefer.

If I had to pick the best one though, that would be in my opinion the ​YooNeo Portable Hand Crank Ceramic Burr Coffee Mill. That is a more modern contemporary look but I think it not only works great, but looks great as well.

The ceramic blade works a treat and it can grind 30 grams of coffee at any one time​, and that is about enough for 3 cups of coffee. 

I also like the sleek and simplistic design of this one. The price point is excellent and you should be able to find this one for under £10. It is lightweight, easy to clean and look after. Like any hand mill though grinding by hand does take a fair bit of time. If you have that though it is certainly a great way to grind your own coffee at home.

Some people do of course prefer the more traditional look of the wooden base and crank handle. Some others prefer the glass look and handle.

If you would like to see the full selection of hand mills, then click here.​

Best Blade Grinder

Jacobson Electric Grinder

I am not a fan of blade grinders but some people do prefer them. The burr will always be a better choice in terms of flavour and consistency of grind.​ However some people are in a hurry and they just want something that works really fast. Blade grinders are also usually cheaper than burr grinders.

They can also be used to grind up nuts and spices quickly. In fact many people buy them just to do that.​

The best one on the UK Market is in my opinion the ​Jacobson Electric Grinder

It can produce up to 50 grams of coffee, which is about enough for 6 cups and this one can also be used to grind up both spices and nuts.

It is a simple push button operation and really easy to use. It also has a couple of important safety features which protect the precious fingers.​ If you would like to see the full list of available blade grinders, then please click here.

Which Grind for Which Brewing Type?

Below I have created a table that shows the recommended thickness of ground coffee that will best suit the brewing method that you prefer to use. There are a number of varying grind options ranging from coarse to very fine, almost powder like.

There is a simple version of this which is ideal if you are new to coffee making at home using beans. Coarse grains are ideal for brewing with French Press of percolators, ​a medium grain is good for drip makers and pots, and for the standard espresso, a fine grind is ideal. The table below simply refines this a little more.

Types of Coffee Grind for Different Coffee Brewing Systems​

Grind Type

Brief Description

Suitable Brewing Methods

Extra Coarse

Quite rough and chunk size pieces of bean

Used for cold brewing


Chunky particles and looks a bit like potting soil similar to sesame seeds

French Press, Vacuum coffee maker, percolator, and cupping

Medium Coarse

Still has some chunks in it

Cafe solo brewer, Chemex brewer


Slightly smaller grains and a lot like coarse sand

Drip makers & pots


Not quite at a sugar consistency but close

Vacuum pots or siphon brewers, V60, Bonmac and Aeropress


Similar to normal sugar

Espresso, stove top espresso pots, moka pots, certain cone shaped drip makers

Extra Fine

Just a little grit left to the touch but getting close to a powder substance

Espresso machines


Very similar to powder or flour


The important thing to note here is that the way you want to make your coffee (brewing method) will determine what thickness of grind that you need to get. Once you know that, then it is a matter of picking the right grinder to get the job done properly.

That is what this website is all about. We talk you through the many brewing methods and also which grain is best for those. We also rate and review the many grinders that are on the market. That should help you decide which is the best type for you, at the most affordable price.​

Best Coffee Grinder for a French Press

Many people in the UK still prefer to use a French Press​ for brewing their coffee. To make the best coffee using this method, the beans need to be ground to what is called a coarse, or even to a medium/coarse grain. Therefore whichever grinder you pick needs to have the capability of being able to do this. You can read my recommendations for the best coffee grinder for  a French Press by clicking here.

Get To Know Your Coffee Beans & Grinds

​Coffee is grown in many countries all across the world. Each area within those countries produces coffee that is unique to the particular soil and climate it grew in. The first coffee plants came from Ethiopia. These days it is grown in many countries.

In many ways coffee is like wine. To truly appreciate the taste, you need to use all your senses and savour not only the taste of each brew but its individual aroma as well. There is a great deal more to coffee tastes, than simply having a Starbucks.

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