In this article I am going to show you, what I believe to be the best coffee grinders, that are currently available, on the UK market. There are quite literally hundreds of grinders to pick from.
Although having choice is a great thing, it also makes the task of buying a good grinder rather difficult.
In this article I will be going into a lot of detail. However, I also know that your time is precious. With that in mind, I have shown below, what I believe to be the top 5 coffee grinders, that I believe to be the best available right now.
That should help you quickly make your choice. I have included the product name, a buyer satisfaction score, and two links. One will take you to Amazon, where you can read more reviews. The other will take you to a page, where I have completed a more detailed review.
If you then have time to read the rest of this article, you will be able to find out a great deal more about coffee grinders in general, and that includes some great buying tips. For now though let me show you the top 5 grinders.
Top 5 Buyer Rated Coffee Grinders
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Andrew James Coffee Grinder
Hunt Brothers Coffee Grinder
Sage by Heston Blumenthal
De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder
Duronic CG250 Premium
As you can imagine coffee grinders come in different styles, use different ways to grind coffee beans, and the cost variation is huge. The ones that I have shown above, are those that sell really well.
Not only do they sell really well, but they have also maintained excellent buyer reviews, on a consistent and steady basis. Just below I have provided a little more information on each, just in case you don't have time to read my full review.
Andrew James Coffee Grinder Review
This grinder does a good job on coffee beans, and can also be used on nuts and spices, and is the main reason buyers go for this, as it is quite versatile.
The RRP is under £15, so in terms of value for money, that is very good. It has a 150 watt motor, and can hold up to 70 grams of coffee. It is a blade style grinder and comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty.
Hunt Brothers Coffee Grinder Review
This grinder is a manual grinder that uses high quality conical burrs to grind the coffee beans. Many people use one of these when travellings, and they also look very stylish in any kitchen, or dining room.
The RRP is £30, but online you can get this one a great deal cheaper. This is a high quality coffee grinder, made from Japanese steel, and the manufacturer does offer a 100% money back guarantee, if you are not satisfied.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal Review
This coffee grinder is right at the very top of the range, and has a price tag to match. It is an amazing burr grinder and I have been lucky enough to use it, though I do not own this one myself. (I wish I did)
The RRP is £199.95, but online you might be able to find it slightly cheaper. It has an amazing 60 grind settings, and is the choice of people, who can afford it, and also love their coffee.
De'Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder Review
Now this is the coffee grinder that I do own. It is a very high quality burr grinder, and it works a treat. This one can grind 120 grams of coffee beans really quickly.
You pick which thickness of grind you want, and there is also a cup selector. There is a transparent top lid as well.
The RRP is £49.99, but again online you will be able to find it cheaper. If you are uncertain as to which coffee grinder to buy, then this would be a very good choice. It is high quality at an affordable price.
Duronic CG250 Premium Coffee Grinder Review
Buyers like this one a lot, and it is a blade grinder. It has quite a powerful 250 watt motor, and also comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.
This motor is much larger than the normal 150 watt you find on most blade grinders, and that does make it much faster.
The RRP is £34.99, but again online you will be able to find this one a lot cheaper. It is also very good at grinding nuts and spices.
A Ton More Detail On Buying a Good Coffee Grinder
For those of you who want to find out a lot more detail on coffee grinders, then the following information will be of great value to you.
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.
Matching the Coffee Grind To Your Favourite 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.
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 4 choices of coffee grinder available:
I have shown 4 images below, which will show you what each type looks like. If you click on any of those links, you will be taken to a detailed article, on each type of grinder.
The most popular type is the blade grinder, as these are cheap but do a good enough job. Burr grinders do a better job but are more expensive. The bean to cup machines come with a built-in grinder, but are rather expensive to buy.
The manual or hand grinders work well, but are slow and take a fair bit of manual exertion.
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
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
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.
Prefer to buy a machine that takes the beans, grinds them and the machine makes the actual coffee brew? These are expensive and range in price from £80-300 on average
Which Is The Best Type of Coffee Grinder?
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.
Most grinders will do a decent enough job. Some will do it faster though, and some just do it much better than others. For now though let's have a look at the various coffee brewing methods, and then looking at what grinders are available for different budgets.
Matching the Thickness of Grain to the Brewing Method
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 ground coffee beans. With some coffee brewing methods 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. And that after all is why you are looking to buy a good coffee grinder.
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.
Here is a summary version of this table, which is ideal if you are new to coffee making at home using beans.
The table below simply refines this a little more
Suitable Brewing Methods
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
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
Just a little grit left to the touch but getting close to a powder substance
Very similar to powder or flour
All coffee grinders can get you almost all of the grinds shown above. Some just do it better than others, and they all use slightly different methods to do the grinding.
How Do Coffee Grinders Work?
That is what I will explain next. To properly understand this, there are two ways of grinding coffee beans. One method is to use a set of sharp blades which basically chop the coffee beans into the grinds.
The alternative method is to use a set of burrs, which squeeze the coffee bean, and these are faster to use, and also retain more of the flavour of the coffee bean.
Blade vs Burr Coffee Grinders
There is a lot of debate as to which type of grinding is the best. In my opinion there is really no debate. Both of these do the job, so irrespective of which type you buy, you will be able to grind coffee.
Now those who love their coffee, and the purists, will all tell you that a burr grinder is better. That is true as it retains all the flavours of the coffee bean as it uses the sharp burrs to grins the bean.
Blade grinders use a chopping action, and that also generates a lot of heat. That heat then can cause burning of the oil.
Now although that is a proven theory, I defy anyone to tell the difference between a grind that has been blade grinded, and one that has been burr grinded.
Perhaps some people can, but I am certainly not one of them.
Highest Rated Coffee Grinders
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Andrew James Coffee Grinder
Hunt Brothers Coffee Grinder
Sage by Heston Blumenthal
De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder
Duronic CG250 Premium
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.
Blade types are the cheaper options. Burr grinders are generally speaking more expensive, but they are the highest quality. Manual grinders can use either blades or burrs, but the conical burr option is the best choice.
There are plenty of choices in this burr grinder range, and they cost anything between £35-200, 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
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 an alternative to the Hunt Brothers, then 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
I am not a huge 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.
If you are looking for an alternative to the Andrew James model, then you should consider 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.
Bean to Cup Machines with a Built-In Grinder
These are an option worth considering, if you are planning on buying a coffee machine. If you are in the market for one of those espresso/cappuccino style machines, then why not get one that has a grinder built into it.
Some buyers prefer to keep their grinder separate from their machine. However other buyers prefer to have one single coffee making unit.
These, as I am sure you can imagine are not a cheap option. You will find this style of machine in many coffee shops, up and down the country.
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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