Fresh-ground coffee - that phrase just sounds good,
don’t you think? Once you’ve picked out the type of coffee and roast you want, the next step toward getting
the perfect cup is to grind the whole beans. Naturally, the gadget you use to do that is a coffee
For decades, almost no one ground their coffee at home. Coffee came pre-ground in vacuum sealed tins. Some
supermarkets did (and still do) have grinders in the coffee isle. You select whole beans and grind them before you
head to check out.
However, grinding coffee a long time before you brew it causes some loss of flavor. The longer the delay before
brewing the more significant the loss is. The reason it that grinding greatly increases the surface area of the
coffee. This makes it easier for volatile oils to escape and oxidation to take place.
You can compare what air exposure does to brewing coffee. If you pour hot water over whole beans you won’t get
much a cup of coffee. Almost all of the flavors remain trapped in the beans. However when you grind the beans
the much greater surface area allow the hot water to extract the richness of the coffee bean.
This is great when you want to make a cup of coffee. It’s not so great if you are storing ground coffee and
losing flavor to the air. Keeping coffee in a closed container helps, but only to a limited extent. The
longer coffee is kept the more flavor it loses.
I remember when I used to buy pre-ground coffee in a can. A can would usually last me about two weeks or
even longer. The coffee was reasonably good when I first cracked open the vacuum sealed container. That wasn’t the
case by the time I got to the bottom of the can.
Back then, opening a fresh can of coffee was a treat I looked forward to. I knew I’d be drinking better coffee
for a few days.
That changed when home coffee grinders became widely available. Now it is easy to have freshly ground coffee
every time you make a pot. The biggest issue now is just what coffee grinder to get. This page is here to
help you figure that out.
Types of Coffee Grinders
Coffee grinders fall into one of two main categories: blade coffee grinders
and burr coffee grinders. Both types of grinders get the job done, but there are advantages and
disadvantages to each and one type will perform better in some applications than the other.
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