Choosing the Right Coffee Grinder
The coffee grinder is probably the most important piece ofequipment you'll buy for brewing at home, says coffee expert Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee. Learn which type is right for you.
Released on 3/24/2010
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Hello, my name is Mike Phillips.
I'm with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea,
and today we are going to talk about home grinders.
The grinder is probably the most
important piece of equipment you
are going to buy when brewing a cup at home.
And a good one will last you a lifetime,
and sadly so will a bad one.
Originally, coffee was ground in something like this.
This is a hand mill.
A manual, non-electric device, here you just
put your coffee in the top,
turn this grinder, and there's a burr set in there,
that gets the coffee ground up.
And you pull it out of this little drawer here.
Now, fast forward a little bit,
we made things a bit more efficient,
but we lost some of the quality.
That's where something like this comes in.
This is a blade grinder, it's extremely common.
But the problem is, that blade produces
a really inconsistent grind,
and there's a motor right underneath it
that heats up the coffee to the point where
you start to degrade those oils
and lose a lot of the flavor that
we're really trying to capture here.
What we want to go to from this,
is what's called a burr grinder.
So, a burr grinder uses something like this.
It's a burr set, and there's a matching one
on the grinder that the coffee
passes through, and this achieves
a really consistent grind setting,
which is what's essential for getting an even extraction.
All the rest of these grinders here are burr grinders.
Now this one, this is a Virtuoso by Baratza,
It's a really good option for home brew methods,
like french press, or drip, or pour-over.
Even going down to stove top.
You wanna see a lot of different steps on here,
this is going to let you get the grind setting
that you really need for the particular
brew type that you are going with.
What we have here is the Rocky,
it comes from Silvia,
this has, a much finer grind,
it's sort of tailored to produce
exactly what we're looking for in espresso,
which is that really, really fine
adjustable grind setting that you need
for that type of extraction.
These are the two that you are
going to work with at home most frequently.
In coffee shops, you're going to see devices like this,
which are basically high-powered versions of these.
A really good grinder is going
to last you for along time,
and while grinding fresh is crucial,
grinding correctly is just as important.
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