We have already talked about types, functions, and the average cost of some coffee grinders. The time has come to choose the ideal model to meet your needs, right? Before, it is worth highlighting some considerations when evaluating the purchase of a grain mill.
Next, we point out relevant information about maintenance, blade types, weight, and other data that can make your life even easier. And, more than that, make your mill an always useful accessory in your ritual of consuming special coffees!
Maintenance / cleaning
Here, manual grinders have a small advantage. After all, like any non-electrical equipment, they can be fully immersed in water.
The use of detergent is at the discretion of the customer since many prefer to clean utensils that come into contact with coffee only with a loofah and/or paper towels. In this case, it is worth sanitizing with hot water from time to time to remove traces of the oils that are part of the grain.
Regarding electric grinders, it is necessary to evaluate the presence of removable parts in the appliance. The question that must be asked: is it possible to clean the container where the grain is easily ground? It also helps if the manufacturer provides cleaning accessories, such as a brush.
In doubt? Look for a mixer grinder model that allows easy and efficient maintenance.
And remember: in both cases, both in the manual and the electric mill, cleaning must be done immediately after use, precisely to prevent oils and other particles from the grain from being deposited on the device. This can compromise the taste of an upcoming coffee!
Unlike the manual grinder, which requires less investment, the electric appliance brings more value-added options. This justifies the higher price.
Evaluating the versatility of the electric mill, the functions it presents, whether it is only used to grind coffee or also other ingredients can be a tip to define when purchasing a model.
It is also interesting to define the real demand for possible uses of the device. Do you frequently need to vary the grain size and / or the amount of coffee that is prepared in your routine? Answering that question can help you choose the ideal device!
Finally, evaluate again: does the device meet a real and specific need? Knowing all that, all that remains is to seek the ideal for you!
Grinding with blades or grinding wheels?
Experts point out that coffee grinders with blades are not suitable for advanced users. The justification is the lack of precision in grinding the system, which grinds grains in different sizes and proportions.
We already know that the relationship between granulometry, preparation method, and the respective time of contact of the powder with the water interferes with the quality of the coffee, doesn’t it?
However, we also said that the blade device is cheaper. This investment can be interesting for beginners or for those interested in less complex preparation methods, such as strained coffee.
Here, we explain the reason for the lower efficiency of the blades as opposed to the better performance of the grinding wheels, which can be conical or flat. Check out!
Frequently used in home and professional grinders, both manual and electric.
Breaks the grains deposited in the gap between the internal and external grinding wheels (one male and one female). It is the adjustment of the space between the millstones that will determine the average particle size.
Flat Mill or Disc
In the system, coffee beans pass through two flat toothed discs, which break and / or chew the particles in a homogeneous pattern.
The advantage is the precision of the system, which can be developed to meet grain sizes for all preparation methods. For this reason, it is the most used in larger commercial automatic devices.
It works similar to the blades of a Grinder. As stated earlier, it is inexpensive and easily accessible. But, because of that, it can compromise the quality of the coffee by not guaranteeing a homogeneous grind.
Size and weight
Following the assessment on how to choose the ideal coffee grinder, it is worth paying attention to the size and weight of the equipment.
As contemporary kitchens are increasingly equipped, it is important that the appliance does not take up too much space, right? In this sense, manual coffee grinders tend to be more compact and lighter.
Electric grinders are more complex, and therefore larger and heavier.
If you have the opportunity to go to specialty stores, do small tests. Assess weight, height, width, and depth. See if you can move the device easily and think if it fits in any niche in your kitchen or in the utility closet.
Another tip before buying is to define the uses you intend to give the equipment. If the idea is to transport it frequently, for example, the more compact and lightweight the device, the better. If the use is only domestic, the weight and dimensions must fit in your kitchen.