Burr Grinder VS Blade Grinder
It’s the ultimate showdown with burr grinders at one end and blade grinders at the other. If you don’t know, these two are types of coffee grinders and they both can come in either manual or electric form. One is cheap but uncontrollable while another is expensive but durable and consistent. The sad news is store owners won’t tell you which is which especially if they only have one type.
That’s why we are here. We would reveal to you everything about each type (including how it looks like, what it does, the pros, and the cons). Then at the end of the comparison article, you can sit back and pick which one you prefer.
Let’s begin with the blade grinder. Do you know a food processor? Yes, that is how the blade grinder works. It uses in-built blades (usually two or three) to cut through the beans while it rotates. You can tell how far the device has grounded the beans from the sound it makes. It is usually loud when it begins grinding, and after much of the beans have been grounded, it gets quieter. It is usually small and compact which makes it easy to carry around. However, the resultant grind is always uneven because the blade can over-grind some parts and under-grind other parts. This makes the blade grinder, not the best choice. But it is cheap, easy to find in stores, and it is also easy to clean.
- Pros: It is inexpensive, small, easily accessible, compact, and convenient.
- Cons: It is Noisy, uncontrollable, provides uneven grinds, is cheaply made (it is not durable), and inconsistent.
The burr grinder is the other type of coffee grinder you should take into account. This, unlike a blade grinder, works like a pepper mill. It contains burrs instead of blades. These burrs are made of metal and they help to pass and crush the coffee beans into the set grind size. This is more precise than blade grinders because all the beans are affected. This results in an even grind. It is usually larger and so it cannot be carried around. There are two types though; a conical burr grinder and a flat burr grinder.
- Pros: It is quiet, consistent, uniform, durable, and adjustable.
- Cons: It is expensive when you want to go electric, large, and hard to find (uncommon).
Which coffee grinder is still better?
Though the comparison gave the results, the best coffee grinder is which one works best for you. If you don’t mind the uneven grind from a blade grinder, it might be your pick. And if the cost of a burr grinder is not a bother, then why not.
Can I Grind Spices in My Coffee Grinder?
Yes, and No. You can grind spices in a blade coffee grinder but you might not be able to in a burr grinder because of the way it is designed.
How to grind coffee beans?
First, choose a type of coffee grinder (manual or electric, burr or blade). Then turn on your device (if it is electric), and pour in your coffee beans.
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