Manual Coffee Grinder Buying Guide
Author: FRILLER Date Posted:6 January 2017
There are few things more satisfying than enjoying that first sip of freshly brewed coffee. Carefully prepared using your favourite beans, then transformed through the alchemy of heat and water into a magical elixir that provides timeless satisfaction, good coffee is one of life's simple pleasures.
The most important ingredient in the creation of truly great coffee is properly ground beans. Poor equipment or a sloppy technique can ruin the flavour of your beans before the brewing process even commences. That's why a growing number of coffee aficionados are turning to a manual coffee bean grinder to prepare their beans correctly. We've taken a look at why so many people are opting to grind the old-fashioned way, as well as considered what characteristics a truly great manual coffee grinder needs, in order to help you make the very best buying choices.
Why buy a manual coffee grinder?
In addition to the Zen-like calm that many people experience when performing the coffee-making ritual, there are a number of functional advantages in using a manual grinder. Manual grinding is inevitably a relatively unhurried process. Because the burr in the grinder turns slowly, very little heat is produced. In mechanical grinders, heat can damage the bean, impairing the flavour. Manual grinding allows the size of the bean to be set precisely, ensuring consistently good results. Last but not least, manual grinders are portable, so there's no need to sacrifice your coffee when you're on holiday or travelling.
The secret is in the burr!
Coffee grinders are divided into burr and blade options. As the name suggests, the latter chops your beans into little pieces. This can cause real problems when it comes to obtaining a uniform size, resulting in smaller particles potentially blocking some percolators and partially chopped beans failing to release the compounds necessary for great tasting coffee. In contrast, a burr grinds the beans between two plates. This grinding action tends to result in a more uniform result that ultimately creates a better brew. We favour ceramic burrs, due to their reputation for longevity and consistency, even with heavy use.
Coffee can easily pick up contaminants from the materials it comes into contact with, which is why stainless steel, glass and ceramic are used in our coffee grinders. These are inert substances that don't contain BPA, VOCs or other potentially toxic contaminants. Our manual coffee grinder incorporates a glass, air-tight jar, ensuring your coffee is correctly stored from the moment it's ground. The grinders we've selected are all easy to clean - an essential advantage if you want your brewing to be hassle-free as well as give great results.
What about the size?
In addition to the mechanism and materials, grinder size is also a factor. Obviously, your grinder needs to be big enough to grind enough beans for your needs, but if you grind too many beans you may find that the coffee loses flavour before you get round to using it. Because our coffee grinders are very easy to operate and come with an integral air-tight storage jar, even if you grind a little more than you need, it should remain in top condition until required.
At Friller we believe that the best manual coffee grinder needs to benefit from exceptional components, great function, consistency, accuracy and durability. Our selection of manual coffee grinder products tick all these boxes, giving an impressive product that will transform your coffee-making from satisfactory to sensational. If you value your coffee and want to benefit from some of the best grinders out there, a selection from our exclusive range could be an ideal investment.