What makes a burr grinder better than the much less expensive blade grinders? A consistent grind. With a blade grinder, coffee beans are chopped into pieces that vary greatly in size. After 20 seconds or so in a blade grinder, some of the coffee will still be in large chunks, while some will have turned into a fine powder. This makes it difficult to get a good cup of coffee, because each style of brewing requires a different kind of grind (finer for automatic drip, coarser for french press, for example).
Burr grinders, on the other hand, excel at consistent grinds: you set the coarseness you need.
This Cuisinart DBM-8 “Supreme Grind” grinder is a great entry-level burr grinder: it’s affordable, and will give you exactly the grind you need. It’s great for any style of coffee except espresso. (For that, you might consider the Baratza Vario.) The Cuisinart grinder features:
- a dial to adjust the grind: from very fine to very coarse
- an adjustable timer that automatically shuts off the grinder
- a cleaning brush
- an 18-month warranty from Cuisinart