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A Guide to the Various Types of Coffee Grinders

21 October 2020
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Talk to any coffee connoisseur and they will vouch that grinding coffee beans just before brewing, rather than buying ground coffee, is key to getting a fresh cup of coffee. That is why baristas always ground coffee beans only when an order has been placed.

If you are a home brewer, a coffee grinder should be part of your home appliance. There are three main types of coffee grinders – manual grinder, blade grinder, and burr grinder. If you don’t have one yet, here’s why you need one. Plus, check out our recommendations for the perfect grinder.

Why should you use a coffee grinder?

When it comes to ground coffee, a “one size fits all” policy does not apply. Whether it’s a fine, medium, or coarse grind, coffee beans must be ground to a size that is suited for the type of coffee maker that you are using.

With this infographic, find out which grind size is best for your coffee maker.

Too fine and you get an over-extracted cup of coffee that is bitter and overpowering. Too coarse and the coffee will be under-extracted and sour tasting.

Besides grind size, here’s 8 other important factors that will affect coffee taste.

Manual Grinder

Manual coffee grinders are best for those who are always travelling and have limited access to an electrical source. Photo from Coffee Geek.

Most modern coffee grinders are electrically powered. However, there are manual grinders which are perfect for those who are always on the move. Most manual grinders are relatively inexpensive, although some require more time and energy to ground the beans. The longer you grind, the finer the grounds.

If you are getting a manual grinder, choose one that has grind settings so that you can get the right coarseness of grounds for your coffee maker.

Blade Grinder

Blade coffee grinders spin a blade to crush coffee beans into powder. Featuring the De’Longhi Blade Coffee Grinder. Photo from De’Longhi.

If you want to save on doing the manual work of grinding your beans every time you want a cup of coffee, you’d want to purchase an electric grinder. Just like any other food processor, the blade grinder uses a blade to cut the coffee grounds into powder.

The downside of this grinder is the heat generated by the rapidly revolving blades. Excessive heat can impact the bean’s aroma and flavours, giving a less consistent coffee quality. Nonetheless, if you are looking for an affordable and space-efficient electric coffee grinder, the blade grinder will delight you.

Perfect for novice home brewers, blade grinders like the De’Longhi Blade Coffee Grinder have inbuilt grind settings that allow you to choose between fine, medium and coarse. All you have to do is pour in coffee beans, choose the number of cups you want to grind the coffee for, and press the “Push to Grind” button.

Shop now for SGD59 or MYR215.

Burr Grinder

Burr grinders work by crushing coffee beans against two grinding wheels. Photo from De’Longhi.

Burr grinders are a dream for advanced consumers. It is powerful and consistently helps you get the most out of your coffee beans.

Burr grinders work by positioning two grinding wheels at a distance apart from each other (depending on the grind size), then rotating either just one or both wheels to allow the coffee beans to ground against each other. As a result, the electrical component does not overheat the coffee beans and impact the coffee flavour.

Front view of a coffee grinding machine
With a stainless steel finishing, the De’Longhi Burr Coffee Grinder is a breeze to clean. Photo from De’Longhi.

A good burr coffee grinder to start with is the De’Longhi Burr Coffee Grinder. With 16 grind settings, you can truly customise the size of your grounds to get the flavours perfectly-suited for your taste buds. Moreover, it comes with a user-friendly control panel that gives you the option of choosing the number of cups you want to grind the coffee for.

Shop now for SGD89 or MYR315.

top view of a coffee grinding machine with an LCD display
Using modern coffee technology, the De’Longhi Dedica Conical Burr Grinder features 18 grind settings and a LCD display that allows you to personalise your coffee’s aroma. Photo from De’Longhi.

Want to take coffee grinding up a notch? The De’Longhi Dedica Conical Burr Grinder is everything mentioned above and more.

This coffee grinder does the unthinkable of allowing you to control the aroma function of your resulting brew. Whether you prefer your coffee light, medium, or strong, the grinder’s aroma function dispenses the perfect amount of grounds to suit your aroma preference.

Furthermore, you can control and see the grind settings, number of cups, and desired aroma through its LCD display. Never thought a coffee grinder could get so technologically-advanced? The De’Longhi Dedica Conical Burr Grinder does it all.

Shop now for SGD89 or MYR315.