The best coffee is a fresh coffee. A fresh coffee is one where the bean was ground just before brewing. A common question that people just getting started in home brewing have is 'what is the best way to grind my beans?'. Even if you've been grinding your own beans for years, it's possible you're not getting the best out of your beans.
These are the most common grinders we've seen out there. Even if you don't use it to grind your beans, you still probably have one lying around the house somewhere. It's quick, it's efficient and it's loud as hell. What it isn't, though, is effective. What you end up with is a choppy, uneven mess of coffee "grounds" which doesn't do your beautiful beans justice. The motors on these also tend to get quite hot and that can ruin your beans before you even start brewing.
Blade Grinders are fine if you're new and want to ease into things without having to start buying new equipment but, once you've established your love for coffee, it's probably best to leave this one behind.
The right direction would be Burr Grinders, and the first step would be Disk or Flat Burr Grinders. These work by having two rings that turn in opposite directions. The beans are dropped in from the top and pulverised to a uniform size, dropping to the bottom of the grinder when they're ready. Like Blade Grinders, though, the motors on these can also heat up a lot and risk impacting the flavour of your beans.
That's where Conical Burr Grinders come in. These bad boys tend to be what true enthusiasts and coffee professionals use to get that precision grind. They are more expensive but they have a slow, cool motor and the conical shape means you don't have as much residue left in the grinder afterwards.
If you're up for the challenge (and aren't getting the exercise you should while in quarantine), you can always opt for a hand grinder. They work in the same way as Burr Grinders, just with more elbow grease.
So there you have it. The main ways to grind with a clear winner if you've got the cash - the Conical Burr Grinder.
Keep an eye on this blog because we're going to be looking at the different coarseness levels and what they're best for soon!