What Are The Different Types of Coffee Grinders?

The Two types of electric coffee grinders are: Blade and Burr. 
Blade coffee grinders are cheap and inconsistent about grind size.
Burr coffee grinders consists of either conical or disc burrs also known as flat burrs! Little bit pricey, as they offer lots of doser settings and different grind sizes. 
Hand coffee grinders are popular for their antique look and affordable costs. These manual coffee grinders are very nice for both home and outside. And these grinders are easy to clean.
You can easily select your coffee grinder types. And learn 
how to use your grinder.

On a sunny morning in January this year, my husband, Jack asked me to google a high-quality coffee grinder for our home.

Because he believes – we didn't have a quality coffee mill at all.
So, I did a quick search on google.

Google offered a big surprise to me! A loooong list of suggestions appeared.

All those were about various types of coffee grinders!!

Earlier, I knew some of those variations. But never expected these much varieties!

So, I asked Jack - if he knows all of those variations.​

And he replied – he knew a little more than me. But not about all of these different types of coffee grinders!!

As a coffee addict, I got a little overwhelmed.

So, I promised myself to study all of those coffee grinders types, until I get some best quality coffee mill for our home.
No matter how long it took me!

It took a couple of weeks to know the whole classifications of coffee grinders!!


Because, over the internet, I found not a single source- stated a “clear classification” about the coffee grinders and all of their types.

So, I decided to start writing on this small topic.

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The Basics of Coffee Grinding 
(And How It Works)

Coffee grinding is the process of extracting the nutrients from the coffee beans.

Several approaches may be used to accomplish this feat. People often mean coffee bean grinders by calling them coffee mills!

I narrowed down to the electric and the manual coffee grinding machines as the two most outstanding ones.

Electric coffee grinding is the simplest and by far, the more effective method.

All Types Of Coffee Grinders

This method requires you to simply place the coffee beans inside the coffee grinders. You then have to switch on the grinder.

And in a matter of minutes; the coffee is ground.

There are two main kinds of electric coffee grinders; namely the blade grinder and the burr coffee grinder, respectively.

Blade grinder works by chopping the beans into smaller sizes progressively until a smaller grain size cannot be attained.

A burr grinder, on the other hand, works by squeezing the beans into finer particles.

Of the two kinds of grinders, the burr grinder is the better.

That’s because it achieves finer grain sizes and also holds accommodates more beans at a time.

It is, however, more expensive than the blade grinder.

Why Understanding 'Your Type of Grinder' - is So Important?

Actually, I got highly confused when I was trying to get the right coffee grinder for the first time☺

There are so many grinders available on the market.

Believe me! You have to make more or less effort to familiarize yourself with them☺

So, I came with this long post, to prevent you from making certain mistakes, and to share some benefits as well.

Moreover, I added some other reasons why - understanding of the perfect types of grinders in important.

To Be Sure Of The Right Quality

The kind of grinder used determines (to a large extent) the taste, texture, and the overall quality of the coffee.

Any coffee lover, even you, definitely know that!

It is therefore imperative to get you to understand the various kinds of grinders.

I have no doubt that this will enable you to derive the best possible quality of the coffee.

To Obtain The Right Capacity

Coffee grinders have the ability to accommodate various amounts of coffee beans at a time. Interestingly, this amount differs with types of grinders.

In order to avoid unwarranted inconveniences, you may want to settle for the right amount of beans that can be accommodated by your coffee grinder.

No matter if that is a blade or a burr grinder. Even a hand crank grinder has their amount specified for the ground coffee, as well.

Many people make mistake on this and get troubled with their coffee mills later.

To Ensure Smooth Operations

Apart from capacity described above coffee grinders also operable by various means.

You have to understand

- the different types of grinders

- what makes them unique

- and how to operate each of them.

This is the only way to ensure smooth operations of the said appliances.

To Plan Your Power Consumption Accordingly

You may know that electric coffee grinders derive their power from mains electricity and other sources such as batteries or solar.

It is also a well-known fact that they consume varying amounts of electrical energy.

It is, therefore, necessary to know the perfect type of coffee grinder(s) that suits your power consumption, ahead of time.

Moreover, what if you want to grind your coffee beans when you are traveling?

Here I am glad to inform that you can easily have a coffee grinder that runs on batteries.

And just imagine, you have options to get a grinder that runs on solar power.

Isn’t that exciting? Wow!! ☺ (I wish, I never get stuck when I will travel again!).

So, knowing the right options always helps you to choose the right grinder that is compatible with your possible power sources.

To Estimate Your Skill Requirements

Most coffee grinders come with a pre-installed system and ready to use.

Some other types, however, require some small assembly before usage.

You just need to know your preferred types to put it in your place with adequate arrangements.

And just make sure that you have the right skill set.

If you face small hurdles to assemble your coffee grinder, these days, thank God!!

YouTube is there! ☺ Just go and write the name or type of your grinder. Boom!!

This has the potential to simplify your use of the same.

manual electric

Basic Coffee Grinder Types – 
Electric vs. Manual Grinders

So, you have already understood - coffee grinders come in different types and have varying functionalities.

This is mainly because they are manufactured for different kinds of users.

It is also because they are intended for use under different conditions.

From my point of view, I set them in two basic types of grinders:

Electric coffee grinder and Manual coffee grinders.

Manual vs. Electric Coffee Grinders - Popularity Comparisons

In this sub-section, I explored the unique circumstances that may compel you to utilize which type of coffee grinder is suitable for whom?

Why People Use a Manual Coffee Grinder?

In Remote Locations

Do you spend much of your time in a remote location that’s cut off from national grid?

Are you a crazy coffee freak who loves adventures?

Do you often go long away from locality?

Are you a camping enthusiast?

Do you always feel a lack of fresh ground coffee when you are in these remote locations?

Believe me, you are not alone! There are millions of people like you who look for the same fresh coffee grounds.

The good news for you is - a small hand-held coffee grinder can be your best friend in this case.

Costs Concerns

Acquiring and operating manual grinders is cheap. You do not have to settle hefty utility bills every time you engage them.

You can’t say this about the electric coffee grinders on the other hand.

Do you need to pay higher utility bills each time you engage them, right?

So, think of the manual grinders in case you have less financial resources at your disposal.

And you must love to admit that– a manual coffee mill is always an eco-friendly device!

Why People Use an Electric Coffee Grinder?

High Quality

Electric coffee mills have the ability to generate extremely high quality of coffee such as the Espresso variety.

These are able to achieve this feat conveniently by reason of having a motor that can do you an excellent job.

Time Constraints

If you have less time at your disposal, the electric grinders are your better bet.

They carry out the process of grinding coffee pretty fast.

Manual coffee grinders take quite a longer duration to do the same.

Wide Variety

By virtue of being adjustable to various settings, the electric grinders can generate coffee of varying sizes, shapes, and textures.

I feel that is cool.

One machine delivers a variety of products ☺ especially, it is pretty cool with a coffee lover having another coffee freaks under the same roof; but their tastes have far differences!!

Wow!! What a climax!! ☺

Anyway, hand coffee grinders lack this adjustability. And generate limited varieties of coffee.

Comparison Of The Uniqueness 
(Electric vs. Manual Coffee Grinders)

Power Source

A Manual coffee grinder derives their power from human strength. Electric grinders derive theirs from mains electricity, batteries, or solar power.

This being the case, electric grinders are more expensive to operate compared to their manual counterparts.


All factors considered electric coffee grinders are more efficient in grinding coffee.

This is because they are easier to engage, do not require you to be individually present, and may be adjusted to various settings.

Moreover, these coffee mills are far faster and as such, are more convenient.


Electric grinders are adjustable and have several setting options.

These settings grant you the freedom to determine the quality of the final outcome.

This allows you to generate coffee of varying particle sizes and texture.

Manual grinders lack these crucial features.

You may only utilize a manual coffee grinder for a few variations of coffee grinding.

Coffee Varieties

Manual coffee grinders are only suitable for low-end coffee.

This is due to their comparatively low efficacy.

For Espresso, you need finer ground coffee, and an electric coffee grinder does that too well.

As such, they are able to grind a wide variety of coffee.

Ease of Use

The electric grinders are obviously easier to engage than the manual grinders.

You only require switching the power button, set it appropriately, and that’s it.

You will have to expend some effort and invest some time in achieving the same benefit if you opt for the manual grinders though.

About Electric Coffee Bean Grinders

From the name, you can easily understand that the electric coffee bean grinders run on electricity.

These often are powered by a home power source, solar energy, or batteries.

Some of these also have intelligent control features and settings.

Electric coffee grinders are generally very powerful, fast, reliable, and efficient.

These are also easier to operate.

Electric Grinders Types: 
(Blade vs. Burr Coffee Grinders)

A blade coffee grinder comprises spinning blades.

These blades chop and mix the coffee beans at high speeds when the machine is turned on.

A burr coffee mill, on the other hand, comprises two revolving abrasive surfaces that grind the coffee beans into sharpened particles.


These two coffee bean grinders differ in the following regards:

Means of Grinding

As has already been intimated above, blade coffee bean grinders do their job by chopping the coffee beans into particles.

Burr coffee grinders; on the other hand, crush the coffee beans into particles.

Quality of the Final Outcome

In all, burr coffee grinders result in superior particles compared to blade coffee mills.

The texture of the final outcome is higher and this enhances the overall quality of the coffee produced.

Suitability for Use

If you want a high-quality coffee, there is no doubt that I recommend you to go for a burr coffee bean grinder.

Blade grinders, on the other hand, are best only when you need a quick cup of coffee.

This comes with instant solution plus satisfaction.


Burr coffee grinders generally have a higher capacity than blade coffee grinders.

I mainly love the burr mills, because they are capable of accommodating and crushing higher quantities of coffee beans at a time.

It looks more convenient to me than any blade coffee bean grinders!

However, I also understand that many people are true lovers of blade coffee grinders, because they love to grind a few coffee beans for one-time consumption.

I think it depends on your unique requirement, though.

Power Consumption

Perhaps the most outstanding difference between the blades vs. burr coffee grinders’ debate- is the power consumption issue.

Owing to the higher capacity and quality of grinds, burr grinders consume comparatively higher quantities of electrical energy.

So, for many people – these types of coffee mills are not that preferable. Especially in the event that utility bill is of utmost concern.


When I consider all the factors, I find burr coffee grinders to cost a whole lot of money compared to blade coffee mills.

This is understandable owing to their superior quality and higher capacity.

More About Blade Coffee Grinders

As has been stated above, a blade coffee grinder comprises a set of spinning blades.

These blades spin whenever the machine is switched on.

In the course of spinning, they chop off the coffee beans into small and thinner particles.

How Does A Blade Coffee Grinder Work?

When you turn on, you can see - these blades do two things.

One, they chop the coffee beans into finer particles.

They keep chopping each particle into smaller particles until they can no longer chop them any further.

Secondly, the blades rotate and mix the particles that are being chopped into smaller pieces.

This way, the texture of the beans being chopped becomes finer and more uniform.

Usually, blades work better at higher speeds.

And the good news is - most blade coffee mills come with built-in mechanisms for altering the speed.

This alteration allows the coffee beans to be finer. This also simplifies the process of coffee grinding.

More About Burr Coffee Grinders

A burr coffee bean grinder comprises two revolving abrasive surfaces that grind the coffee beans into smaller and finer grains.

A typical burr coffee mill consists of two burrs.

One of the burrs is fixed onto the grinder’s body and attached to a threaded carrier.

The other burr is fixed to the motor.

How A Burr Coffee Grinder Works?

When you switch on, the two burrs basically tear the coffee into smaller and tinier grains.

The abrasive actions of the burrs are the ones that do this task of tearing the beans into tinier grain sizes.

The grinder continues it crushing job, progressively until the coffee beans become as fine as powder.

Once the powder has been generated, the rotating paddle of the machine pushes it through a chute and into a doser.

Unlike the blade grinders, the burr grinder allows you to adjust appropriate texture and size of your coffee grinds.

Types of Burr Coffee Grinders: 
(Based on Burr Types)

Many people I have seen only focus on nothing but the burr types.

And it is true that - burr coffee grinders are further availed in several types and natures.

This is a fact that many do not just seem to realize.

Flat burr vs Conical Burr

Flat vs. Conical Burrs

Shape of Burrs

Flat burrs comprise two rings of burrs that sit at a horizontal elevation to the ground level.

One burr faces up whereas; the remaining burr faces the downward trajectory.

On the other hand, Conical burrs, contains one cone-shaped ring, inside another cone-shaped ring which in turn is hollow.

Means of Grinding

Flat burrs grind coffee by means of dropping the coffee beans in between the burrs.

It crashes the coffee beans and then drops again repeatedly.

The coffee makes 90-degree turn at each grind.

Conical burrs, direct the coffee beans downwards through the burrs at some slight inclination (less than 90 degrees).

It crashes the coffee beans and re-directs those repeatedly until the grounds attain the desired texture.

Quality of Final Output

In all, a conical burr coffee grinder produces a higher quality of coffee compared to the flat burrs.

Actually, the conical shape enables all the coffee to be reached.

More About Flat Burr Coffee Grinders

Apart from its different kinds or types, there are a lot more to be known about burr grinders.

I devote the rest of the sub-section to this.

How does a Flat Burr Coffee Grinder Work?

Grinding of beans by the flat burr grinder happens in three main stages.

These are the bean breaking, the coarse grinding, and the fine grinding, respectively.

You pour the coffee beans into the burrs.

The machine then channels them through some constricted spaces inside the flat burrs.

The burrs also rotate and squeeze out the coffee beans and pass them on to the other portions of the grinder.

You then obtain finer and finer particles this way.

Why Flat Burr Coffee Grinder is useful and/or preferred?

Flat burrs are generally preferred for their simplicity i.e. they are generally easier to master and operate.

As such, any user will find them convenient to utilize.

You do not need to become a master and technical expert to operate them effectively.

More About Conical Burr Coffee Grinders

The conical grinder is almost uniform in shape, and as such allows all the coffee beans to be ground uniformly.

How does a Conical Burr Coffee Grinder work?

The grinding chamber is made up of two revolving and abrasive surfaces.

One revolving surface spins whereas the other provides the needed support.

This is the mechanism that eventually grinds the coffee.

Why Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is useful and/or preferred ?

Conical burr grinders are famous for the uniform texture of the final grinds.

The slight uniformity in shape, allows all the coffee beans to be accessed equally.

They are also better suited for the task of grinding.

Burr Coffee Grinder Types: 
(According to The Settings)

Coffee grinders can also be classified on the basis of their settings.

According to the settings, I further classified them in two main kinds –

- Stepped coffee grinders

- Stepless coffee grinders.

Stepped Vs Stepless Coffee Grinders

Stepped vs. Stepless Burr Coffee Grinders

The stepped grinders are those that contain some predefined notches or markings.

Stepless grinders, on the other hand, lack these predefined notches.

How Stepped Coffee Grinder works?

Using a stepped coffee grinder is pretty simple.

These let you identify the precise settings for arriving at the desired grind quality.

These markings also act as points of reference for future grind settings.

You simply need to set the grinder at the desired notch and switch it on.

The grinder does the rest of the process with no attention or further input at all.

How Stepless Coffee Grinder works?

Stepless burr coffee grinders require you to input the settings yourself each time you want to utilize the coffee grinder.

You also have to actively monitor the grinding process until the final desired outcome is achieved.

Doser Vs Doserless Coffee Grinders

More Electric Coffee Grinder Types: Doser vs. Doserless

Not all electric coffee grinders are the same.

Some have dosers, yet others are doserless.

I came to realize this when I was trying out several kinds of coffee.

I think, it is my pleasure to put some lights on these factors and explain them to you.

Doser Grinders

A doser grinder is a kind of coffee grinder that comes along with an extra container, called a doser.

This extra container is basically used to store the coffee that has already been ground.

It makes the entire coffee grinding a clean and convenient undertaking.

That’s because it prevents chinks or particles of coffee from falling off the floor unnecessarily.

How does a Doser Grinder work?

All the other components of the coffee grinder function the same way as in a doser grinder.

The doser however functions slightly differently.

This is, because it is further subdivided into pie-shaped segments which do rotate whenever a lever is pulled.

New section moves over to the dispenser chute in order to deliver the ground coffee directly into the filter basket.

Doserless Grinder

A doserless coffee bean grinder grinds the coffee beans directly into a group handle.

To you use these sorts of coffee grinders, you need to put some lower volume of coffee beans. At once.

How does a Doserless Coffee Grinder work?

It works pretty much the same as the other standard coffee grinders.

All you need is to provide a container under it, to store the ground coffee.

You can regulate the amount of coffee you wish to pour into the collecting container.

You can do this by manipulating the power switch.

Many people consider this as slightly inconvenient as compared to the doser grinders.

What About Manual Coffee Grinders?

Besides, you also understand- hand crank coffee grinders are powered by human physical effort.

These sort of manual coffee mills lack the elegant control features that are present in an electric burr mill or even a blade coffee bean grinder.

However, hand coffee grinders are widely popular all over the world.

The main reasons why this is so, are the facts that they are simpler to operate and also facilitate mobility in remote locations.

In the following section, I just endeavor to let you know certain deeper details:

How Manual Coffee Grinder Works

You can find the process very straightforward.

The coffee grinder’s hand provides a rotational force.

A connected lever transmits those forces to the blades or burrs.

The rotation of the burr (or the blade) is what provides the squeeze that subsequently reduces the coffee beans to the tiny sizes.

The end result is fed into a container that may or may not be a part of the coffee grinder itself.

What Are The Types of Manual Coffee Grinders?

Like an electric coffee mill, hand coffee grinders also have two basic types.

You can find plenty of discussions (over the internet) about manual burr coffee grinders vs. manual blade grinders!

Manual burr coffee mill contains two abrasive surfaces for grinding the coffee beans.

It grinds coffee by rubbing the beans on one stationary surface.

And rotates the other surface.

A manual blade grinder chops the beans into smaller sizes progressively until the desired texture is attained.

Manual Burr Coffee Grinders

Uniform Texture

Manual Burr grinders yield coffee that has a uniform texture.

This stems from the fact that the size of each coffee particle generated is the same.

Consequently, look up to it in case your primary concern is uniformity of texture.

Finer Particles

Apart from the consistency of the particle sizes, the manual burr grinders also have the ability to yield finer particles of coffee.

The coffee so generated by them is so fine that they do not require you to spit at all while enjoying your favorite cup.

Higher Quality

The coffee that is produced by the manual burr grinder is generally of a higher quality.

You are therefore better off with this kind of grinder for all your coffee needs.

Manual Blade Grinders

Time Constraints

If time is an issue, then a manual blade grinders are your better bet.

They take comparatively less time to do their job.

Less Financial Resource Endowment

Manual hand coffee grinders are also cheaper and more affordable.

If your financial resources are limited, look no further than the manual blade coffee mill.

Ceramic grinder & Steel grinder

Manual Burr Grinder Types:
Steel vs. Ceramic Burrs

Apart from the nature of their grinding surfaces, the manual burr coffee grinders may further be classified in terms of their material makeup or composition.

The two most notable types are the steel and the ceramics burr grinders, respectively.

Steel Burr Coffee Grinders

Steel burrs are made of stainless steel.

This material is tough, durable, and very effective.

It is also cleaner by reason of not being susceptible to corrosion or any contaminants.

How A Steel Burr Coffee Grinder works?

It works just the same way as the standard burrs do.

It squeezes the coffee beans through some narrow pathway and rubs them against the other plates.

Outstanding Traits of Stainless Steel Coffee Grinders

Tough and Long Lasting

Steel is pretty good at withstanding too much stress, tension, and high impacts.

For this reason, steel coffee grinders are more reliable for handling huge amounts of coffee.

They are also less predisposed to the risks of breakdowns.

Steel, usually lasts for longer duration of time.

Any stainless steel coffee grinder also follows this convention.

They do not require frequent repairs and maintenance, as is the case with other coffee grinders.

This saves your lots of time and money.


Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, your coffee is spared from the risks of contamination by the rust.

This means the coffee you obtain by use of stainless steel grinders are generally safer, hygienic, and fit for human consumption.

Ceramic Coffee Grinders

Ceramic is a material that is made of clay and hardened by heat.

As such the end result is strong and reliable.

How Ceramic Coffee Grinder Works?

It too works in much the same way as any ordinary coffee grinders.

It simply squeezes the coffee beans through some narrow pathway and then rubs them against the other plates.

Outstanding Traits of Ceramic Grinders

Do not stick

The most significant trait of ceramic coffee grinders is that they do not stick.

The coffee does not cling to them whenever they come into contact.

This means the moving parts are not clogged at all.

Easier to Clean

By reason of not sticking, ceramic coffee grinders are comparatively easier to clean.

You will have to expend less effort, water, and cleaning agents.

This is not to mention the comparatively less time you will take to do the job.

Antique vs. Wooden vs. Vintage Manual Grinder

More Coffee Grinder Types: 
Antique vs. Wooden vs. Vintage Coffee Grinders

Antique Coffee Grinder

What sort of grinder is this Antique Coffee grinder?

This is basically a coffee grinder that was used in ancient times.

It is manual in the sense that human effort is what is used to power it.

It comprises burrs rather than blades, is doserless, and stepless.

How is this Antique Coffee grinder used?  

The antique grinder has a wheel which connects to a burr.

To grind your coffee, you simply need to turn this wheel.

The motion that is derived from the action of turning the wheel is transmitted to the grinder.

It is subsequently used to crush the coffee beans.

Why do people love this Antique Coffee grinder?

In ancient times, people had no choice but to utilize it because there were no alternatives.

In modern times, most people like it because of its aesthetic value.

They also prefer it because it requires no consumption of electricity and can also be used in a remote location.

Does this Antique Coffee grinder have any sort of specialty?

Its most outstanding specialty is the fact that it is a relic that reminds all of the ‘good old days’.

Its ownership there confers some inherent benefits over and above its ability to grind coffee.

It is actually a memoir of sorts.

Wooden Coffee Grinder

What sort of grinder is this Wooden Coffee Grinder is?

This is a special kind of manual coffee grinder that is made of wood, as its name suggests.

You operate it by hand and through human effort rather than electricity or solar energy.

It has a burr which performs the actions of grinding coffee.

It is stepless and but nonetheless has a doser.

How is this Wooden Coffee grinder used?  

It also has a wheel, just like the antique grinder.

This wheel is however metallic; not wooden.

You are required to turn this wheel to provide a rotational force.

This force is transmitted to the burr which subsequently grinds your coffee.

Why do people love this Wooden Coffee grinder?

Most people love it for its simplicity. They do not have to possess complex skills to understand how to use it.

It is also cheaper and it can be used in areas that do not have a supply of electricity with ease.

Does this Wooden Coffee grinder have any sort of specialty?

YES, it does. It is very simple to understand and operate.

This is the reason why many persons would rather purchase it.

Moreover, it also serves decorative purposes in the sense that it can be used to enhance the interior décor of homes.

Vintage Coffee Grinders

What sort of grinder is this Vintage Coffee grinder?

The term ‘vintage coffee grinder’ refers to a grinder that is too old to be considered modern but too young to be considered antique.

It may be manual or electric, burr or blade, doser or doserless, and step or stepless.

How is this Vintage Coffee grinder used?  

How it is used depends on the exact type. An electric vintage grinder requires you to simply switch it on.

A manual vintage grinder, on the other hand, requires you to turn a wheel.

Some electric vintage grinders have steps that allow users to predetermine the grinding settings.

Why do people love this Vintage Coffee grinder?

People love this grinder for two main reasons.

Some prefer it for its low energy consumption if it is powered by electricity.

Others love it for its ease of use, it is manual.

Does this Vintage grinder have any sort of specialty?

The main specialty of this grinder is its antique value.

It mainly reminds us of our past.

Most persons who opt for it do not even use it to grind coffee.

They instead use it to improve the beauty of their living rooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do most people get it wrong with coffee grinders?

Most people get it wrong while utilizing their coffee grinders. Below are some of the mistakes that most people make:

Poor Maintenance

Few people care to carry out periodic care and maintenance of their grinders.

They do not tighten loose screws, replace some parts, and so on.


This leads to the inadvertent deterioration of the machines altogether.

Inappropriate Utilization

Some kinds of coffee grinders require you to master technical jargons and skills to use properly.

Not everyone has these skills. 

Because of this, they adopt inappropriate methods to utilize their grinders.

In the course of so doing, they end up messing up with their grinders and reduce their overall life expectancy.

Improper Storage

Just like use, storage should also be carried out well.

Whenever these appliances are out of use, they have to be placed in safe areas that are devoid of any pests.

Failure to Upgrade their Appliances

Manufacturers of coffee grinders are constantly innovating.

They are always producing newer and better kinds of coffee grinders and their accessories.

Most owners of coffee grinders fail to upgrade their appliances to keep pace with these advancements.

They, therefore, fail to leverage the attendant benefits.

Do they need much cleaning or maintenance?

YES, they do need much cleaning and maintenance.

The following sections are particularly vulnerable to dirt and must hence be given much attention:

Burr vs Blade

These are the components that perform the actual task of grinding the coffee.

They are susceptible to dirt and are thus very dangerous if not cleaned properly.

They have to be cleaned after each grinding session and before use.

Feeding Chute

It is the feeding chute that holds the coffee beans prior to their crushing.

They too may hold plenty of dirt and thus require constant cleaning.

This is to prevent the coffee inside from being contaminated with dirt.


The doser stores the coffee that has already been ground.

It may also accumulate plenty of dirt after several usages.

For this reason, you will have to make appropriate arrangements to clean it up.

Do this as often as you can.

Why shouldn't you use a blade grinder for your coffee?

Blade grinders have some severe disadvantages. Below are but a few of them:


The produce lots of noise compared to the burr grinders.

This noise definitely interferes with those who are found in the surrounding areas.

Because of this, you may not rely on the grinder for use in areas that are sensitive to noise.


Owing to the utilization of chopping to cut down the coffee beans to desired sizes, the texture of the final output is quite rough.

The coffee achieved by blade grinders is undesirable for consumption.

That’s because they scour the tongue and may also require you to spit every quite often.

Grind Quality

Each grain of coffee produced by blade grinders has unique sizes and shapes.

This inconsistency leads to relatively lower grind quality compared mainly to those produced by the burr grinders.


Apart from sound, the blade grinders also generate plenty of heat.

This heat, in turn, burns the little fat that is contained in the coffee beans.

As such, it leads to a slight reduction of the quality of the final output.

Are coffee grinders worthy possessions?

YES, of course.

The following are some of the reasons why coffee grinders are a ‘must have’ by all and sundry:

Expedites Time

Coffee grinders save a great deal of time when seeking high-quality coffee.

This is because they negate the need to travel to and from the barista to acquire ground coffee.

Unparalleled Convenience

Closely related to the above is the fact that they enable us to make our own coffee ourselves.

This way, they spare us from the need to travel great distances to obtain the right coffee.

Moreover, they enable us to satisfy the craving for coffee if and when the desire arises.

Freedom to Determine Grind Quality

These grinders grant you the leeway to determine the grind quality.

This is mainly by reason of enabling you to alter the various grind parameters.

The coffee grinders, therefore, grant you the exceptional ability to tailor the quality to your precise expectations.

Healthy Quality

In all, the coffee that is ground is healthier than those which are bought from the shop.

This is mainly because they are devoid of any chemicals or preservatives.

Moreover, they contain high fiber and are thus excellent in enhancing digestion.

Sarah Price

Creator & editor here at House Of Arabica. I'm a proud mother of one baby girl. Passionate about coffees and their variations. Love to review coffee accessories! Please feel free to put your comment below.

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