Burr grinders for a better tasting cup of coffee

Transform your home coffee situation.

coffee in a grinder
Burr it's cold (brew) in here.Shengjun Shi via Unsplash

Burrs are small rough conical devices that rotate in conjunction to grind coffee beans between them, and adjusting the space between burrs and the speed at which they rotate determines the style of a grind. Burr grinders are more precise and consistent than grinders with blades and are the preferred grinders on the frontier of today’s coffee world. Java snobs will likely turn their noses up if you don’t grind your own beans or use a non-burr grinder. Regardless of the snobs, burr grinders do produce a noticeably more delicious cup of joe. Consistent shape and size in coffee grounds simply make for a more clean and even brew. If you’re looking to elevate your coffee game, finding the right burr grinder is an important step. Here are some varied options to help get you started.

Baratza Virtuoso+

Baratza Virtuoso+
The machine provides a more consistent grind and a cleaner experience.Amazon

Virtuoso+ has a sleeker design, tighter fitting grind chamber, and a digital screen in the front. Super detailed and easy-to-understand instructions make setting up the device a breeze. On the back, they even provide their optimal settings for brewing methods like Chemex, AeroPress, or espresso machines. Instead of using a mechanics timer like on the older model, the digital face allows you to adjust the clock in .1-second increments. This can be super helpful for fine tuning your grind for espresso machines. If you want to manually grind, simply press the button below the digital screen three times and then hold down the button to grind. Less grinds slip through the cracks of the grind chamber. The grind chamber is also made of a clearer plastic and is lit up so you can see the grinds better. It comes with a brush to help clean the machine.

Breville The Smart Grinder Pro

Breville The Smart Grinder Pro
Has a holder for your portafilter.Amazon

The Breville smart grinder has a ton of extra features that justify a higher price. It includes portafilter cradle which makes it more like a professional cafe grinder. Instead of having to spoon grinds into the portafilter, you can directly grind them into it. This makes it less messy, but it’s only useful if you have a real espresso machine. The bean hopper lid features an airtight seal which will help keep your grinds fresh if you are grinding for more than one cup at a time. The grind tray snaps out and lets you dump or repurpose excess or spilled coffee.

The grinder uses a stainless steel conical burr. Using the two buttons in the front and single knob to control the grind amount, you have full control over your coffee. The LCD screen displays these details of the grind as well as the amount of cups or espresso shots you’re grinding for. On the right side of the machine, a large knob lets you adjust the grind size and clearly explains what the size means (finer grinds for slower extraction and coarser grinds for quicker). When you adjust the grind size, a ticker on the LCD screen moves along a line switching from French press to espresso. This just makes it easier to understand if you’re grinding your coffee at the right size.

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Full control at a cheaper price point.Amazon

This grinder is both convenient and precise. You can adjust your grind to any specific point between super fine for espresso and very coarse for french press. It has a dial for grind time with a button to start the grinder. The hopper holds up to .75-pounds of coffee beans, and can grind coffee for up to 12 cups at a time. This is high-end for the price, with no frills or complications.

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill -"Skerton Pro"

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill -"Skerton Pro"
Grind your coffee by hand.Amazon

This hand-grinder uses burr technology but you can use it without plugging anything in. This is ideal for road trips or camping and is especially satisfying to make coffee with. The burr is ceramic and you can adjust the size of the grind via an adjustable screw. The grounds container holds 100 grams of coffee, and the handle is easy to use without exerting too much force. This is a barebones and cheaper option but gets the job done well, despite being fun and DIY.