Coffee Grinders

Your grinder is the most overlooked piece of the puzzle when it comes to brewing great coffee. Without the right coffee grinder, or knowledge about coffee grinding, you'll never come close to brewing that perfect cup of coffee. It's safe to say, its one of your top 3 'most critical' coffee gear purchases.

WAR has been declared. Online, in the coffee forums, that is. The war is over coffee grinders.  It’s a bloodbath, with fanatics and scholars digging in deep and hurling poorly spelled, poorly supported opinions at one another.

Burr vs. blade, manual vs. electric, flat burr vs. conical burr; the battleground is vast. Yet amidst all this turmoil, a few nuggets of truth have risen to the surface. The most note-able is that burr grinders are much better than blade grinderWhen it comes to tasty coffee, the essential elements are consistency and control, two things a blade grinder is terrible at. So now that we have straightened that out..

We only recommend burr grinders, and we look at both electric and manual options below.

Featured Guides

First things first - are you going to choose a manual, or an electric grinder?  Here are some guides to help you make the right choice

Best Manual Coffee Grinders [2019] Reviews + Buying Guide
Whether you like the old-school style of a hand grinder, or you spend a lot of time in the outdoors, our buying guide on manual coffee grinders will guide you to the right choice.
The 7 Best Coffee Grinders 2019 [Burr Grinder Reviews + Comparisons]
A great burr grinder is essential, no matter how you brew your coffee, Our reviews compare the leading burr grinders to guide you to the right choice for you.

Electric Grinders

We take our grinders seriously. We've had sh*tty grinders in the past, and we don't want you to make the same mistake. We don't want you to go through the pain we went through. Before you rush out and buy the first grinder you see, you want to make sure you're confident you're choosing the best coffee grinder for your needs. 

Below you'll find reviews and articles related to electric coffee grinders. Electric grinders are - as the name suggests - powered grinders. The most important point that we echo here - again - is that we only look at burr grinders. NOT blade grinders. Blade grinders will ruin your coffee beans. While burr grinders are miles better; they are not all created equal. Some burr grinders have better burrs than other grinders, and some were made for certain grind types (e.g. espresso grinds).

Browse our recommended electric burr grinder reviews below:

Rancilio Rocky Review
The Rancilio Rocky is a top grinder in the coffee world, with a track record of consistency and dependability. Check our complete review here!
Baratza Virtuoso Review: Why is it so Hot?
A good burr grinder is key to so much coffee satisfaction. Why are coffee lovers so excited about the Baratza Virtuoso? Our review breaks it down for you.
Fiorenzato F4 Grinder Review [Read Before Buying]
Quiet, infinitely adjustable, and powerful describe the Fiorenzato F4 grinder. But there's a lot more...
Cuisinart Supreme Grind Burr Grinder Review
In spite of some limitations, the Cuisinart Supreme Grind is a good solution for certain brewing methods. But are they your brewing methods? Find out more.
Bodum Bistro Grinder Review [Price vs Quality?]
Inexpensive and easy to use, the Bodum Bistro Grinder has one superpower that just might make it your choice. Find out more.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review [Read Before Buying]
Breville wanted to make a grinder that was effective, convenient, and intuitive. Read more to find out whether they succeeded.
Baratza Encore Review: The Good and the Bad
What makes the Baratza Encore such a good beginner's grinder? Features, construction, and price, for a start.
Baratza Encore vs Virtuoso [Baratza Grinder Showdown]
Whose machine reigns supreme? It's Baratza versus Baratza here in Cafe Stadium. Allez caffeine!
Baratza Encore vs Capresso Infinity [How to Choose]
Two popular burr grinders face off in a comparison of grind size, speed, adjustability, and more.

Manual / Hand Grinders

There's nothing like a good hand grinder. The only problem is - there are lots of crappy hand grinders for sale nowadays. The good news is that we've found the best hand grinders and we've found the worst. Its tempting to go for a cheap option, but you end up paying more in the long run as they need to be replaced more often. Not to mention - they make your coffee taste worse!

The beauty of manual grinders is that you can control the speed and this helps you generate less heat while grinding (heat is bad) and also allows you to grind more consistently. It's all part of the morning 'make coffee' ritual that so many of us have come to love. Manual grinders generally come in 2 styles; large, antique style grinders and smaller, portable, travel grinders. We look at the latter - perfect for grinding beans on the go.

Here are some manual grinder reviews of our favourite products:

A Review of the Kruve Sifter [READ BEFORE PURCHASING]
Who needs a coffee sifter? Everyone who wants the best, most consistent coffee you can brew.
The HandGround Coffee Grinder Review
The HandGrounds coffee grinder is being talked about a lot, so we decided to review it. Here's what we think...
The Porlex Mini Hand Grinder Review
Need a grinding solution that doesn't take up much space and doesn't require electricity? The Porlex Mini should be on your short list.
The Hario Skerton Hand Coffee Grinder Review
An inexpensive hand grinder that can produce grinds for all types of coffee, including Turkish? No, it's not too good to be true.
Best Turkish Coffee Grinders: 2019 Reviews
Turkish coffee requires coffee ground almost as fine as flour. Not all grinders will handle it - here are a few that do.