How to Get the Most Out of Your Coffee Grinder

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Fresh ground coffee is one of life’s true luxuries. A simple yet indulgent pleasure, for which all you need is the best ground coffee money can buy and a decent cafetière. Not to mention, a quality coffee grinder to do the business with your beans.

Though often overlooked, a quality coffee grinder really can make all the difference. Whatever your preferred brewing method, you’ll find that the best ground coffee can only be produced using a premium grinder.

Whether you go manual or electric is up to you, but compromising on quality isn’t an option. As an excellent manual coffee grinder, we would happily recommend the Comandante, whereas Mahlkönig Vario Home is a great electric coffee grinder for home use.

If you’ve already got a good grinder at home, you’ll want to make the most of it. Brewing fresh ground coffee at home is always satisfying, but you’ll find the coffee you brew even more enjoyable with a few tips from the experts.

Here’s how to get the most out of your coffee grinder, electric or otherwise:

1) Clean Your Coffee Grinder Regularly

First and foremost, a clean coffee grinder is a happy coffee grinder. Keeping a coffee grinder clean isn’t just about good hygiene - it’s also essential to maintain its consistent performance. It’s all about consistency where the best ground coffee is concerned, which means ensuring your coffee grinder can do its job properly. Please check the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific maintenance instructions.

2) Use the Proper Grind Setting

Your preferred method of brewing fresh ground coffee will determine which setting you should be using. Once you’ve determined the perfect grinding level for your coffee, try to stick as close to it as possible. French Press coffee warrants relatively coarse grounds, whereas a finer grind is needed for pulling an outstanding espresso. Guidelines are available, but you may find that experimentation holds the key to brewing your perfect cup.

3) Remove Stuck Beans from Your Grinder

It’s not uncommon for beans (or pieces thereof) to get stuck in the mechanism of a coffee grinder. Not necessarily the end of the world, but stuck beans can prevent your grinder from doing its job properly. They can also become somewhat hazardous to health if left unaddressed indefinitely. Rather than overlooking stuck coffee bean fragments in your grinder, remove them as soon as you notice them.

4) Avoid Getting Your Grinder Wet

Both manual and electric coffee grinders should be kept dry at all times.  Moisture can and will affect the performance of your grinder’s mechanism. It can also result in clumps of moist coffee grounds clogging your grinder and causing an issue. Always use a dry brush or cloth when cleaning your grinder, minimising exposure to moisture where possible.

5) Grind Good Coffee

Last but not least, producing the best ground coffee at home means starting out with the best coffee beans in the first place. Taking the time to produce and enjoy fresh ground coffee is only worthwhile if the quality of the product itself is up to scratch. Don’t do your grinder a disservice - stick with the best beans you can lay your hands on.

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