Coffee ground with a blade grinder

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Blade vs Burr Coffee GrinderA coffee grinder is a device for crushing coffee beans into fine grains or a powder. There are several types of coffee grinders, the most popular ones are burr grinders and blade grinders.

In theory any kitchen device designed to break solid foods into smaller pieces can be used for coffee grinding. In practice, grind size precision is very important for specialty coffee. For instance, spice grinders can sometimes be used for crushing coffee beans, however, the result is a mix of “dust and boulders“, which is to be avoided in specialty coffee.

Burr coffee grinders offer the consistent grind needed for brewing espresso, or any specialty coffee method. Blade grinders are the most convenient machines but they don’t offer the precision needed for modern coffee brewing.

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