Coffee grinders are coffee machines that cut the coffee beans into small pieces to give you ground coffee. The spinning blades in the machine make sure the beans are not burnt while being ground. These grinders can be either electric or manual, but for this article, we will mainly focus on the electric because they are easy to use and there is no need for any specific skill to get your grounds ready before brewing.
Although most people tend to think more expensive is better when it comes to coffee makers, you may find cheaper models such as Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder that work just as well if not better than the high-end ones of $100 or even more. It all boils down to personal preference and how much you are willing to spend.
How to Grind Coffee in a Grinder: Step by Step Guide
The first thing to do is make sure your coffee grinder is switched off from the power source and unplugged from the socket completely. Some coffee machines have a light that indicates if it is on or not, but this doesn’t mean it’s safe to touch them without double-checking. Remember, chances of getting an electric shock if your hands are wet while touching a live wire are pretty high!
The next step would be to take out any hopper in your machine (the place where you load your beans). Fill up about 60-70% of the grinder with coffee beans (remember – less is more when it comes to coffee!). You can use your hands for this as long as they are clean, but a scoop will also work. There is usually a small opening on the side of the grinder where you can pour in your beans – make sure to use it instead of the chute because it’s much easier and allows you to control how much coffee goes into the grinder (this also minimizes spillage).
Once you’ve loaded your machine with freshly roasted coffee beans, place the hopper back into place and lock it using one hand, plug in your machine, and turn it on.
With your other hand, grab and hold the other handle called dispenser which is usually at the top or side of the machine and start grinding (the speed depends on what type of model you have or what ground level do you want for your coffee).
Once you’ve done, you should notice that there is no more noise – this means that the blades have been set into motion and have chopped your coffee beans. When the noise stops, stop the machine – you don’t want to end up with anything but a powder!
While grinding, you will see a steady stream of ground coffee coming out from the chute or dispenser. If it’s not as much as you expected, you can grind some more, but if it’s too much then stop the machine and collect what has already been grounded. Coffee beans that are freshly grounded tend to lose their flavor pretty quickly, so make sure to use them up as soon as possible.
Now that your coffee is ready for brewing, you don’t have to worry about storing them! Coffee beans will stay fresh for up to two weeks provided you have sealed them in a container with an airtight seal. This way your coffee will retain its flavor and aroma, which is essential if you want a perfect cup of joe every time!
Coffee grinders are very easy to use – as long as you keep the safety instructions in mind!