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A Coffee Bean Grinder Guarantees Freshness

May 9, 2008
True coffee lovers know that fresh ground coffee tastes best. And that's why so many coffee aficionados are now using their own coffee bean grinder to get that fresh taste every day in their homes.

But there's more to it than just freshness. If you grind your own beans you can make the grind as fine as you desire. This is very important to a true coffee lover. With this in mind, perhaps you are now at least a little curious about trying this on your own.

First let's dispel some myths. Grinding your own beans is neither difficult or messy. Those who make that argument are simply wrong.

In fact the only good reason not to grind your own beans is that it's easier to simply open a can and start to brew. This is true, but I believe that once you taste the difference between grinding your own beans and buying canned supermarket beans, you'll wonder why you didn't start earlier.

As soon as coffee beans are ground they begin to lose some of their flavor and aroma. That's the reason grinding the beans yourself will result in a better tasting and smelling cup. You can simply grind the beans right before you brew (the process is quick) and your coffee will be as flavorful as possible.

So let's talk about the different grinders available. There are two that are popular. One is the blade grinder, the other is called a burr grinder.

Blade grinders are less expensive. Basically they function like a blender, only smaller. They use the blades inside to do the grinding. And while these are still better than buying your coffee in a can, they do not produce the best results. When you grind coffee beans you want to get a large surface that can be exposed to the hot water. The greater the surface exposure, the more oils and flavor will be extracted. Blade grinders do not produce an even grind, especially the less expensive models. The result is that most coffee experts consider them inferior.

Your local coffee house will generally be using a burr grinder simply because they give you a much better grind. The burrs are discs made of metal, and they are spaced precisely to give you a much more even grind. The result is a better cup of coffee. And burr grinders are normally adjustable so you can set them for the type of coffee you prefer. Whether you like Turkish drip coffee or automatic drip coffee, a burr grinder will give you the exact grind you want.

Not everybody likes their coffee the same way. In a lot of ways, perfect coffee is very subjective. But something every coffee lover can agree on is that freshly ground coffee just tastes better. So really, whether you get a burr or blade coffee bean grinder, you'll always end up with a cup of coffee that is better than what you currently drink. Try it once and you may never again buy a can of coffee that is already ground.

You might even jump out of bed in the morning, realizing that a delicious and fresh cup of coffee will be in your hands in just minutes.
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