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Aug 17, 2007
When you want to have a cup of delicious coffee, it is best to use coffee that is fresh and hot off the grinder. Most coffee lovers contend that it is best to let the coffee beans pass through a grinder first before brewing them in order to preserve the aroma.

Normally, ground coffee eventually loses its flavor when exposed to air for a long period, thus, the longer the ground coffee is exposed in the air, the lesser the coffee flavor.

That is why it is best that you grind coffee beans in minimal amounts or in quantities that are enough for your daily use. Do keep in mind that grounded coffee must be placed immediately in an airtight dry container to preserve its aroma and flavor.

In coffee making, these innovative coffee processors can be very useful when grinding whole coffee beans so as to facilitate an easier way of brewing them.

There are, basically, three types of grinders to be used on whole coffee beans. These are the electric blade, the conical burr, and the burr grinder.

The conical burr grinder works best in maintaining the aroma and flavor of the coffee. It makes a refined coffee texture. With its complex pattern of steel burrs, you can easily manipulate the speed of the grinding process, from high to a slower pace.

When using this type of coffee crusher, keep in mind that it is best to grind coffee in a slower speed so as to lessen the heat in the machine. This is because higher levels of heat applied to the coffee will eliminate its aroma and flavor.

Conical burr grinder is best for different kinds of coffee makers, percolators, espresso, or drip. Its maximum grinding speed is usually less than 500 rpm.

Burr grinder, on the other hand, is usually faster in grinding coffee beans as compared to conical burrs. Its actual grinding speed usually ranges from 10,000 to 20,000 rpm.

Because of its great speed, burrs are considered to be the most inexpensive way of achieving well-refined coffee grains. That's why these are the types that are usually suitable for home use. Though, when compared to conical burr, burrs do not grind as fine.

Blade grinders are the fastest coffee processors available in the market today. Its maximum speed range from 20,000 to 30,000 rpm. Contrary to the first two types, blades produce coffee grains with a mixture of large and small granules.

Due to the coffee dust that accumulates in the blade grinder, the sieves in French presses and espresso machines are clogged. That is why blades works best in drip coffee makers and are not suitable for pump espresso machines.

Because of its fast speed, blade grinders can also be used in crushing different herbs and spices.

However, different types of coffee processors can also affect the results of your coffee grains. That's why it is best to consider some factors when choosing the best machine to do the job. You have to consider the static, safety, noise, and the simplicity of cleaning the machine.

So, for coffee lovers out there, you do not have to purchase expensive ground coffee anymore. All you have to do is to look for the best coffee grinder available in the market that is suited to do the job you want in your coffee.

Just bear in mind to consider the different factors that may affect the coffee texture so as to preserve its flavor and aroma.
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James Monahan is the owner and Senior Editor of
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