How to Grind Your Beans Properly - The Burr Grinder April 22 2016

We previously talked about the importance of keeping your coffee beans fresh in order to make a good cup of coffee. Did you know that ground coffee spoils a lot faster than coffee beans? This is because grinding the coffee beans increases it's surface area, thus allowing more oxidization to take place, which is what causes the coffee to go stale. That's why we recommend grinding your coffee beans just before making your cup of coffee.

If you've bought great coffee beans that suit your taste and stored them properly so they are fresh, you still need to grind them properly in order to get the flavour out.

Blade Grinder vs Burr Grinder

To grind your coffee beans, you could either use an ordinary blade grinder or a burr grinder, which is what most who love their coffee would recommend. So what's the difference between the two?

A blade grinder like in the picture above, is very similar to a blender, with a blade in the middle that grinds the coffee beans as it spins.

On the other hand, a burr grinder doesn't have blades. Instead, the coffee beans are ground between two revolving surfaces and by changing the distance between these two surfaces, you can control the coarseness of the grind.

While blade grinders are relatively cheaper, the reason coffee lovers swear by burr grinders instead is because you can get better control of the grind, ensuring consistently fine or coarse ground beans. This is very hard to do with blade grinders as the coffee will be ground fine or course depending on the length of the grinding time instead.

Which grinder should you get?

Now that you know the difference between blade grinders and burr grinders, which type of grinder should you get? This is going to depend on many factors including price, how often you drink coffee and it's ultimately your choice, but if you love coffee and have already bought some great coffee beans, then we'd recommend getting a burr grinder to do them justice.

There's a whole range of burr grinders out there - from manual to automatic ones, from those costing $50 a piece to those that cost $500 and above. We like the convenience of automatic grinders and use the KG89 grinder by De'Longhi ourselves. We would recommend it if you're looking for a grinder.


We hope you've found this article useful and that it has given you some insight into the different type of grinders available out there to grind your coffee beans. We'll elaborate more on how different brewing methods require different coarseness in an article real soon, so look out for that.

If you have any questions at all about coffee, do send them in to and we'll get back to you real soon.