How Coffee Grinders Can Jumpstart Your Java

By: infocus
The type of coffee grinder that you select can have a big impact upon the flavor of your coffee. Grinders release the oils of the beans and their aromas right before you make a pot of coffee. A grinder with sharp blades will perform better than one with dull ones, and serrated rotating blades at different angles will chop the beans into finer pieces - or at least more quickly - than one without.

There are basically two types of grinders, blade grinders and burr grinders. Blade grinders are much cheaper, but you have no way of controlling how coarse or fine you want your bean ground. Blade grinders actually chop your beans, which overheats them, causing your beans to lose a lot of their flavor.

Burr grinders on the other hand grind the coffee between two metal burrs. The best part is that these grinders allow you to chose how coarse or fine you want your coffee ground. The downside is that these grinders will cost you anywhere between $100 and $600. If you're a connoisseur of coffee then it's worth it, but if freshly brewed coffee and instant coffee still taste the same to you, you're not ready for a burr grinder.

Also, it might be best to use a coffee grinder that is not attached to your coffee maker. Grinders that are attached to coffee makers can be difficult to clean, and may not grind as uniformly.

Coffee grinders are just one example - how you put your ground coffee in the coffee maker, the quality of water you use, and so forth, all contribute to the final product.

Coffee experts recommend adding two heaping tablespoons of whole beans to the grinder for every six ounces of water you plan to use. To be exact, you probably should measure out your water before you add it to the coffee maker if you are using a drip coffee maker.

As for the type of coffee maker to go with coffee grinders, experts say here that a press pot or a coffee maker with a gold cone, or other permanent filter, is best. Picky coffee drinkers do not use paper filters. They have an aftertaste and absorb the special aromatic oils from the coffee beans that are essential for superb taste. If you must use paper filters, try rinsing them with hot water beforehand to wash out the aftertaste.

It is also important to know how long to let your coffee brew. After using coffee grinders, the ground coffee is very delicate. If water contacts it for too long, for instance, your coffee can end with an overly bitter coffee. Never keep the coffee heating up for too long after it has been made - the taste will start to become bitter because the beans will be burnt. Letting coffee stand for extended periods of time can also ruin the flavor.
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