The best way to turn a so-so cup of coffee into one that exudes a rich aroma and full-bodied flavor is by using a coffee grinder. Automatic grinders are meant to grind whole coffee beans quickly and efficiently while extracting their flavor, resulting in a great-tasting cup of coffee. By grinding your beans just before you’re about to brew your coffee, you help maintain their freshness and flavor. Purchasing pre-ground coffee just isn’t the same.
Some great automatic coffee grinders are featured below and promise to get the job done to your liking. Cuisinart’s conical burr grinder slowly “spins” the beans into even pieces, giving you a little more control over the grind. Or you can choose the traditional blade grinder, which works more like a blender, slicing up the beans into grounds.
These grinders feature grind levels from ultra-fine to extra course and in addition to coffee beans, a couple of them will also work great for chopping or grinding nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Whichever grinder you choose, however, the difference that freshly ground beans make to your coffee is evident after the first try and you might never go back to pre-ground coffee ever again.
1. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Automatic Burr Mill Grinder
Cuisineart’s Supreme Burr Mill Grinder comes with 18 different settings to let you choose how you like your coffee beans ground up, from ultra-fine to extra-course. It also boasts an automatic stop, guaranteeing your beans are consistently ground to the right grade — maximizing the oils, aromas and flavors for the best cup of coffee — and ensuring you have exactly the right amount for your desired size. With its stainless steel styling and convenient cord storage, this grinder will work with any type of kitchen decor.
Pros: The removable bean hopper holds half a pound of beans and includes a scoop and cleaning brush.
Cons: This is a loud grinder.
2. KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
The Krups Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder will grind your whole beans quickly and efficiently – great for when you need your coffee fix in the morning. The oval-shaped grinder offers a large, three-ounce capacity, while its precision stainless-steel blades ensure even results to release only the purest of flavors. It also has a lid-activated safety switch for ease of use and safe operation where the blades do not spin unless the lid is securely in place.
Pros: In addition to coffee beans, the versatile grinder can be used for chopping or grinding nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.
Cons: There are no preset grinding levels to help you know when the beans are ready.
3. Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder
The Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder comes with variable grind settings, allowing you to choose between fine, medium or coarse grinds. The removable grinding chamber and wide-opening lid creates less mess and allows for easy pouring while its exclusive Chamber Maid Cleaning System scrubs grounds from the chamber walls, eliminating messy residue and resulting in less coffee waste.
Pros: The wide upper collar, flip-top lid results in mess-free filling and emptying.
Cons: This is a blade grinder and the grinds may not be as consistent as a burr grinder.