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. OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
OXO makes tons of great kitchen gear, but their coffee equipment excels, including their beloved coffee machine. If you already have that, this grinder would make a great companion. It’s a conical burr grinder, helping to result in a more even grind over more inexpensive blade grinders, without the steep price of flat burr grinders. It has a sleek look and is designed to be easy to use.
Pros: Stylish and sleek look. Intuitive operation. 15 grind settings to fine-tune your preferred grind.
Cons: Can sometimes be a little messy. Some options are more economical.
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.