The AeroPress has become very popular in the last decade, and with good reason. It’s a portable, minimalistic brewer that makes great-tasting coffee with excellent flavors. However, the grinding process can make or break your AeroPress experience. Do it right and you will brew delicious coffee, however, if you use the wrong grind size, you will end with a mediocre cup of coffee.
The AeroPress works best with medium to medium-fine ground coffee beans, so make sure you choose a grinder that can accommodate that.
To help you with that we’ve assembled this list. It’s the product of hours of tests, tastings, and market-oriented research.
Cool fact: did you know that a lot of manual coffee grinders actually fit inside the AeroPress tube? This is really nice for when you travel with your AeroPress.
|Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder|
|JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder|
|Bellemain Burr Coffee Grinder||2 Years||4.5/5|
|Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder||None||4.2/5|
The award-winning company Baratza makes our top choice, the Encore. This unit is made for amateur baristas who want complete control of the brewing process, with 40 settings that allow you to optimize your grind to your precise specifications.
Despite the many settings, the product is also easy to use, with a simple interface that includes an adjustment knob, a pulse button, and a straightforward on/off switch.
The quality construction ties it all together. Baratza is known for its high-end parts, which are imported from Europe to top industry standards.
This is very pricey for a coffee bean grinder—significantly more expensive than even some high-end brewing systems. You need to be very serious about your coffee to pay this option serious consideration. For those who fit that category, the uncompromising quality of the Encore, encased within a compact frame, will be a compelling option.
The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder will be a particularly favorable option for users who do most of their brewing with the AeroPress. This is largely because the grinder actually fits within the AeroPress tube, making it super portable and great for traveling.
It features 18 different settings to give you precise control over your grind, and a clean stainless steel design that will complement the décor scheme of most modern kitchens.
This is also an affordable tool—a breath of fresh air for buyers who were taken aback by the price tag of the last unit we looked at. Granted, part of this relief in the price department is by virtue of the JavaPresse’s design. It’s a manual hand tool, which means you do need to do all the grinding yourself. Some baristas actually prefer hand tools, as it makes them feel more connected with the process. However, there is no denying that they also require more effort.
The JavaPresse is also somewhat challenging to clean, thanks to its very narrow design. These things aside, it’s a great option for buyers who want a manual grinder.
If you want an electric coffee grinder that doesn’t break the bank, you’re going to love the Bellemain. All the convenience of an electric coffee grinder for the price of a manual unit.
That said, the Bellemain doesn’t skimp on features despite being a bargain unit. This grinder puts a big premium on user-friendliness, with 17 settings that make the tool as easy to use as possible. Simply select the number of cups you’re going to make and the grind settings, and let the Bellemain do the rest. It works on a timer and automatically shuts off once the grind you’ve specified has been reached.
These features are great, but you do make some compromises when buying on a budget. One of the main issues to look out for with the Bellemain is that it makes a massive mess, with grounds often spilling out regularly.
It’s also hard to clean up afterwards, with little specks getting stuck in nooks and crannies. Some users even report needing to disassemble it completely just to perform a thorough clean.
We end with another grinder that conveniently fits directly in the AeroPress. The Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder is a manual coffee grinder that’s compact enough to be easily stored away at the end of a brewing session, or even taken with you in travel.
It’s good for a coarse grind or the medium-fine grind that is required for an AeroPress, so it’s versatile enough to fit the needs of any user.
Despite the solid build of the grinder’s body, however, there is a durability concern. The handle itself is oversized, which is good for ease of use, but also seems to make it vulnerable. It loosens very easily, promoting a fragile feel.
The grinder is also the smallest we’ve seen to this point. Since it’s designed with travel in mind, that’s not entirely a bad thing. However, it does raise value concerns.
Though it performs virtually identically to the last hand grinder we saw, this unit produces less volume at a significantly higher price.
All in all, it’s one of the best coffee grinders for a coarse grind, which makes it a great fit for the AeroPress. However, it does come with a little baggage.
Our coffee grinder reviews are at their end, proving conclusively that there are good options available for everyone.
Hopefully, by now you already have a pretty clear idea of what you want. If not, there are two picks that have broad appeal to the two main categories of buyers. If you want the best product you can get your hands on regardless of what it costs, you’ll probably take special notice of our top choice, the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder.
However, if you need to factor in your budget as well, our best for the money pick, the Bellemain Burr Coffee Grinder, is another enticing choice. By combining quality and value, it’s a good way to get premium features at an affordable price.
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