My wife calls me a coffee snob. She says its wrong that I get upset (on the inside) when people ask for their coffee to be ground before I send it. I guess she's has a point since the customer is always right. What she can't argue with is the fact that coffee tastes a lot better when its ground right before you brew it. Some people think this is a hassle or find buying a grinder intimidating. So I decided to help you out. Below are my pick (and links to amazon) for three grinders and 3 different cost points.
1. The budget grinder-Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77-RB. This is the first grinder that I bought a long time ago. It's a blade grinder with 3 settings and multiple portion sizes. It lasted a long time and at $13 its a steal. The only draw back is that blade grinders yield inconsistent coffee grounds because the blades cut the coffee beans differently and a different number of times.
2. The upgrade- Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill. I got this one for Father's Day a couple of years ago. Its a burr grinder so the coffee beans pass through the grinder and this results in a more consistent grind. This is important if you are using a filter that isn't paper (larger holes). It's been a work horse and I definitely can taste the difference.
3. The fancy grinder- Capresso 560.01 Infinity Conical Burr, Black. If you grind a lot of beans and want that coffee shop look this might be the grinder for you. It's also a burr grinder but with more of a kick.
4. The travel grinder- JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, Conical Burr Mill, Brushed Stainless Steel. If you travel a lot and want to ensure that you get a good cup of coffee in the morning you might want to pack this grinder in your bag. Small and compact, you can get all the benefits of the grinders above on the go.
Whichever grinder you choose, you'll be glad you bought it. Freshly ground coffee makes freshly roasted coffee taste even better. Let me know in the comments if you agree.