May 26, 2006, Newsletter Issue #61: About burr grinders

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Pros: Burr grinders are the most recommended and are steadily gaining popularity with coffee lovers. Usually sell between $45 and $100. Because burr grinders grind the beans by crushing them between a grinding wheel and stationery grind surface (rather than chopping like a blade grinder) you get much better grind consistency. Also there is a lot less burning of the beans. Highly recommended is the Melitta Burr Grinder - Model MEBG8B.

Most of the better burr grinders feature a timer, allowing you to grind just enough coffee beans to brew for two to twelve cups.

Cons: Burr grinders make more noise than blade grinders. Because the grinding wheel is spinning at a very high speed it can sometimes cause the grinder chute to clog. This is more common with oily or flavored beans.

There is a tendency for static build up in the grounds hopper although this is easily solved by lightly tapping it. Burr grinders tend to be a bit messy. (Ive found the easy way is to pour the grounds from the hopper into the filter on a paper towel and dispose of any spilled grounds into the wastebasket).

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