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    When it comes to grinding coffee, you have three options.

    You can buy some pre-ground coffee and face issues such as lack of freshness and difficulty in getting the grind size right, or you can buy a grinder, whether it be electric burr/blade or a manual coffee grinder.

    We have also reviewed electric coffee grinders if you want to compare the two

    If you have an espresso machine or manual method of coffee maker such as a pour-over or a cafetiere, you will need to grind your beans before you prepare the coffee.

    While most people will opt for an electric grinder which is easier to use, gives more consistent results and often holds more coffee, manual grinders have their pros. Lower prices, increased portability and sleeker designs make them popular amongst home baristas.

    Here are our picks of the best manual coffee grinders on the market, whatever your need.

    Our Top Picks

    The Best Manual Coffee Grinders

    Manual Coffee Grinder Buying Guide

    Capacity

    Manual coffee grinders are small and compact, so there is a limit on how much coffee you can grind in one go. For this reason, they are best if you are only making coffee for 2-3 people.

    Holding between 20 and 40g is, therefore, a good marker. This is 2-4 cups of coffee.

    Do be aware that the more grounds you grind at one time, the harder it will be. So even if you’re making enough for four people, you still may want to limit how much you grind at one time to 12g (enough for one cup).

    Materials

    The majority of manual grinders are either made from plastic or stainless steel.

    This gives them strength without the risk of breaking if you store or transport it, like what would happen with glass. They are also easy to clean.

    Also, note the material of the burr. It should be ceramic, which is the most effective and also won’t cause the beans to heat up when being ground. Most will be of high quality as standard.

    Grind Settings

    Does your french press use the same grind as your espresso machine? Quick answer – it shouldn’t.

    French press should be coarse or medium, and espresso fine.

    You may just have one machine, but you still want to ensure the grinder gets the grounds to the right size. A grinder with a lot of choices when it comes to settings is ideal, as you can get it right for the machine and then alter it slightly based on taste.

    At the very least, check your chosen grinder can grind as fine or coarse as you need it to.

    FAQs

    Why choose a manual coffee grinder?

    The main reason people will choose a manual grinder over an electric one is that you get more for a lower price point.

    Say you have £30 to spend. With an electric coffee bean grinder, that will get you a blade grinder which will probably be pretty average but certainly won’t give you uniform grounds. But with a manual machine, this could actually get you a decent ceramic burr grinder with the ability to get higher quality results.

    But, another popular reason is that it is eco-friendly. It doesn’t use electricity, and will likely last a lot longer than the electric options.

    • Lower price – you can often find a manual grinder for well under £50, but decent electric burr grinders will be over £100 usually. A cheap electric grinder will often be a blade grinder, and manual options work better than these
    • Portability – they are smaller, so can be taken on trips or even just stored away easier
    • Noise – they’re quieter, too. Good for early risers in busy homes
    • Size – many are much smaller than their electric counterparts, so perfect for smaller kitchens or if you want to store it away as you only have speciality coffee every so often
    • Quality – this is a view which divides people, but some baristas say that because you’re not also buying the electricals, motor and other pieces of an electric machine, you should get a better quality burr with a manual grinder

    Are manual coffee grinders burr or blade?

    Manual grinders will always be burr grinders, as you wouldn’t be able to put enough pressure behind blades by hand,

    However, the shape can differ. Most will be conical, but you can also get flat designs.

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