Coffee hand grinders are nothing new to the market. Nowadays, coffee makers and consumers are enjoying the art of making coffee. Today there are three main types of coffee grinders:
- Blade Grinders. Usually powered with a motor and is equipped with sharp blades that rotate in order to dice and grind the coffee beans.
- Burr Grinders. Usually powered with an electric motor as well, these grinders use serrated discs that rotate against each disc while the beans fall between them continuously to be crushed.
- Manual Burr Grinders. Manuel burr grinders work with the same grinding mechanism from the Burr grinders, but the serrated discs are rotated with a hand cranking device instead.
Coffee hand grinders fall under the manual grinder category and have been around for several hundreds of years. They allow for someone to choose exactly how they want their coffee to taste and provides a unique brewing experience. They are very simple to use at home, work, or anywhere in-between. Using your coffee hand grinder consists of six simple steps that will be quick to master after the first or second time grinding your own coffee.
You will need to fill the hopper with your chosen coffee beans. The hopper is a compartment that whole coffee beans go into.
It is important to choose the size of the coffee grind because it will change the taste of the brew. This can be done by tightening the burr the whole way and that is what will change the type of coffee grind being produced- which directly impacts flavor. When you loosen the adjusting ring on the top of the grinder by a half-turn it will produce a fine sized grind. When you turn it by a turn and a half it will produce a medium sized grind. Finally, when you turn the adjusting ring by a turn and a half to two turns, it will produce a coarse sized grind.
You need to remove the top nut from the mechanism, the handle, and the locking ring. However, some models do not have a top nut.
While holding onto the central shaft of the grinder, you want to turn the adjusting ring in a clockwise motion if you wish to grind your coffee beans into a finer type of coffee grain. If you want a more coarse type of coffee grain you will turn it counter-clockwise to do so.
In order to keep the grind steady and smooth, place the locking ring back to where it goes.
Put the handle back onto the grinder and secure it in place with the top nut.
With a coffee hand grinder you will be able to get a consistent grind for ultimate flavor. When using another type of coffee grinder, like an electric one, the coffee beans usually will not evenly grind up. This means that they are inconsistent and it will alter the taste of the coffee. It is a vital part of making coffee that the coffee grinds are the same size because it will also affect how fast it will dissolve. If some coffee grounds dissolve faster than other pieces it will cause some grounds to be under-extracted and others to be over-extracted, which will create sour and bitter tasting coffee.
Coffee hand grinders are much cheaper than their electric competitors. This is mostly due to the fact that there is no motor inside of it. Without the presence of a motor, the manufacturers focus on the quality of the burrs instead. Burrs that are of a good quality will be made from ceramic or metal in order to evenly grind up the coffee beans.
One truly beneficial factor about coffee hand grinders is the fact that they are portable. There are a number of different places where you can use it. If you are an avid camper, having a good coffee hand grinder is crucial if you are a coffee drinker. It is easy to store with your gear and easy to use in the morning. Because of its portability, coffee on the go takes on a whole new meaning.
When compared to other types of coffee grinders, especially electric coffee grinders, the coffee hand grinder is much more quiet. In the morning it might be a priority to keep noise pollution down for the sake of household members that are still be asleep. No matter the environment or situation, you can never go wrong with having a quiet coffee grinder.
Grinding coffee beans leaves a lot of residue behind on the burrs and in the hopper. Cleaning the coffee grinder is an essential part of ensuring its longevity and maintaining great tasting coffee.
First, you will want to remove the hopper/chamber and vacuum out any particles. that may be in the hopper.
The materials can hold onto oils that need to be cleaned out for hygiene purposes and to maintain th quality of the coffee grinder. These oils can collect on the sides of the hopper. To clean the hopper further; you can tak a dry, clean cloth and wipe away the oily residue.
Another way to clean the hopper is with warm water and a mild soap.
Next, carefully remove the burrs. Instruction manuals should contain information on how to do so, but generally burrs are removed from most coffee grinders by turning the outer ring and lifting the burrs that are on the outermost part outwards. After this is done, it is easy to see everything that is in need of a good cleaning. To clean the burrs you will want to take a toothbrush and wipe away any oily residue and particles. There are many alternative methods to cleaning burrs that suggest using rice or by using grinder cleaning pellets. However, it is said that the long-term effects of using rice and grinder cleaning pellets is an extra accumulation of dust in the machine.
To properly maintain your coffee hand grinder, it is suggested to clean it once a week- which is a good idea if it is used daily.