It’s no secret that the specialty coffee world prides itself on the ability to control numerous variables when drinking coffee. One of the most important variables is grind size and consistency.
Without a doubt, burr grinders are leagues ahead of blade grinders.
Burrs will actually grind, while blades will do more chopping. Blades aren’t useless, but much less effective than burrs.
Unfortunately, burr grinders can be expensive, especially if you want to brew espresso. Many people stick to blade grinders for the much lower cost. Fortunately, you can do several simple things to make your blade grinder more effective.
For those looking for the TLDR, Tonx created a good video with some tips on how to use a blade grinder to it’s fullest potential:
- Give it a shake while grinding
- Grind a few more coffee beans than you would normally
- Brew coffee for a little less time
- Grind in short pulses instead of just holding the button down
How to grind coffee beans for espresso with a blade grinder?
While blade coffee grinders may present some challenges, it is not all doom and gloom. There are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of enjoying a better coffee.
Grind your coffee as close to brewing as possible
My advice and the advice of others is to grind your coffee as close to brewing as possible, ensuring you enjoy the beans’ full flavor profile.
Use short bursts
My next tip is to take a few pauses. Never press down the button and let it rip.
Because of the friction that is generated when the blades are rotating at rapid speeds, the longer you grind the beans without taking any pauses, the more heat the blades will create. This could result in coffee that tastes bitter and burned.
Use short bursts, i.e., a few seconds at a time, to stop your coffee from burning before its brewed.
Shake the grinder while it is in use (hold the lid down while doing so!)
When using the grinder, I recommend pressing the lid tightly to the grinder’s body and shaking it up and down during the short bursts.
This will help you get more of an even grind because you will mix up the small and large grounds of coffee while the blade works its magic.
Don’t use your coffee grinder for spices
Later in the guide, I will enlighten you on some of the best blade coffee grinders today. A lot of them are advertised as being ideal for coffee, as well as herbs and spices. However, I would never recommend using the same blade grinder for spices and coffee!
Spices contain volatile oils, which contribute to their strong smells. This aroma will contaminate your fresh coffee grind, no matter how effectively you clean your coffee grinder.