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 as burrs.
Unfortunately, burr grinders can be very expensive, especially if you’re hoping to brew espresso. Many people just stick to blade grinders for the much lower cost. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to make your blade grinder more effective.
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 (not in the video)