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Burr Grinder vs Blade Grinder

If you drink coffee frequently you have probably heard about grinders, but more specifically the blade versus the burr grinders.  Today we are going to fill you in on the best grinders to use (in our opinion).  If you have been wondering what the difference between a burr grinder and a blade grinder is you have come to the right place.

Blade grinder

blade grinder

This grinder is a machine that chops coffee beans and spices while mixing it.  There is a blade in the center of the grinder that looks like a propeller, similar to a blade in a blender.  This grinder offers more power for faster grinding.  Sometimes, the resulting coffee grounds can be uneven in size, leading to bad quality cup of coffee.

Burr grinder-

burr grinder

This grinder is made up of two revolving abrasive surfaces (called burrs) in between which the coffee is ground.  The beans are crushed between a moving grinder wheel and a non-moving surface.

There are two types of burrs: Flat burr grinders and conical burr grinders.  Both grinders produce a consistent grind.  The conical burrs are used on a low speed.  The flat burrs are used on all qualities of grinders.

Coffee aficionados tend to choose the burr grinder over the blade grinder because the beans are ground in a constant size and you have more control over your grind.  A constant grind is much harder to achieve in a blade grinder.

We offer both the burr and the blade grinder at all Roasterie Cafes. Order online from the comfort of your  home or stop by any Roasterie Café to check them out.

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