All coffee lovers know that you really need a good mill if you really want to intensify your coffee game. It is one of the basic tools for making a better cup of coffee. Fresh soil opens flavors that are not normally available from pre-ground coffee in a bag.
Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
The Virtuoso is a conical burr grinder with an ultra-efficient motor that slows the grinding motion down to reduce heat and static. It keeps beans cool even when grinding for espresso. The grind range is 250 to 1200 microns.
The pulse button is front mounted, and the unit features a 60-second timer for consistent grinding. There are 40 different settings from fine to coarse, and though it has automatic calibration, you can adjust if needed.
Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder
The Rancilio Rocky is an extremely popular mill with a grinding range from fine to coarse. The ridges are made of hardened steel, which provides powerful grinding but remains cooler during the grinding process.
By turning the control you can choose between 55 different grinding stages. It is very balanced and quiet, but has an automatic shut-off function (just in case the machine jams or overheats).
In contrast to some other grinders on our list, the Rocky can hold a much larger amount of beans in the hopper. The tradeoff is that it’s a large unit that won’t exactly be easy to store out of sight.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
Breville’s Smart Grinder is a conical burr system designed to reduce heat damage to the bean and conserve essential oils. You can choose between 60 different grinding levels and a bright front screen to show all settings.
You can adjust the grind time in increments of two seconds at a time. The grounds tray is removable, making cleaning much easier. It holds about 18 ounces of beans and dispenses in a downward motion rather than outward.
Baratza Encore Grinder
With 40 different settings from fine to coarse, the Encore is one of our favorite entry level grinders. It has a DC motor that reduces heat efficiently, and a combination of electric and transmission speed reducers that slow down the machine more safely.
The pulse button is front mounted while the hopper stores eight ounces of bean. The burrs are automatically calibrated, but you can adjust them if you need to. The machine has an automatic shut off in the event of jamming or overheating.
Capresso 565 Infinity SS Grinder
This small but mighty Capresso grinder features a built-in timer, stores up to eight-ounces, and is made with zinc die-cast housing.
It has 16 different grinding stages and each of them has four grinding stages. This device can process an extra fine regrind for Turkish coffee or a coarse regrind for the French press. It has a conical steel burr system that reduces heat and friction on the bean.
OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Integrated Scale
The conical coffee mill OXO BREW has an integrated scale for weighing your beans. It also has an LED display that gives you 38 settings to choose from.
The engine is engineered to more efficiently mill at lower revs to keep your beans from overheating. It has an automatic shutdown if the machine overheats or jams. It also detects when the container is empty and does not let the mill continue running. This is a feature that we really like because it prevents unnecessary friction.