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We get a lot of questions about what makes a fantastic drip grinder Vs. espresso. We often get questions about the grinder for both applications. There are a great deal of things that go into a grinder, so we needed to supply some tips.
What makes a drip grinder is consistency. It is fairly well understood that larger burrs may lead to finer grind. In the event of a excellent drip brewer we are more interested in control settings and consistency than getting as fine as possible. Because adjustments are required by drip brews, stepless controls are, but not a requirement. What is important is consistency. A grinder with a decent sized (40mm or so) burrset and conical shape provides quality, consistent grounds.
Ultimately the point we are getting to here is that drip brewing is simply less demanding than espresso. This means that buying a drip grinder should be a much smaller dent in your budget than an espresso grinder.
For espresso, control and consistency are important, but electricity is required also. Espresso brewing requires a highly precise grind due to the pressure at play. This is especially true when using unpressurized portafilter baskets, because your grounds are helping to create that pressure. This means that you need very fine grounds that are also quite consistent. The best way to do this is with bigger (50mm or larger) burrs. Finding a compromise between burr size, shape, and price is key here. This need for more fine reasons is also why some grinders just can not to drip and espresso. Such a wide range of positions isn’t possible for every burrset to perform well.
Another facet that is important here is control. Unlike other brew methods, desired fineness will shift from roast to roast. Some java will want a slightly coarser or finer grind depending on source, roast level, and more. This means that super fine adjustments are very important. You’ll also need to carefully dial on your grinder for the best results for espresso when you refill it with a new bean. Which leads us to our decision…
Why Not Both?
Instead of searching for a grinder to perform both drip and espresso, consider budgeting for a separate one for each method. This may look like overkill, but switching from your carefully wrapped in espresso grind to trickle and then re-dialing it’s a large frustration. Even if you carefully indicate where your espresso grind is set, it is often quite difficult to find the spot precisely. On the other hand, drip grinders are so relatively affordable that by sacrificing a little budget for another one that you can really make your java setup more usable.
It’s because of this that we hesitate to recommend grinders which can handle both kinds of brewing, even if they technically do exist. Just make your life easier by including a little drip grinder to your kitchen! We’re sure it will save you some headaches.Read More
Eureka has been a manufacturer of exceptional espresso grinders. For years we’ve enjoyed consistent, simple grinding for home and commercial espresso. One thing we always say is that drip and espresso grinders are two distinct animals. While many espresso grinders are capable of grinding for drip, they are not ideal. Separating these processes is convenient, but it can also be tough to to receive your espresso setting back after adjusting to drip. To find out more on why we think budgeting for a separate drip grinder is a fantastic call, check out this article! Without further adieu, let’s dive into both of these new grinders.
The Filtro is a very simple grinder with plenty of quality and consistency. It employs the stepless grind adjust, found on Eurekas espresso grinders. While stepless adjust isn’t necessarily needed for drip brewing, and it is somewhat tricky to get the hang of at first, in addition, it offers rock solid consistency. Powerful 50 mm steel burrs deliver the fluffy grounds you’d expect from Eureka grinders, but for drip instead of espresso. This grinder also grinds at consistencies perfect for pourover also.
The Filtro utilizes a simple push-button system for performance. While this isn’t as easy as timer based programs, it will imply that its easy to control. Simply hold the button down until you get the quantity you want. What’s nice here is that the Filtro does grind quickly, so you won’t be holding that button for long. What really seals the deal on why we like this grinder so much is its price point. This is a truly affordable grinder from one of the biggest, most reliable names in the company. If you want something with a little extra under the hood, take a look at the Brew Pro!
The first thing you’ll notice about the Brew Pro is its touch screen, shared with its Mignon cousins. While this is still a drip grinder, its one with improved controls. Using the Brew Guru’s screen you can set timed grinding to push and forget while you prepare your brew process. Speaking of controls, this grinder also utilizes one rotation dial for its stepless adjust. This means that you won’t have to spin it multiple times to find the completely closed and open positions. The Brew Pro also features updated 55mm burrs for more power, speed, and consistency. A truly premium brew grinder that provides just about the best you can get for non espresso brewing.
This is a more expensive brew grinder than what you may be accustomed to seeing. This might be the case, but between the Brew Pro’s updated burrs, powerful motor, easy to use interface, and single rotation stepless adjust, we think it justifies its price point.
Both these grinders offer great options for anybody looking for a highly reliable, efficient grinder. We hope you love them as much as we do!Read More