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Lola’s Iced Chocolate Espresso


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Espresso Vs. Drip Grinders


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.

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Drip Grinders

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.

Espresso Grinders

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.

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