Best Grinders for Pour Over Coffee

Best Grinders for Pour Over Coffee

A key to good pour-over coffee is consistent grind size. After some research and personal experience, I’ve come up with a list of coffee grinders best suited for pour-over coffee. The criteria I used to determine which grinders made the list was based on quality, grind consistency & price. I chose a price range of between $30-$150, researched countless coffee grinders and came up with this final list. If you have experience with other coffee grinders and want to share your thoughts, please comment below.

Top 3 Best Pour Over Coffee Grinder

This is a curated list that will grow and change as I find better grinders based on quality, price point and grind quality. Our current top pick for the best pour-over coffee grinder belongs to the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder. Check out the rest of the article below on why we chose the Encore over other coffee grinders.

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Ariete -Delonghi Electric Coffee Grinder (Best Overall Pick)Check Price

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

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With over 40 grind size settings, the Baratza Encore is easily our Premium Pick. If you’re looking to buy a burr grinder at the ‘Entry’ level market, look no further than the Encore. I’ve used the Encore for over three years without any issues and it grinds consistent coffee as you would expect from a Baratza product. The Encore has been grinding beans at my office for almost 3 years now, several times a day, close to 100-150 lbs of coffee a year. But the Encore has a couple of drawbacks worth mentioning:

  1. Fine settings for espresso can be finicky. Your unit may require calibration
  2. Plastic pieces everywhere. It would be nice to see more stainless steel

Pros

  • Superb customer support
  • Great grind range

Cons

  • Price
  • Plastic all over

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

Cuisinart DBM-8 is compact and the most affordable burr grinder on this list. This burr grinder is perfect for someone that only makes 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day and is looking to replace an old blade grinder with an entry-level burr grinder. I found the Cuisinart DBM-8 to be reliable up to 1 year of constant use as it also needs to be consistently cleaning to make it last longer and for the price of the Cuisinart DBM-8, it’s a nice grinder.

Even though the Cuisinart DBM-8 is a step up from any blade grinder, the DBM-8 produces a noticeable amount of fine coffee dust regardless of the grind setting used. This can be annoying if you are looking for a consistent grind size for the french press as the unit will introduce additional sludge in your brew due to the fine coffee powder the grinder creates.

A couple of pro tips for the Cuisinart DBM-8:

  1. 1. Always clean out the grinder after each bag of coffee with coffee ‘brush’ it comes with
  2. 2. Best usage for pour-over coffee or drip
  3. 3. Coarse grind setting is great for French Press coffee, but the fine dust it produces could be an issue

Pros

  • Affordable
  • A decent number of grind settings
  • Compact
  • Great for filtered coffee

Cons

  • Not canonical grinder
  • Produces ‘fine’ grind coffee as a by-product of grinding in all settings
  • Small hopper container

Ariete -Delonghi Electric Coffee Grinder

Ariete -Delonghi Electric Coffee Grinder is the best overall grinder with a wide range of grind settings. I’ll even be as bold as to say the grind range is slightly better than the Baratza Encore because the Ariete -Delonghi can actually get to Turkish level fine grind while the Encore will sometimes have issues getting to espresso level fineness. Based on price & features, the Ariete -Delonghi Electric Coffee Grinder is our best overall pick for an entry-level pour-over coffee grinder.

Pros

  • Capable of Turkish Coffee Fine Grind
  • Superb Customer Service
  • Great grind range

Cons

  • Messy
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What Is The Best Grind Size for Pour Over Coffee

Once you get your hands on one of the amazing burr grinders listed above, you might be asking what grind to set your grinder for the best pour-over coffee? As always, experiment! Your taste will vary from one bag of coffee to another, but I would recommend starting somewhere in the middle. Medium-Fine, Medium or Medium-Coarse would be great places to start. The type of roast and your flavor preference will have a huge effect on which settings you ultimately grind the best pour-over coffee.

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