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A Complete Guide to Coffee Grinders

There are so many methods of brewing coffee at home, from pour-over to cafetiere to moka pots. Whatever your personal preference, a decent grinder is central to making a good cup of coffee.

Choosing the best coffee grinder can be a daunting task. With a large array of options available, from manual hand grinders to high-tech electric grinders, it's easy to get overwhelmed. With this comprehensive guide, we will demystify the world of coffee grinders and help you choose the best grinder for your needs. Whether you're a casual coffee drinker looking for a simple and cost-effective solution or a seasoned coffee connoisseur in pursuit of the perfect grind, our guide will walk you through the essentials.


Hario Mini Mill with V60 and Server (£67)

Not used a coffee grinder before? For coffee brewing beginners, we suggest the Hario Mini Mill as a great starter kit. This light-weight coffee hand grinder offers you everything you need to make a good cup of coffee: V60 Dripper, 600ml Server, Filter Papers and a coffee scoop.

For those wanting to achieve the perfect cup, this new and improved Hario coffee grinder model is a great option.

Why Volcano recommends this product – “This is a functional product from a trusted brand at a very good price point, making it a good entry-level into the world of home coffee brewing.”

The Volcano team rate this product - 3.5/5


Timemore C2 Manual Coffee Grinder (£60)

The grey Timemore Grinder is a great all-round coffee hand grinder- durable, precise and portable- so it’s great for at-home brewing or on-the-go.

The Timemore Grinder is designed to be very user-friendly. Its transparent design offers a clear view of the grinding process and the precise knob beneath the burrs for adjusting the grind level allows effortless customization and guarantees a uniform and consistent grind. This makes it a great grinder for espresso, French press, moka pot and more.

Enhancing its sturdiness, the main body of this burr grinder includes a hexagonal adapter which serves as a secure lock, ensuring stability during use, eliminating the risk of slipping or awkward handling.

Why Volcano recommends this product – “With this small coffee grinder, you can consistently achieve the precise coffee grind you desire whenever you decide to use it, ensuring a superior coffee experience every time.”

The Volcano team rate this product - 4/5


Wilfa Svart Aroma - Electric Coffee Grinder (£120)

We have been searching for the perfect at-home electric grinder for our customers…and we have found it in this Wilfa coffee grinder.

This electric grinder is a perfect addition to your home brewing setup. Equipped with 5 different grind sizes, for every brew method from Aeropress to French Press, it really has everything you need.

What sets this grinder apart is the user-friendly grind adjustment dial that is built into the 250g capacity hopper, which also incorporates a timed grinding feature for a hassle-free experience. It's also quick to disassemble, making it easy to use and keep clean.

Why Volcano recommends this product –The Wilfa Svart Aroma’s high-powered electric motor and in-built timer help you to grind your coffee beans for all filter brewing methods with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency - there is no better electric grinder at this price point.”

The Volcano team rate this product - 4.5/5


Sage The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder Black Truffle (£209.95)

Grind intelligently with Dosing IQ technology

If you’re looking for one of the most best coffee grinders on the market, look no further than the Sage Smart Grinder.

Featuring an impressive range of 60 unique settings, this programmable conical burr grinder unlocks the potential of any brew. Choose between 'cups' for French Press or Filter and 'shots' for Espresso to ensure the right dose for the coffee you're brewing.

Thanks to its intelligent and intuitive settings, this Sage grinder consistently delivers flawless results, regardless of whether you prefer a fine or coarse grind for your beans.

The Precision Digital Time feature (shown on a clear LCD screen) allows you to fine-tune and set the grind time with remarkable precision, allowing adjustments in 0.2 seconds increments. This level of control ensures you achieve a perfect does each and every time.  

And with a 2-year warranty, the Sage Smart Grinder really is a smart and reliable investment.  

Looking for a sage coffee machine to go with the grinder? Get £50 off a sage machine here.

Why Volcano recommends this product –Sage’s The Smart Grinder Pro has 60 unique settings to give you total control when grinding your coffee beans for espresso and filter coffee, ensuring you always maximise the full potential of your brew. This is the expert choice for your home coffee making setup.”

The Volcano team rate this product - 5/5

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