I make coffee in a French press every morning, and it’s always good, but sometimes it’s much better than others. I think it’s my blade grinder, the grind varies depending on how awake I am at the time, the number of seconds I grind for, whether I pulse it or not, etc. etc. I’d like to get a burr grinder, but I don’t drink espresso and all the burr grinders I’ve seen seem geared (and priced) towards the espresso fanatic, with a multitude of incredibly fine grind settings. Is there a simple burr grinder out there with a few coarse settings for French press users?
If you buy an electric model, be prepared to spend some bucks for a good one. Pavoni makes one for about $40 which might do the trick but I don’t know how good it is relative to something that might set you back the cost of many French presses.. If the Pavoni doesn’t cut it, be prepared to spend over $100. However, La Pavoni is a good, established name.
Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I should have clarified ‘cheap’, I’d consider under $100 to be fine if the device delivers a consistent grind day in and day out. I looked at the Antigua, and came across the Capresso Infinity, which also seems well-reviewed and not too expensive.
I use a $20 hand-crank ceramic burr grinder made by GSI Outdoors.
It is a nice, fast grinder with an easily adjustable grind (there’s a wing-nut on top that controls the spacing of the burrs). It has a stepped bottom that is designed for use with the GSI french presses, but I just use it over my mug or a bowl which seems more stable. It has become a pleasant part of my ritual to grind the beans while I wait for the water to boil.
I have one made by Mr. Coffee (yup) that I bought years ago for around 30 or 40 bucks. It works great for French press coffee.
Just thought I’d post back my experience with the Capresso Infinity, which is what I bought. It’s worked well so far, but it doesn’t really meet my need for more coarse grind settings. I’ve got it set on the coarsest possible setting right now, and it still seems a little too fine for french press use.
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