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2012 Holiday Gift Guide - Coffee Grinders

The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide continues with coffee grinders.  Grinding your own coffee is an important step in making great coffee at home.  Check out these coffee grinders - ranging from "entry level" blade grinder to a "high end" burr grinder.

Blade Grinder - Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder

This is a great "entry level" coffee grinder.  3 grind settings and a chamber maid cleaning system, including a bowl scraper to dislodge coffee from grinding area. Wide upper collar and a flip-top lid for mess-free filling and emptying.  Easy to clean with a removable, dishwasher-safe grinding chamber.  Available in black, white or red from Amazon ($19.99 for black grinder). 

Burr Grinder - Krups GVX Burr Grinder

Considered by Mike Crimmins (Daily Shot Coffee) as "one of the best" in the fifty dollar price range.  Anti-static bean container holds up to 8 ounces of ground coffee.  Quantity selector for 2 - 12 cups and a fineness selector of 17 settings.  The burr milling process produces consistently ground beans while preserving the coffee's natural aroma. Auto shut-off feature.   Quality construction, available in black or black/brushed stainless steel.  Available from Amazon for less than $60.

"Premium Level" Burr Grinder - Encore Coffee Grinder by Baratza

For the "serious" coffee drinker.  This grinder will not only get the job done, it will do so with precision - producing even grinds that are key to great coffee. The "new and improved" Encore coffee grinder is the perfect grinder for those who love drip-coffee, manual brews and espresso - with accurate coarse grind for manuals brew methods (pour-over, Aeropress, French Press, Siphon and Chemex) and the specially designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced extraction for making espresso. The upgraded burrs give a great grind, featuring a completely new redesigned gearbox and Swiss-made grinding wheels. The efficient DC motor keep the coffee beans cool, even during extended grind times. The combination of electric and great speed reducers, which slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensures a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup. Automatic & Manual Operation with 40 grind settings.  Easy to clean with removable burrs with no tolls.  Available on Amazon for $129.

"High-End" Burr Grinder - Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder

Considered one of the best grinders for home, the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder has 25 grind settings for french press, drip, percolator and espresso coffee.  Perfect coffee starts with the precise amount of freshly ground beans and this grinder features Dosing IQ™ which automatically calibrates each dose every time the grind settings are adjusted, depositing the ground coffee into Portafilter, grinds container or drip filter baskets.  The bean hopper has an air tight lid and locking system for easy removal, storage and transfer of coffee beans.  Black LCD Screen clearly shows grind setting, number of cups or shots and the customized grind amount.  Available on Amazon for $199.95.

For more information on grinding your own coffee, check out Get Into the Grind.  Thanks Daily Shot of Coffee, for the list and reviews.  

What's your favorite grinder?  What's on your wish list?

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