Top 8 Best Coffee Grinders for French Press Lovers

There are a lot of different ways to make coffee. Even though it is not the most popular, a French Press coffee is one of the simplest ways to make a rich and flavorful cup of coffee. Technically, you’ll only need a coffee press to make a cup, but coffee connoisseurs know that the trick is sometimes in the ground coffee beans.

French Press coffee needs coarse ground coffee beans. To help you choose which is the best coffee grinder for French Press, I’ve rounded up a list of coffee grinders to help you get the perfectly fresh coarse ground coffee beans.

Top 8 Best Coffee Grinder for French Press of 2017

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  • If you don’t want the hassle of having to figure out the amount of coffee beans you need to make a certain amount of coffee cups, the OXO On Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Intelligent Dosing Scale is a great product to use as you’ll have the option to grind coffee beans based on the number of cups, the weight or amount of coffee beans, and it also has a manual setting if you want to decide on your own the duration of the grind.
  • For those that are more budget conscious, the Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder is a great choice. It has almost the same features minus the dosing scale, for only half the price off the OXO On Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Intelligent Dosing Scale.
  • ​If you are very much irritated at having your coffee grounds stick to the container because of static, the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is the best choice as the glass container is made from borosilicate glass which is anti-static.
  • ​The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Bin is the coffee grinder for those who are very particular about the kinds of coffee grounds that they get.
  • ​For those who don’t mind splurging on their coffee grinder a bit, the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder is the best option as it has a lot of nifty features like the Auto dosing system, air tight Bean Hopper, and the coffee grind settings are shown on a backlit LCD screen.
  • ​For those who want a fresh cup of coffee even while on the go, the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder is the perfect accessory.
  • ​The Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill is a great machine, with the automatic setting makes grinding coffee a snap. This is great for those who loves the convenience of getting ground coffee with the press of a button and do not mind the noise.
  • For those who are just starting out in making ground coffee, KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder could be a bit tricky, since it does not have any coarse settings. You will have to estimate things yourself, pushing the button for as long as you want the machine to grind beans.

Reviews of Top 8 Best Coffee Grinder for French Press

There are 4 settings on this coffee grinder — Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, and Coarse — with each setting divided into 4, making a total of 16 different settings to grind your coffee beans.

The coffee container also fits tightly into the coffee grinder, so as to avoid coffee grinds getting on the counter. However, you will have to be careful in removing the container from the grinder as fine grounds can get into the nook and crannies of the grinder and could spill when the container is removed.

Also, to ensure that there are minimal grounds that will fall and scatter on the counter, tap the container before pulling it out.

The minimum Coarse setting is great for a French press coffee. When you feel that the coffee beans have been ground enough, but the timer is still running, make sure not to turn the timer to zero and instead just twist the top of the grinder to make the machine stop. Pull the plug on the machine for the timer to run to zero on its own. Forcing the timer to zero could potentially damage the machine.

Unfortunately, the Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder is not the most user friendly when it comes to assembly. The instructions are also not always useful. For those who just got their machine and are assembling it, make sure the removable burr wheel is seated well so that the hopper will fit.

The Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder is definitely a lot cheaper than the first product, and it has a commercial-grade conical burrs so grinding is pretty precise. With every purchase, there is already a cleaning brush and measuring scoop included in the package. The timer could be set to grind between 5 to 60 seconds.

Pros

Cons

  • Not noisy when grinding beans
  • Consistent ground coffee 
  • A bit tricky to assemble and use
  • A little static on coffee grounds

This is very easy to use because you have the option of grinding your coffee beans based on either the number of cups you will use, the amount (or weight) of coffee beans that will be ground, or the manual mode wherein the user will decide the duration of the grinding themselves.

Even with the different types of setting that the OXO On Conical Burr Grinder have, the coffee beans are grinded consistently.

The Oxo On Conical Burr Grinder is not a cheap grinder, but the price of the grinder is very much worth it! The grinder comes with a built-in weighing scale so different equipment is not needed to measure the amount of coffee beans to be used. The best part is that the coffee bean container could even be replaced and the scale would recalibrate itself.

Pros

Cons

  • Not noisy when grinding beans
  • Consistent ground coffee
  • Looks elegant
  • Very easy to assemble and use
  • A little static on coffee grounds

There are 14 grind settings for the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder so it can be used to grind coffee beans for different kinds of coffee and not just French press. The container fits tightly to the grinder, thereby minimizing the spills on the counter.

Although the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is consistent when it comes to grinding the coffee beans, those who are a bit more particular when it comes to the coarseness of their ground coffee might find that the coarse setting for this coffee grinder might still be too coarse for a French press.

The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is the cheapest of the three though the price is not too far from the Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The glass container for the coffee grinder is made from borosilicate glass which is anti-static, so the coffee grounds won’t stick on the container.

Pros

Cons

  • Consistent ground coffee
  • Easy to clean, less static
  • Glass container is a bit sensitive
  • Do not sell replacements for broken parts

This is the perfect machine for those who not only want a French Press, but also wants to experiment on the kind of coffee grounds that they will make especially since the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Bin comes with 40 different grind settings.

The grinder is pretty consistent when it comes to grinding the coffee beans, so there are no worries that some might be ground too fine.

Pros

Cons

  • Baratza sells spare parts in case any gets broken
  • Little to no static
  • Great customer service 
  • Not the best grinder for oily beans
  • A bit louder than normal coffee grinders

The Breville Smart Grinder is a coffee grinder that has some pretty cool features. It has 25 different grinding settings and it also comes with an air-tight lid for the removable bean hopper ensures that the beans can easily be stored.

The Dosing IQ feature of the Breville Smart Grinder changes the dose needed whenever grind settings are changed to make sure that the right amount of coffee beans is grinded.

The LCD screen is also a great feature so that you’ll know the grind settings, the amount of coffee that could be made and the amount.

Pros

Cons

  • Minimal noise
  • The tight lid on the hopper minimizes the ground coffee dust
  • Can easily grind directly into a portafilter or filter basket to minimize the dirt more
  • Easy clean up
  • A bit more expensive than the others

The JavaPresse has 18 different click settings that help the user choose how finely or coarsely ground their coffee beans will be.

A little additional info to operate the machine is that to determine the type of grind, you simply have to turn the adjustment knob all the way to the right. The numbers represent the number of ‘clicks’ to the left needed to get the setting you want:

Coarse: 13-18

Medium Coarse: 10-12

Medium: 7-9

​Medium Fine: 4-6

Extra Fine: 1-3

Since the JavaPresse is a manual machine, it doesn’t need any batteries or power source to operate. It is also so simple to use that even a 7-year-old could operate the little machine. The machine does not have a nut that will help to keep the handle in position, but it doesn’t easily come off while grinding.

The best part of the JavaPresse is the customer service and guarantee wherein the company has a 365-days Money-Back Guarantee.

Pros

Cons

  • Sleek, compact, and elegant design
  • Minimal noise
  • Great customer service
  • Easy to clean
  • Can only make 1-2 cups per grind
  • A bit inconsistent grind for coarse setting

The Cuisinart has 18 different grind settings. It also has an automatic setting wherein you can simply set the grind settings and the number of cups you want, the number of cups can range from 4 to 18 cups.

There are two main problems with the Cuisinart, the noise and the static on the ground coffee. Although there’s not much you can do with the noise, but I’ve learned that spraying the container with cooking spray and wiping it down with a paper towel helps to lessen the static.

The Cuisinart is also a disc burr grinder, not a conical burr, so you shouldn’t expect very consistent coarse ground coffee beans.

Pros

Cons

  • Great design
  • Automatic settings
  • Can grind beans for up to 18 cups
  • A bit loud when in use
  • There’s a bit of static

A great feature of the Krups is its safety switch. You will not be able to run the machine unless the lid is secure.

Krups is very easy to use because all you have to do is put the coffee beans into the receptacle, make sure the lid is secure, and press a button to get the ground coffee. The coffee grinder does not have coarse control, so the first few uses will be a bit of a trial and error to get the perfectly ground coffee consistency that you want.

The Krups coffee grinder can grind up to 3 ounces of coffee beans, roughly enough for 12 cups of coffee.

Pros

Cons

  • Quiet to use
  • Very easy to use and clean
  • 2 year warranty
  • No coarse control

Taking Care of Your Coffee Grinder

The coffee grinder is one of the first things that will touch your coffee beans so it is not surprising that a bad or dirty coffee grinder greatly affects the taste of your French Press.

For blade grinders, all that is really needed is to wipe out the blades and the machine with a wet paper towel. Burr grinders, however, are a bit trickier to clean, but if done regularly shouldn’t take too long to do either.

This won’t only help in making sure you make a perfect cup of coffee everytime, but will also help keep your coffee grinder in great condition for a long time to come.

Brushing or wiping

There are coffee grinders that come with a cleaning brush, and this brush is very handy to use to clean the visible grounds in your coffee grinders. For those sensitive enough with the taste of their coffee, a daily brushing or wiping will go a long way to keeping away stale ground coffee that affects the taste of your coffee.

And here are the steps:

  • Make sure to unplug the coffee grinder before you start your cleaning regimen.You can now start taking apart your coffee grinder for a bit of brushing or wiping.
  • Remove the hopper, remove the upper grinder casing if it’s there,
  • Once you get to the burrs, you can now wipe them down or brush the excess coffee grounds, and any other build up that are stuck in there.
  • Re-assemble.

Grinder Cleaners

This is one of the easiest ways to clean your coffee grinder if you don’t have the time (or confidence) to take apart your coffee grinder.

Grinder Cleaners like Urnex Grindz and Full Circle should be able to do the job without any hassle. The best part is that you will only have to grind the coffee cleaner the same way you would grind your coffee beans.

For best results, grind some spare coffee beans to remove the remaining grinder cleaners in your machine.

There are those that recommend rice to clean out your coffee grinder, but since rice is harder than coffee beans, it can really hurt your coffee grinder in the long run. Quick-cook dry rice can be used, though there are already some brands that voids the warranties for products that were broken because of the use of rice as cleaners.

Vacuum Cleaner

For a deeper clean, you can opt to also run through your coffee grinder with a vacuum cleaner. Like brushing and wiping your coffee grinder, vacuuming your machine would require that you take them apart first.

The steps are pretty much the same with brushing and wiping your grinder, except that you will use the vacuum to clean out the grinder before putting them back together again.

Make sure small parts of the grinder are not sucked into the vacuum when cleaning.

Conclusion: The Best Coffee Grinder for French Press

All the coffee grinders reviewed have their own merits and demerits, but when it comes to ease of use, consistency in grinding, and noise level, the Breville Smart Grinder seems to take the cake in all categories. The one and only drawback to the Breville Smart Grinder is that it does not come cheap.

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Tiffany Watts
 

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