You know they say, life’s too short to drink bad coffee! We can’t agree more! If you are on a mission to make an excellent cold brew coffee (just like we are), getting the best coffee grinder for cold brew is your top priority.
Believe it or not, a good coffee grinder is just as important as coffee beans!
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Grinding just before brewing helps release the flavour, colour, and aroma into your cup.
To ensure that your cold brew coffee taste like little drops of heaven, we went on a coffee hunt! We carefully studied all kinds coffee grinders, and we are ready to present you with our top four choices!
Sit down, grab yourself a cup of cold brew coffee, and let’s get this party started!1
When it comes to the best manual grinders for your cold brew coffee, you can’t look past the Porlex Mini coffee grinders.
Whether you prefer cold brew French press, pour-over coffee, or aeropress, this device will give you a pretty consistent grind.
Its conical ceramic burrs are sharper than the most, which allows Porlex Mini to grind the beans in relatively short time.
Besides, ceramic burrs are known for their durability, as they won’t rust, and stay sharper much longer than their stainless steel opponents.
The grinding process itself is relatively easy, although you might have to put in a little bit of work and time into the process.
Porlex Mini can fit about 23g of beans in the top, which is enough for one 10 oz cup of cold brew coffee.
On average, it takes a minute to produce one serving of coarse ground (obviously it would take longer if you go for a fine espresso grind).
So if you plan to serve coffee to a crowd, Porlex Mini might not be the best option for you to consider. After all, this coffee grinder is called “Mini” for a reason.
If the design of the grinder is another major deciding factor for you, you would be delighted with its minimalist look.
Porlex mini is almost entirely stainless steel and does not have many plastic elements to wear out. So believe us, it will last you a long time!
Its stainless steel material makes it very easy to disassemble and clean, so you can even put it in your dish washing machine.
The fact that Porlex Mini is very durable, compact and does not require any electricity to operate, makes it your perfect travel buddy!
For trips when you need to have fresh ground coffee, but don’t want to spend a fortune at a local coffee shop, this baby will do the trick.
It is small enough to be stuffed into your travel bag, and it is big enough to make a ground for your favorite cold brew coffee.
To sum up, Porlex Mini high points include its compact size, durability, and the price.
But most of all, you can be sure that you will end up with an excellent quality grind if you put a bit of your time and manual work into it.
One of the most significant downsides, ironically, is it’s compact size as well, as it can hold only one or two servings of coffee.
What’re the verdicts? If you are all about old-fashioned manual action and a minimalist look, Porlex Mini is definitely a grinder to consider!
KRUPS GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder
If you are on a budget and looking for an automatic coffee grinder that will do all of the “dirty” work for you, KRUPS GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Grinder might be the one.
This modern looking burr coffee grinder costs almost as little as the blade grinders, but boy does it do the job well!
It is relatively quiet and extremely fast. It works so hard for such a little guy! When filled with coffee beans, it completes grinding in approximately 5 seconds!
You can also chop nuts, herbs and spices in it! Beware, however, pulsing it for more than 10 seconds at a time, because the motor overheats quickly.
This coffee grinder has nine different settings that will allow you complete control over the texture of your grind.
You can go from a coarse grind for French press cold brewing to the finest espresso powder in a matter of seconds!
Another feature that will make you fall in love with this little guy is a number of cups selector.
You can adjust it between two to twelve cups. So, even if your whole extended family is around, you can still treat them to a cup of your most excellent cold brew coffee.
Many users are complaining about the cord. It is only around 20-24 inches long, and there is nowhere to store it. You will have to wrap it around the grinder.
Another common flaw is that it’s very difficult to get it completely clean because you can’t really put the grinder into the dishwasher.
But don’t worry. Experienced KRUPPers (like that’s even a word) found the way overcome this issue. They suggest grinding up some rice or a piece of bread. It will soak up any residue of coffee or spices and will remove smells.
You know what they say, you get what you pay for. In this case, you get so much more! What do we think about it?
If you are on a hunt for the best coffee grinder for cold brew, KRUPS GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder is a silly-good option for such a low price!
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr
Let’s be honest, if you are looking for a top quality electric burr grinder for around $100, you don’t have that many options to choose from.
Capresso 560.01 Infinity Conical Burr has been around for a long time, and it is known for its high overall quality, stylish design and most of all, for even excellent consistency of grinds that it produces.
You can get it all for under $100 if you know where to look. Not bad at all.
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr is really compact. It will easily fit on your countertop or even inside your cabinets – after all it is only 11″ tall. But don’t you be fooled by the size. This Capresso coffee works so hard for such a little guy!
It is advertised as a commercial-grade conical burr. Surprisingly enough, many professional baristas say it really can keep up with some industrial grinders in terms of the grinding quality and speed.
Capresso Infinity has 16 different settings for all kinds of grind – extra fine, fine, regular, and coarse. According to the manual, you can get from a coarse grind to the finest espresso powder in 5-60 seconds.
If you are too busy to hold a button, Capresso Infinity got you covered – you can set a timer for 5-60 seconds, and the machine will do all of the dirty work for you.
For cold brewing we recommend to use a coarser grind, as it will make the filtration process easier and your coffee will taste less bitter. Within the coarse grind setting, Capresso has four different levels of coarseness.
To change the grind setting, all you need is to turn the switch on the container to the desired coarseness level. How coarse should it be? The rougher it is – the less bitter it would be. Well, it is really up to you. You know what they say, there’s no accounting for taste.
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr comes with a storage container at the top and a grind catcher on the bottom for the grinds you will be using right away.
Although it is very convenient to have this additional coffee storage at the top, many users are not completely happy with it.
Because of the weirdly shaped bean’s container, the grinder retains some coffee and build-up static. This is where this grinder loses some points.
While this grinder is relatively easy to clean with the brush that it comes with, some users find it quite annoying. The design is simple and the colors are neutral, so it will look good in any kitchen.
You can also go for a more modern look by upgrading it to the stainless steel model. Price wise, there is not a big difference between them.
So whether you chose a basic black model, or a stainless steel one, you can’t go wrong with either of them.
However, the thing that Capresso Infinity deserves credit for is durability. Raving fans of this coffee claim that it is practically indestructible.
Some of them have been using Capresso Infinity for over ten years, and they still do.
What’re our final thoughts on Capresso Infinity? Well, it is definitely a solid choice if you want a high quality grinding machine for around $100. Take a good care of it and this guy will last you for years.
Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder
Are you looking for a high-end coffee experience? This Italian grinder will take your relationship with coffee to the next level.
Just by looking at this Rancilio Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder , you can tell how sturdy and well made this machine is! It is very difficult to find a more solid coffee grinder at the same price point.
But it is certainly not “just a pretty face”. Rancilio is one of the most recognized names in commercial quality coffee grinders.
Behind the stainless steel panels, they put commercial quality components, including the commercial burr set (grind wheels) and a 166-watt commercial motor. In fact, having a more powerful engine allows the machine to get the job done with way less noise.
Even though, Rocky is primarily known by espresso fans as a number one grinder for fine grind, be sure that it will give you a perfectly consistent coarse ground for your cold brew as well.
It comes with easy to use 55 settings, so it can efficiently handle both finest espresso grind, coarse French press ground and pretty much everything in between.
Rocky comes in both “doser” and “doserless” models. For those of you who want to automate the process of grinding and measuring, the “doser” model is what you need.
However, most of the users still prefer “doserless” version, because it gives you more control over the portion. You can grind as much (or as little) coffee as you need. Both models are approximately the same price, so it’s really up to you.
Fun fact, for all of the coffee lovers out there. Do you know what actually sets apart a lousy coffee grinder from a good one? The ability to overheat. Bad coffee grinders overheat. Good ones don’t.
Overheating coffee during the grinding can ruin your experience entirely: coffee might lose its aroma and flavour, and you might miss the opportunity to enjoy a cup of the finest cold brew coffee.
Because of the powerful motor and the ability to do all of the operations relatively cool, Rocky can deliver 55 different types of quality grounds without overheating them.
As a result, you can enjoy your coffee without actually degrading the flavour of the beverage.
Hands-down, this Italian is one of the most “handsome” grinders out there. This 18-pound machine (yes, Rocky is a big boy) is definitely more aesthetically appealing than most of the coffee grinders you’ll come across. It’s modern yet classic look makes it a beautiful addition to any kind of kitchen.
Now, little disclaimer! Your Rocky Grinder machine might show up to your doorstep covered in coffee dust. Don’t worry.
It does not mean it has been used. What many users may not realize is that the Rancilio tests each and every grinder at the factory to ensure that everything works the way it should.
To be completely honest, this Italian guy is a bit messy (especially the “doserless” model). Some users think it happens because the chute is located too far from a holder and a tray.
In our humble opinion, this should not be a deal-breaker for those of you who are on a mission to get the top quality coffee grind.
What Rocky does not like though, are oily beans. Oily beans and this coffee grinder just don’t do well together.
Be sure that if even slightly oily bean gets there, it will be jammed. The best way to unclog it is to turn your Rocky upside down, and boy is this machine heavy!
While this is not a big deal for most coffee drinkers, it might get annoying for those of you who like darker roast coffees.
Our conclusion? This is a seriously good grinder. Despite little annoying details (like being messy and not working well with oily beans), this machine considered to be one of the top grinders in the industry because of its performance.
And believe us, Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder certainly lives up to the hype.