Best French Press Coffee Grinder

If you ask coffee professionals where you should spend your money to improve your coffee making quickly, a lot of them will tell you: Get the best coffee grinder you can. Why? At the most basic level, good coffee is fresh coffee, and that means using fresh coffee beans. If you’ve been using pre-ground coffee for any brewing method, it’s almost certainly stale, whether you realize it or not. Coffee starts to oxidize as soon as it’s ground, which diminishes the flavor. Keeping whole beans, particularly in a vacuum sealed container, and grinding them immediately before use will up the quality of your morning cup immediately.

The only coffee grinders we consider worth adding to a home coffee setup are burr grinders. Unlike the electric coffee grinders with whirring blades that violently chop coffee beans into an uneven mess, burr grinders crush beans to a uniform consistency between two ceramic or metal pieces (the burrs). A blade grinder is more like a little blender. You don’t want to put your coffee beans in a blender.

Good burr grinders also give you very precise control of the size of your coffee grounds. That’s important because while you need something fine, powdery and perfectly even for espresso, you need a grind that’s downright chunky for French press. And if you’re using a drip coffee maker or a pour-over rig, you need something in between.

While you could spend thousands on a commercial-grade coffee grinder, these days burr grinders are available in a wide range of price points and designs. So if you’re looking to upgrade your brewing kit a bit, you don’t have to spend a mint. Read on for our top picks under $350. And for more about what we looked for in a coffee grinder and which ones we think you should avoid, scroll further down.

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The best coffee grinder overallThe best coffee grinder for beginnersAnother good general purpose coffee grinderAnother good espresso grinderBest budget coffee grinderBest manual coffee grinderWhat’s the difference between burr grinders, blade grinders, and manual grinders?Grind by time vs. grind by weightHow we testedWhat we looked forOther grinders we testedThe takeaway

This was what we were waiting for from the moment we ground our first beans on the Fellow Ode—Fellow’s higher end burr grinder. The Ode is wonderful and we recommend it almost without reservation (more on that below), but it couldn’t grind fine enough to make espresso. The Opus fixed that issue. It has 41 grind settings on the main outer ring, plus an inner adjustment ring you can access by taking off the hopper that allows more micro adjustments. That makes it versatile enough for the vast majority of home baristas. It covers pretty much every brewing style, including espresso and cold brew. (If you are hardcore about espresso, you can get a stepless grinder that does not have a fixed number of settings, like the Eureka we cover below. But in order to make that worth the extra money you will likely have to be interested in spending a lot more time making your coffee than you do drinking your coffee.)