Best Coffee Grinder For French Press
For those of you who read this website regularly you have probably already seen that I have professed my love for the French Press time and time again (if not check out this French Press article for starters). To be honest, It’s probably my first choice at home when making a cup of coffee to share followed then by my AeroPress if I’m brewing just for one.
However I have been getting a few messages from readers recently asking if I can recommend the best coffee grinder for French Press so instead of answering each message one-by-one I thought I would address this question in a full article, which in-turn should help many more of you out who are pondering the same question and also looking for French Press coffee grinder.
What’s The Best Grind For French Press?
Okay, before we get ahead of ourselves lets first take a look at the grind. To be honest, the coffee grind is the actual key to a successful and tasty carafe of French Press coffee. It doesn’t matter what type of French Press grinder you have, if you don’t get the grind right at the get-go the rest of the brew process will fail.
Why? If your French Press grind is too fine (such as an espresso grind or something similar) you will find that the coffee will pass through the metal mesh filter that’s attached to the plunger used in the French Press. This will leave you with a lot of what I like to call “coffee sludge” at the bottom of your drinking cup.
If you have your French Press grind not too fine but also at the same time not coarse enough, you will find it very difficult to actually push the plunger down. The coffee isn’t go to pass though the mesh filter but it’s going to clog it up to where the water cannot freely pass through.
Now this might all sound confusing, and it shouldn’t be, making a French Press coffee is actually super-easy. As long as you ensure that your ground coffee is coarse you shouldn’t really have any issues. Depending on how coarse your coffee is you will also have to play with the steeping time. I find that 5-minutes is perfect for my taste, but you may find that a shorter or longer steep will give you your preferred strength of coffee.
Best Grinder For French Press 3 of my Favorites
Unlike other coffee brewing methods that require and exact type of grind and a good grinder to achieve that grind such as a Burr grinder, you do have a bit of “wiggle room” when using the French Press (the coarse French Press grind is pretty easy to achieve).
You also don’t have to spend a small fortune to achieve a good coarse grind and to be honest you can get away with using any kind of coffee grinder, it doesn’t have to be the preferred Burr, any type of grinder will do, even a cheap blade grinder (make sure to check out this article for more details regarding blade and burr grinders). If you are looking to buy a Burr grinder and you are not sure what the difference is between a Conical vs. Flat Burr Grinder make sure you read this article.
So bearing that in mind I have picked out some of the best French Press grinders that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but at the same time will be able to get that perfect French Press grind. Lets take a closer look.
Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
My first recommendation is the Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill that’s priced at just a smidgen over $40 (at the time of writing). Now I don’t think this is bad really for a Burr coffee grinder. What I like about the Cuisinart Automatic Burr Mill is the fact that is can be used to grind coffee for an array of different brews, not just for French Press. This is perfect for those of you who want a multipurpose grinder.
The Cuisinart Automatic Burr Mill comes with 3 different grind settings, coarse (best grind for French Press), medium, and fine. So it doesn’t matter if you’re grinding coffee for a French Press, making a brew using your Moka Pot, or brewing for one using your AeroPress, you have all bases covered with this coffee grinder.
With the Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill you also have 6 different settings per grind type. So for example you can play around with the 6 different coarse settings within the main coarse setting until you get the perfect French Press grind.
Depending on how much coffee you are going to grind, the Cuisinart will take roughly under 1-minute to grind your beans. You really do have to experiment to find the right grind consistencies and quantities. If you can’t find this French Press coffee grinder in your local store you can pick one up at Amazon.
Hario Ceramic Skerton Coffee Mill
If you don’t mind breaking a bit of sweat when grinding your coffee beans (more effort equals a better tasting coffee) for your French Press, I highly recommend the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill. If the French Press is going to be the only coffee maker you’re going to be using then forget about the above Cuisinart Automatic Burr Mill, save some money and buy this inexpensive coffee grinder.
The Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton is an entry-level, hand operated mill grinder that uses rotating ceramic burrs to break down your coffee beans. Priced at $25 (at the time of writing) this is the best manual coffee grinder for French Press as far as I’m concerned, here’s some reasons why. Firstly its cheap, it’s small, lightweight and super-easy to clean – did I say it was cheap?
The Hario Ceramic Skerton Coffee Mill is the best manual coffee grinder for French Press that I have found in this price range, it’s one of the least expensive ways to produce fresh and uniform grounds of coffee for any brewing method, not just for a French Press. You can find the Hario Ceramic Skerton Coffee Mill at Amazon if you are struggling to find it elsewhere. Also if you are still on the fence have a read of my full Hario Skerton Review here.
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder
My final best grinder for French Press recommendation is the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder. This is a great compact mid-range priced coffee grinder that features a unique and attractive industrial design that actually reminds me of their French Press coffee pot range.
The Bodum Electric Burr Grinder has multiple grind settings and uses a stainless steel conical Burr grinding mechanism to produce very uniform grinds in varying coarseness. It features a simple push button to operate and the pre-set grind timer lets you easily grind the exact amount needed for your French Press or other brewing device. It then lets you grind just enough each time ensuring that your coffee is always at its freshest and not wasted or left sitting to then loose its freshness.
The size is perfect for the smaller kitchen and it can easily be tucked away in a cupboard or an unused corner of your counter-top. Priced at just under $90 (at the time of writing) it’s not a cheap French Press grinder if you only intend to use it for your French Press brewing. But if you plan on using it for making other coffee brews the various settings allow that little bit of extra flexibility and it is worth the one-time investment if its going to be used for other types of coffee grinds. You can find the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder at Amazon if you cannot find it elsewhere.