Three Single Dose Espresso Grinders: From Basic to Coffee Shop Worthy
If there’s one thing I could complain about with home grinders it’s this.
The bean hoppers on them are so damn big that they’re almost a hindrance at times.
I know it’s nice to be able to dump a whole bag of beans into them and not worry about it.
But what about those of us that like to try different types of espresso?
After all, ‘espresso beans’ is just a made-up term. I’ve used countless filter coffee beans for espresso and had fantastic results.
So this post is for you, the discerning espresso snob.
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Why Use a Single Dose Espresso Grinder?
There are a few major reasons why you’d use a single dose grinder.
You can keep your coffee beans fresh longer
Since you only grind what you need, you can keep the rest of your beans in an air-tight container.
After all, one of the biggest enemies of coffee is air. It’ll make your coffee go stale quicker.
Keeping the beans nice and fresh means you’ll have more control over your espresso shots, since each dose is more consistent.
Consistency equals good espresso from your espresso machine.
Single dosing means you can easily try different types of coffee
You can buy small quantities of different beans and not have to worry about them going stale.
Or better yet start a coffee blog and people will send it to you for free.
This is actually especially great when you convince a barista to give you a little sample of their espresso.
You can easily switch to decaff coffee when you use a single dose grinder
If you’ve ever changed out a full hopper you know what I mean.
Beans go everywhere.
Some are half-ground stuck in the grinder.
It’s a mess.
When the whole grinder is empty at all times you can easily toss in some decaff coffee then immediately switch to regular.
3 Single Dose Espresso Grinders for Home Use
OK, so what options are there for you?
Well, here’s my list:
The Baratza Sette 30 – The best budget espresso grinder
The Baratza Sette 30 is a great single dose espresso grinder for home use.
It has a low price point and is perfect for those just starting out with espresso.
The grind setting can be easily adjusted from fine to coarse, so you can find the perfect grind for your beans.
It also grinds very quickly. It’s actually pretty shocking how quickly.
I can grind a full 18ish grams in 4-5 seconds.
Baratza has an awesome single dose hopper addon that lowers the overall height of the grinder.
Plus it has bellows, which means you can ‘blow’ out any leftover coffee in the grinding chamber after you’ve finished using it.
The one major drawback of this grinder is that it’s loud.