So, I've switched over to the Aeropress, for its nice mixture of convenience and quality in a single cup coffee maker. Been playing around with it for a couple weeks now, and I dig it. Thumbs up.
Problem is I need a new grinder for it.
I have two grinders already. One is a blade grinder I use for spices. Since I generally don't want my coffee smelling like cumin and cardamom and cloves, that's out. The other one is an affordable electric burr grinder. It can grind to varying fineness, and set to fine it produces a nice cup of coffee in the Aeropress. Problem is it sprays coffee grounds all over my kitchen. Some kind of design or manufacturing flaw. It still works - I've suffered through it for years - but I've decided that I just can't justify cleaning half my kitchen every time I want a cup of coffee or else operating it inside a garbage bag.
So I want a reliable grinder. It doesn't need to grind a lot of coffee at one time - usually it's just me drinking. Cost is a factor.
But I haven't yet worked out exactly what works best for the Aeropress. I know that a fairly fine grind from a burr grinder works well (with a very quick extraction). And that a VERY coarse grind is less than ideal. But I don't know much beyond that yet. I've heard that the Aeropress deals well with a variety of grinds - better than most methods. So for those of you who've played around with the Aeropress:
- How important is the grind?
- Is the dust or slight unevenness from a blade grinder a problem?
- While I'm at it, what kind of grind seems to work best for you?
I'm looking at this blade grinder, for a hopefully reliable low-cost option:
Here is an affordable burr grinder of dubious quality:
Then there are grinders like this - manual grinders that are reputed to have a very consistent grind. I have no experience with these at all.