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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

Hand grinders will work without electricity. You can generally get a conical hand grinder cheaper than you can get an electric one. They also create less noise than a electric grinder. Hand ...
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Which type of coffee grinder is the quietest?

First, lets ignore blade grinders entirely. Any grinder that doesn't have a motor will be relatively quiet. You'll be at the mercy of the crunching beans, but that's it. Add to this that the more ...
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How does coffee grind size affect coffee taste

The main reason for different grinds is the different brewing processes. If the water is exposed to the grounds for a very short amount of time (e.g., 10-15 seconds for espresso), you need a finer ...
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Why do barista's keep activating the doser whilst grinding coffee

Short reason: Tradition conflicting with modern brewing practices. Long reason: This is more a result of an industry-wide legacy when purchasing equipment, where coffee shop owners will pick up ...
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What are the 4M's of espresso?

4M is a term mainly used among Italians for espresso. It is a placeholder for four words that start with "M" in Italian that affects espresso preparation. Some information can be found here. These M'...
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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

When grinding coffee, the particle size of the resulting powder can be described with a bell curve, whose width (and thus, the powder consistency) varies on mostly the roast and the grinding method. A ...
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Should I grind my coffee beans at home, or en masse in the coffee shop?

That's pretty straightforward: if you're not too lazy and have the equipment at hand, always grind only the amound needed just before brewing. Check out this answer for impressive data. Now if your ...
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Blade grinders: any advantage over burr grinders besides cost?

The most important distinction between blade and burr grinders is the result: Blade Coffee beans circulate across the spinning blades. No matter how long or short the grind, there is extreme ...
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Blade grinders: any advantage over burr grinders besides cost?

You can use a blade grinder for nuts and spices as well, provided that the 'chamber' and blades are 100% stainless steel. It's pretty easy to clean the oils that would otherwise affect your next batch ...
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How to fix burr contact/alignment issues on an OE LIDO hand grinder on fine grinds?

For the LIDO grinders, burr drag, grinding, or touching is likely due to misalignment. Misalignment is more likely an assembly issue than a manufacturing issue since the burrs are machined. This means ...
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How can I calibrate my Hario grinder?

Short answer: Slowly. Binary search. But for espresso, Turkish, moka, or AeroPress: I adjust mine to nearly the tightest (smallest) setting possible that still allows me to turn the crank without ...
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Does this look like a decent coffee grinder?

It looks like a burr grinder, as opposed to a blade grinder. Burr grinders give a more consistent grind size, which is why they're preferred over blade grinders. My guess is it's made of steel, but ...
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Is it possible to regrind beans?

With a blade grinder, yes. They already just chop the pieces smaller and smaller until you stop, anyway. With a burr grinder, it may be. But I make no promises that it won't clog the feeder. It's ...
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Blade grinders: any advantage over burr grinders besides cost?

Blade grinders are a bit easier to clean. Generally you can simply wash out inside and it doesn't require the disassembly cleaning a burr grinder does. Blade grinders are also less likely to be ...
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Which type of coffee grinder is the quietest?

WholeLatteLove.com actually provides decibel ratings for many of their coffee grinders such as the Mazzer Mini. Perhaps you could compare some grinders there.
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Avoid clumps in finely ground coffee

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's not a very high-quality grinder, it does extremely well for the price. The clumping is an artifact of: Humidity Heat from grinding Type and roast of the bean ...
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Coffee Grinder vs. Spice Grinder - What's the difference?

(Note: With a general perspective, you may classify coffee as a spice.) I imagine you mention the hand grinders. In that case, the main difference is the size of the canals of the grinders. E.g. in a ...
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Running an empty grinder

No it's not a problem. Producers know that people at home often single dose their coffee, so I assume they consider that when producing a grinder (in fact most coffee shops that do pour over grind ...
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Which type of coffee grinder is the quietest?

A manual coffee grinder like the "Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill".
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Which type of coffee grinder is the quietest?

Based on my experience, a hand grinder is the absolute quietest that you can buy, but it also take a bit of elbow grease. And if you're shopping for an older parent (like I recently did), then those ...
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Are high-end cone grinders adjustable?

Yes, high end grinders are generally adjustable. Some even have macro and micro adjustments. For example the Baratza Vario grinder Hand grinders are also adjustable, and provide a good grind. See ...
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How does coffee grind size affect coffee taste

In your title, you mention grind consistency. This is different from but related to grind size - an inconsistent grind (such as a whirling-blade type "grinder") will have sizes all over the map, from ...
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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

Your question has the statement that your blade grinder results in grounds that are equal or superior to the hand grinder in terms of texture. This is generally not true. There was a time when I ...
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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?

Though it may not result in any substantial difference in the coffee, hand grinding provides a more analog experience. Speaking just for my self, I enjoy the hands on approach. It certainly takes more ...
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Changing Coffee makes me change grinder level

Expanding comment into a (possible) answer... On the topic of different beans in a burr grinder: I find that my (admittedly cheap) burr grinder "chokes" on darker-roast beans. When I put dark roast ...
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How can I get a more even grind with a rotary grinder?

"Using more or less beans in a single grinding session" will yield the most bang for buck, usually. However, this is highly dependent on your particular rotary grinder. Rotary grinders are like ...
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Should I grind my coffee beans at home, or en masse in the coffee shop?

You should always grind your beans just before brewing. Also keep the beans in an airtight bag. When you grind the beans you increase the surface of your coffee beans which means the area in contact ...
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What grind setting should I use for french press using a Capresso Infinity conical burr grinder?

I would recommend looking for which coarse setting seems to produce the most even grind. Really, the only potential danger you have is grinding so fine that you can't push the screen down. The reason ...
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Why does my Moka pot sometimes produce GREAT coffee and sometimes awful coffee?

Actually, this question is self explanatory. I assume you only need some guidance and confirmation for what's going wrong. A better known fact is: if your coffee is underextracted, it tastes sour. ...
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