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Did you know coffee begins to start losing some of its flavor and aromatics as soon as it is ground? Grinding your coffee beans fresh is one of the best ways to brew a more flavorful cup of coffee.

If you like to have the flexibility of grinding for different brewing devices or wish to get the most flavor out of your coffee, you may want to consider grinding your coffee before brewing.

Blade vs. Burr Grinder

Blade grinders heat the coffee as they operate due to friction. Many blade grinders have a button that must be held down to grind; depending on who is grinding the coffee, it is harder to achieve a consistent grind on a blade grinder.

Burr grinders have two revolving abrasive surfaces (“burrs”). Burr grinders slice through coffee beans more consistently which is best for brewing flavorful coffee.

Why we Like Burr Grinders

Burr grinders help you brew coffee-shop quality coffee at your home or office. The Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room features a couple burr grinder models.

The Encore and Virtuoso+ grinders are manufactured by Baratza which has one of the best warranties on the market. Baratza’s grinders have been designed for longevity. Both models have a storage hopper that can hold about half a pound of coffee.

The Encore is a great entry level burr grinder.

  • The Encore is lighter and has a small footprint.

The Virtuoso+ grinds coffee faster compared to the Encore.

  • Features a 60-second timed grind switch which is helpful when storing coffee beans in the hopper.
  • There is an LED back-light for the ground coffee bin so you know how much coffee you are grinding.

Hand Coffee Grinders

If you have the need to travel with your coffee grinder, or just prefer a manual model, our Tasting Room offers the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Plus. This grinder comes with a lid that can be used to store ground coffee. This model features a durable ceramic burr and the anti-slip cover helps ensure stable coffee grinding.

Keep your burr grinder in tip-top-shape!

Oils accumulate over time and using the Full Circle grinder cleaning tablet can help you get the most life out of your coffee grinder. If you are grinding dark roast coffees or flavored coffees, you will want to clean your grinder on a more frequent basis.

The grinder tablets have been formulated specifically to remove the coffee oils and residue on the grinder’s burrs and can also prevent jamming of the grinder.

Here’s a short article that explains how jams occur and how a little cleaning can prevent them.

The Full Circle grinder tablets we carry in the Tasting Room are food-grade safe and are the same quality of cleaner we use for our grinders.

Whether you’re looking for impressive gifts, delightful stocking stuffers or coffee to accompany your holiday get together, we have it all. Here’s our pick of gifts for the holidays.

  1. Airscape. Keep your coffee fresh! The lid removes and locks out air to preserve and protect the freshness and flavor. Holds one-pound whole bean coffee.
  2. World of Coffee Gift Set. Tour the coffee growing region of the world one cup at a time. Includes 4-6 oz. packs of the world’s premier single origin coffee. Sets are available in whole bean and ground coffee.
  3. Holiday Cheer gift set. Perfect for a hostess gift or a coworker appreciation gift. Includes 5 single pot packs of our holiday flavored coffee.
  4. Chemex. A piece of art! Great for entertaining and highlighting the brightness of a coffee. No wonder this piece is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s display in Architecture & Design.
  5. Roaster’s Choice Coffee Subscription. Features flavorful single origins, limited offerings, and outstanding micro lot coffees in a 3-,6-, 12-month subscription. Each month of the tour we will ship one pound of coffee chosen by our expert roasters.
  6. Baratza Virtuoso+ Grinder. Nothing tastes better than fresh ground coffee. You have the ability to preset the digital timer for grinding, LED backlit grounds bin to dose ground coffee and this grinder is built to last.
  7. Travel mug. Take your Red Cedar coffee with you wherever you go. Made of double-walled stainless-steel features a spill-proof, lockable lid to keep hot drinks hot (or cold drinks cold) for hours.
  8. Costa Rica Finca Pie San. A microlot from one of our direct trade coffee producers in Costa Rica. We’ve been roasting coffee from the La Lia Micromill since 2015 and are really pleased with this year’s crop. Processed as a red honey this coffee has fruitier notes compared to Finca Dragon (also processed at the La Lia Micromill).
  9. Desk Press. These travel French presses give you the option to brew and drink coffee on the go. The brü-stop plate locks in place once the plunger is pressed and separates the brewed coffee from the coffee grounds. No more worrying about over-extracted French press coffee!
  10. Gift Certificates. Let your recipient choose their gift.