The answer is simple, step up your grinder game.
Grinders are one of the most essential parts of making good coffee. It can be intimidating when starting to look at a new grinder. You don't need a grinder that costs a fortune to make good coffee, you just need to spend your money wisely.
There are two different types of grinders, burr and blade.
- The blade grinder is one of the most recognizable coffee devices in the market today, almost every household will have one. I want you to do one thing with it. Clean out the coffee grinds and never use it for coffee again (it works great as a spice grinder). The blade grinder has a wildly inconsistent grind and will not allow for even extraction.
- The burr grinder, on the other hand, is less recognizable in the everyday household. However, if you talk to any coffee enthusiast, they will recommend that you go for the burr grinder. The reason that the burr grinder is better is that it grinds more evenly and is adjustable in the grind. (Be wary of the fake burr grinders, they are just as bad as blade grinders. You can spot a fake burr grinder by the price, no new electric burr grinder will be under $90).
If you are looking into getting a good electric grinder for your home, be sure to check out the Baratza Encore (I personally have one and love it). You can also look into the Capresso Infinity for a slightly cheaper option. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper and don't mind a little arm workout, look into a hand grinder. There are great options like the Hario Mini Mill or the Hario Skerton. Both of these grinders can be had for around $30.
Step up your grinder game to step up that morning cup of Joe.