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Your heart beats for coffee? And you're fed up with cheap coffee-to-go and coffee powder from the supermarket? Then get ready for a coffee maker with an integrated grinder that helps you transform freshly ground beans directly into your favourite drink.

In our coffee maker with grinder test 2021 we have summarised what you should consider before buying such a coffee maker. We not only compare different machines from the trade for you, but also tell you when a coffee machine with grinder is particularly suitable.

Are you also wondering where your coffee is actually made and what different types there are? Congratulations! You're on your way to becoming a real coffee expert. You'll find all the answers in our guide.




Summary

  • A coffee maker with grinder is the right choice for you if you value fresh coffee preparation from whole beans and you usually drink more than just one cup.
  • Other advantages of a coffee maker with grinder are the many setting options (such as the grind setting) and the ability to keep the coffee at drinking temperature for a long time.
  • Inexpensive coffee makers with grinders can be bought for under 100 euros. For better-equipped models, you should expect to pay around 200 euros.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a coffee maker with grinder

When is a coffee maker with grinder the right choice for you?

If you..

  • attach particular importance to fresh preparation from whole coffee beans
  • like to drink coffee with several people
  • Like to store coffee for longer in a coffee pot
  • are keen to experiment with coffee strength

A coffee machine with a grinder is the wrong choice for you if you usually only drink one cup of coffee a day or if you don't feel like dealing with the different coffee beans. In this case, you should choose a different coffee machine.

Barista an Kaffeemaschine

A coffee machine with a grinder is not suitable for every coffee drinker, but is rather something for very special fragrant lovers. (Image source: 123rf.com / 55048372)

Even cappuccino, latte macchiato and espresso lovers probably won't get their money's worth with a grinder.

Where is the coffee machine with grinder used?

Coffee machines with grinders can be found in private households as well as in restaurants of all kinds. These coffee machines are also particularly popular in offices, as they can prepare a large amount of coffee at once.

How much does a coffee machine with a grinder cost?

Coffee makers with grinders are available in different price segments. Quite simple models can already be bought for under 100 euros.

Types Price segment
Simple devices Under 100 euros
Devices with more functions 150 euros - 200 euros
High-end devices Up to 400 euros

For models with more functions and better equipment, you can calculate with 150 to 200 euros.

The real high-end machines can cost up to 400 euros, but then they often have the same functions as a fully automatic coffee machine.

How exactly does a coffee machine with a grinder work?

A coffee machine with a grinder works in a similarly simple way to a conventional filter coffee machine. All you have to do is fill the tank with water and put the coffee beans in the compartment provided.

The machine then grinds the beans into powder, which falls into the filter and is brewed there with the heated water.

Coffee machines with a grinder usually come with a coffee pot. It is only possible to prepare individual cups to a limited extent (see fully automatic coffee machine).

Decision: What types of coffee machines with grinders are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of grinders in coffee machines:

  • Coffee maker with cone grinder
  • Coffee maker with disc grinder
  • Coffee maker with percussion grinder

Due to the different design and mechanics of the grinders in coffee machines, there are individual advantages and disadvantages for each of these three types.

Did you know that coffee machines with one grinder also have models with two bean containers?

There are machines that have two bean containers. This gives you the option of storing two different beans, for example decaffeinated and caffeinated, in the machine at the same time. A switch can be used to set which container the coffee beans for your cup of coffee should be taken from.

In the following section, we would like to introduce you to the three different types in more detail to help you make your purchase decision. For this purpose, we will present the functions and the resulting advantages and disadvantages of each type.

How does a coffee machine with a cone grinder work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The cone grinder consists of two parts. The upper part of the grinder is a funnel-shaped piece called the negative. The coffee beans are filled into the negative. The lower part is a cone-shaped piece, which is also called the positive.

Both pieces fit perfectly into each other. The opposite rotation of the two parts then ensures that the coffee beans are ground evenly. Due to the low speed, the cone grinder does not heat up so quickly.

Advantages
  • Even result of the coffee powder
  • Low space consumption
  • Low heating has a good effect on the aroma
Disadvantages
  • Loud grinding process

This has a positive effect on the aromas of the coffee beans. You can also determine the degree of grinding. The closer the funnel and the cone are to each other, the finer the ground coffee will be.

A coffee machine with a cone grinder is well suited for home use because it does not take up so much space. However, the grinding process produces a lot of noise.

How does a coffee machine with a disc grinder work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The disc grinder has two discs that lie on top of each other. The grinding discs rotate in opposite directions and grind the coffee beans into coffee grounds.

You can also determine the degree of grinding with the disc grinder. A small distance between the two grinding discs ensures an even and fine coffee powder.

Advantages
  • Cost-effective
  • Quiet grinding process
  • Grinding degree can be determined for fine coffee powder
Disadvantages
  • High speed ensures strong heating
  • High space consumption

The disc grinder is quieter than the cone grinder. It is also cheaper to buy and the discs are easier to replace. Due to the size of the disc mill, the machine requires a lot of space.

However, the high speed of the discs causes them to heat up, which has a negative effect on the development of the coffee aroma. Nevertheless, the machine is suitable for use at home because of the quiet grinding process.

How does the coffee machine with impact grinder work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The impact grinder has a simple design and the way it works is similar to that of a blender. It has two rotating blades that chop the coffee beans into smaller pieces. The impact grinder is inexpensive and easy to clean.

Advantages
  • Cheap
  • Easy to clean
Disadvantages
  • Strong heating leads to loss of aromas
  • Poor grinding result

However, it is considered inferior and is used less and less. The grinder heats up quickly and the coffee beans lose their aroma during the grinding process. What's more, you can't adjust the grind. The result is therefore a mixture of coarse and fine coffee powder.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate coffee machines with grinders

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate coffee machines with grinders. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Digital operation
  • Timer function
  • Jug type

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Digital operation

Most of our coffee makers with grinders are equipped with a digital display.

Depending on the machine, they can be operated with more or less practical buttons. The display is a very practical way of checking the settings you have made.

Timer function

Another very practical function is the so-called timer function. Imagine you wake up in the morning, go to the kitchen for breakfast and your coffee has just been freshly ground and brewed for you.

Type of pot

Quite important is the choice between a glass jug and a thermos jug.
In almost all cases, the corresponding coffee container is supplied with the machine.

A glass jug may be more attractive to you because it is cheaper to buy. The advantage of a thermos jug is obvious - the heat storage works much better. However, you have to pay more money for this.

Facts worth knowing about coffee makers with grinders and coffee

When was coffee discovered?

According to legend, the stimulating effect of coffee was first discovered by shepherds in the southwest of what is now Ethiopia.

The shepherds are said to have noticed a group of goats eating from a bush with white flowers and red fruits, and then hopping around lively into the night. When one of the shepherds then tasted the fruit himself, he noticed the same cheering effect in himself.

In a nearby monastery, monks became aware of this discovery and, without much hesitation, prepared an infusion from the cherry-like fruits.

This infusion enabled them to pray late into the night. It is therefore assumed that the Kaffa region in the southwest of Ethiopia is the area of origin of coffee.

The word coffee can be traced back to the Arabic word qahwa (= power), and has long since become part of our linguistic usage.

How is coffee produced?

Climate

Coffee bushes need a balanced climate, without too much sun and heat.
A good average temperature is between 18°C and 25°C, 30°C should not be exceeded. But the plants will also die if the temperature is too cold.

Because of these requirements, coffee is usually grown at altitudes between 300 metres and 1200 metres. Particularly well-known growing countries are Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Cameroon, Zambia, but also India and Australia.

Harvest

In most growing areas, harvesting takes place once a year.
North of the equator the harvest time is from July to December, south of the equator from April to August.

Harvesting can take up to 12 weeks, as the fruits take different lengths of time to ripen, even on the same bush. If picked by hand, a significantly better quality can be achieved. Arabica beans in particular are usually harvested by hand.

Roasting

To make the green coffee edible, the beans have to be roasted.
The coffee beans are heated in a dry process and undergo various physical and chemical processes that determine the coffee's specific characteristics such as colour, taste and aroma.

The type and quality of the green coffee beans, as well as the roasting time and temperature, thus determine the degree of roasting and essentially influence the aroma formation, the development of the flavours and the digestibility of the bean.

Overview and designation of the different degrees of roasting
Type of roasting description
Light roasting pale or cinnamon roasting
Medium roasting American roasting, breakfast roasting
Strong roasting light French roast, Viennese roast
Double roast Continental roast, French roast
Italian roast Espresso roast
torrefacto (Spanish for roasted) roast with added sugar, especially common in Spain

What types of coffee are there?

There are over forty different varieties. In recent years, however, the range has been reduced to the varieties Arabica (Coffea arabica) and Robusta (Coffea robusta).

Arabica beans account for 60% of the total world trade and are thus the most widely bought coffee bean. It is grown mainly in the highlands of Brazil, Kenya and Colombia. The bean is greenish to blue-green and oval shaped.

In the following table you will find an overview of how Arabica differs from Robusta. It is also important to note that Robusta is very often distinguished from Arabica by its taste. However, taste is a very subjective factor that we do not present in our comparison.

Factors Arabica Robusta
Share of world trade approx. 60% approx. 40%
Caffeine content 1.5% 2.7%
Price More expensive Cheaper
Yield Lower Higher
Care Challenging Easier

The Robusta bean grows faster, is more productive and hardier than the Arabica. It can be grown in areas with altitudes of up to 600 metres, such as in Vietnam. Beans of this type are brownish to yellow-green, roundish and smaller than the Arabica bean.

Robusta is used especially for espresso production because it helps form the classic crema and brings a full, slightly earthy flavour.

What is coffee grade?

To assess coffee beans, origin, size and the number of defects in the delivery are particularly important criteria. When it comes to origin, however, it is not so much the country that is decisive, but rather the cultivation altitude.

At higher altitudes, the fruit ripens more slowly and the beans grow larger and harder, which increases the quality. However, cultivation at higher altitudes also makes it more likely that the plants will die.

The coffee beans are sorted by size during production. Larger beans can fetch higher prices on the market, as traders assume that the beans have matured for longer.

How is coffee used?

Most of the world's production is roasted (and ground) and sold for coffee production. However, the roasted coffee beans can also be eaten whole. Eating the beans is very healthy, as they are particularly rich in nutrients and vitamins.

A less healthy option is to eat beans covered in chocolate, as they are often offered by candy manufacturers. However, this option is also particularly tasty.

Be careful about overindulging. Since chewing produces larger particles than grinding, the caffeine dissolves more slowly. The effect is therefore slower to take effect and lasts longer.

Coffee beans are also used in the medical field. As a diarrhoea medicine and as a miracle cure for obesity and wrinkles, the small fruits have made a name for themselves in recent years.

How much coffee is produced and traded worldwide?

Coffee is the second most valuable trade product (after oil) exported by developing countries. For some countries, it is even the only export commodity worth mentioning.

Around the world, approximately 25 million people work in the cultivation, processing and distribution of coffee. Together with their families, it is estimated that around 100 million people make their living from coffee. That is more people than live in Germany.

The total coffee revenue is currently around one billion US dollars per year. A total of 9 million tonnes of green coffee were harvested worldwide in 2013. The largest producer is Brazil with about 2.9 million tonnes, followed by Vietnam (1.4 million tonnes) and Indonesia (700,000 tonnes).

In Germany alone, more than 370,000 t of coffee were sold in 2014. However, the largest coffee consumption per capita is by the Finns, followed by the Norwegians and the Swedes. In 2009, each inhabitant of Finland consumed an average of almost 8.5 kg of coffee, which corresponds to a total of 1305 cups per year or 3.6 cups per day and person.

How is coffee prepared?

The preparation of coffee varies according to culture, geographical or national customs and, of course, personal taste. In most cases, however, the bean is roasted and ground to make the coffee drink.

Did you know that ready-ground coffee from the supermarket has already lost many of its aromatic substances?

Ready-ground coffee has usually been on the supermarket shelf for several days. The more time that passes from grinding to consumption, the more aroma substances are lost. Coffee machines with an integrated coffee grinder can grind the coffee beans as needed.

In Germany, coffee specialities such as filter coffee, latte coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato and espresso are particularly popular. But more unusual varieties such as mocha (Turkish coffee), iced coffee (chilled with vanilla ice cream) and Pharisee (with rum and whipped cream) are also often and happily drunk in this country.

What is the most expensive coffee in the world?

Probably the most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak. It is produced in Indonesia. The cat species that lives there, the civet cat, eats the fruit of the coffee bean and excretes the seeds (the beans) again.

Fermentation in the cat's stomach breaks down the bitter substances contained in the coffee. This is how the spicy-sweet taste is created. After this first "manufacturing process", the bean is further processed according to the conventional method. A pound of this bean costs up to 600 US dollars.

When was the coffee machine invented?

The first semi-automatic coffee machines were developed about 200 years ago. Many different methods of making coffee were developed over time, with coffee machines first using flammable liquids such as spirit.

It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that machines could also be operated electrically, although at that time the devices still cost a small fortune. It was not until after the Second World War that significant technical improvements were made, which also made the price of coffee machines more feasible for the end customer.

This led to a wider distribution, especially in Western Europe and North America. Incidentally, the first truly modern coffee machine was invented by Gottlob Widmann and patented in 1954: The so-called Wigomat.

What types of coffee machines are there?

There is now a whole range of different types of coffee machines: from the conventional filter coffee machine, the coffee machine with grinder, the portafilter or espresso machine, the coffee pod machine and the capsule machine to the all-rounder, the fully automatic coffee machine.

The different types differ in particular in the way they work and the coffee medium used: ground powder, whole beans, coffee pods, capsules, etc.

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