A good grind is essential to producing a decadent quality cup of espresso for your customers. Grinders that are not made well will break down quickly with commercial use. Dull an ineffective grinder can lead to slow and inconsistent grinds that don’t allow for your beans to express themselves well in the cup. A conical bur grinder is considered the standard for those that want consistency and long lifespan.
Choosing the right commercial grinder right away can save you a lot of time and money when going into the coffee business. Equipment malfunctions are a much bigger deal when you have customers waiting for your product. Luckily we have researched some of the top commercial espresso grinders for you so you can make an informed choice and set your coffee house ahead of all the rest around you.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a grinder.
If you choose a grinder that is too small for your needs, it is going to be frustrating and the grinder will wear out faster than under normal conditions. A smaller restaurant may only need a grinder that can grind 5-10 lbs a day whereas a coffee house and commercial roaster may need to grind 50 lbs a day for serving and resell.
On the other hand, if you have smaller grinder needs there is no point in paying extra for way more grinder than you need unless you are planning on expanding a lot in a short period.
The price of grinders is going to vary a lot just like with roasters. You may find one that costs 50% less, but that will need to be replaced sooner. When you are first starting out, the cost is going to be likely more of a factor than after you have been in business awhile.
If you are choosing a grinder for mostly packaging coffee for retail sales, then a grinder that is very fast with chute made to avoid spills is what you should look for. A grinder in a barista stand or cafe may need a grinder that has a door for quick and easy prep when making drinks for customers.
Here are a few grinders to consider:
Wilbur Curtis Coffee Grinder 5.0 Lb Grinder With Single Hopper
The Wilbur Curtis boasts a powerful ½ horsepower motor that gets the job done with ease. With measurements of 20.30”H X 8.00”W X 13.80”D this grinder doesn’t take up a lot of room in a shop or on a counter.
This commercial coffee grinder has large burrs that are build to last over strenuous use, and the large size of the burrs reduces the amount of time it takes to grind a large volume of quality coffee.
If you are looking for a work horse of a coffee grinder, then this is a grinder that merits a second look. You can see the beans well, so this is a beautiful grinder in a way and a good choice if you have to put it where it is seen by customers.
The classic styling and ease of use make this a grinder to pay attention to. The commercial grade slicing burrs make the most of your beans. This is easy to clean grinder that you will be happy with. We love that the hopper holds an outstanding 5 lbs of beans, so refills happen less often, and you can offer customers a consistently fresh and delicious grind each and every time.
Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder with Doser Chamber
The Rancilio has a lot to offer those that just need to grind small amounts of coffee at a time. The 0.65 lb capacity is plenty for many restaurants and baristas. The 166-watt direct drive motor is quiet but gets the job done in rapid speed. At under $370 this is a very affordable grinder for small business or individual private homes that want a coffee grinder that goes beyond the normal tiny one pot grinders you find at major department stores.
Customers seem to be very satisfied with the quality of this machine given the overwhelmingly positive reviews it receives regularly.
This grinder can easily grind more than 7.5 lbs of coffee per hour with it’s 50 mm commercial quality grinding burrs. You can choose any grind from very fine to course depending on what style and flavor profile you desire.
At a mere 9.8 x 4.7 x 13.8 inches in size and under 20 lbs, this grinder easily fits on countertops. You are truly getting a lot of power in a small package when it comes to this grinder. If you want a coffee grinder that doesn’t take up a lot of your business space, then this is a great buy and outstanding value.
The dose chamber means coffee can be put into a porta filter with ease.
The spout allows users to grind directly into bags with no mess or spillage and thus more time saved.
Rancilio HSD-ROC-SD Rocky Espresso Coffee Grinder
This model is incredibly similar to the Rancilio model with the biggest different being that this model lacks the Doser chamber. If you are filling bags more often than loading does of espresso, then this might be a better option for your grinder needs. The easy to use chute means you have fewer messes when filling bags for your customers. This is a grinder that is suitable for smaller to moderate coffee grinding jobs.
The price point makes this more affordable than the high grinding rate BUNN, so it is a good choice for those just entering the world of coffee that want to keep costs low in the beginning.
If you are trying to retain a certain type of atmosphere, this grinder is the one for you because it is so amazingly quiet when grinding. No having to yell to be heard when using this grinder.
With measurements of 9.8 x 4.7 x 13.8 inches, you can find a spot for this grinder almost anywhere. At 15.4 lbs this is not a hard machine to put wherever you need it the most.
Our Take On The Rancilio Series
For most of us with espresso machines, the dose chamber version is likely a better option overall. These grinders offer a quality grind at a moderate cost. The attractive appearance is a major bonus, especially if space is limited and your grinder is in the sight of customers coming and going. The chute allows you to pack up ground coffee and sell it out of your cafe if you want.
The one disadvantage of the grinder is that it has a low hopper capacity, so you are going to need to feed it beans regularly if you are grinding much. At the same time, grinding more often is a bit more pleasant due to the amazingly quiet operation. This is not the loud, and noisy grinders sold so widely. For those living in apartments and other shared spaces, the noise level is going to be a major help.
BUNN G1HDB 1-Pound Commercial Bulk Coffee Bean Grinder
The BUNN is a very powerful commercial burr grinder that can give you an entire pound of beautifully ground coffee in less than 30 seconds. At just over $800 this is a serious grinder that is suitable for any major commercial application or coffee business. Grocery stores and others that sell bulk coffee routinely rely on BUNN for all their grinding needs and the abuse that heavy daily use delivers to any grinder.
At 15.9 x 7.3 x 22.8 inches this is a tall coffee grinder, but this is a feature that you have to love because it makes it so easy to put any size bag under the grinder for easy catchment and packaging.
The generous one-pound capacity means you can grind all you want in record time. If selling in 1 lb bags you can simply fill, grind, and package in no time at all so you can get your product to customers ASAP.
If you have a large coffee based business, then there are not many grinders that can match the BUNN at this price point. Time is money, and this grinder ensures that you can get coffee out the door with no wasted time, and it offers a consistent grind.
This is a lot more grinder than the average household or restaurant needs but for those that need it, they cannot afford to not give this grinder a try. Grocery stores and natural food markets would be making an excellent choice with this grinder.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Automatic Burr Mill Conical Coffee Grinder-Durable Brushed Stainless Steel
Can we just say wow? This burr grinder is priced so that anyone that loves coffee can now have a high-quality grinder in their home. At less than $70 you really cannot go wrong with this grinder. Amazingly it gets outstanding reviews. In less than 40 seconds you can grind enough coffee for a full 12 cup pot.
For those seeking a grinder that is a step up from the $20 models that have a few small blades instead of burrs, this grinder makes a whole lot of sense. The grind time could be made to work for some smaller cafes, but this is just a good quality household grinder that makes a conical burr grinder accessible and easy to use for the average household.
The easy to use dial lets you choose just how much coffee you want to grind. The range is 4-18 cups of delicious and refreshing coffee. This means you have the option of just grinding exactly what you need rather than having coffee ground too far ahead of time to take full advantage of the flavor.
This is ideal for those that want a commercial style conical grinder at a reasonable cost. In fact, if it were not for the many outstanding reviews and positive feedback from purchasers it would be hard to believe you could get something like this for $70 when a lot of grinders cost hundreds. This is a kitchen splurge you can feel good about. Those looking for a gift for their favorite coffee lover need not look any further than this cute grinder.
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For overall value and durability, we choose the BUNN. This grinder may cost a bit more than others on our list, but it can grind an entire pound of coffee in 30 seconds, so you never have to wait a long time to get coffee ground. For those that grind and package a lot of coffee, the BUNN will save a lot of time and money over the years and ensure your customers get their orders on time. BUNN is also a very trusted name in the food service industry and has excellent customer service.
For the home coffee aficionado, the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Automatic Burr Mill Conical Coffee Grinder is the best value regarding quality, durability, and of course the amazingly affordable price.
Anyone that needs to grind a small to moderate amount of coffee would benefit from this machine, and it would make an outstanding gift for any coffee lover. It is a bit small for major coffee operations but at this price, you could always buy two and double your grinding potential.
The Rancilio Models offer small cafes and snack stand an option that falls between the two price points above, but you are going to spend more time refilling this maker if used in a commercial setting. Busy kitchens and cafes should look to the Bunn or Wilbur Curtis for speed or less refilling time.