Many thanks to the folks at Oxo Coffee for sending us this coffee grinder for review.
As is our habit before writing a coffee equipment review, we used the grinder for a few days before we felt ready to save this review.
The special feature of this coffee grinder is that it has an integrated scale.
We have used several coffee grinders over the years, all burr grinders.
They all allow you to adjust the size of the grind. That means you can grind at a very fine level to make an espresso, or at a much coarser level for brewing with a French press, and everything in between.
Most grinders also offer some sort of automatic timing option, so you can – through a process of trial and error – determine how long the grinder needs to run to deliver the exact amount of ground coffee you want. need for your brewer.
This OXO BREW mill takes the guesswork out of it all.
Because unlike any other grinder we’ve used, it includes a built-in scale.
You can grind your coffee by the ounce, by the cup or by hand.
When the coffee is ground and falls into the lower container, you get a running total for the weight of ground coffee.
So… if you have an 8 cup, 5 ounce per cup drip brewer, you will be using 40 ounces of water and 64 grams of ground coffee.
With this grinder, you simply start grinding by pressing the grind button, then keep an eye on the screen that shows you the weight of the coffee.
Once it hits 64 grams, just lift your finger and you’re done.
If you prefer, you can change the setting to appear in cups instead of grams. In this case, you keep the button pressed until the display shows 8 cups.
And finally, there is a manual mode. This means, for example, that you can fill the portafilter of your espresso machine by eye… grinding until the portafilter is full.
Another very cool feature for a burr coffee grinder …
Even after you’ve calculated everything down to the last ounce of water and gram of coffee … you may find the final brew a little too weak or too strong for your liking.
In this case, the next time you grind your coffee, use the force adjuster. Move it to the right for a stronger brew or to the left for a lighter brew.
The grinder will then grind a little more coffee or a little less.
This is a very useful feature, because even when your water volume is the same, sometimes you will want to change the amount of ground coffee you use, depending on the origin or roast of the coffee you are using.
Final thoughts …
We really like this grinder. So far, it’s the only one we’ve tried that has its own scale. And that’s a really useful feature.
If you want one for yourself and can’t find it locally, you can get the OXO BREW Taper Burr Coffee Grinder with Built-in Scale from Amazon.