A quality grinder is essential to ultimately pulling a good shot of espresso. With so many different types [and threads debating it online], it can get quite confusing to know which grinder is best suited for your machine and your lifestyle. I’m going to explain the main styles and what they offer to try and make your decision a bit clearer.
If the answer is you use multiple brew methods, my go-to brand is Baratza. They’re compact grinders intended for home use, but they don’t cut corners on quality as far as the burrs are concerned. The Virtuoso Preciso is going to have both macro and micro adjustments, that means you’ll be able to adjust your grind within two grind settings. If you’re stuck between macro adjustments, you can simply start adjusting on the micro side to continue fine tuning your grind across a total of 440 grind settings. It’s also going to come with a portaholder and grounds container that slide in and out, allowing you to swap easily between brew methods.
I always recommend the Vario and Forte AP. They’re both going to be able to be programmed to remember dosages to keep things simple for you. Also, they’ll both have the same basic features and accessories the Preciso has: micro and macro adjustments, and . The Forte is going to have a touch screen, so it’s simpler to navigate, plus it has upgraded ceramic burrs that won’t heat up during grinding.
There are tons of options, so it can be difficult to decide. The good news is each of the grinders I just mentioned [among others] are going to grind consistently and offer plenty of flexibility to fine tune and get the best possible shot. It really comes down to your preference and specific needs.