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Why You Need a Grind by Weight Grinder

As baristas, we all know the integral role our grinder plays in our espresso making process. In recent years, the grinder technology available has adapted and improved to aid baristas in producing the very best, consistent espresso.

There are three main types of burr grinder available to baristas: doser, on-demand by time and on demand by weight.

Doser coffee grinder

Doser Grinder

Doser grinders are now considered as older technology. The idea here being you pre-grind a large volume of coffee into the dosing chamber and then dose the coffee from this for each cup. The disadvantage here being the dose weight is hugely variable and difficult to maintain. The best way to use this style of grinder is to use scales to check the weight for each coffee; this can be impractical. Not only this, but this style of grinder can lead to a higher wastage.

Moreover, the coffee's freshness can be massively affected when using this style of grinder. The beautiful aromatics are lost very quickly from ground coffee, so unless you are grinding the coffee as you need it, your espresso can be very inconsistent and lack body.

on demand grinder

On-Demand Grinder

This is where the on-demand concept of grinding comes in. On-demand grinders grind the espresso fresh for every cup. The timed versions will run the motor for a set time to allow you to set the weight you are looking for. This time is usually set using a digital screen. The dose weight does need checking on a regular basis to ensure the desired weight is being maintained. If this check is not carried out, we fall into the same issue; our espresso recipe is affected.

Not only this, but we have found that often when setting up a grinder, many baristas will set the weight then look at the grind size of their coffee. The grind size does affect the amount of coffee that is ground in a set amount of time. This means that if you are adjusting your grind size you need to then also check and adjust the grinding time. As you can imagine, this is often overlooked.

Grind by weight grinder

Grind by Weight Grinder

Here is where grind by weight grinders come into their own. The one variable we need to be on top of is grind size. As the coffee is weighed into the group handle using the weight-cell of the grinder, the dose weight does not change. In other words, ease of training, recipe consistency and wastage management are improved. No need to weigh your ground coffee, no need to adjust the grind time whenever we make a grind setting change.

set, consistent coffee weight every time. Moreover, grind by weight grinders feature intuitive interfaces and user-friendly designs, making them accessible to both seasoned baristas and casual coffee enthusiasts alike.


In the world of specialty coffee, precision and consistency are paramount. A grind by weight grinder is not just a tool; it's a game-changer that empowers coffee enthusiasts to unlock the full potential of their beans. With its precision grinding, customisation options, waste management benefits, and enhanced user experience, a grind by weight grinder is a must-have.

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