Freshly ground coffee is, without a doubt, better than pre-ground. But there are many reasons we often opt to get our coffee pre-ground when given the option. The main reason is that at-home coffee grinders can be a pain. The easiest method, using a spice grinder, can often result in inconsistent or imprecise grind sizes. Disc grinders create the most precise grinding, but can be expensive or bulky.
But if you've ever looked at your cup of coffee and wished you could get it closer to what an expert barista would create, you're in luck. The JavaPresse manual coffee grinder on Amazon solves the grinder dilemma in a convenient (not to mention small) package.
Perhaps most importantly, the conical grinder allows you complete control over your grind. There are over 15 settings that allow you to adjust for the ideal coarseness of your grounds, from French press all the way to espresso. Adjusting the grind is simple — just turn the burr at the bottom of the grinder to the desired coarseness. The burr clicks into each setting, so you know exactly which setting it's on. (Since it is manual, you may need to do some counting if you're consistently switching between different brew types. However, if you only make pour over at home, once you've set it, you've set it.)
The makers of the JavaPresse manual grinder also emphasize that its size makes it ideal for travel. But even if you aren't planning on BYO-ing a coffee grinder on your next work or camping trip, the small size makes storage a breeze in just about any kitchen. It's also hand-powered, meaning that you don't have to find an outlet to plug it into (or worry about waking up sleepy roommates or family members with the whirr of an mechanical engine).
JavaPresse also offers 100% customer satisfaction, and includes guides for brewing based on type of coffee maker and even type of bean. The only drawback is time — since it is manual, it could take you up to a minute to get your grounds, especially if you are using a super-fine grind. That said, if you are a serious coffee devotee (or make coffee occasionally and don't want ground coffee sitting around going stale) this is a great addition to your at-home brewing kit.