Here is the Best Coffee Grinder for French Press in 2017

If you’re a coffee fanatic, you’ve probably wondered about finding the best coffee grinder for French press. Using the right grinder guarantees that you’ll have the coarse grinds of your beans that will let your French press extract the optimal quantity of rich flavors.

Not all grinders are created equal, though. Some grinders are hard to clean, break easily, or don’t have adjustable ground size, all of which will throw a wrench into your optimal French press extraction of flavor.

Thankfully, we know the difference between the different grinders and which will work best with the French press.

In this article, we’ll walk you through a few of our candidates for the best burr grinder for French press.

Best Choice:
Handground Precision Grinder

Handground coffee grinder

Overview of the Best Coffee Grinder for French Press in 2017


In this article you will find the best French press coffee grinder for 2017, along with its pros & cons. You will also find an alternative, along with a comprehensive report of how it differs from the #1. We have also included a more pricier alternative, to show you what you can get if you raise your budget. 

Best choice:
Handground Grinder
Handground coffee grinder-small

Best Choice for French Press Grinder

Entry-level

  • High consistency
  • Easy to operate
  • Easy to clean
  • Size (when travelling)
  • Not dishwasher safe

Price:

$$$

Budget choice:
JavaPresse Grinder
Javapresse

Best Budget French Press Grinder

Entry-level

  • Compact size
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Inconsistency
  • Sturdyness

Price:

$

Best Upgrade:
Baratza Encore
Baratza Encore

Best Upgrade French Press Grinder

Entry-level

  • Electric grinder
  • High consistency
  • Easy to use
  • Durability
  • Visually not appealing

Price:

$$$$


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First published: 7/28/2015
Last update: 6/20/2017
Note: With the 2017 update we decided to focus on the best three products in this category, instead of five.


How did we research the Best Coffee Grinder for French Press of 2017?

The goal of each of the reviews on Let's Grind Some Coffee is to do an insane amount of research, so you don't have to anymore. We work with a number of talented and experienced writers, who know what they're talking about. Each writer is responsible for conducting his/her own research, so there's no miscommunication possible. When doing this article we only owned the Handground Precision Grinder. For conducting this article we used other product reviews, customers comments, and instruction videos and manuals.

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What is the Best French Press Coffee Grinder of 2017?

Each of the three products we’ll talk about today shares a few core features that bear mentioning if your goal is to find the best coffee grinder for French press. You’ll be able to get a good grind for French press with each of these grinders because all of them are perfectly consistent in their ability to produce coarse grounds from your beans.

Two of our suggested grinders are manual, but if you’re not interested in applying manual force, we’ve included a top tier electric grinder, too. On the probable chance you’ll want to vary the size of your grounds for extracting coffee via other methods, each of the grinders we’ll talk about how can change the size of their ground at your discretion.


Overall Best French Press Coffee Grinder of 2017 | HandGround Precision Grinder

In our opinion, the Handground is the best of the grinders which we’ll review today.

Handground Precision Coffee Grinder is an elegant and fully featured grinder that’ll serve your needs for everything from French press to espresso machine. The Handground is easy to handle, easy to cleanup, produces perfectly consistent grounds, and can accommodate up to 100g of your favorite beans.

You’ll be grinding away for roughly four minutes if you decide to use the grinder’s entire 100g capacity at a medium coarse setting, perfect for French press. The beans feed cleanly from the hopper into the burrs, which helps the process along even if your vigorous turning of the crank causes the grinder to jostle or lift off of the surface you’ve placed it on.

This grinder can accommodate serious force and speed if you’re willing to apply yourself to turning the crank rapidly. You’ll get a lot of leverage from the size of the unit and the handle of the crank, and everything is built sturdily enough to go wild. This grinder handles better than most other manual grinders out there and even beats out the next grinder that we’ll review, which is notoriously user-friendly.
Just make sure that the sticky padding on the bottom of the grinder itself is still intact, or the grinder will be slipping around even more.

The cleanup of this grinder deserves a bit more discussion because most grinders on the market are a big hassle to clean. It’s possible to damage your grinder by messing around with cleaning tools, so having the perfect one saves a lot of hassle.

Coffee 101:
To Burr or not to Burr?

Burr grinders are far superior to blade grinders, as they allow for a more consistent grind. Two burr are rotated against each other to grind the coffee, with different grind setting to get the grind as fine or coarse as you need.
To Burr or not to Burr?

Pushing a nut allows for the entire burr to pop out and make itself accessible to you. The design of the nut isn’t the most comfortable to use, but it’s not a major issue according to Amazon reviewers.

The Handground is extremely durable at every point of stress within the mechanisms, and you’ll find that the beaker is built tough, which is a nice bonus. The way it is built is also why it's more expensive than most other manual coffee grinders, you really get what you pay for. You might find it a bit tough to make use of the grinder’s durability, though: this grinder is meant for home use and is too large and heavy to carry while camping or traveling. One bit of concern on durability are its ceramic burrs, which could break when the grinder falls on the ground.

We have an extensive review of this grinder on our site if you’re interested in a full breakdown of what makes this grinder so great.

Pros & Cons

  • 15 different grind settings.
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Super durable.
  • Aesthetically pleasing.
  • Burrs are made of ceramic and not stainless steel.
  • Many parts aren’t dishwasher safe.
  • Quite large in size.

If you want to know more about this grinder, check out our Handground Coffee Grinder review.


Best Budget Coffee Grinder for French Press | JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder

The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder is the dream grinder for coffee fanatics who are interested in grinding on the go or while camping. The JavaPresse is also the prettiest of the grinders which we’ll review, and brings a timeless, sleek steel look to any setting.

The JavaPresse is a popular budget grinder (it's actually a Best Seller on Amazon), and it’s great at what it does. With the JavaPresse, you’ll be able to have the luxury of an adjustable ground in a light and compact package.

The compact form factor does have a major drawback, though: you’ll have to refill and reload your grinder multiple times if you’re interested in grinding enough coffee to fill a French press intended to supply more than one person. You’ll also have to keep grinding for quite a while to get the desired number of grounds that you want.


The crank of the JavaPresse is durable, but the lack of leverage caused by its small size means that you might get a tad tired while grinding your beans. Between reloading the hopper and slowly grinding away, the JavaPresse is a perfect and fun campfire chore but perhaps too tardy for impatient home users.

For campers, the JavaPresse’s low capacity is an easy tradeoff of make. It also won’t weigh you down, as it clocks in at under 10 oz. total. The JavaPresse is also easy to clean, as the burrs can pop out easily.

The JavaPresse’s grinder burrs are well constructed, as is the rest of the unit. Unfortunately, the brushed steel exterior and the plastic hopper window tend to get scratched. There’s reason to believe that this issue might get fixed, though: JavaPresse has a history of responding to user issues with design changes to make the unit stronger and better.

In general, the main flaws of the JavaPresse stem from its portability according to reviewers. The unit itself is sturdy, but not rock solid like grinders intended for home tabletop use. Furthermore, the JavaPresse doesn’t produce the most consistent grounds, which may irk some users.

Pros & Cons

  • Compact size.
  • Beautiful appearance.
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Inconsistently sized grounds.
  • Exterior can scratch easily.
  • Not as sturdy as a countertop grinder.

Best Upgrade French Press Grinder | Baratza Encore

The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is a great budget grinder which has a large capacity and produces consistent grounds. Unlike the other grinders on this list, the Baratza is electrically powered, meaning that it’s not portable, but you won’t have to tire out your arm while you’re grinding.

The Baratza has a couple of features which address issues specific to electric grinders. The ground repository beneath the burrs is insulated from the grinder’s motor, meaning that they won’t prematurely heat up and oxidize while waiting for the rest of your beans to be ground. This is a great little feature which most users probably won’t even notice, but it can potentially add a lot of extra zing to your brew if you’re grinding beans for many people.

Like other budget electric grinders, the Baratza requires you to maintain pressure on the pulse button on the front of the unit which activates the grinder.

The button itself isn’t that pleasant to press, but it gets the job done.

The ease of use that’s missing from the pulse button also carries through to the ease of cleaning the unit. You’ll have to be careful of the burrs while cleaning out the grinder, and it’s highly probable that you’ll end up spilling grounds around the entire area during the cleaning process as well as the unloading process after you’re done grinding.

Unfortunately, the Baratza isn’t that durable, as you can easily see via its unsightly form factor. The burrs themselves probably won’t break, but Amazon reviewers are quick to point out that the bottom part of the unit is quite flimsy, especially at the sticky pads which keep the grinder from moving around too much.

Don’t let these issues dissuade you from picking up the Baratza, though. Electric grinders have a different set of issues from manual grinders, but they’re still excellent choices if you’re looking for the best burr grinder for French press.

Pros & Cons

  • Large capacity hopper.
  • Very consistent grind.
  • Keeps beans cool despite being electrically powered.
  • Pulse button for grinding in short bursts.
  • Not very durable.
  • Not visually appealing.

If you want to know more about this grinder, check out our Baratza Encore review.


Rounding up

Hopefully, you have a good idea about what kind of units you should be looking at to find the best grinder for French press. The three products we’ve reviewed here are great choices, but you can probably find others along the same lines if these don’t appeal to you.

Let us know if you have any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading our review, and good luck grinding!

  • Fred

    I really wish I had seen this line before I bought the Breville:

    “It produces the fine grind needed for French press”
    Yep, it produces a fine grind alright… too bad french press needs a coarse grind.

    These reviews are bought and paid for by the manufacturers. Thanks a lot for selling me on a product that doesnt get anywhere close enough to the coarseness needed for french press. Waste of time, this website.

    • Jacco

      Hi Fred,

      I am sorry about the miswording in the intro, instead of “fine” it should have been “right”, so I fixed that. This grinder is perfectly capable of producing the grounds needed for French press. I have a different Breville myself, with a limited number of settings, yet still, it produces a perfect grounds for French press.

      These reviews aren’t bought of paid for by manufacturers, nor are they affected by the commission we receive. This commission is purely used to pay the guys writing the articles, and if we do a bad job, we won’t get paid anything.

      I hope this clarifies it a bit.
      Jacco, Chief Grinder

  • Fred

    Haha AND they monitor all comments to keep people from calling them out for what they are…

    Lying sales people.

    • Jacco

      Hi Fred,

      you’re right all comments are moderated because we would have a lot of spam on our site if we don’t. We want the comments to be helpful, as well as having a reply before being posted. So no lying sales people here, just a different timezone which is why it takes a bit longer before your comment gets seen.

      Jacco, Chief Grinder