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Iberital coffee grinder guide
Buying a coffee grinder to suit your needs can be daunting as there are so many types and makes available on the market. This article is designed to help you make the correct decision and buy the right grinder, all the information you need is here.
You may have a quick look at this guide and think there is too much information to read through, but you will do well to take the time to do so, as this article contains vital tips that will help you choose the correct coffee bean grinder for your needs.
The information and results of research presented here are based on Iberital coffee grinders which we have been supplying since 2004. In this article we cover the MC5, and the MC1 2 kilo capacity grinder..
We have come to know and trust these grinders; all models mentioned have proven to be very strong, reliable and efficient machines, representing excellent value for money.
About Commercial Coffee Bean Grinders.
If you are a commercial trader of coffee selling espresso based drinks in a restaurant, cafe, bar or pub, you need to buy a commercial grade grinder, trying to cut corners by buying a cheaper domestic grade grinder will cost you more in the long run.
You should never under estimate the importance of buying a good one for a commercial operation, remember your grinder and your machine are your two main tools when it comes to making coffee, without those your takings will be down and in some cases, nonexistent, you need to get it right first time.
In an ideal world you want the grinder that gives you enough ground coffee on demand to cope, ground at the slowest speed, but more often the case is that this is not economically viable.
In the real world when you go into a coffee shop you'll often see the top hopper crammed with beans, a lot of shops leave their beans in the hoppers for a great deal of time and in some cases days at a time.
So it doesn't matter how fast or slow they grind because the coffee beans are already stale, coffee beans contain oils, an after effect of the roasting process, these oils evaporate at room temperature, once that happens, you have stale coffee.
That is why we supply our beans in 250G bags so you can use a small amount at a time without having loads left over, you should only grind the amount which you believe you will use for the following 2 hours, that way you keep your beverages fresh and tasty, people will notice the difference and you will get more repeat custom.
The reality is that in the world of commercial coffee trading if you have a massive queue and you need to grind before you can serve your customers, you are bound to lose some of the people in the queue because they get impatient and walk away.
For many coffee shops and outlets the biggest sellers are milk based drinks like Latte and Cappuccino, this is important to remember because although the coffee beans you choose are very important to the end result, for the average user the speed of grind isn't, a slow grinder will help to add time to the serving process, something you cannot afford to happen
By the time the customer has his or her coffee drink with milk and or milky foam in, they will not be able to taste the difference between a coffee made with a fast or a slowly ground bean, trust us we have tried blind testing in a few venues to see if it made a difference, we felt this research was all important and the results were conclusive to the above point.
So in conclusion for a commercial outlet the importance of speed of grind, relates to the turnover or number of drinks produced, not the difference in taste between a faster or slower rotating grinder.
The Iberital MC5.
For most establishments with a 1 or a 2 group espresso coffee machine set up, the Iberital MC5 is big and strong enough to do the job.
This commercial grade grinder rotates at 1300RPM and gives a high quality, consistent grind. It's a workhorse grinder that is well made and has a built on tamper which sits on the front, the tamper is removable for those who prefer to use a hand tamper, which we recommend you do.
The MC5 has a 1 Kilo Hopper (that's the big container on the top you put the beans into) and a 300G dosing hopper on the front (which is used to dispense the ground coffee from), it is not the quietest grinder on the market but it is very good value for money and has a life expectancy of 5 years or more, when looked after and not abused.
This will work well for shops and coffee outlets that make up to 150 drinks per day, the blades will need to be changed every two years to keep them nice and sharp, this is a pretty easy job to do, using a spanner and a screwdriver most people can do this no problem.
Beyond and above that kind of volume you should be looking at either buying two MC5's or go for a bigger grinder, if you have the room go for two, that way you always have one left if there is a problem with the other one, having two sat on the counter looks good as well, as not many places do that.
The Iberital MC1 Coffee Bean grinder.
So in the same vein as the MC5 but bigger, you then move onto the Iberital MC1 which has a 990Watt motor and as with the MC5 this range come in red, known as the MC1R, or black as standard.
The MC1 has a 2 Kilo main hopper and a 600G dosing hopper. It's a powerful beast and can handle almost any volume you care to throw at it within reason, this grinder is really designed for the very high volume outlets that are always busy up to a count of 250 - 300 drinks per day. The MC1 has a 2 Kilo main hopper and a 600G dosing hopper. It's a powerful beast and can handle almost any volume you care to throw at it.
They are automatic, in the doser on the front there is a sensor triggered by a flap. When the volume of ground coffee beans in the hopper drops below a certain level, the grinder automatically activates and grinds more beans in order to fill the doser back up.
This is a handy function for a busy coffee shop or restaurant because you know that at all times you will have enough ground coffee on hand to help you kill the queues. The automatic function stays active so long as the power button on the machine is switched to the on position.
To deactivate the automatic grind function simply switch the power button to the off position, with this grinder you get the best of both worlds. The level of grind is consistent and reliable enabling your machine to pull the same high quality espresso shots ready for your cappuccino and latte drinks, all day long.
For best results change the blades on these grinders every two years.