But I like to take advantage of every second of sleep I can possibly get in the morning before going to work. The thought of pulling out a bag of whole bean coffee and a measuring spoon has thus far been enough to send me with my pocket change to the coffee shop down the street. In any case, it seems like every time I attempt freshly ground coffee, I can't get the measurements right and end up with too much or too little for the amount of coffee I'm planning to make.
Luckily, someone out there cares about coffee-grinding newbies like me, and they make fancy burr grinders like the one shown here.
It's called the Saeco Titan, and from what I can tell, it lives up to its namesake. It's a burr grinder, which means that the coffee is ground between two conical pieces of metal (as opposed to many grinders, which grind beans using blades that slice them into little pieces). In comparing blade and burr coffee grinders, some coffee aficionados say that burr grinders are the best, giving a more consistent grind and operating more quietly and with less potential to clog. Using two conical burrs, the Saeco Titan boasts a whopping 12 grind settings (these are achieved through different burr positions). I'm not sure if my coffee palate is refined enough to distinguish between 12 grind sizes, but having the option there is nice.
The Titan also estimates the amount of coffee you need: you can choose anywhere from 1 to 10 cups, and the grinder fills the 6.5 oz. ground coffee container for you, automatically shutting off when the right amount is processed. If you prefer to skip the middle man grind directly into your filter, you can do that, too, since the coffee container is removable.
Quality does come at a price: the Saeco Titan comes in at a cringe-inducing $129. But, the burrs are milled from durable material, meaning that it could probably easily outlast one of those blade grinders that you bought for your first apartment. And if you can't justify buying one for yourself, consider the season... Christmas list, anyone?