Serious coffee enthusiasts will agree that coffee is both an art and a science. Time and temperature play crucial roles during the roasting process of the raw bean. While we may not usually be able to control what comes out of the bag, we can control what happens after that point. Just as time and temperature determine what kind of bean you get, the variables also come into play during the brewing process. Of course, there's the grind to consider: coarse, medium and fine. However, an additional factor for the coffee lover to consider is how to grind the coffee.
Coffee grinders generally are divided into two camps: those that use blades, and those that grind by crushing between two abrasive surfaces. The latter, called burr grinders, are then subdivided into two categories: wheel and conical. Of the two, conical grinders reportedly produce better tasting coffee with more aromas because of their low speed when grinding. Overall, burr grinders are generally preferred to blade grinders for the consistent grind they produce.
No matter how strong you like your coffee, you are going to need a way to get it into your coffee cup. The Capresso CoffeeTeam TS digital coffee maker combines a conical burr grinder and a coffee maker into one convenient system. Grinding directly into the filter chamber, the coffee maker (complete with thermal carafe) maximizes flavor and aroma every time. It is even programmable, allowing the art and science of coffee brewing to intersect--no matter how foggy you may be in the morning.