The Good The Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder produces quality coffee grounds quickly. It also has a built-in scale for extra convenience. Thanks to intuitive controls, It's also simple to use.
The Bad It costs more and feels less durable than competing burr grinders. It has comparatively fewer grind size settings as well.
The Bottom Line Buy the Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder for its speed and handy built-in scale, but not to play with plenty of grind sizes.
This Oxo grinder makes good coffee easy
The $200 Oxo Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder costs as much as some premium coffee makers. What sets this machine apart is a built-in scale, a feature usually reserved for more expensive commercial-style grinders. Not only can the Oxo grind the exact weight of grounds you'd like to brew, you can also set it to process beans based on how many cups of coffee will ultimately land in your pot.
The Oxo grinder also works quickly, whipping through coffee with more speed than the competing $145 Baratza Encore. The Encore has its positives, its price and finer control over grind size, to name two, but if what you want most is simple operation and the convenience of a built-in scale, the Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder strikes an excellent balance between the two.
The Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder cuts a convincingly premium profile you'd want to see in a $200 coffee grinder. A funnel-shaped hopper holds whole coffee beans up top. The hopper then feeds its contents into a grinding mechanism made from two pieces of steel.