For coffee connoisseurs, a coffee grinder is a great way to ensure the best cup of joe. Coffee made from freshly ground beans are fresher than java made from instant powders or pre-ground beans. Having a grinder also lets you experiment to see what level of grind results in coffee that tastes the best to you.
However, if you want a coffee grinder that’s 100% made in the USA, you are out of luck. Few grinders are manufactured in the United States and those that are made here import at least a few of the parts. Below, we will give you recommendations on the coffee grinders that come the closest to being made in the USA and the methodology behind our picks. For all of our research, scroll to the bottom of the article, and you’ll see a list of the brands we found that are made here and some well-known brands that aren’t.
We found a couple of manufacturers that produce coffee grinders in America using nearly all US-sourced materials during our research.
The Texas Coffee Grinder and the Camano Coffee Mill have a lot of things in common. First, both are hand-operated, which many coffee aficionados say is the best way to grind your own beans because it produces a better flavor than electric grinders.
The Texas Coffee Grinder and the Camano Coffee Mill are far more expensive than a grinder from a big box store. However, the Texas Coffee Grinder is the least costly, so we give it the edge as far as value. This grinder also comes in several different styles, making it potentially the most attractive choice. You can even get one that’s personally engraved. The Camano Coffee Mill is lighter weight, so you may prefer it if you want to take your grinder along when you go camping. However, it is less durable because it has a glass jar rather than a wooden box for its base.
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Below are more details on all of our top picks.
Texas Coffee Grinder
Texas Coffee Grinders are actually crafted in Pueblo, Colorado, by a woodworker named J.R. Crowell, who custom makes each one by hand. They are designed to resemble the coffee grinders used on the old Texas Chisholm Trail.
The solid hardwood box and the premium-grade cast iron for the mill on top of it are 100% made and sourced in the USA. However, the grinding mechanisms are imported from Taiwan because they aren’t available in the United States.
The Texas Coffee Grinder is available in two basic styles: a wheel grinder and a copper grinder. Those who order a wheel grinder have four different options to choose from. They can get a standard wheel grinder with or without a personalized engraved name, date, or message. Customers also can order a Lonestar Wheel Grinder with a Texas touch in the design, with or without customized engraving. The copper grinder also can be ordered with or without engraving.
Prices vary depending on which design you choose. The Oak Copper Grinder without engraving is the least expensive option at $109.99. On the other end, the Lonestar Oak Wheel Grinder costs $124.99 whether it is engraved or not. The grinders weigh around 5 pounds.
Things we like:
- Sturdy hardwood base
- Several different design options are available
Things we don’t like:
- It’s heavier than the Camano Coffee Mill, so it’s not as good for traveling
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Camano Coffee Mill
The Red Rooster Trading Company of Baring, Missouri, began producing the Camano Coffee Mill in 2010. using a mechanism built in Taiwan. Today, all the parts are sourced from the USA except for the ceramic burrs made in China.
The cast iron parts are sourced from foundries in Kansas and Illinois. An Amish man in Ohio makes the wooden handles. The mason jar base is made in the USA. Red Rooster produces wooden lids for the jars.
The Camano Coffee Mill weighs 3 pounds and costs $129.
Things we like:
- Lighter weight than Texas Coffee Grinder
Things we don’t like:
- Mason jar base could break if you are not careful. The Texas Coffee Grinder is not only more durable but also less expensive
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Factors We Considered
People look at several factors when shopping for a coffee grinder. Many of them are looking for something that will last and not need to be replaced right away. Others might be in search of the best option for travel. Having something beautiful to display in their kitchen is a priority for some. And nearly everyone wants the biggest bang for their buck.
Therefore, we considered the following factors when comparing coffee grinders: durability, appearance, value, and portability.
Coffee grinders can be expensive, especially if they are hand-crafted and primarily made in the USA. This means you want something that will last as long as possible.
Even if you prefer traditional camping in a tent without electricity, you don’t have to sacrifice having fresh coffee to drink. You can take a hand-operated grinder and some beans with you and brew coffee over the fire the old-fashioned way. Having a lighter weight grinder can be a bonus, especially if you are camping in a remote spot where no vehicles are allowed, and you have to carry your gear on a long hike to get there.
The coffee grinders we found that are primarily made in the USA are beautiful, hand-crafted works of art that add a quaint touch to your kitchen. If you love antiques or things that are new but look antique, they will fit right into your décor.
As we said earlier, coffee grinders can put a big dent in your budget. That’s especially true if you are committed to buying one as close to being made 100% in the USA as possible. The price difference between the two brands we are recommending isn’t huge, but it could be enough to sway your decision. After all, the less you spend on the grinder, the more you will have left over to buy coffee beans! By the way, we recommend Kauai Coffee for coffee beans – grown in Hawaii!
Coffee Grinders Not Made in the USA
- KitchenAid – made in China
- Krups – made in Germany
- Braun – made in Germany
- Eureka – made in Italy
- Fellow – made in Taiwan and China
- Capresso – made in Switzerland
- Mr. Coffee – made in China
- Baratza – made in Taiwan and China
- Cuisinart – made in China
- Blue Brew – Made in Taiwan