Ceado Life Coffee Grinder Overview
The Life Grinder from Ceado is a compact and multi-purpose coffee grinder that can be used for both single dosing and hopper based grinding. A bold step forward for the traditionally commercial oriented brand, the Life takes inspiration from Ceado’s best grinders with smooth stepless grind adjustment, easy access to grinding chamber, an isolated top burr, and powerful operation at 1,650 RPM. A major wow in the form of the single dose assembly that uses gravity to actively push beans into the burrs make the Life an incredible performer in zero retention grinding.
Features and Benefits
At just 5.9” W x 7.9” D x 14.2” H the Life houses an impressive 250W motor and a set of 50mm flat steel burrs. The top burr is held stationary in an assembly directly beneath the bean hopper while the bottom burr is freely adjusted. This allows for easy removal of the top burr and access to the grinding chamber without losing grind settings during maintenance, a feature that’s incredibly helpful when it comes to single dosing.
Depending on your preferred mode of operation the Life can be equipped with an 8.8oz bean hopper or a single dosing assembly that installs in its place. The design combines the properties of a typical bellows with a vented component similar to a pusher used in a juicer or food processor. This unique design eliminates popcorning and gently guides the beans downward into the burrs while the venting permits airflow to evacuate any retained coffee via the bellows.
Grind adjustment is handled by a knob numbered between 0 and 9. One full rotation of the knob will navigate between the Life’s entire grinding range, making it easy to return to a desired setting. An adjustable hook and collapsible fork accommodate hands-free grinding into portafilters while the included 100g grounds bin allows for easy transfer to your desired brewing device. Programming is simple with a single and double dose that can be set for up to 60 seconds of grinding each within 0.1 seconds or you can switch to manual mode for freehand grinding.
Grind Setting Analysis
Based on our own internal testing we found that the coffee produced by the Life at the following grind settings were best suited for the methods listed below. The impressive particle distribution limited the production of fines, resulting in faster extraction times even at a finer grind.
9 - Batch brew coffee maker/ cupping/ Flat bottom pour over
8 - Hoop Coarse/ V60 pour over/ Siphon
7 - Hoop Medium-coarse/ V60 pour over
6 - Hoop Medium-fine/ Aeropress
5 - Hoop fine/Aeropress
4 - Aeropress Prismo
3 - Moka pot
2 - Espresso
1 - Espresso
Why You Should Get It
The Life threads the needs for both features and price when it comes to multi-purpose coffee grinding. It’s the perfect choice for new home baristas to future proof their setup against upgraditis. Ceado delivered big with the innovative single-dosing attachment, going above and beyond a simple bellows. Throw simple maintenance into the mix along with incredibly smooth grind adjustment and an eye catching design and the Life is a serious contender for any modern coffee enthusiast.