Hand coffee grinder

At our local antique shop (which is more like a thrift store in terms of quality and price), we found this cutie on Saturday.

The shop also had a couple of more elegant looking oak versions of the hand-held coffee mill, but we’ve got some Germanic background in our household, so we are suckers for the painted wood.

We brought it home and threw some beans in, and Little Cheap decided it’s “the most fun ever in my life, practically” to grind the beans.

With a few minutes of lackadaisical grinding, we came up with enough grounds in the drawer to make our pot of coffee. The grind is finer than I thought it would be.

As for the results? This site, which makes very similar grinders, claims that you can use less coffee per pot with a hand mill. Mr. Cheap (our resident coffee snob extraordinaire) used the same amount of coffee as usual, and his assessment was that it didn’t taste as strong, but had an excellent flavor.

We didn’t take coffee beans along to the antique store, but just took a look and gave the handle a twirl, and it seemed like it would work. Luckily, we were right. If not, it would have gone on eBay as a collectible.

All in all, not too shabby for $11, and so much cuter than my 15-year-old Krups grinder.

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