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Coffee Grinders

Discussion in 'Skills and Smarts' started by Brian Sheridan, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Who here has a vintage coffee bean grinder? Can you share of picture of it? I was thinking about getting one off of Ebay but wanted to see and hear recommendations from all of you. I'm guessing that most are the hand-cranked kind. Do those work well? Thanks for posting.
  2. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    The Arcade Crystal No. 3 or Crystal No. 4 are by far my favorite coffee mills. They are adjustable to any grind, and are quick and convenient to use. arcade 1927No4Ad.jpg

    The original Hobart KitchenAid A-9 electric grinder of 1939 is also easily available, and is a good grinder, though not quite as simple to use as the Arcade.

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  3. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

    I've got a vintage Peugeot hand crank grinder missing its lid but it still works. They made bikes and these before they turned to auto manufacture. Interestingly the sections of the grinder are attached by shortened bike wheel spokes. They have a great Art Deco look are adjustable and grind well although it takes me around 26 full turns to grind 1 measure - good exercise though! They grind slowly they don't overheat the coffee grounds as do some electric grinders so the flavour is good.
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  4. My daily grind ... it came from my wife's great-grandmother's small grocery store.

  5. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

    I saw one similar to this on American Pickers - or possibly Pawn Stars?
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  6. I had a hand-cranked grinder, but got rid of it, as it took me about ten minutes to grind a pot's worth of coffee. That's not the sort of thing I need to be doing before I've even had my coffee.
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  7. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    A cheap or poorly designed hand grinder is a vexation to the spirit in the morning, but a quality unit like the Arcade or Enterprise mills are no trouble to use at all,. Grinding coffee becomes a pleasant ritual, with the odor of the freshly ground beans heightening the anticipation of one's first heavenly cup.
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  8. Tig-lee

    Tig-lee New in Town

    I have older zassenhaus that I use for larger amounts of coffee i.e. drip, french press etc. If on the other hand I'm pulling a shot of espresso I use the Orphan Espresso Lido 3. This hand grinder is efficient and extremely consistent which is considered the beginning of good coffee/espresso by many that think about this subject way too much:) I'm definitely in that group! http://www.oehandgrinders.com/OE-Manual-Coffee-Grinders_c_1.html

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