From processing coffee with mortar and pestle in Ethiopia, using millstones in Arabia and the Roman empire, the mechanical coffee mills of the industrial revolution, the electric coffee maker and forward to today’s advanced espresso machine, Coffee processing has evolved much involving new technologies in every step of the way. By the same token that coffee drinking and appreciation has indeed been on an uphill climb.
In these days of fast food, coffee machines and coffee shops a few still relish the old ways of crafting their favorite beverage. Whether using a French press or even just boiling, coffee beans still need to be ground beforehand and what better way to enjoy the experience of humbly brewing your coffee than to hand-mill your coffee beans yourself!
Hand-mills of various types are still available today and are once again gaining widespread popularity. Whether for the authenticity of old school coffee preparation or portability, brands like Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus, Cuissential, Hario, and Norpro are sure to please coffee lovers.
Japanese company Hario was started in 1921 and has a long storied affair with glass kitchenware. This is clearly reflected in the design of the Hario Coffee Mill ‘CANISTER’ C which sports a very classy and elegant vibe with its vintage looks. The unit is a fashionably great addition to any kitchen utensil lineup.
The unit melds cast iron construction and fine glasswork in a robust package. The unit is adjustable for various coarse to fine grinding. A non-slip rubber bottom ensures that the unit is stable during grinding. The New Hario Coffee Mill ‘CANISTER’ C is manual coffee grinder for your posh kitchen.
Kuchenprofi was started in 1923 and the company’s goal is to design and manufacture tools of the highest quality for food preparation and storage. Given the company’s long history of fine kitchen apparatuses, the Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus 041064 Panama Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Mill is sure to deliver the goods.
The unit uses the original Zassenhaus steel grinding mechanism that is adjustable and able to give coarse to fine coffee grinds. Grounds can be fine-tuned for consistency and manual grinding prevents heat build-up maintaining the integrity of the coffee bean’s original flavor. The Panama fuses old world design and modern aesthetics to deliver quality grinds to coffee lovers.
Burr grinders are generally regarded by coffee enthusiasts everywhere as “the” grinder for coffee preparation. This type of coffee grinder allows for finer and more consistent coffee grounds which are essential in capturing flavor and zest, thus achieving delicious coffee. The Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder delivers that promise in a hand-cranked grinder package.
This manual coffee grinder comes with a glass storage container which evokes a very stylish old school look with a non-slip base that offers stability during the grinding process. Very user-friendly and easy to clean, the Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder achieves manual grinding perfection that translates into your coffee brews.
What if you were suddenly transported to a late 1800’s coffee joint and you were tasked to prepare a cup of coffee. Chances are you would probably be grinding your coffee beans in a contraption not unlike the Norpro Coffee Grinder. If truly vintage is in the order then this is the unit for you.
This unit is not just eye candy for coffee enthusiasts. This is a functional manual coffee grinder with adjustable grind settings. Alter your brew flavor via coarse or fine grinding. Both functional and decorative, the Norpro Coffee Grinder does the job in style!
Coffee grinding largely comes down to individual preference, but our choice for favorite grinder goes to theNew Hario “Canister” Manual Coffee Grinder. Hario has a long tradition of making functional, long lasting and strong coffee grinders that focus on getting the job done. It is simple to use, looks great in the kitchen, doesn’t require special instructions and can produce very finely ground coffee.
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