Coffee Grinder/Mills - What do you use?

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Siskiyoumom, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. Siskiyoumom

    Siskiyoumom Monkey+

    We have been investigating getting a manual coffee mill/grinder.
    The one's I have seen in the food coop and health food supermarkets seem to be very poorly made and very expensive.

    What do you use?

    Thank you Ghost and Sis
  2. snowbyrd

    snowbyrd Latet anguis in herba

    Uh, the pic didn't show, I have one I got at a yard sale. It has a handle on the top and I need to grind it once or twice to get it even 1/2 way fine. That is ok 'cuz I do the cowboy coffee thing. Try again on the pic, a manual grinder is kinda hard to find at a resonable price. Welcome.
  3. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    There are relatively inexpensive grain mills that will do coffee beans. I either buy it already ground or buy the beans and grind them at the store. Buying beans in bulk, and grinding them as you use them is the way some folks do it. I'm the only coffee drinker in my home, so one pot a day is the max unless MIL is visiting then the coffee pot really gets a work out. Her and I sometimes make two pots a day.
  4. I absolutely agree that grinding your own beans is essential to producing great coffee. However, I'm not willing to put out the amount of physical work needed to run a manual mill. I use a Baratza Virtuoso burr grinder to grind for both regular coffee and espresso. My coffee maker is a Bunn ThermoFresh and my espresso machine is a la Pavoni Europiccola. Yes, we take coffee seriously in our house!
  5. fireplaceguy

    fireplaceguy Monkey+

    You DO take coffee seriously!

    I use electric grinders, and will continue to use them even if the grid goes down. They don't use much electricity. While a burr grinder gives the best results, the little blade grinders are faster and use the least electricity with more than adequate results. (No offense to the purists...)

    I have tried hand grinding coffee with my grain mill (it's a Country Living) and that worked very well. I just don't want to bother with the before and after cleaning of the mill.
  6. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    I like mine right out of a Folgers Classic Roast Can. !!!! MMMMMM good

    P.S. I got lottsa cans.
  7. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    Those cans now holding any brass waiting to be reloaded? I used to only drink Folgers, now I prefer 'Eight O'Clock' brand, but it comes in bags. Most of my empty Folgers cans, some old some new plastic, are put to good use.

    I did buy myself one of those electric coffee grinders. My wife vetoed me having it and took it back to the store, said if I wanted to grind coffee, to do it with my grain mill.
  8. Huntinbull

    Huntinbull Monkey+

    Not to hijack the thread but can anyone recommend a fairly inexpensive yet newbie friendly grain mill?
    I used to prepare for a temporary situation. 1-4 months of interrupted civilization. through recent learning, I now believe the interruption will be MUCH longer if not permanent. Therefore I am just getting into storing whole grains and such instead of processed foods and grains. any input would be appreciated.
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  9. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Contact anyone who is a LDS...they used to have a place where you could order all sorts of old timey goodies...
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  10. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    you guys will prolly freak but i have a very nice and easy to use grain and coffee mill
    found it laying in a stone quarry
    1 large flat piece of shale and a smaller piece to roll over the grain or whatever that sits on top
    its ground lots of flour, cornmeal, oats and coffee and even eggshells for antacid use
    btw, clean up is a breeze, just dust it good or tip it over :p
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  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

  12. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    do a google on how the american indians lived
    they used stones like that, thats where i learned it from
    ill look tho and see if i can find one
    camera refuses to work on this pc, pisses me off
  13. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    found this ad for a story, it has a nice pic in the lower right corner
    The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden


    The story, written in Navajo and English, follows the journey of Cinnibah, a young Navajo maiden who lives in the deep Dinétah. She looks after her widowed father, and every day she grinds corn into flour to make their bread. To do so, she uses a metate—an ancient grinding stone that has been passed down in her family for generations. When Cinnibah accidentally shatters the metate, she sets out on a journey to find someone who can help her mend the stone. Her quest brings her to a Moccasin Maker, a Potter, and, finally, the mysterious Stone Cutter. Will he be willing to help her?
    A story about loss and recovery, with strong ties to family and community, The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden is an excellent early reader for both Navajo children and school children in need of learning more about Navajo culture.
    Vee F. Browne is from Cottonwood/Tselani, Arizona, and is a member of the Navajo Nation, belonging to the Bitter Water and Water Flows Together clans. She obtained her master’s in arts from Western New Mexico University in 1990. A journalist, educator, and fiction writer, Ms. Browne is also an Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association volleyball and basketball referee. As an award-winning author, she has received much acclaim for her children’s books, including Monster Slayer and Monster Birds.
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  14. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    A friend uses a heavy duty electric food processor for beans and for "grinding" wheat/corn for flour/cornmeal. She uses an air popcorn popper to cook her raw beans--smells soooooo good. I have two hand mills but am looking for an electric mixer like hers. I don't drink the nasty stuff but have several pounds for bartering purposes. Do love my hot chocolate or "russian tea".
  15. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Check this baby out....I love Amish country. $5.00 at a flea market.
  16. tpaine1776

    tpaine1776 Monkey+

    I found the Wondermill Jr. Deluxe is, while not the cheapest, a heck of a good grain mill. Get the Deluxe version though because for a few dollars more you get not only stone wheels but steel too so you can grind nuts and other oily grains and seeds. Plus you get a device to tighten it down to a tabletop. Right now I hear the whole country is out of them but they should be back soon. I got mine at but even they are out of them now. The price is pretty much the same, even on Amzon, but Littlesurvivalshop gives free shipping.
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