Monday, 16 April 2012

Quality first and out with the old

Our favourite drink first thing in the morning and occasionally in the afternoon is coffee. I had the desire to move from the pre ground stuff to grinding the beans ourselves and this we have been doing sometime now, via an electric grinder. My next notion was to buy a hand coffee mill because we do sometimes have power failures at inopportune times and you know how frustrating that would be for a pair of coffee addicts.

What we found was that when using the slow hand mill that the flavour was greatly enhanced, I presume that the fast speed of the grinder destroyed the oils in the beans.

the redundant grinder

coffee mill

Using the slow hand mill has given us an aromatic meditative practice every morning and a slow awakening into the day ahead. Other than the advantage mentioned above there is also an economic gain and not just a minute saving on the cost of the electric, for we actually use less beans than we did before.

The wondrous beans go from this

to this

Our saving on beans plus the enhanced flavour is due to finely ground powder provided by the hand-mill.

The process is underway

Look coffee fit for

a hard working artist in her studio


  1. Looks good. Definitely worthy of a BIG cup.

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  3. I'm not a coffee drinker but enjoy the aroma...and looks like that it would smell awesome!! lol Debs

  4. We've been "kicking" around the idea of grinding our own beans, maybe now we'll do it.

  5. Perfect, I left my hand grinder in the States, but thinking I should go back to it and buy another for the UK!

  6. Lovely, Mel. It sounds ideal. I too am a coffee addict, but unfortunately, I rarely have the time to make such a lovely routine. It's a spoonful of instant for me most mornings before dashing off to work. This sounds really marvellous.

  7. Never tried grinding my own coffee. I think I'll have a go. Do coffee beans keep well?

    1. As with all things follow makers instructions Doohie :)
      At first buy only a small quantity, keep in an airtight container and only mill the amount required.

  8. I love a good cup of coffee, however first thing in the morning it has to be tea for me. Good and strong tea gets me going in the morning and I am seriously stroppy if I don't get my tea!!!!

  9. I've never been able to operate a coffee press properly! The coffee that comes out is exquisite1

  10. My grandfather used to grind his coffee with a hand grinder. This brings back a flood of memories! ;^) It is always good to check in and find so much wonderful information.
    Enjoy your cup!


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