In The Beginning There Were Coffee Grinders


by Ryan Woodward - Date: 2007-01-30 - Word Count: 427 Share This!

The earliest method that people used for grinding their coffee involved placing it in a bowl and crushing it between the sides and bottom of the bowl with the blunt end of a stick.

This process for grinding the coffee beans was very time consuming and also very messy. Not to mention the fact that it was very hard work! others that just didn't have the patience for the whole process would just smash the coffee with a hammer.

Thankfully, these methods were soon replaced by a mechanical grinder. These was widely adapted because people were already using grinders for their spices.

The coffee beans were placed between two disks. One stayed stationary while the other one moved. The moving of the disks is what caused the grinding of the beans. this process has also been referred to as milling.

The milling style of coffee grinders are now available in a wide variety of colors with many features included. The prices can vary, usually between $50 to $200, depending on the brand and quality.

Coffee grinders didn't start to be used commercially until the 1800's. This made it helpful for large groups and events to start serving coffee to their guests. They also started being used commercially in the coffee houses which started springing up everywhere.

The grinding blades could be brought closer together or further apart by tightening or loosening a screw, making these grinders adjustable to whatever size coffee that you wanted.

Also around this time was the innovation of the wall mount. Finally the grinder wouldn't have to be held in your hands while you ground your coffee beans.

People were soon discovering that the way you grind the coffee effects the taste in the end. People also started to learn that if the ground coffee was uniform in size that the brewing would be much easier. The finer the grind, the more flavor your coffee would have.

Coffee grinders soon became replaced by machines which allowed the manufacturer to make the coffee taste the same every time. These machines soon led to large coffee plants making large amounts of coffee.

You will still find the few people out there that like to grind their own coffee. They know how to make it, just the way they like it. Most people generally buy their coffee already ground though.

Most grocery stores will offer you the choice of coffee beans or ground coffee. Some stores will even let you grind your coffee right there at the store. No matter how you enjoy to drink your coffee, remember, it all starts in the grinding of the bean.


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