28 Nov '12, 4am

The most serious and way-out-there hand grinder you will likely ever see (or own, if you have $850).

Okay... right off the bat, this is a cheat on my part. This is actually an $850 item, but for Christmas, it will cost you $250; you pay the rest once the grinder is built, so I'm including it here. Every super nerd in the world of coffee and espresso is talking about these grinders. For espresso enthusiasts, the bane of espresso making is waste, heat, particle size, and adjustability. Waste as in ground coffee left over inside the grinder that you have to somehow get rid of the next shot. Heat is in the grinds getting too hot during grinding which can lead to a variety of preparation issues in packing your tamper. Particle size comes from too-small burrs trying to do the job of a giant burr in ensuring your ground coffee's particle size is uniform. And adjustability means sometimes you have to really fine tune how fine your grind is, and most grinders don't let you do that...

Full article: http://www.coffeegeek.com/opinions/coffeeatthemoment/11-2...

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