John, this is a great post. I wish it could be posted somewhere so I could
use a link and say, "Here, read this about grinders". I also like the part
about living simply. We are so spoiled with modern conveniences. I've
heard that most Americans will drive rather than walk if the distance is
more than 300 feet.
I too have collected grinders over the years, and although I've never done
any scientific comparisons as you have, I have subjectively noticed
significant differences between whirly blades, cheap, burr grinders and the
larger, more pricy commercial grinders. One thing that I don't miss each
morning is that screeching, high pitched whine that most cheap burr grinders
emit. I lucked into my La Pavoni PUBS commercial espresso machine and La
Pavoni commercial ZIP grinder quite a while back, so as far as I'm
concerned, I'm set for life. No need to upgrade unless there's catastrophic
failure somewhere along the way. The look and feel of that equipment
somehow validates that I'm a committed coffeeguy. I like that part too.
I get a kick out of doing things simply, with a little more effort. I made
a pledge to myself to buy more things locally. Sometimes it's a pain in the
butt to follow through on that pledge, and believe me, I'm not there yet
with always doing it. I like doing things simply. Simple design, exercise
rather than convenience, spending time doing something rather than paying
someone else...again, not there yet, but working on it. Roasting my own
beans, and brewing my own beer, as well as growing a few things myself are
all things I value. I think it makes life more interesting.
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