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Topic: In Praise of Hand Grinders (5 msgs / 102 lines)
1) From: John M. Howison
     My between-the-knees Zass from Sweet Maria's, along with a few
other quality grinders plucked from e-bay, provide a particularly satisfying
preliminary to my morning mugs of home-roasted coffee.  As my wife is
addicted to keemun, I am ordinarily the only coffee-drinker in the household
-- consuming a mug or two in the morning and perhaps another in the
afternoon.  At this rate of consumption, I grind coffee for only a minute in
the morning and a half a minute in the afternoon, as 30 seconds provides
enough for an FP, an AP, of a Mukka pot.  When expecting a guest or two,
readying enough coffee for a Yama is also a brief effort.
      For anyone else consuming a moderate amount of brew, I recommend that
the cost of a quality electric grinder be saved to invest in good beans.
The hand-grinder produces grounds at least as good as the lazy method, and
slow, deliberate turning of the handle is a highly agreeable interlude in
the waking-up process.  In a world that finds zen pleasures in such unlikely
occupations as motor-cycle maintenance, I am surprised than I have seen no
haiku touting the zen of coffee grinding.  Of course, the achievement of
satori comes a few minutes later, in savoring the brew.
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2) From: Alchemist John
Here here.  In regards to the Zen bit - check out the sig line.  The 
Zen has always been there, but it was missing something.  Thanks for 
the reminder.  I have many a day thought about the 'lazy' method, 
knowing I could afford an electric grinder, but time and time again I 
am reminded I LIKE hand grinding and we americans (painting with a 
WIDE brush mind you) are too lazy in many ways and this helps remind 
me of that.  I love my hand grinder and don't see changing any time 
soon (or later).
At 06:44 7/16/2008, you wrote:
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
John,
Glad to hear that the Giant Trosser continues to serve you well.
Brian
On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM, Alchemist John
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4) From: Edward Bourgeois
Really like my PeDe Peter Dienes Knee mill and wall mill. Dienes are
fast, some having an extra feed channel down the burr.
farm
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5) From: John M. Howison
     My between-the-knees Zass from Sweet Maria's, along with a few
other quality grinders plucked from e-bay, provide a particularly satisfying
preliminary to my morning mugs of home-roasted coffee.  As my wife is
addicted to keemun, I am ordinarily the only coffee-drinker in the household
-- consuming a mug or two in the morning and perhaps another in the
afternoon.  At this rate of consumption, I grind coffee for only a minute in
the morning and a half a minute in the afternoon, as 30 seconds provides
enough for an FP, an AP, or a Mukka pot.  When expecting a guest or two,
readying enough coffee for a full Yama is also
a brief effort.
      For anyone else consuming a moderate amount of brew, I recommend
saving the cost of a quality electric grinder and investing the saving in
good beans.  The hand-grinder produces grounds as good as the lazy method,
and slow, deliberate turning of the handle is a highly agreeable moment in
the waking-up process.  In a world that finds zen pleasures in such unlikely
occupations as motor-cycle maintenance, I am suprised that I have seen no
haiku to the zen of coffee grinding.  Of course, the achievement of satori
comes a bit later -- while consuming the brew.
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