Nowadays, we can find a Starbucks or Coffee Bean on nearly every corner. If we want a coffee, all we need to do is drive down the street. If we don’t feel like driving, we can whip one up in a matter of minutes with our electrical coffee machine. Earlier pioneers did not have this convenience. Instead, they had to make their morning dose of energy by hand, grinding their coffee beans inside of a coffee mill.
Today, these coffee grinders are a popular item among
collectors and coffee lovers alike. While some collect these grinders simply to
show off on their countertops, others still find use out of their completely functional
vintage coffee grinders.
Why do people choose to use coffee grinders when they can
get the job done quicker with an electrical one? Many coffee drinkers feel that
the heat produced within coffee mills can cause damage to the coffee and lessen
the taste. Hand-ground coffee, on the other hand, is not exposed to the same
heat, allowing the drinker to get the full and magical taste of the coffee.
There are three basic types of vintage grinders. These
include wooden grinders, porcelain grinders, and cast iron grinders. While
wooden grinders are among the most popular of the three, some collectors choose
to purchase all three types.
What does an antique coffee grinder look like? While antique
coffee grinders can vary in appearance, they are generally shaped as a box with
a hand crank attached to the side and a small drawer that is used to collect
the coffee beans underneath. The individual making the coffee simply turns the
crank, causing the coffee beans to become ground. Once the grounding is
finished, the drawer located underneath the box is used to collect the coffee.
While not all vintage coffee grinders do, some of the older
grinds have ‘manages’ on the side. These are used to help the coffee maker hold
the grinder while they turn the crank, allowing them to keep the grinder
stationary while being used.
When searching for vintage coffee grinders, be aware of
imitators as there are many out there. Imitation vintage grinders do not have
the same appeal, nor do they have the same quality, as real vintage grinders.
Why do you want an authentic coffee grinder? Aside from owning a small piece of
history, you also want an authentic grinder because they are extremely durable.
If the vintage coffee grinder you own is authentic, you should be able to pass
it down to your grandchildren while it is still fully functioning.
If you would like to find a vintage coffee grinder, you can
search in several places. Begin by looking in antique stores. If you cannot
find what you are looking for here, you may be able to find a coffee grinder at
an antique auction. And, of course, you can always search online. The scope of
the internet is vast, so you will definitely be able to find an authentic
coffee grinder there.